Words on a Wing was launched at the Wellington Zoo and Auckland Museum on 22 May 2010 (International Day of Biodiversity). Words on a Wing is something we thought up here at DOC, featuring two giant steel and mesh kakapo and 20,000 cardboard feathers. Over the coming months as the birds go on tour, students all around the country will have the opportunity to write messages on the feathers which will be used to cover the kakapo from beak to toe. The messages will then be collected and taken to Japan in October, for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 10th Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting.
At the Wellington event an estimated 200 people celebrated the launch, which featured music by drum troupe Nimba, face painting by Body FX and comedy by the Improvisors. Felicity Lawrence, General Manager – People and Organisation Development, launched Words on a Wing with a speech during the event. Also, we didn’t pull this together by ourselves. WWF-New Zealand, Forest & Bird, and Wellington Zoo were our partners in this event. Thanks guys!