Andy Foster says financial backing from Lord of the Rings director was not reason for his victory in New Zealand capital

Wellington’s new mayor, Andy Foster, has hit back at suggestions he is a “puppet” of Sir Peter Jackson, whilst still refusing to reveal how much the Lord of the Rings director and wife Fran Walsh donated to his campaign.

Andy Foster won local elections in New Zealand’s capital city over the weekend, ousting one-term incumbent Justin Lester.

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