NZ stars in Taylor Swift video



Popstar Taylor Swift has released her latest video clip featuring New Zealand sand, sea and mountains.

The clip, to the singer’s latest single Out Of The Woods, was filmed here in November and released on January 1.

It opens with a shot of Auckland’s Bethells Beach, which will be remembered most notably from Dotteralgate – an incident where Swift came under fire from conservationists who claimed her crew put a rare native bird at risk during shooting.

The production team breached their permit by using up to 12 vehicles on the beach, which is home to endangered baby dotterels. They later apologised.

No dotterels appear in the video.

The clip features other notable New Zealand scenery – likely near Queenstown – including a forest where Swift rolls about in the mud and gets quite dirty, and mountains.

Unlike the Alps, however, the mountains have wolves in them, which follow Swift along a ridge. They are probably CGI.

The video also features Swift, in a blue dress, falling into the ocean.

Out of the Woods is widely thought to be about her past romance with One Direction band member Harry Styles.

Swift missed the American Music Awards in favour of making the video.

Auckland councillor Cameron Brewer says the imagery of Bethells Beach is breathtaking and being admired by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

“Auckland Council should roll out the carpet for mega stars like Taylor Swift, not sit there and count the cars, cry foul, and effectively insult the woman.”