Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Orana to re-open tomorrow after 10 day closure

Orana Wildlife Park MEDIA RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Orana to re-open tomorrow after 10 day closure

Orana Wildlife Park staff are delighted to confirm that the Park will officially re-open tomorrow. The Park has been closed for ten days as a result of the gale force wind storm last Tuesday.

Chief Executive, Lynn Anderson, says: “The storm has been the most damaging in the Park’s history causing more damage than the earthquakes or large snow events of recent times! Many large trees came down causing damage to most fences. Luckily no animal houses or key buildings were severely damaged. However a large gum tree took out a section of the lion reserve fence but the cats were safely tucked up in their secure night house. Contractors and Park staff have worked tirelessly since Wednesday morning to clear trees from fences, remove dangerous trees and tidy the debris.

The Park was without mains power for seven full days, relying primarily on loaned generators which provided basic emergency infrastructure to enable us to care for the animals. Thankfully, only a few animals developed “cabin fever” as back-up generators could only provide enough electricity for the basics, like minimal water supply, food storage and electric fencing systems. We directed our total limited generation capacity towards ensuring animal welfare needs were met to the best of our ability.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the following for their support:

• Gardiner Excavating and Protranz - extensive tree removal.

• Noel Preen Contracting - speedy repairs to damaged fences.

• Smith’s Cranes, Total Power Solutions, GT Construction and Protranz – loan of generators.

• Melray Electrical –helping source generators and hooking them up.

Sadly, during the closure, three elderly animals passed away. The entire team was devastated by the loss of our special giraffe, Nathalie (25), who died on Tuesday night. She certainly was a very special grand old lady and we will miss her dearly. Unfortunately, Felicity (12) the kangaroo and Mavara (23) the zebra were euthanased owing to poor health.

I am incredibly proud of our amazing team who have worked extremely hard in very trying conditions; an amazing amount has been achieved. All animals remain well and cared for and that is our most important duty. We thank the public for their support and look forward to welcoming visitors back to our special Park again tomorrow” concludes Lynn.

- ENDS -

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Trade Plans: Prime Minister's Speech To International Business Forum

"The work to improve public services, build infrastructure, and solve social problems is possible only because we have enjoyed sustained, solid economic growth. A big reason for that is the Government’s consistent agenda of economic reform, and our determination to open up more opportunities for trade with the world." More>>

ALSO:

Media: TVNZ Flags Job Cuts To Arrest Profit Decline

Chief executive Kevin Kenrick said the changes were aimed at creating "a sustainable future video content business for TVNZ in an ever-changing media market." More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: Wheeler Keeps OCR At 1.75%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate unchanged at 1.75 percent, as expected, and reiterated his view that the benchmark rate doesn't need shifting for the foreseeable future. More>>

ALSO:

Retail: Pumpkin Patch Brand, IP Sold To Catch Group

The receivers of failed children's clothing retailer Pumpkin Patch have confirmed that the company's brand and intellectual property have been sold to Australian online retailer Catch Group. More>>

ALSO:

Oil: 2017 Block Offer Petroleum Tender Launched

New Zealand is well-placed to take advantage of the economic benefits of oil and gas exploration, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins announced today at the launch of the 2017 Block Offer petroleum tender. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news