Avatar 2 crew criticised for landing in New Zealand to resume filming despite borders being shut

Avatar 2 crew flew into New Zealand over the weekend
Avatar 2 crew flew into New Zealand over the weekend - (Copyright Twitter: @GameforceGlobal)
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The Avatar 2 crew have faced criticism after landing in New Zealand to resume filming despite the country’s borders being shut.

The crew were granted permission to fly into New Zealand but locals with businesses have branded the move 'unfair'.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern closed New Zealand’s borders on March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the response for slowing the spread of the virus has been praised internationally.

But the news of Avatar director James Cameron and 55 of his crew arriving on a privately chartered plane over the weekend has angered locals.

Chair of the New Zealand Association of Migration and Investment June Ranson told RNZ news that the crew being allowed in showed a 'double standard'.

“It’s totally unfair and damaging to New Zealand’s reputation.”

A dairy farmer named Tom Hargreaves added that his second-in-command from Uruguay was essential to his business but was stopped at the borders multiple times, despite dairy workers being classified as essential workers. 

The Avatar crew are required to quarantine for 14 days before they can go back to work.

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