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January 3, 2009 by Christina Lee

As one of the major cities in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Wellington is a compact and vibrant cosmopolitan. It finds a perfect balance between optimising its spectacular natural surrounds and functioning as a hub of corporate activity. Situated in the southern tip of the north island, Wellington is the country's culture capital - the 'creation station'. It boasts an impressive repertoire of cultural centres that not only showcase and archive historical events and artefacts of the past and present, but also provide an interactive mode in which to engage with them. The hands-on nature of Te Papa Museum for example, fosters a type of 'living history'.

Established institutions, which include the Wellington Arts Centre and project funding for artists, provide the necessary infrastructure to build and maintain the thriving creative community. The city presents an ideal model on which to base a Creative Industry; bolstered by strong government support for the arts and regular cultural festivals. Wellington is furthermore home of the Royal New Zealand ballet, National Opera, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and numerous drama and dance academies.

In recent years, Wellington has evolved into a significant player in the international film circuit and has affectionately become known as Wellywood. It is likely that film production will become a major form of industry for the city and the wider region. With such critically acclaimed and profitable projects as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong (currently in production) and the city's universities racing to develop their Film Studies departments, it is a positive sign of the integration of practice with theory, and industry with art. These developments also extend beyond cinema to encompass music, urban art and performance.

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