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Observatory Gets Support for its Redevelopment

Carter National Observatory Gets Support for its Redevelopment Plan



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CARTER OBSERVATORY


The National Observatory of New Zealand

Media Release by the Carter Observatory Board

(Date 2006 December 19. For immediate release)

Carter National Observatory Gets Support for its Redevelopment Plan

The board of the Carter National Observatory is delighted that the funding package to refurbish the existing Carter Observatory buildings in the Botanical Gardens has been approved. The arrangements include the provision of funds from both the Ministry of Research Science and Technology (MORST) and the Wellington City Council (WCC).

Carter Board Chairman Richard Bentley comments ‘………the package will release in excess of $3million to fund the redevelopment of the existing Carter Observatory building into a more open and visitor friendly environment with improved planetarium facilities plus a substantially improved visitor experience around new themes and displays.’

‘In particular the redeveloped visitor experience will allow visitors to engage with the challenging and exciting newly unfolding knowledge around Maori and Polynesian astronomy, around Captain Cook’s astronomy measurements from New Zealand, around the very new discoveries about the creation of the Universe and the nature of time, space and matter, on the how life became established on Earth, on the existence of primitive life in the solar system and potentially more advanced life in our galaxy, and on the astronomers perspective on the Earth environment and global warming.’

It is proposed that the refurbishment will be implemented in with a significant change in the governance of the Carter Observatory (which is currently a Crown entity) including the creation of the new Carter National Observatory Trust and the repealing the Carter Observatory Act 1938.

The business of the Carter National Observatory moving forward will continue to include the hosting of school visits, the delivery of outreach schools programme which includes the presentation of a planetarium show in the new mobile planetarium, the distance education programme for NCEA levels and for primary school students, an enhanced focus on astronomy related events, and the continuation of the traditional adult education classes and telescope viewing.


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