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Hometown Boomtown

Hometown Boomtown

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 made way for motorways, and wood and stone for steel, glass and concrete. The 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.

This 50-minute feature documentary 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: wellingtoncityheritageweek.co.nz