May 13, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Local vampires make their mark as the capital city transforms into Vellington

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Local Wellington VampiresVladislav the PokerandViago von Blitzenbergunveiled their latest DIY masterpiece in Wellington tonight, the addition of a giant V to the iconic Wellington sign.

1B2C2034The local vampires (who bear a striking resemblance to local comedy heavyweightsTaika WaititiandJemaine Clement) have joined forces withPositively Wellington TourismandWellington Airportto declare the city officially Vampire Friendlyas they head towards the 19 June nationwide NZ cinema release of their feature film What We Do In The Shadows.

“Ve think this idea is vonderful and ve applaud Vellington for opening its doors to the Vampire community,Says Viago. Ve can’t promise not to eat anyone but ve vill do our best.”

Vellington AirportsChief ExecutiveSteve Sandersonwas pleased to be able to help the Vampires and their mortal counterparts with their cleverly crafted piece of handiwork.

“We have really enjoyed playing our small part in supporting Taika and Jemaine’s film which is a local production that showcases Wellington and the creative talent that lives here. We’re also proud to help the local vampires Viago and Vladislav tell their story to the world”.

The installation of the Vellington sign also coincides with the launch of theVampires Guide to Vellingtontourism promotion, fronted by Viago (Waititi) which was released online this afternoon ( The citys website has also been transformed intoVellingtonNZ.comto support the films release.

Positively Vellington TourismChief Executive,David Perks, says the coolest little capital in the world is a great destination for travellers of all kinds.

Wellingtons a very open-minded city celebrated for its fantastic nightlife and great places to hang out perfect for mortals and immortals alike!

Vellington Mayor, Celia Vade-Brown,says the capital which is rumoured to have a zombie apocalypse plan and hosted the first trans-Tasman same sex wedding – is known as a broad-minded city.

Vellingtons perfectly suited to be the vampire capital, its another example of our city getting behind the film industry while making the most of the chance to showcase our home to the Vorld.

What We Do in the Shadowshas received rave reviews at international film festivals across the world including critical acclaim at the Sundance, Berlinale and SXSW film festivals. Theofficial trailerhasover half a million views on YouTube.

Wellington mortalsTaika WaititiandJemaine Clementco-wrote, co-directed and co-star in the 85-minute film alongside a host of their New Zealand comedy peers including,Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Jonny Brugh, Jackie Van BeekandRhys Darby(also of Flight of the Conchords fame).

What We Do in The Shadowsis set to have its New Zealand premiere in Auckland on13 Junebefore the Vampires return to the capital for the Wellington premiere at The Embassy Theatre on18 June.

Tickets are available now for aspecial Q&A sessionwith the two directors on the films release date of Thursday 19thJune at theEmbassy Theatre.

The film is due for release in Australia, the UK and USA before the end of the year.

(Many thanks to Ben Forman for shots. Group captions are L-R Viago (Taika Waititi), Celia Wade-Brown, Vladislav (Jemaine Clement)

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