From the IABC Wellington President: Make Wellington your own kind of cool

Make Wellington your own kind of cool

I’ve been hyping Fusion for weeks now with videos, interviews, and articles. I’m comfortable being a cheerleader for the conference, its masterclasses, and related events for one reason: I am resolute in my belief that those attending Fusion will benefit from the insights, connections, and information they gain in Wellington this March.

It’s also possible the reason is because I secretly want the coordination and strength to be one of the throwers on Netflix’s Cheer.

Okay, two reasons, but 100% of the former and 35% of the latter.

Either way, there’s an added bonus to all this promotion of Fusion: the more I promote, the greater the opportunity to introduce others to the Coolest Little Capital in the World, Wellington.

I’m writing this at my table looking out at Mount Victoria, one of the best places in the city to watch the sun set— a hilltop lookout accessible via a 2.6km or 4.6km hike from the Fusion conference hotel, the QT. It’s also the location of one of the signature chase scenes in Lord of the Rings. (For those who haven’t seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy, if you start watching now, you’ll be nearly halfway through by the time you arrive in Wellington. Luckily, there are tours that require much less time and will take you to Weta Workshop or LOTR film locations.)

For those staying at another of our conference hotels, The Oaks, stepping outside your front door on Courtenay Place will place you smack in the middle of where scenes from What We Do In the Shadows were filmed. (That said, beware the Werewolves running round our conference venue, Te Papa.) Honestly, for a Wellingtonian, it’s a bit awkward to hang the city’s cool factor on movies filmed, respectively, 17 and 5 years ago— there is so much more to this city.

There’s amazing trails to run, for those who love their views with some sweat. For those who like their trails with some hops, there’s a craft beer scene not easily matched anywhere in the world. For those who don’t subscribe to scenes (I see you, hipsters), take the opportunity ironically paddle your cares away only steps from the conference on a paddle boat.

The best part about all of this is that, immediately following our conference, EVERYONE can find something they love at CubaDupa— one of the best, free events held in Aotearoa New Zealand. (Stay! You really want to!!)

Regardless of what I have to say about Wellington, maybe the best thing about this city is that it has enough going for it that you can find your own reasons to make it the Coolest Little Capital in the World.

At least I hope so— just like I hope to see you here, at Fusion 20.

So, haere mai!

gā mihi,