Wild­base Re­cov­ery

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‘Kaiti­ak­i­tanga (guardian­ship) is such an im­por­tant con­cept, and to see rep­re­sen­ta­tives from DoC, Massey Univer­sity, the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil and other or­gan­i­sa­tions come to­gether to sup­port this is in­cred­i­ble. ’

Around 60 peo­ple gath­ered in the Vic­to­ria Es­planade last Fri­day for the dawn bless­ing of Cen­tral En­ergy Trust Wild­base Re­cov­ery led by kauma¯ tua from key project part­ners Ran­gita¯ ne o Manawatu¯ .

Kauma¯ tua Manu Kawana said the bless­ing was es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant given the kau­papa (pur­pose) of the fa­cil­ity, and the tim­ing dur­ing Con­ser­va­tion Week.

“Kaiti­ak­i­tanga (guardian­ship) is such an im­por­tant con­cept, and to see rep­re­sen­ta­tives from DoC, Massey Univer­sity, the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil and other or­gan­i­sa­tions come to­gether to sup­port this is in­cred­i­ble,” he said.

Wild­base Re­cov­ery Com­mu­nity Trust chair­man Roger Kennedy said the cen­tre is now mov­ing into the next phase of its life.

“The Pow­erCo Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre has a few fi­nal ad­di­tions which will be in­cluded but oth­er­wise, as far as the con­struc­tion goes — we’re ba­si­cally fin­ished.

“The Massey Univer­sity Wild­base team will now be­gin the com­mis­sion­ing of the cen­tre, which will in­clude a com­pre­hen­sive pest re­moval op­er­a­tion and quar­an­tine pe­riod.”

He said vol­un­teer vis­i­tor hosts were in train­ing and paid staff for the cen­tre have been ap­pointed and will be start­ing their new roles over the next few weeks.

“From this point, the cen­tre will be handed over to its new team — who will be in­tro­duc­ing schools and com­mu­nity groups to the ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme over time.”

The Wild­base Re­cov­ery cen­tre will be owned by the coun­cil and co-man­aged with Massey Univer­sity’s Vet­eri­nary School, work­ing along­side Ran­gita¯ ne o Manawatu¯ , the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and com­mu­nity sup­port­ers.

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