The National Party has released this rather interesting infographic (below).
Outlining the benefits to New Zealand The Hobbit has brought, the graphic uses employment figures, cars used, set-supplying local businesses and occupied hotel beds as some of its fodder. And then coffee.
You can picture the look on stats guy's face when the request for information came through:
"Jobs, check. Hotel beds, check. Cars, check. Coffee? Did we even pay for coffee? I'm not sure we even paid for coffee."
Featured on a special Hobbit page on the party's website, the text defends Prime Minister John Key's handling of the spat that broke out last year when Warner Bros. threatened to pull the production from our land.
"The National-led Government has actively supported The Hobbit from the very beginning," states the page.
"The vibrant New Zealand screen industry is worth $3 billion in revenue to our economy. It directly supports more than 2700 businesses, over 95 per cent of which are involved in production and post-production work."
Has The Hobbit been, or will it be, good for NZ?
source: data archive