Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2022
Sir Richard Taylor KNZM is the founder with his life partner, Tania Rodger, creative director and head of New Zealand film prop and special effects company Wētā Workshop. Peter Jacksomn, Taylor and his company created all of the props, costumes, prosthetics, miniatures and weaponry for Jackson's epic The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. For his work on the three films, he shared in winning four Academy Awards. This included two for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in Make Up and Visual Effects, and two for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in Costume Design and Make Up.