September 23, 2019

Protest against ‘Wellywood’ sign gathers momentum

The Wellywood sign - a regional finalist in the daft idea of the year awards.

Protesters outraged Wellington Airport’s plan to erect a giant ‘Wellywood’ sign are promising to “blockade” Wellington Airport tonight.

The 30 metre long, 8 metre high sign that mimic’s the ‘Hollywood’ sign in Los Angeles is due to be erected in June on a hillside next to Wellington Airport.

Despite thousands of locals expressing their dislike of the idea through Facebook and Twitter, Wellington Airport CEO Steve Fitzgerald says the sign will go ahead regardless.

He says public consultation about the sign has dragged out for a year, and in the end, ‘Wellywood’ was deemed the most suitable slogan.

“The sign’s definitely going ahead. We’ve spent over a year considering the options and the feedback and the feedback this time is similar to the feedback last time,” he says.

Newswarped does not get what Steve is on about here. If people hated the idea at the beginning and they still hate it then who the F#$* is on the focus group that supports it? Maybe a few close relatives of Mr Fitzgerald as well as his cat?

By today more than 22,000 people have ‘liked’ the Facebook group “Wellingtonians Against the Wellywood Sign”.

Protesters plan to blockade the Wellington Airport drop-off, pick-up zone between 6.00pm-7.00pm tonight.

This is another example of a corporate thinking it knows what the people want. Wellington’s film industry has been built on the visonary back of Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor.

It is original and successful in its own right. There is absolutley no need to feel so insecure that we need to do a pathetic imitation of an iconic sign in America to put a label on what Jackson and Taylor have achieved.