23:19 Prime Minister John Key is praising a crowd-funding project to buy back an Abel Tasman beach and has hinted there could be Crown funding.

23:19 Mum of Auckland teenager killed in rubbish truck accident speaks out as Auckland Council is sued over the death

23:18 Russia's sale of $19 million-worth of weapons to Fiji is seen as an attempt by Moscow to gain a foothold in the Pacific.

23:18 The local council says it will take action to stop copycats of a death-defying bridge jump at a popular water hole in McLaren Falls near Tauranga.

23:17 A leader of the Catholic Church in Christchurch during challenging times following the city's earthquakes, has passed away. 74-year-old Bishop Barry

Mon, 20 Sep 2010

Michael Regina, a web site that got 500,000 hits a day

Bruce Hopkins chats to Michael Regina who along with Kiwi Erica Challis was one of the co-founders of the web site TheOneRing.Net. They were a couple of Tolkien fans who wanted to keep an eye on how the filming of Lord Of The Rings was progressing. Their subsequent website began getting 500,000 hits each day! TORN made history as a marketing tool for the film. Peter Jackson ended up supplying Michael with weekly video diaries of the making of King Kong

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