Wellywood is an informal name for the city of Wellington, New Zealand. The name - a conflation of Wellington and Hollywood - is a reference to the film production business established in the city by The Lord of the Rings film director Sir Peter Jackson, and Wellington-based special effects companies Weta Workshop and Weta Digital. The businesses operate a number of film-related facilities in the Wellington suburb of Miramar.
In March 2010, the Wellington Airport company announced plans to erect a Hollywood-style sign Wellywood on a hillside next to the Miramar cutting. After the airport considered a range of alternatives, it was announced in May 2011 that the Wellywood sign would be going ahead. However this was met with enormous criticism, and on June 1, 2011 it was announced that a panel would be convened to consider alternative sign options. The panel ran a binding public poll on The Dominion Post website with the 'Wellington Blown Away' design being chosen. The sign was erected 27 July, 2012.
- Burgess, Dave (March 10, 2010). "Public split on Wellywood". The Dominion Post. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
- Burgess, Dave (May 21, 2011). "Wellywood sign to go ahead". The Dominion Post. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
- McKewen, Tamar (May 22, 2011). "Wellywood sign rage on Facebook page". Stuff.co.nz. NZPA. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
- "Wellingtonians rejoice at Wellywood U-turn". One News. June 1, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
- Burgess, Dave (November 21, 2011). "Voters blow Wellywood away". The Dominion Post.
- Dastgheib, Shabnam (July 7, 2012). "Finally, Wellington gets the sign". The Dominion Post.
- Joint Wellington regional initiative to support Wellywood
- Holding back Wellywood Massey University news article
- Welcome to Wellywood Article on the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- Original Anti-Wellywood Facebook page
- Wellywood Sign Generator
- Wellingtonians Against the Wellywood Sign Facebook page created May 2011
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