Taylor Swift Skips ARIA Awards; Video Shoot Sparks Trouble In New Zealand

Taylor Swift was scheduled to attend what is said to be the most coveted awards ceremony of the Australian music calendar: the Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards — ARIA Awards in short.

This comes just days after Swift’s no-show at the American Music Awards (AMAs). The 25-year-old singer was slated to attend but had failed to do so, with a source telling Daily Mail Australia, “She was supposed to come but at the last minute cancelled.”

The source further shared that Swift had a scheduled interview with blogger Alli Simpson — sister of singer Cody — who was left in the dust when Swift did not show up. Additionally, the insider claimed Alli rang model and close friend Gigi Hadid, seeking confirmation on Swift’s attendance.

“Even Gigi was under the impression Taylor would be there but it seems she changed her mind at the last minute,” the source added.

Swift was previously seen boarding a private jet in Auckland where she has been shooting scenes for her new music video. The sighting spurred excitement among fans, thinking the Blank Space singer was en route to Sydney.

Swift pulled out of the ARIA Awards last minute. (Image source: Wikimedia.)

Swift pulled out of the ARIA Awards last minute. (Image source: Wikimedia.)

Her music video shooting reportedly took place on the shore in Bethells Beach, a popular seaside town just outside Auckland. Cherokee Films, Swift’s production company, had allegedly been granted permission in advance to film on the sand, home to the very endangered New Zealand dotterel.

According to the Department of Conversation website, there are only 1,700 dotterels left in New Zealand.

While the beach conducted a strict 2-vehicle limitation, Swift and her crew brought in up to a dozen vans and other four-wheel vehicles.

Sandra Coney, chairwoman of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, said Swift and her people placed the local dotterels at risk by walking and driving “all over the beach.”

Taylor Swift

There are only 1,700 dotterels left in New Zealand. (Image source: Wikimedia.)

Speaking to Radio New Zealand, she stated, “It’s really disappointing that such a large number of vehicles would park all over the beach and drive all over the beach.”

Taking to Facebook, Coney added, “Park’s not happy at all. We are trying to minimize 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.”

From their side, Cherokee Films took full responsibility for the incident, but remained firm on their argument that “no dotterel were harmed” during filming.

“Taylor Swift and her management team were in no way at fault and did not do anything that violated permits or ordinances,” they said in a statement.

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