There was anticipation in the air as the cover was drawn off to reveal Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre's new car.

The unveiling of a new Nissan Navara 4x4 for Wingspan was held last week at Nicholson Nissan Rotorua, who donated it to the centre.

Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre executive director Debbie Stewart says this is a significant step for Wingspan.

"It's the big reveal. I'm so excited, we've got all the staff here and a couple of our trustees."


The centre will now be able to keep its funding going towards its core objectives, she says.

The car will help it to carry on research, visit schools and with the rehabilitation of birds while fundraising for its new centre, she says.

Wingspan is relocating to a new site, but will still be in Paradise Valley.

Friday was also the launch of its Givealittle page, 'Saving Wingspan'.

On the Givealittle page it says, "Wingspan has relocated to a new site, and urgently needs donations and support, to continue operating the successful conservation programme, and to build the new centre".

Alan Kerby, Nicholson Nissan Rotorua community and branding co-ordinator, says he did a street survey asking Rotorua people who they would like to see the company to support.

He says Wingspan was mentioned a lot, and is an amazing local organisation that does not get government funding.

Alan says the company will give Wingspan a new vehicle every six months and will cover all costs except for petrol.