Wellington Zoo's $3.5 million snow leopards to be funded by council

Snow leopards could be coming to Wellington Zoo with the local council setting aside $3.5 million to see this happen.

The Wellington City Council is planning to spend the money to re-home a pair of snow leopards from the US within the next two years.

The zoo has long wanted the endangered cats and will now have that dream realised with the council incorporating them into its draft 2018-28 Long-Term Plan.  

The snow leopards would be a part of the zoo's Asia precinct and would also complete its 10 year capital programme.

"They are my favourite cats," Wellington Zoo chief executive Karen Fifield told Fairfax.

"They live in high areas in the Himalayas and have feet the size of dinner plates.

"As the only zoo in New Zealand with snow leopards, we would be part of the international commitment to protect this species."

Ms Fifield doesn't believe the climate would be a problem for the US bred cats.

Anxious looking snow leaopard pacing his enclosure.
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One person dead in Hamilton crash

One person is dead after a three car crash in Hamilton today.

Police say it appears that three cars were involved in the crash, which occurred on River Road, at around 8.20am.

One woman sustained serious injuries and has been transported to hospital.

A third person sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Cordons are in place on River Road, near the intersection with Kay Road.

The road is expected to be closed for several hours while the Serious Crash Unit investigates.

Source: 1 NEWS

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Inquiry into deadly NZ-led Afghanistan raid labelled a waste of taxypers’ money by National

A Government inquiry has been launched into allegations made in the book Hit and Run that a New Zealand-led raid in Afghanistan resulted in multiple civilian deaths.

Speaking on TVNZ1's Breakfast today National's Defence spokesperson Mark Mitchell say the inquiry is a waste of taxpayers' money.

Watch Jack Tame's full interview with Mark Mitchell.

Jack Tame spoke with National’s defence spokesman Mark Mitchell on TVNZ1’s Breakfast today. Source: Breakfast