In a unique collaboration, Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery will be built and owned by Palmerston North City Council and co-managed by Massey University’s Veterinary School.

Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital provides unparalleled specialist vet treatment for New Zealand’s endangered native animals. Wildlife treated at the hospital and transferred to the city’s upgraded Victoria Esplanade aviaries (Wildbase Recovery) for rehabilitation will provide unique opportunities for education, recreation, and regional pride, as well as contribute to national efforts to conserve our native wildlife.

Together they are working alongside sponsors

Charged with conserving NZ’s natural and historic heritage, DOC has issued a 30 year permit for birds to be rehabilitated by Massey University veterinary staff at Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery. Their support will ensure the birds’ recovery and conservation education.

Original Wildflight recovery aviary project initiators, Rotary, have used their extensive networks of volunteers and supporters to back Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery’s inception.

The relationship of Māori to native New Zealand animals will be celebrated at Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery. With Iwi Rangitāne’s help, the stories and customs relating to birds will be told in the education centre.


On behalf of Lions District 202D, Middle Districts Lions Club are leading fellow service clubs’ support in raising awareness and encouraging fundraising efforts towards the Wildbase Recovery project.

Internationally respected wildlife centre designers, Studio Hanson Roberts developed the initial Wildbase Recovery concept plans, and are overseeing the detailed design work.

PN and Wellington based consulting engineers, Silvester Clark Ltd, have donated company time to the structural engineering design work for Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery.

David Chapple’s initial architectural design has been further developed by Chapple Consulting, who are providing a simple yet striking detailed design focus for visitors to Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery.

Based within Massey University’s College of Creative Arts in Wellington, OpenLab has developed spatial design and interpretive displays for enhancing the education centre and wider aviaries.

Blacksheepdesign are the creatives behind the Wildbase brand. They are helping to place the project in front of key national and international audiences through integrated design, website and communications.

get in touch

Wildbase Recovery Community Trust

P O Box 627
Palmerston North Central
Palmerston North 4440
New Zealand