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Hometown Boomtown


Thu 26 Oct 2017, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Sat 28 Oct 2017, 4:30pm–6:00pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full Price: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Concession: $8.20 ($8.00 + $0.20 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

During the 1970s and 1980s, Wellington’s cityscape changed dramatically with the construction of the Thorndon motorway and the destruction of commercial buildings that were considered high earthquake risk. As a result of this mass demolition and the subsequent building boom, graveyards make way for motorways, and wood and stone for steel, glass, and concrete. The new, digitally preserved documentary, Hometown Boomtown investigates and captures how Wellington changed, and includes interviews with those that promoted the changes and those that lamented the loss of heritage and local culture.

The Thursday screening of Hometown Boomtown will be introduced by Claire Craig, Central Region GM for Heritage NZ. She will speak on key issues we face with heritage in our city today.

The ‘preservationists’ will have the city fall down around its ears when the earthquake comes and I won’t have that.
– Sir Michael Fowler

What seemed to be forgotten at the time was that their victims weren’t just buildings: they were places in people’s lives, almost friends...some of the best of them were the pubs: The Pier, The Barretts (bowled and cleared in 17 days); old identities: The Duke, The Princess, and The Empire.
– From the narration

The 50-minute feature documentary Hometown Boomtown will be preceded by short films of the Thorndon motorway development during the 1970s.

This event is part of Wellington City Heritage Week. There are over 20 community hosted events throughout the city between 23-29th October that showcase the city’s identity and culture. See more events at:

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