Written by Kianna Best on Dec 9, 2022. Posted in General Interest

Auckland Film Studios reveals two new sound stages

On 8 December, Auckland Film Studios announced the opening of their two new world-class sound stages. Found in Henderson, New Zealand, the stages will measure in at approximately 2,000 sq metres each, totaling their stage space to more than 7,500 sq metres.


“Auckland has earned a reputation for the world-class studios, coupled with highly-skilled crew,” commented Screen Auckland Manager Matt Horrocks. “These studios were designed with the input of senior screen producers who understand the needs of premium productions, making this an attractive proposition in a start-of-the-art space that is only 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre and sought-after west Auckland coastline locations.”



With Auckland catering to recent projects such as Amazon Prime’s The Lord of the Rings: The Power of the Rings and Netflix’s Sweet Tooth, Horrocks said that the new stages were built to cater to the incoming demand that has existed over the past five years. With more and more people seeking studio space and the production of quality content, the studios have already been booked with a production set to start in the new year.


Funding of NZD 30 million form the New Zealand Government and a remaining NZD 7.5 million from studio owner Auckland Council made the year long construction of the studio possible. The opening of the two new stage was conducted by Auckland mayor Wayne Brown who was joined by minister for arts, culture and heritage, Honourable Carmel Sepuloni.



Mayor Brown said: “Auckland is proud to have played a critical role in the development of New Zealand’s screen production industry. The two new stages mean AFS can now cater for much larger single productions, or multiple smaller productions at once. They strengthen AFS and Auckland’s west as a screen destination at a time when New Zealand’s global reputation for big budget productions is growing.”


Aptly named Te Pūtahi - which means to join and intersect- by the local Māori iwi, Te Kawerau a Maki, the space will serve as a place where people will meet to make creative works for the world stage. The addition of the new stage space is expected to bring in hundreds more highly skilled screen productions, jobs, as well as support the regions 2,000 screen production based businesses.

Images courtesy of Screen Auckland


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