Plans for second Wellywood protest
Tue, 31 May 2011 6:44a.m.
A group opposed to the controversial Wellywood sign is planning another protest, after surveyors were yesterday seen mapping out its proposed site.
Wellington International Airport had earlier said it would reconsider plans for the sign on the Miramar hillside, after a number of objections. Organisers of tomorrow night’s protest say it will be peaceful and the group does not support calls for vandalism of the sign.
The sign has been labelled cheesy, tacky and a “copycat”.
A protest was underway last Monday night after residents blasted the “horrible” idea, and the airport for “not listening to the people of Wellington”.
The group of around 40 cars spent an hour circling Wellington Airport’s drop-off route.
The 3-metres high, 28-metre long Hollywood imitation is to be in place by the Rugby World Cup.
Wellington Airport’s chief executive Steve Fitzgerald says any opposition to it now is wasted.
“The reaction is basically the same as the reaction we had over 12 months ago, when we did pause and ask people for other ideas. We’ve considered those ideas, so there’s nothing to stop us proceeding at this point,” he says.
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9/11/2011 3:08:03 p.m.
sam brown wrote:
@dear oh dear..its not that people are are against the name "Wellywood" they are against the name cause its a copycat of all the people who want to be "wannabes" Americanised stature that the "WOOD" holds....what are we copiers or do'ers.....I think not I want to be seen as American clone.
31/05/2011 1:54:13 p.m.
Is that Fitzgerald a pigheaded bastard or what?
31/05/2011 1:13:46 p.m.
dear oh dear wrote:
How typical NZ. Someone tries to promote something positive for Wellington/The film industry or New Zealand in General....and suddenly hundreds come out and want to tear it down.New Zealand has turned into a country full of nana's and poppa's...moaners and whingers......perhaps they just have too much time on their hands sitting on welfare!!!!.
31/05/2011 10:20:45 a.m.
Big Chief Cheapo wrote:
Feeling the need for some Easter Island Heads but fulfilling it with toilet paper on a stick
31/05/2011 9:18:42 a.m.
If not Wellywood, I think a massive sign on the hill just saying "WELLINGTON" would be all right
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