Urban Wildlife Trust spokesperson Tony Stoddard believes the initiative has wings and urges other Wellington commercial building owners to adopt the technology.
“Together we can support the restoration of native bird numbers through simple measures like this. It will lead to an invaluable gift to future generations who will thankfully never know what it’s like to live without these native species.
“I would also like to call out to all of those who pledged money for the initiative. You have made a tangible difference towards conservation and making Wellington a better place to live and visit.”
Wellington Mayor Andy Foster, himself still an active conservation volunteer, congratulates the Wellington City Council-owned Cable Car company and the Urban Wildlife Trust on their partnership.
“It is yet another illustration of our community coming together to make a positive difference and contribute to our city’s long-term world-leading environmental restoration journey.
“In a world where wildlife is in decline, Wellington and Wellingtonians are bucking the trend. Every day I see evidence of increasing numbers of kererū and other native birds, especially in the forested western suburbs and hills. This initiative will help keep our feathered friends safer in our urban environment.”
Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne Chief Executive Dr Danielle Shanahan says “As Wellington’s bird biodiversity continues to increase, the Cable Car is showing us all how we can relearn how to live with nature in cities. Preventing window strike is a great thing that all of us can do to reduce the risks to wildlife.”