Yesterday I photographed the protests at Wellington airport over the proposed “Hollywood” style sign for Wellington: Wellywood. A supposedly tounge-in-cheek development proposed by Wellington Airport to help promote the New Zealand film industry, and Wellington as a tourist destination. However, many Wellington residents are opposed to the scheme, stating that it is tacky and unoriginal, and does not reflect the creativity or values of Kiwis in the industry or residents in Wellington. With comments on social media sites threatening to graffitti or destroy the sign once it is erected, and companies such as Moa Brewery offering 15 cases of beer for the first person to destroy the sign, the coming weeks should offer some interesting photographic perspectives.
This was a good practice run for doing live news events (somewhat a rarity in Wellington) and I managed to email the images to the Dominion Post an hour after the protest finished. Sadly they didn’t use the pics as they had their own photographer there!