by Lindsay Shelton
The DomPost’s front-page headline this morning has no connection with the facts in the article which follows.
The headline says a deal is close for a Lord of the Rings Museum in Wellington.
But what’s the reality? Peter Jackson, through his spokesman Matt Dravitski, says “nothing is decided or resolved.”
Even Wellington Waterfront’s Ian Pike, usually optimistic about possible new developments, says “there is nothing definitive whatsoever.” He adds that “Jackson’s team had explored several sites along the waterfront but he did not know if the team had narrowed it down.”
But ignoring these two precise denials, someone wrote the headline and someone else approved it.
Even the DomPost’s description of a “Lord of the Rings” museum is wrong. Peter Jackson’s long-term idea, should it ever eventuate, is for an ambitious cinema museum which would include props, costumes and sets from other major international films, not only from his own The Lord of the Rings.
So there’s nothing new in the front page report. Except for the fact that it is built on a statement from someone who has no involvement with the project.
The non-involved Councillor John Morrison is quoted as “confirming plans for a [museum] site in the city centre.” He “understands” that two sites are being investigated – Shed 1 on the waterfront and the old CitiOps building at the southern end of Tory Street.
Mr Morrison says, confusingly: “We are thrilled…. But we are not involved directly.”
He’s blatantly trying to win some credit for someone else’s project. And for someone else’s project that hasn’t yet reached finality. But he has no right to “confirm” the project. And there’s no justification for the DomPost’s headline. Unless, perhaps, the Morrison team were hoping that his mayoral candidacy would somehow benefit if he used Peter Jackson’s name. But with Jackson’s “nothing is decided” statement, the candidate is left looking foolish.