Centre to take on bird names

16:00, Mar 26 2014

The new Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre rooms will be named after birds found on the peninsula.

The Henderson-Massey Local Board called on its community to suggest names for the main hall and four activity rooms being included in the new facility, which is under construction.

Board chairwoman Vanessa Neeson says there was a positive response.

"We asked people to think of names that were reflective of Te Atatu and there were some great suggestions made.

"We are delighted that this exciting new facility will recognise the nature of the area," she says.

Birds to be featured are the kotuku heron, matata fernbird, the kotare kingfisher, tuturiwhatu dotterel, kuaka godwit and the torea oyster catcher. The dotterel and fernbird are endangered.

The $12 million project is due for completion later this year.

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