29 Nov 2012

Post-Hobbit premiere era begins

8:10 am on 29 November 2012

Wellington is in recovery mode on Thursday, after The Hobbit film premiere brought much of the city to a standstill.

Police estimate more than 20,000 people were around Courtenay Place to see the stars of the movie walk a red carpet.

A few people breached a liquor ban, but on the whole the crowd was well behaved.

Streets closed for the event in central Wellington are now open again.

Some of the stars are now heading overseas on a promotional tour.

The film will be officially released in New Zealand on 12 December.

Meanwhile, the Council of Trade Unions says the Government has been dishonest about whether the law needed to be changed to keep the films in New Zealand.

Prime Minister John Key thanked the New Zealand public at the premiere for supporting the Government as it made law changes to ensure the movies were made in New Zealand.

CTU president Helen Kelly said it is a bit rich for the prime minister to suggest he had public support for the law change because it was done under urgency, with no provision for public submissions.