Sunday, June 12, 2011


You are cordially invited to the launch of a new illustrated book celebrating all things Wellingtonian.

The Wellington Book has been created by Nigel Beckford, Michael Fitzsimons, Jess Lunnon and Sandi MacKechnie and published by FitzBeck Publishing.

This book is designed to appeal to visitors and locals alike and is a visual feast that is colourful, quirky, funky and mildly educational.

JUNE 23, 6.00-7.30 PM

Here is the publishers take on it:

Capital Of Cool Gets Book To Match

The Wellington Book celebrates all things Wellingtonian in 120 gloriously illustrated pages.
The book is the brainchild of Fitzbeck Creative directors Mike Fitzsimons and Nigel Beckford.

Concluding that existing tourist books did no justice to the city’s creative reputation, they resolved to create something that captured the city in a way no camera ever could.
They drew up a list of their favourite Wellington haunts and worked with two young illustrators, Sandi MacKechnie and Jess Lunnon, to bring their vision to life.

Each picture was painstakingly built up in layers over five months with all four contributing ideas and elements.
The result is a visual feast that is colourful, quirky, funky and mildy educational.

The book captures the real Wellington - from the hardy dog walkers of Lyall Bay to tooting in the Mt Vic tunnel, hair-raising landings at the airport and glorious summer days on Oriental Parade.  
The book is designed to appeal to locals and visitors alike and would make a great gift.

An accompanying calendar and t-shirt is available to complete the experience.
The book will be available next week in bookshops and also online at:

The book is already generating a lot of interest through twitter and facebook and has been warmly welcomed by Tourism Wellington in a year when the city is expecting a record numbers of visitors.

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