Time stands aside for The Wellington Effect

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WELLINGTON, Today: Wellington indie agency Eighty-One hit the streets of the capital to create and film The Wellington Effect for the new tourism campaign out of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency.

The campaign storyline follows a couple as they enjoy a magical weekend in Wellington where they fall in love again and get progressively younger – experiencing The Wellington Effect.

WREDA general manager Anna Calver says the campaign is aiming to attract visitors from around New Zealand over winter, when the city’s tourism businesses tend to be quieter. 

“The New Zealand visitor market is really important for Wellington, making up around 70% of our annual $2.6 billion visitor spend,” she said.

“And whilst Wellington arguably doesn’t come immediately to mind as an ideal winter getaway, with skiing and the Pacific Islands more likely contenders, it is definitely a brilliant time to visit.

“The campaign is live on TV, in cinemas, outdoor and on digital platforms. The entire cost was $300,000.”

“There’s loads of events, great dining and shopping but it’s also just really fun and inspiring. Coming here makes you see things differently. It invigorates and spurs you to try new things. It makes you see life with fresh eyes and might even make you fall in love with your partner all over again. It might even transform you – if you let it – and make you feel young again.”

The campaign has been created and shot entirely in Wellington by local agency Eighty-One, with original music from the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.

Eighty-One’s creative director on the project was Chris Bleakley: “Being a Wellington company working on a campaign for Wellington meant we really wanted to get this right. Fortunately, the team at WREDA made the process so much fun, we felt like kids again.”

Anna Calver added: “it’s important to us that we showcase Wellington’s creative spirit using the creative talent that thrives here.”

The tvc went live yesterday (Sunday) on TV, in cinemas in NZ, outdoor and on digital platforms. The entire campaign cost $300,000.

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