Vote now: The final Wellywood vote

Vote now: The people's options v Wellywood

Last updated 05:00 09/11/2011
Opinion poll

What do you want the sign to be?

Wellington Blown Away

Eye of Taniwha



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The final vote is on. And thousands of Wellingtonians have demonstrated they care about the result.

Voting closes at midnight tonight for what sign will be placed on Wellington Airport land in Miramar.

Wellington - blown away

Thirty-five people suggested using the word "Wellington" in different formats. This particular idea, based on a design submitted by the team at Saatchi & Saatchi, is a play on Wellington's windy reputation and also on the idea of being "blown away" by the Wellington region.

Eye of the Taniwha Whataitai

This is based on an idea submitted by Stephen Maddock, who suggested a representation of the eye of the taniwha Whataitai. The giant eyelid is partially closed and the eyeball will move with the wind, keeping a watch on the harbour.


Wellywood is the original concept proposed by Wellington Airport. The sign is styled after the famous Hollywood sign and references the strong film industry based in Wellington.

A public competition was launched on August 31, after public outrage over airport plans to put a Wellywood sign on the hillside.

More than 300 entries were sent in and a panel of prominent Wellingtonians selected five finalists. A first round of voting in which more than 18,500 people voted determined the two finalists that would go up against Wellywood in the final vote.

Wellington – Blown Away was the clear winner of the first stage of voting with a whopping 46 per cent of the votes.

Second with 21 per cent of the votes was The Eye of the Taniwha, which shows the giant eye of the mythical beast gazing across the harbour.

These two designs now go head-to-head with the Wellywood concept in a final vote.

The vote closes on Friday, November 18 at midnight and the winner will be announced on Monday, November 21.

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