Noth­ing to chirp about

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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