Trust flying high

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Queenstown’s Kea Conservation Trust’s all in a flap about its newest addition.

But at 2.4 metres and 80kg, it’s slightly bigger than the trust’s usual feathered friends.

A giant kea sculpture is set to make its way from Wellington to Queenstown, where it will take pride of place at the resort’s Kiwi Birdlife Park.

Up until recently, the sculpture was part of the ‘Mountain to Sea’ exhibition at Te Papa in Wellington.

When the museum made the call to take the exhibit down, it decided to gift the steel bird to the trust.

It’s being temporarily housed at Wellington Zoo, where it will soon depart in the back of a truck for a trip down the length of the South Island.

Local trust chairwoman Tamsin Orr-Walker says there’s still some planning to do around exactly where and how the giant bird will be displayed.

“It’s fantastic to get something like this gifted to us.”

The sculpture was created by North Canterbury sculptor Raymond Herber, who’s keen to come to its official unveiling and sign the sculpture.