Bethells beachgoers' bad blood with Taylor Swift

  • 26/11/2015
Taylor Swift (AAP)
Taylor Swift (AAP)

Pop sensation Taylor Swift caused a stir in New Zealand this week with her surprise visit to film a music video.

But not everyone was pleased, with residents at Auckland's Bethells Beach saying Swift's crew breached their permit conditions while filming the video, damaging the natural habitat of the endangered dotterel.    

On Facebook, Sandra Coney, chairwoman for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, expressed her unhappiness, saying she believes Swift broke the terms of her filming permit.

"Taylor Swift filming at Bethells this week. Permission was given for I think 2 vehicles, instead there were about a dozen. Parks not happy at all," Ms Coney posted.

"We are trying to minimise vehicles on beaches for good reasons but at Bethells there are baby dotterels. We have developed a dotterel management plan as there is a heap of filming out there, and we welcome it as economic activity that should leave no footprint, but Taylor's lot did not respect the environment or the conditions of their consent."

Screen Auckland manager Michael Brook confirmed to Fairfax Media that Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) had issued a permit to Swift's production team to film at Bethells Beach.

However, ATEED told Fairfax they did not have power to take any punitive action against production companies that breached their permits.

The crew were given conditions limiting beach access to two vehicles, with vehicles only allowed on hard sand, and access to the dunes forbidden.

They were also asked by ATEED to "please stay alert for baby dotterels…feeding near the water with their parents".

Various Twitter users had spotted the 25-year-old all over Auckland this week, with the star also seen in Queenstown yesterday.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Swift is due to touchdown in Australia today.

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