Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery is a specialist facility providing shelter and
care for native wildlife to rehabilitate after treatment at Massey University’s Wildbase
The centre is home to six mighty Pou Atua, carved by Rangitāne artists Craig and Tipene Kawana.
The Six Māori gods are represented in six carvings throughout this centre. A seventh
carving of Ranginui and Papatūānuku sits over the entrance to this centre. Of the 70 sons of Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatūānuku (Earth Mother), these six received divine authority, each holding an important role in the supernatural. Tāne-mahuta was the most important. The brothers did not lead a peaceful existence. When Tāne-mahuta fought to push his parents apart and bring light to the world, Tāwhirimātea fought the separation. From this time Tāwhirimātea has battled his brothers with fearsome storms. Learn more about each atua as you explore.
The centre is fully bilingual (Te reo Māori & English). Friendly visitor hosts await inside to talk with you while you explore and discover. The centre is wheelchair accessible.
Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery is owned by Palmerston North City Council
and co-managed by Massey University’s Veterinary School.
Together they are working alongside; Rangitanē O Manawatū, Rotary, Department of Conservation and the Wildbase Recovery Community Trust. Collaboration gets results.