Our city, our country

We are based in Wellington, the “Innovation Capital” of New Zealand, but our staff comes from other places within New Zealand and from overseas. Wellington is the home of the New Zealand government and therefore many of the ministries and departments of the government are based in Wellington, as are a number of embassies and consulates. In particular, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand is based in Wellington city – a short walk from our office.

Wellington, also often referred to as the “Creative Capital”, is the cultural and artistic centre of New Zealand. The national orchestra, ballet company, opera society, museum (Te Papa), library, film archive, and observatory are all based in Wellington.

Wellington was also the birthplace of Katherine Mansfield, one of the world’s best know short story writers. The house in which she was born has been restored and will be recognisable to readers of Mansfield's stories Prelude, The Aloe and A Birthday.

Since 2005 Wellington has hosted New Zealand’s iconic World of WearableArts™ Awards (WOW). Each year designers can enter garments in a range of categories, including “Illumination Illusion” (where the designs glow under ultra violet light), “Avant Garde”, “South Pacific”, and the ever popular “Bizarre Bra”. For more information see the WOW website

Wellington is also the home of a successful film industry. Many people will associate Wellington with the success of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong. Much of these movies were filmed in and around Wellington. Wellington also hosted the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Cineposium in 2008.

Wellington hosts the New Zealand International Arts Festival biennially. The next Festival will be in February and March 2014. Further details can be found at the Festival’s website.

Further examples of Wellington’s creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship can be found at the City Council’s website.

Wellington is also a place of learning with two universities, a medical school, and a film school as well as many other educational institutions. To top it all off, Wellington boasts over 300 restaurants and cafés, a zoo, bird sanctuary and numerous reserves, parks, theatres, art galleries and museums.

New Zealand is the home of “Middle Earth” and a land of many contrasts, from golden sand beaches to volcanoes to dramatic snow covered peaks. As a tourist destination and a place to live it is hard to beat!

New Zealand has such a diverse landscape and there are many different activities of offer if you happen to be in our part of the world. What will be your perfect day in "Middle Earth"?

Updated June 2012


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