Posted from the US
Having just returned from a trip to Middle Earth (New Zealand) I have been actively following the strange and twisted tale of some major US studios thinking about yanking the two new Hobbit film productions out of New Zealand.
I am quite biased here, as I have friends in New Zealand who will be working on the production - but my overall guess is that anyone who has ever visited the country would appreciate how very wrong it would be to pull the films out of what truly is the only and best place for them to be created.
New Zealanders not only love their Hobbits, they essentially are Hobbits. They are one of the friendliest, least corrupt nations on earth - they live away from it all in their rough and tumble Shire Isle. The way the native Maori have been made part of society is not perfect - but it appears to be a far better situation than the way many countries have dealt with their original peoples. They seem to go out of their way to get along and to try and respect the culture of others - by wit and by being genuine, not by military might. Hobbits be there.
Where the Hobbit gets made may not seem to be a major issue on the global stage. Terrorism and the falling economy and worldwide poverty are much bigger fish. But I think that there is much for the rest of the world to learn from this modest and isolated place - much to learn about how to live in peace and get along.
So let's all join in and support their rally - let the Hobbit stay where it belongs!