Fear of Covid hits Weta Digital in Wellington as staff told to self-isolate


Weta Digital staff in Wellington have been ordered to self-isolate after a case of Covid-19 entered them.

A statement from Weta Digital said it was informed that one of the new Covid-19 cases had worked in two of its 13 buildings on Tuesday. The person was an outside contractor.

“We already had a very small workforce on site due to existing home work protocols and the fact that a number of people left home,” the statement said.

Weta Digital followed public health advice and asked everyone working on site at the time to self-isolate, get tested, and follow the publicly available advice.

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“We continue to support these crew members and their whānau as we work during this time,” the statement said.

The film production company run by Sir Peter Jackson in Wellington has around 1,500 employees, according to its website.

It is based in the eastern suburb of Miramar, which was confirmed as a place of interest on Sunday morning after two people infected with Covid-19 passed by on their way back from Auckland.

Wellington’s filming center, Miramar, has also been confirmed as the home of two of those who caught Covid-19 in Auckland.

Behind the scenes at Weta Digital.

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Behind the scenes at Weta Digital.

The nearby Pak ‘n Save supermarket in Kilbirnie also underwent a deep cleaning after one or more people with Covid-positive visited the store.

The nearby Weta Cave, a popular Wellington tourist attraction, has had its share of Covid fears.

In August last year, a tourist who later tested positive for the virus visited Weta Cave.

In June, an Australian tourist who later tested positive for the more infectious Delta strain visited the Weta Cave store.

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