The timing and purpose of this ban seems rather draconian, even for New Zealand. I mean, they pretty much just nuked any future independent movies from being filmed there, because it's going to be ridiculously expensive to secure permission to fly camera drones over public parklands. (You either close the park to the public, or get permission from everyone visiting on that particular day.) I suppose if they have the big bucks for a helicopter, that'll still be open.
But like I said, this seems ridiculously excessive. It makes no sense! It's a small, easily handled problem, and they just hit it with a pile driver.
Or...is it really such a "small" problem? I guess the interpretation of how small it is, depends greatly on how much money you paid for your ultra-secret air-strip in the middle of nowhere.
With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in peopleâ(TM)s mind, the worldâ(TM)s super rich are already preparing for the consequences. At a packed session in Davos, former hedge fund director Robert Johnson revealed that worried hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes. "I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway," he said.
That's not Alex Jones or some other wooby-woo-woo-alien-Elvis-JFK-love-triangle website, that's The Guardian.
I imagine someone who paid $20 million dollars to have a D7 Caterpillar flown 50 miles into the middle of nowhere and carve out a secret airstrip would be pretty upset if some weekend drone pilot with a backpack and a mountain bike spoiled their little secret.