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Poll majority: ‘We don’t want sign on airport hill’

Sep 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

NO sign at all is the best option for the Miramar Peninsular when the temporary All Blacks sign comes down after the World Cup, say Wellingtonians.

Of 278 voters in a Newswire poll, 33% would prefer no sign, closely followed by 30% leaning towards a sign saying “Wellington.”

Middle Earth, Wannabe-ville, Wetaland, Land of the Rings, Wallywood, Hobbiton and Jacksonville all scored under 10% each.

While the Wellywood option got a dismal 6% in favour, it will still be pitted up against two final designs – narrowed down from the hundreds of submissions to the Wellington Airport’s independent panel.

Until a final decision is made through public vote, an All Blacks sign sits on the peninsula in the spirit of the current Rugby World Cup.

The Wellington Airport has also put up trespass notices on the land above the sign to try to stop people climbing down to it.

A poll conducted by the Dominion Post showed Wellingtonians have reacted positively to the temporary sign, with 44% saying it was very cool, and 15% saying it was ohk.

Amid concerns that ideas were all associated with words like the original proposal, Wellywood – and with less than three weeks until public submissions close – the panel has finally seen an influx of creative designs.

“It is really exciting to see some varied and creative ideas coming through that can battle it out against the dreaded Wellywood idea for the public vote,” panel member Andy Boreham (who organised a protest when the idea was first announced) told the Dominion Post.

Some of the concepts suggested so far include Maui’s fish hook slicing through the hill and three famous film characters leaping from a silver fern.

Andrew Shaw – who submitted the Maui fish hook design – told the Dominion Post:  “Hopefully [it] reinforces the idea of our creative culture of bringing amazing stories to life.”

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