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Wellywood blockade

Wellywood blockade

A June 2011 plan by Wellington airport to mount a large ‘Wellywood’ sign (referring to the city's film industry) on its land beside the airport generated a storm of protest amongst Wellingtonians. Many thought it was a cheap copy of the Hollywood sign, and wanted something that expressed Wellington’s identity. Some were so outraged they organised a slow-moving blockade of the airport’s terminal, clogging the traffic for several hours. This is one of the 100 or so cars on the protest.

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Ben Schrader, 'Public protest - Pickets, blockades and boycotts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/35098/wellywood-blockade (accessed 21 April 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2015