Marineland reopening has strong support

An adventure park, butterfly house or animal education centre are among the ideas for Marineland's future.
The majority of the 174 submissions on Marineland received by the Napier City Council support the reopening of the attraction - though there was no consensus on what it should offer.
There is strong support for Marineland to undergo an upgrade, after which it could continue to operate as a marine zoo and hospital.
But some had other ideas for the site, including changing it into an adventure park, a butterfly house, modern library or outdoor movie theatre. Among the submitters were students from Longburn Primary School in Palmerston North, who went on camp to Hawke's Bay last year and visited Marineland.
The majority of the senior students have suggested that Marineland stay as a marine hospital, open to visits from charities and education groups.
Others suggested Marineland be closed permanently.
Napier Inner City Marketing believed the site required an attraction that would be unique to Napier yet have universal appeal, operate all year round and be financially viable.
They did not believe this could be achieved through a marine zoo concept.
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) said it did not support the retention of marine animals in captivity and, if a decision was made to maintain Marineland's theme, believed it should use animatronics (robots) and virtual reality simulations instead.
Councillors will consider the submissions at hearings on November 27 and 28.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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