New Zealand has fallen behind Iceland in this year’s Vision of Humanity Global Peace Index.
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The Wellygate debacle continues with another protagonist attracting attention to the sign, by raising the ire of the Irish.
Architect and mayor of Wellington from 1974 to 1983, Sir Michael Fowler, obviously did not win his knighthood for international diplomacy
The Human Right’s Commission says it can’t take any action against inflammatory comments made by Sir Michael Fowler.
The former mayor of Wellington has said opponents to the Wellywood sign were likely to be dumb, humourless and Irish.
Those comments have sparked an outcry.
The Human Right’s Commission has received several calls from members of the public expressing their concern.
However spokesman Gilbert Wong says there’s nothing they can do about it…more here
Curiously, Sir Michael was responsible for Wellington’s other white elephant – the Wellington International Passenger Terminal. In an interview he gave he said he was
“party to the biggest white elephant ever built”
Unfortunately white makes for an excellent canvas.
Ireland fans will be arriving in New Zealand for the rugby world cup in a few months from now. Wellington should start removing cans of emerald green paint from the shelves of its DIY barns.
For our other blogs about the Wellywood sign click here
The Mexican Wave is going to be banned at all RWC matches at Dunedin’s soon to be completed 30,000 seat stadium.
Parts of the new arena are only six metres from the playing surface, making it easy to throw things onto the field, police said.
“Fans often get the urge to do this during Mexican waves,” said Inspector Al Dickie of Dunedin police.
“If there is any nonsense we plan to deal with it quickly and firmly and make sure it doesn’t get out of hand,” Mr Dickie said in the latest issue of the police magazine Ten One. source
Fans are reminded that they are not there to enjoy themselves. Rugby isn’t a matter of life or death to New Zealanders, it’s far more important than that. If fans want to keep warm we advise them to pack their thermals. That’s if the stadium is finished on time.
England opens its world cup bid by playing Argentina at the venue on 10 Sept, Georgia on the 18th and Romania on 24th. Ireland plays Italy on 2 October
We’re waiting to see what the penalty is for blowing a Vuvuzela.
The future of New Zealand’s film industry is becoming more niche and high tech as the digital and 3D revolution takes over Wellinton’s production suites. There is less and less emphasis based on celluloid scenes of mountains and green pastures.
Recent data released by Statistics New Zealand shows New Zealand’s film production industry is declining (see below) and is being replaced by post production, particularly digital effects, on films such as Avatar.
But by a country mile the most stable and profitable sector of the country’s industry isn’t film work at all but television broadcasting, most of which comes out of Auckland and not Wellington.
Regardless of all this Wellington airport and their majority shareholder, Infratil, have decided to advertise New Zealand’s success (and by association, Wellington) by erecting a tacky pastiche of a sign that first saw the light of day on another continent back in the 1920s.
Was a rip-off of a hundred year old sign really the best they could come up with in this age of industrial light and magic and 3D rendering? Zero points for imagination and innovation. A pastiche of a symbol from a bygone age does nothing but emphasise everything that New Zealand is not, and can never be.
The UK’s Telegraph has picked up on the outrage that some New Zealanders are feeling about the Wellywood sign
Plans for the 92ft-long lettering atop hills beside the city’s international airport have been argued over for more than a year, but council planners have now given permission to go ahead, triggering a storm of opposition.
Outraged critics have swamped social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, blasting the sign as “tacky, unoriginal and embarrassing”.
One Facebook group was shut down after members suggested blowing up and setting fire to the sign, while others called on opponents to send a barrage of protest emails to the airport’s website.
Another group threatened to stage a “slow-moving vehicle blockade” around the airport concourse in a bid to cause traffic chaos
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who hold the copyright on the Hollywood sign are said to be weighing up legal action to prevent the construction of the Wellywood billboard. Their president, Leron Gubler, said it could breach his organisation’s trademark and
“We are not without a sense of humor, nor without legal rights. We hope that if the Wellington Airport wants to mimic our sign in this fashion, it will proceed in cooperation with us and will recognize that the holder of the rights to the sign and the party responsible for its continued existence is a nonprofit entity that works hard to raise funds so that the sign even exists to be mimicked.”
What are the chances of a similar non profit association with the Wellywood sign? we say Zero.
Copyright Free for All
How would New Zealand react if Hollywood parodied New Zealand icons for commercial gain, or breached intellectual copyright.
Remember the ruckus the All Blacks Haka caused, the wrath that descended on the heads of Philip Morris because of their Maori Mix cigarettes and the Mike Tyson/Hangover 2 tattoo? New Zealand should extend the same courtesy to Hollywood as it would like to attract to itself.
“It is astounding that a Pakeha tattooist who inscribes an African American’s flesh with what he considers to be a Maori design has the gall to claim … that design as his intellectual property,” Maori professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku told the New Zealand Herald. “The tattooist has an incredible arrogance to assume he has the intellectual right to claim the design form of an indigenous culture that is not his.
What’s sauce for the goose..
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Revenue from post production in New Zealand has risen risen to 40 % and is now worth $584 million, in 2008 it only made up 25 % cent of the industry. source
Statistics NZ data
- In 2010 there were 3,189 businesses in the New Zealand screen industry, up 19 percent from 2009.
- Post-production activity has almost doubled over the past two years, and is now worth $584 million.
- Over two-thirds of all post-production revenue ($408 million) was generated by contractors.
- 58 percent of all production company revenue and 55 percent of all funding came from New Zealand sources.