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Wellington Zoo wins big at Gold Awards

Wellington Zoo wins big at Gold Awards

Last night Wellington Zoo won the prestigious Vibrant Gold Award at the 2013 Wellington Gold Awards – its second Gold Award in the last four years, after taking out the Green Gold award in 2010.

The Wellington Gold Awards celebrate the best business performers operating in the Wellington region since 1999. An audience of around 800 people were in attendance at this year’s glamorous event, which took place at the TSB Bank Arena on Wellington’s waterfront. The event itself was not without drama – with wild weather causing a power outage that briefly interrupted proceedings.

Wellington Zoo was up against a strong field in the Vibrant Gold Award category – including Beervana, Rydges Hotel, The New Zealand Art Show and The Hobbit Premiere.

“We are extremely proud to be Gold Award winners again” said Wellington Zoo Chief Executive, Karen Fifield.

“This award caps off another fantastic year of achievement for Wellington Zoo. Last week we celebrated 10 years as a Charitable Trust, and announced that we have become the first zoo in the world to achieve carboNZero certification. We’ve also had record breaking visitation for the second year running – with more than 225,000 visitors through our doors so far this financial year, with ten days left to go”

“The Vibrant Gold award recognises innovative and high achieving events, hospitality and tourism facilities in Wellington and we are delighted to be in such fantastic company. We are hugely grateful to all of our visitors, supporters, staff, volunteers and Trustees who have made our award winning Zoo the vibrant, innovative and valued place it is today”.

About Wellington Zoo
Conservation is at the heart of everything we do at Wellington Zoo. We take every opportunity to connect our visitors with nature and encourage them to take their own positive action for the environment.

Wellington Zoo is New Zealand's first Zoo, established in 1906, and is Wellington’s oldest conservation organisation. Home to over 500 native and exotic animals, Wellington Zoo became a charitable trust in 2003.

Wellington Zoo is an accredited member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia.


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