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New Zealand MP Winston Peters demands repayment of £35m paid to keep production of Peter Jackson's Tolkien trilogy in country

A prominent New Zealand politician has called for the makers of The Hobbit to repay a Nz$67m (£35m) subsidy from the country's taxpayers following the box office success of the debut instalment in Peter Jackson's latest fantasy trilogy.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has so far made an impressive £548m worldwide and is on course to be one of the biggest films of the year. Now Winston Peters, a former deputy prime minister and leader of the centrist New Zealand First party, says studios Warner Bros and MGM should pay back the funds they received to shoot in New Zealand.

"Now the first movie has grossed more than $1bn, Warner Brothers should repay the $67m subsidy the movie moguls sucked from Kiwi taxpayers," said Peters, adding that »

- Ben Child

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