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In 'The Hobbit,' there were British, Irish, Australian and New Zealand actors, and Peter Jackson was adamant that we would all sound like we were from Britain somewhere.
People in New Zealand go out of their way to not be impressed by things.
Honestly, Americans are more open-minded and have the patience and the time for new types of music. In Australia and New Zealand, you must earn your place.
Pete Bethune is a hero in New Zealand. He's a hero worldwide to people who want to see the end of whaling.
Canada, Australia and New Zealand have apologised for their treatment of native peoples.
My very, very first moment on set on 'Lord of the Rings' in 2000 was me in a lycra suit, six and a half thousand feet up on a mountain in New Zealand, standing in front of 250 crew who were all wondering what I was doing - myself included.
One place that I looked at a lot from space and which looks alluring is New Zealand, especially the North Island. It's a big broad valley with a river flowing through it, and you can see the wine-making dryness of the land.
I am a New Zealander, but I don't want to swallow New Zealand identity in one gulp.
I might be one of the most flamboyant characters New Zealand has ever seen, but my intentions are good, and I would like to see New Zealand flourish.
An interesting thing about New Zealand, you know, literature is that it really didn't begin in any real sense until the 20th century.
My father is an expatriate American; he fell in love with New Zealand in his youth and never went home.
If you can beat New Zealand, then you're probably going to win the World Cup.
I really wanted to write an adventure story, a murder-mystery that was set during the gold-rush years in New Zealand.
I had a good time shooting in New Zealand. I almost bought a home there while I was there, because I loved it so much.
Maoris now own over half the commercial fishing industry in New Zealand.
I think that generally New Zealand is respected for the positions it takes because it thinks them through.
I grew up in the New Zealand countryside. We didn't have television until I was 14, so sing-alongs were our only entertainment.
Kiri Te Kanawa
New Zealand needs to balance its environmental responsibilities with its economic opportunities, because the risk is that if you don't do that - and you want to lead the world - then you might end up getting unintended consequences.
We are a small, open economy, highly dependent on global flows. It is inevitably a demand that dramatically alters and that is reflected in what we feel here in New Zealand. So there is at its most basic level a limit to what we can do and that is true everywhere.
The books that really made an impact on me were not set in New Zealand. Some were New Zealand novels, but the New Zealandness of them was not what carried me or excited me.
There are a lot of people of my generation in New Zealand literature, young writers on their first or second books, that I'm just really excited about. There seems to be a big gap between the generation above and us; it seems to be quite radically different in terms of form and approach.
By and large, women in New Zealand are fortunate compared with some other countries, including many in our own region. But there is still progress to be made.
I've done an awful lot of skiing all over Europe: I've done Italy, Austria, France. I skied loads in New Zealand - I did pretty much every ski slope I could find.
Richard C. Armitage
I have more engagement with New Zealand than people might think. Unlike the impression I have of the American president, who sits in the Oval Office and people come to them.
I want to leave New Zealand in better shape than I found it. I know the job of prime minister is not forever and I'm going to do the best I can every day to make that difference.
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
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