Many thanks to Sharon for the transcript

New Zealand Herald

18 October 2000

End of Xena "sad day" for New Zealand

The local film and television industry is mourning the imminent demise of scores of jobs on the set of Xena: Warrior Princess.

US film company Pacific Renaissance Pictures has announced that the sixth and final series will wrap up filming early next year.

Xena has been filmed around west Auckland since 1993, pumping millions of dollars into the local industry.

Screen Producers and Directors Association Chief Executive Jane Wrightson says it is hard to put a price on the benefits Xena has brought for New Zealand.

She says it has put New Zealand on the map in film-making terms, has helped foster tourism, and has provided a huge number of jobs for people in the industry and in related trades.

Xena screens in more than 115 countries.

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