Environment

2.6 Conservation attractions

Ngā painga kukume Papa Atawha

Nature is one of Wellington’s biggest attractions

What we do

Wellington Zoo

Zealandia

Our conservation attraction activities contribute towards us beingTop

People-centred – These activities inform and educate residents and visitors about conservation. They tell the story of our past, of our special wildlife, and of exotic flora and fauna and attract people to the city.

Eco-city – These facilities play important conservation roles, protecting native and exotic flora and fauna.

Wellington Zoo became the world’s first carboNZero certified zoo, thanks to a unique and successful partnership with Beca and the Department of Internal Affairs.

Wellington Zoo had a five-year commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, Beca provided technical expertise in attaining carboNZero certification, and it was made possible by Department of Internal Affairs funding. In addition to being the major donor for the Asia Precinct, ASB Bank funded the cost of the certification itself and the required carbon offsets.

Key projectsTop

During the year:

Wellington Zoo

In conjunction with Massey University, Wellington Zoo runs the Masterate Programme in Zoo Animal and Wildlife Health. The Zoo hosts four veterinary residents each year as they complete placements on the programme. This is the only programme of its type in the world and builds veterinary capability for New Zealand. The Holdsworth Family Trust has agreed to support the Zoo’s financial share of the Veterinary Residency Programme at The Nest Te Kōhanga.

Zealandia

What it costsTop

Operating Expenditure ($000) Actual
2013
Budget
2013
Variance
2013
Actual
2012
2.6.1 Conservation Visitor Attractions        
Expenditure 5,354 5,378 24 4,885
Revenue
Net Expenditure 5,354 5,378 24 4,885
Capital Expenditure ($000) Actual
2013
Budget
2013
Variance
2013
Actual
2012
2.6.1 Conservation Visitor Attractions1        
Expenditure 2,144 2,063 (81) 2,105
Unspent portion of budget to be carried forward N/A 1,177   N/A
  1. Under budget due to the rephasing of the 'Meet the Locals' upgrade project at Wellington Zoo.

How we performedTop

We support the Zoo and Zealandia for their conservation roles and for their status as nature-based visitor attractions. We assess their success on the basis of visitor numbers and at Zealandia, the education programme attendees.

To measure the success of our investments in promoting the city

Zoo visitors

Zoo visitors.

Source: Wellington Zoo Trust

Zealandia visitors

Zealandia visitors.

Strategies around the visitor experience, pricing and membership benefits have been formulated to address declining visitation numbers and these strategies are expected to be launched in the spring of 2013.

Source: Zealandia

Zealandia – education programme attendees

Result: 7645 (target: 5281; 2011/12: 6556; 2010/11: 7068).

A new school holiday programme was introduced and ran successfully during the year. Also work began on a pilot programme with Kelburn School getting involved in the halo project, which aims to involve the community in conservation through pest management and monitoring.

Note: This result is only the number of visits by schools. Next year we will report on the total educational visits (which includes pre-schoolers and university students, and the target will be updated to reflect this).

Source: Zealandia