Ad­di­tional funds for Wild­base Re­cov­ery

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The Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (DOC) Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, Lou San­son, was in­vited to meet with Wild­base Re­cov­ery rep­re­sen­ta­tives to learn more about the na­tional wildlife re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity.

DOC have con­trib­uted $175,000 to fundrais­ing ef­forts so far and fol­low­ing the Di­rec­tor-Gen­er­als visit the depart­ment granted a fur­ther $25,000 to the project, bring­ing their to­tal com­mit­ment to $200,000. DOC has also granted a 30-year per­mit, al­low­ing Massey Univer­sity wildlife tech­ni­cians to give re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion treat­ment on na­tive wildlife at Vic­to­ria Es­planade. Prior to the visit to Wild­base Re­cov­ery’s pro­posed site in the Palmer­ston North Vic­to­ria Es­planade, Mr San­son called into Massey Univer­sity’s Wild­base Hos­pi­tal to see first-hand where the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion aviaries’ pa­tients will come from. It was the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral’s first visit to Wild­base Hos­pi­tal, where last year 317 na­tive wildlife pa­tients were treated at lit­tle or no cost to DOC and the mem­bers of pub­lic who brought them in. Roger Kennedy, Wild­base Re­cov­ery Com­mu­nity Trust’s Chair said that with thanks to sig­nif­i­cant grants, spon­sor­ship agree­ments, and com­mu­nity fundrais­ing ef­forts, they were on tar­get to start build­ing next year. “We have set our­selves a tar­get to raise $700,000 by the 30th of July. Now is the time for ev­ery­one to get be­hind the project and give our na­tive species the very best chance of sur­vival”.

Wild­base Re­cov­ery Com­mu­nity Trust rep­re­sen­ta­tives showed Mr San­son around the site. It will house 14 pur­pose-built re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion aviaries, in­clud­ing a cir­cu­lar flighted aviary for species such as kākā, kea, tui and ker­erū, a 5m tall rap­tor aviary for kārearea and har­rier hawks, re­cov­ery pools for ocean, shore and wet­lands birds to re­store their water­proof­ing, and a place for ground­dwelling birds in­clud­ing the kiwi and takahē. Wild­base Re­cov­ery will also in­clude per­ma­nent in­flight and breed­ing aviaries, and the Pow­erco Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre. On­site and on­line, Wild­base Re­cov­ery will pro­vide high qual­ity in­ter­ac­tive sto­ry­telling and learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that link di­rectly to the NZ School Cur­ricu­lum and DOC’s na­tional ed­u­ca­tion strat­egy. View­ing of wildlife will be free for the pub­lic while they con­tinue to re­ceive world-class re­cu­per­a­tion care, with­out in­tru­sion. Each visit will be a unique ex­pe­ri­ence, with an­i­mals con­tin­u­ally chang­ing us they fully re­cover and are re­leased back into the wild. To help get our na­tive species home, do­nated to­day at:

From left to right: Nina Mercer, PNCC, Aaron Phillips, PNCC, An­drew Mercer, DOC, Lou San­son, DOC, Roger Kennedy, Wild­base Re­cov­ery Com­mu­nity Trust Chair, Reg Kem­per, DOC, Peter Rus­sell, PNCC . Photo by Leigh Dome.

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