This is only slightly LOTR-related, but I get enough emails every day asking ‘how do I get to be an extra in the film?’ to which the answer has to be ‘First, be in New Zealand….’

Well it’s never going to be any easier: Scoop newsagency reported today that the Government here plans to double the number of visas granted to young people wanting a working holiday here.

So, getting here and staying here is only the first step, but it’s the kinda crucial one. And you could find worse ways to spend a few months if you’re not committed to being anywhere else for a while.

Don’t email me about it, contact your nearest NZ consulate.