Her new single is rumoured to be the fan-favourite “Out of the Woods”;, but that might not be the case for the production company behind Taylor Swift’s new music video.
Swift was in New Zealand earlier this week to shoot the video for her next 1989 single. According to a conservation group spokesperson, instead of the two production vehicles Cherokee Films was permitted to have on the beach where the video was being shot, there were at least a dozen on site. The beach is home to an endangered species of birds called Dotterels, and concerns arose that the vehicles would drive over and crush the birds’ nests.
“Because they are so hard to see, nests are sometimes crushed by people, vehicles, horses or stock,”; the New Zealand Department of Conservation’s website states.
Cherokee Films insists it complied with the conditions of the filming permit, and clarified that Swift and her camp were not involved in the incident. “Taylor Swift and her management team were in no way at fault and did not do anything that violated permits or ordinances,”; the company said in a statement. They added that they will make a donation to a Dotterel protection program, “in acknowledgement of the concern this has added to those in charge of protecting local Dotterel population.”;
Swift has yet to comment on the matter.