Los Angeles | A crew working with Taylor Swift on her new music video has responded to allegations that they breached the terms of their shooting permit while filming at Bethells Beach in New Zealand. Kiwi production company Cherokee Films recently issued a statement in attempt to resolve bad blood with conservationists and locals who were concerned with endangered dotterel birds nesting there, reported Ace Showbiz.
Taylor Swift and her management team were in no way at fault and did not do anything that violated permits or ordinances. Cherokee Films has a long history of responsible film shoots across Auckland, including Bethells Beach, where we have filmed many times, they continued. Our shoots have always been with the guidance and support of the relevant local authority most recently Screen Auckland and Parks and landowners.
They also claimed that their filming location was nowhere close to the dotterels’ nesting spot. At all times the film crew adhered to the Dotterel protocol in guidelines provided about the dotterel nesting sites, and at no time were the film crew close to that habitat. No Dotterel were harmed. There’s no official word on which song the video was shot for, though there’s been rumor claiming Swift is releasing Out of the Woods as the next single off her 1989 album.