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Published: 10:59PM Thursday September 09, 2010 Source: ONE News

Richard Taylor, co-founder and director of Weta Workshops, was knighted in a ceremony at Premier House in Wellington today.

He was presented the honour by Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand at his investiture at Premier House, after being made a Knights Companion of the NZ Order of Merit in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Taylor wore a green suit for the occasion, decorated with pig ornaments from his favourite movie, and with cartoon images on the inner lining.

The special effects guru, who won four Academy Awards for Lord of the Rings, and one for King Kong, said it's great to be recognised by New Zealand, and within such a talented industry.

He said his family is very proud, especially his father who grew up in Northern England.

Taylor said his daughter has been "lording it up" around the house, and wants to know when they're moving into the castle.