Making cool stuff since 1987
Wētā Workshop is an award-winning concept design and manufacturing facility founded by Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger.
For over 30 years, we have applied our innovation and artistry to the world’s creative industries. We take on exciting projects of any size, scope, or scale, from the earliest stages of creative development through to manufacture and delivery almost anywhere in the world. We love working collaboratively with clients to bring their ideas to life.
From humble beginnings in the back room of their Wellington flat, Richard and Tania have built Wētā Workshop into what it is today. Our 58,000 square foot facility is home to a tight-knit creative crew and houses a comprehensive range of design and manufacture departments across multiple disciplines.
Co-founders Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger are the creative duo who have built Wētā Workshop into what it is today.
With more than thirty years’ experience, Co-founder and Creative Director Richard Taylor is the passionate creative at the core of Wētā Workshop. Richard has built a culture of enthusiasm and excellence that is brought to bear in every project that enters the workshop.
Additionally, Richard undertakes many other responsibilities and endeavours. Richard has spent over 20 years working regularly in China and has built a highly respected relationship with local and central government, educational facilities, and the creative industries, and has nurtured many strong business collaborations. In 2010 Richard was made a Knight Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to film, and in 2012 he was named New Zealander of the Year. Richard has won over 30 national and international awards for his work within the creative industries. He is also a founding board member of Florida-based mixed reality technology company Magic Leap.
Regardless of these extensive endeavours, Richard is still found on the workshop floor nearly every day with sleeves rolled, mucking in with the team.
Thirty years in, and now with two wonderful children in tow, Tania focuses her efforts on managing crew induction, health and safety, and archiving at the workshop. She also applies her passion for creativity, artistry, and professionalism in associated businesses on the Miramar Peninsula, including as a partner in the iconic Roxy Cinema.
Together, Richard and Tania (along with friend and colleague Martin Baynton and Chinese company Shambala) co-own the children’s IP development and TV production company Pukeko Pictures. Tania and Richard are also co-owners and directors of Stardog LP, their IP development company best known for Greg Broadmore’s The World of Dr. Grordbort’s. As patrons of the Neonatal Trust, the pair are also heavily involved in the Wellington community and regularly contribute their time to charity projects and initiatives.
Both Richard and Tania have had the great fortune of working with and meeting many wonderful people throughout their career. Says Richard:
“When I reflect on what Wētā Workshop’s team have grown to become, it is one of a collective of creative thinkers and doers, all driven by an affinity towards the process and love of making. Like myself, our team are inspired by the creative challenge of the projects we have the good fortune to be involved in.”
Senior leadership team
Head of Corporate Services
Greg and his team provide infrastructure for the workshop by making sure the legal, financial, I.T, security, and HR wheels of the Workshop machinery turn.
Executive Manager to CEO
Ri is responsible for wrangling and supporting Wētā Workshop CEO Richard Taylor, making her the hub around which creativity and business swirl in finely balanced symbiosis.
Co-founder, CEO & Creative Director
With more than 30 years’ experience, five-time Oscar winner Richard Taylor is the creative lead of Wētā Workshop, injecting passion and enthusiasm into every project we work on.
Co-founder & Workshop Manager
Since co-founding the business with Richard Taylor in 1987, Tania now applies her talents to managing the workshop, from induction to archiving, as well as our associated businesses.
David is the business-focused right-hand man of the creative owners of Wētā Workshop, ensuring everything we do matches the quality of our creative endeavours.
EA to General Manager
Raashi is the right-hand to Wētā Workshop general manager David Wilks, working behind the scenes to ensure David’s day-to-day runs like a well-oiled machine.
Head of Production
Grant manages all new business requirements. He and his production team work with clients to resolve the brief, budget, and schedule so the client gets exactly what they need, when they need it.
Head of Consumer Products
Kelly is the driving force behind our collectibles division, overseeing product development, licensing, sales and marketing, and logistics to bring cool stuff to collectors across the globe.
Head of Manufacture
Working with a vast network of talented crew, Rob spearheads the manufacturing process from quoting and planning through to art direction, fabrication, and onto delivery and support on-set.
Head of Interactive
Amie manages the strategic direction of our Interactive division, leading a team of developers to create exceptional experiences in games and cutting-edge technology.
Senior Creative Business Director
Rik leads the Workshop’s fastest-growing division, championing and articulating the Workshop’s vision for the future of location-based experiences and emerging entertainment platforms.
Head of People and Culture
Esther works with senior leaders to deliver a broad spectrum of People and Culture initiatives relating to recruitment, engagement, wellbeing, employment relations, remuneration, and organizational development.
Head of Tourism
Jake drives the strategic direction of our Tourism enterprise, ensuring 200,000 annual visitors to Wētā Workshop get a truly memorable experience.
Head of Communications & Marketing
Leading brand creative and helping us share our own stories with the world.
Across our 30 years of operation, we have been privileged to be recognised for our contribution to the creative industries and to our community. Each award is the result of a phenomenal team effort, won through working alongside and collaborating with all sorts of clever people, all over the world. Among our proudest achievements are five Academy Awards® and four BAFTAs.
Film & TV
Avatar: The Way of Water
Costume, props, vehicles and weapons
Film & TV
The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power
Thor: Love and Thunder
Film & TV
Prosthetic make-upFX and SFX gags
Film & TV
Concept design for key scenes
Get in touch
If you’re looking for an award-winning creative workshop for your next project, we’d love to chat.
- 17+ creative departments
- Over 30 years’ experience
- Highly awarded
- Design to manufacture
- Innovation and creativity
- Government incentives may apply