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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.


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


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