Nothing to chirp about
Bird lovers will have to wait a little longer than planned to take a walk through the new aviary at Auckland Zoo.
The native aviary on the zoo’s northern slopes closed in August 2007 to begin a $16.2 million redevelopment.
The area is to be transformed into an expansive New Zealand experience called Te Wao Nui, including five ecological environments of native flora, fauna and culture.
It was scheduled to reopen early next year, but construction com- plications have meant the date has been pushed back indefinitely.
The zoo’s native fauna team leader Andrew Nelson says development work took a lot longer than planned and there is now major hard and soft landscaping required.
The redevelopment is in the zoo’s business plan for the 2009/10 financial year but it is yet to be finalised.
Auckland City Council has committed $9m, with the balance being raised by the Auckland Zoo Charitable trust.