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James Cameron to work and live in New Zealand: he buys 2,500 acres of farmland

This year, director, writer and producer James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) spent an estimated $16 million to buy 2,500 acres of farmland around Lake Pounui (pronounced po-NEW-ee).

It was ultimately New Zealand’s contemporary film culture that persuaded Mr. Cameron to shift his work life, in stages, toward the Southern Hemisphere. New Zealand film crews, he said, have a freshness and flexibility he no longer finds in the United States. “They aren’t the sort of third-generation people you find working on soundstages in a very jaded Los Angeles,” he contended.

To obtain governmental approval to buy the land, he had to agree to keep at least part of it as a working farm. But the current operation — built mostly around cows — poses a problem for Mr. Cameron, who said his wife, Suzy Amis, had pushed him and their children toward a plant-based diet. “So we’re looking for something more crop based,” Mr. Cameron explained. “I don’t want to be a hypocrite.”

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