Is this during LoTR or even before? I though SGI was out by the time of LoTR
At one point they bought the building of an ice cream factory in Miramar because it already had a massive electrical feed.
They employ a fair few people in Wellington, my neighbour used to work for Weta as a sysadmin. Everyone was a contractor, doing 10 hour days. Not my scene.
Actually, I seem to recall that there were guys around at the time that were making the monsters for Xena or one of those shows.