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Special effects supremo Gino Acevedo came to Wellington almost 15 years ago to work on the Lord of the Ringstrilogy and now calls the city home.
Special effects supremo Gino Acevedo came to Wellington almost 15 years ago to work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and now calls the city home.
“One of the things I noticed when I first moved here to Wellington is just how creative this town really is. It seems like every other person is some kind of artist,” says Gino.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Gino’s since worked on major blockbusters in Wellington such as King Kong, Avatar, Tintin, Planet of the Apes and The Hobbit trilogy.
For him, one of the things that makes the city a great place to live is its scenery.
“I’ll never forget the first time I flew into Wellington from Los Angeles, just how beautiful and clean it was. Walking about the town, everything’s so easy to get around and plus the water’s no more than five minutes away.”
With an amazing cuisine and more cafes per capita than anywhere else in the world, Gino loves the buzz and feel of his new home.
“I love the people, the culture and everything about Wellington. I wish the rest of the world could be more like Wellington.”
Knowing she could work in the same role in Wellington as in her home town Liverpool gave Louise the confidence she needed to make Wellington her new home.
Louise is an environmental engineer for Opus an international engineering consultancy firm. She was able to migrate from the UK with a skilled migrant category visa.
Louise has found her team at Opus very friendly and supportive as she’s adjusted to life in Wellington over the last few months.
“I’m amazed how quickly I have settled down here. One of the things I love about where I live is that I can walk to work, it’s 15 minutes. I love the sea and I love being able to see it.”
The city’s size makes getting around in good time easy and there’s a lot on offer.
“Lunchtimes I’ve been running, I’ve been indoor rock-climbing, I’ve been kayaking. Sometimes I pop home for lunch. With the city being so compact you can do whatever you want.”
From her house walking in one direction she is within easy reach of great restaurants, “you know you can go out with your friends and have really good food and wine”. The other direction takes her up to Wellington’s green belt, a corridor of natural bush and forest that sits on the city’s doorstep, “you can be in the countryside”.
“The biggest surprise with Wellington is just how close everything is and how quickly you can get to know a place and settle down and feel like you have lived here forever.”
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Wellingtonians have a 5km average commute to work
49.8% of Wellingtonians own their own home
There are 363kms of MTB and walking tracks in the region
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Wellington has around 750 cafes and restaurants
Wellington has 2,110hrs of sunshine per year
Wellington region has a population of 492,500
Wellingtonians have an average commute to work of only 5km
Wellington has 363km of mountain biking and walking tracks
Wellington's median house price is $455,899