Wellington is in shot as it's dubbed film capital of New Zealand
Latest figures have revealed that those moving to New Zealand, specifically capital city Wellington, will be able to enjoy the country’s film capital.
Wellington has been given the title with the city’s mayor saying that it acts as further proof that the city is broadening its economic base, a plus point for international movers.
Statistics New Zealand figures, the feature film industry in the city generated a huge NZ$495 million (£255 million) in revenue in 2011. This is a 4.2 per cent increase when compared to the previous year, where the industry brought in NZ$474 million.
It is also a 49 per cent increase on the NZ$252 million that was generated in 2008.
When talking about the total feature film revenue contributed to New Zealand as a whole, this was found to have risen by 15 per cent to over $700m thanks to 35 feature films being produced in the country last year.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said Wellington’s creative sector offers many exciting jobs opportunities, describing the film industry as a “serious part” of the city’s economy.
“The combination of inspiring individuals and a city where talent wants to live is a successful proposition,” she continued.
“I look forward to supporting co-production initiatives to grow the sector further.”
The world premiere of The Hobbit is set to come to Wellington, with Wellington City Council’s economy portfolio leader, Councillor Jo Coughlan, saying this would further cement the city’s place in the film world.
“The success of the film industry proves we have world-class skills and infrastructure here,” said Cllr Coughlan.
She said that there was still work to be done if wellington was to continue to grow and achieve, commenting that a better job needs to be done in terms of promoting the city’s strengths.
Securing direct flights to Asia was one idea suggested by the councillor in order to help the city enjoy further success while targeting efforts and being focused would also help, she said.
Wellington currently has 753 businesses connected with the feature film industry.