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World-famous sculpture finds new home at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre

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Mount Bruce, Masterton: Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre has welcomed the world-travelling Giant Wētā, a sculpture designed and made by the Auckland Burners. The wētā attended the Burning Man festival in 2016 before being donated to Pūkaha in 2019.

"PÅ«kaha is honoured and delighted to be the new home of this extraordinary sculpture that has been created through an enormous amount of time, energy and skill by the Auckland Burners," Emily Court, PÅ«kaha’s general manager, states.

The sculpture marks the entrance to Te Wāhi Wētā, PÅ«kaha’s newest attraction, which highlights the importance of our endemic wētā species.

"Te Wāhi Wētā is special because it not only creates a unique experience but helps to teach the importance of our wider ecosystem. We are really grateful for the support of Innes Dean Lawyers who have kindly funded a large portion of the costs involved with setting up Te Wāhi Wētā".

Te Wāhi Wētā opened with a special launch that was attended by the Auckland Burners and which also included a cultural night walk lead by local Rangitāne writer and researcher, Joe Potangaroa.

"PÅ«kaha is committed to representing Rangitāne and the te Reo language. This is the first new space we’ve made since making this commitment and we have taken care to incorporate their stories from the forest. This has been overseen by our Cultural Tourism Advisor, Wayne Pitau, a position we have recently developed".

Te Wāhi Wētā is now open to the public and can be found within the Pūkaha reserve.

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