• Resource consent granted for Hawke’s Bay studio

Resource consent granted for Hawke’s Bay studio

Hawke’s Bay No8 Studios has received Resource Consent for a purpose built film facility in Te Awanga.

Led by respected film industry member Tony Keddy, the facility is set to be greenfield development with buildings being purpose built for the specific needs of the film industry. The off-grid complex will be located within a 1000 acre property with access to thousands of acres of potential location options within walking distance of the studios, perfect for a raft of international productions to call Hawkes Bay home, driving significant economic impact to the region.

“We are incredibly excited that this new industry is coming to Hastings,” says Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst.

“This new industry is a positive addition to our region's economy, particularly at this time as we recover from Cyclone Gabrielle. It will bring employment and career pathway opportunities in cutting-edge technology. It will showcase Hastings and Hawkes Bay to New Zealand and the world. I very much look forward to seeing them develop the site and make their mark on the entertainment world from Hawke’s Bay.”

Keddy said he wished to thank the wider community for their engagement and support and to the Hastings District Council for their efforts and strong support of this project.

“We look forward to working with them across our next steps in constructing the studios and bringing film to this exceptional region.”

 Alongside the studio properties, the studios will create employment opportunities for locals and through partnerships with education and training based organisations drive pathways for people to begin a career path that is not currently available in the region.