Backdown Over Wellywood


As predicted here a few days ago, Infratil’s Wellington Airport has backed down over its Wellywood sign in the wake of the strong opposition to the stupid idea.
But there still will be a sign.

It’s now inviting”a group of individuals representing a range of Wellington interests and views” to form a panel. The panel will consider alternative sign options and the details of a process to engage Wellingtonians in a decision between Wellywood and the alternative(s).

The Airport will participate in the work of the panel as a facilitator, and will not vote on the alternatives.

How about…

Wellington Airport CEO, Steve Fitzgerald, who was previously dogmatic about it, says: “We have listened to community views. We are inextricably linked to the Wellington economy and community, and we always strive to act in the best interests of Wellington.”

“The sign has always been about putting Wellington firmly on the map as a film tourism destination and the process to date has exceeded our expectations of international media coverage. The name Wellywood was chosen from a process 15 months ago, but clearly has opposition. For this reason, we have decided to put options through a community selection process.”




  1. Anthony says:

    Sweet As…!

  2. James B says:

    Maybe the sign should be. Wellington: This is where decisions about Auckland are made.

  3. Andy says:

    So basically they are rouunding up a group of people and saying “Okay, lets see if you can do any better!”

  4. James says:

    I love how the airport CEO is trying to sound like the airport cared what people thought all along. The outcry from last year when they first suggested it should have told them this was a ridiculous idea.

    I think he should resign. He’s clearly got appalling judgement and shouldnt be running an airport.

  5. rtc says:

    Why do we even need a silly sign on this hill? My ‘better’ suggestion for a sign would be none.

  6. Anthony says:

    Because the moron is not taking no sign for an answer at all…


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