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New Zealand, I think, sees itself as a country that always wants to lend a hand to help people,” he told reporters recently. “But in the end, this is Hollywood, and they do make movies. And a bit like when they transfer a book to a movie, often it’s a little bit different. So, look, I think we’ve made our point and we should probably move on.”

But the country doesn’t seem ready to move on quite yet.

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Associated Press writers Jocelyn Noveck and Randy Herschaft in New York contributed to this report.

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