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Promoter Peter Jackson started making movies at his birthplace, Pukerua Bay, a northern suburb of Porirua City midway along the region's west coast.
His work on LOTR was mostly done in the eastern parts of Wellington City (which is at the south-west corner of the region), notably at Weta Workshop in Miramar, and he persuaded his backers to stage the premiere of the third film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, in the entertainment heart of that city in 2003.
From April to August 2006, New Zealand's National Museum ("Te Papa") is hosting a revamped LOTR exhibition, including a 1:72 scale model of Minas Tirith.