New sculpture revealed
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Chapple Architecture design winners for Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery
23.07.19
Kororā Media Release
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Now Open!
13.03.19
Governor General Visit
04.02.19
Volunteers sought for Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery
01.01.19
Acrow Ltd gets behind Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery
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Additional funding requested to complete construction of Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery
19.03.18
Rotary International President Tours Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery
15.03.18
LOCAL AND NATIONAL BUSINESSES PUT A ROOF OVER NATIVE BIRDS’ HEADS
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Conservation Minister Maggie Barry Visits Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery Construction Site
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Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery celebrates beginning of construction
21.04.17
Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery released for tender
05.03.17
Central Energy Trust grant gives Wildbase Recovery greenlight
14.09.16
‘Nightshade’ checks out of Wildbase Hospital
03.08.16
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18.07.16
Youngsters get involved in wildlife recovery
24.06.16
DOC Director-General visits Wildbase Recovery site
10.06.16
International filmmakers connect with Wildbase Recovery
19.05.16
Fully recovered NZ Falcon returns to Taranaki
19.05.16
Powerco announced as Education Centre naming sponsor
31.03.16
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22.03.16
National backing for Wildbase Recovery
12.02.16
Community backing for national wildlife recovery centre
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15.11.15
Wild kākā checks out Wildbase Recovery site
30.09.15
Wildbase Recovery’s partnerships contribute to funding.
28.08.15
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27.08.15
Wildbase Recovery Ambassador announced as DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador
17.08.15
Wildbase Recovery Auction Dinner
28.07.15
Wildbase Recovery Conference
01.07.15
Funding injection for national wildlife rehabilitation project
18.06.15
Fund and friend raising for whio and Wildbase Recovery
11.06.15
Victorious recovery and release
05.06.15
Corporate sponsor recognises diagnosis in endangered species’ rehabilitation
13.05.15
New Trustee Appointment
29.04.15
Minister of Conservation meets with Wildbase Recovery team
25.02.15
Walking for Whio and for Wildbase Recovery
08.01.15
Lottery Grants Board awards $500,000 to world-class Wildbase Recovery centre
18.12.14
Local school and Lions add their support to Wildbase Recovery’s fundraising efforts.
16.12.14
Conservation Week winner
02.12.14
Recovered little blue penguin released at Himatangi
29.09.14
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26.09.14
Governor General announced as Wildbase Recovery’s patron
20.09.14
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27.08.14
Two significant donations boost Wildbase Recovery
27.08.14
Kiwi battlers join Wildbase Recovery fundraising campaign
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Aviary proposal to keep both exotic and natives
19.04.12

Lottery Grants Board awards $500,000 to world-class Wildbase Recovery centre

Lottery Grants Board awards $500,000 to world-class Wildbase Recovery centre

A successful application to the Lottery Grant Board’s WW1 Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Fund, has provided a significant half a million dollar boost towards the establishment of Wildbase Recovery.

Wildbase Recovery Community Trust is working with Rotary and Palmerston North City Council to raise $5.3m to build the world-class wildlife recovery facility in Palmerston North’s Victoria Esplanade. The WW1 Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Fund’s $500,000 grant takes the total raised to $1.9m.

Wildbase Recovery will provide permanent whio and pāteke breeding aviaries, inflight aviaries and fourteen rehabilitation aviaries. The facility will offer some of our most endangered species specialist rehabilitation from illness and injury before their release back into the wild.

The patients will come to Wildbase Recovery after receiving unparalleled specialist treatment at Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital. All fully recovered patients will be released back into the wild, rather than held in captivity.  There is no other facility like this in New Zealand; its direct connection with Wildbase Hospital and contribution to conservation efforts reflects the project’s national and global significance.

The aviaries, set alongside an education centre, will also offer the public up close and personal experiences with recuperating wildlife such as kiwi, takahē, yellow eyed penguins and kākā. Each patient’s journey back to wellness will engage visitors directly with conservation stories of their species.

Fundraising efforts have moved at a steady pace since Wildbase Recovery Community Trust’s official launch in August this year. “Donations have come through numerous means,” says Trust Chair, Roger Kennedy. “Substantial amounts like those from the Lottery Grants Board’s adds to funds already received through community donations, school fundraising activities and in-kind offers. The community project is Rotary-led, with Lions supporting the effort. Together, we are making good progress and can reach our goal over the next 12 months”.

Acting Palmerston North Mayor, Jim Jefferies, was delighted with the news. “The Victoria Esplanade is a jewel in the region’s parks. Wildbase Recovery will add a major visitor attraction with conservation and education at its core; completely superseding our tired, embarrassing aviaries. I can’t wait”.

Read the Manawatu Standard story here.