21 Nov 2014

800 jobs for Wellington screen industry

9:46 pm on 21 November 2014

The production of the Disney film, Pete's Dragon, is set to inject up to 800 jobs into Wellington's screen industry over the next six months.

The film's production will create about 400 jobs for Wellington-based cast and crew, and attract the same number of New Zealanders to relocate to the region for the making of the film.

Filming will take place in Wellington, Wairarapa and Rotorua from January to April next year.

Chief executive of Wellington's economic development agency, Grow Wellington, Gerard Quinn, said all screen activity had considerable benefits.

He said $700 million was injected into Wellington's economy, from feature films last year.

Mr Quinn said benefits included jobs, increased business for hotels, restaurants and suppliers of food and building supplies, and showcased Wellington as a film destination on the world stage.