The future of The National Aquarium of New Zealand.
Project Shapeshifter is the name of the National Aquarium of New Zealand redevelopment proposal. We submitted the project business case to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in December 2019.
The redevelopment would build a new, nationally significant National Aquarium and Oceans Centre. Such a facility would raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage visitors to support the conservation of species and ecosystems.
The project needed central government funding support to help with the capital costs and the ongoing operating costs. Covid-19 has shifted both central government and Council’s priorities and we now have to look at alternative options for our Aquarium. These options could include a refurbishment of the current facility, re-purposing it for something else, or eventual closure. When we have reviewed all of the options, we will consult with the community on those that are feasible.
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