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Award-winning Weta Workshop and Air New Zealand will be partnering with Napier City Council to expand Napier’s National Aquarium of New Zealand and create “an unforgettable aquarium experience”, says Napier mayor Bill Dalton.
The NZ$45 million plan will generate jobs, and grow the Hawke’s Bay economy.
Napier City Council Manager Visitor Experiences Sally Jackson says the project is bold and visionary. “It puts us on the map as a conservation centre of excellence and an eco-tourism destination of major significance.”
Weta Workshop founder Sir Richard Taylor says the team is looking forward to kicking off the concept-design phase. “We’re excited by the prospect of finding new and unique creative experiences that connect visitors emotionally with the conservation challenges faced by our oceans and natural environments.”