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Avatar planning production in Lower Hutt as well as Miramar

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More details of the production of the Avatar sequels in Wellington have emerged.

Tom Hunt reports in the DomPost that two deals in the Hutt Valley are being finalized by the company behind Avatar.

880 Productions, part of the Fox studios empire, is understood to be on the verge of nabbing a five-year deal on TVNZ’s former Avalon Studios to the tune of $500,000 a year.

On the other side of the valley, 120 Hutt Park Rd – the former Turners car auction building – is in the final stages of being negotiated. The deal is tipped to be worth $800,000 to $900,000 a year for a lease lasting about six years.

Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace confirmed the leases of the two sites were “pretty much a done-deal” and understood work would begin on the films later in 2018.

Till now, the focus of the Avatar projects was expected to be at Weta Digital in Miramar. The DomPost report indicates that activity will now be more widely spread.

The first Avatar movie employed more than 1500 people and spent about $100 million in the Wellington economy.

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