In a unique collaboration, the $5.3m Wildbase Recovery centre, a worlds first, will be built and owned by Palmerston North City Council and co-managed by Massey University’s Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences. Together, they are working alongside Department of Conservation, Rangitane o Manawatu and Rotary. This dual-purpose facility will allow an improved rehabilitation experience for birds from Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital and an incredible experience for people to engage and learn about some of New Zealand’s most endangered native species. Steel Pencil was approached to assist with the project’s fundraising and national awareness initiatives. In turn Steel Pencil provided an intelligent model and a short video presentation for its awareness program and the fundraising launch. This in itself was unique as was the first virtual model of the project that anyone had seen! The feature video created by Steel Pencil was aired at the launch supporting guest speakers such as Conservation Minister the Hon. Dr Nick Smith, Central Energy Trust secretary Ron Eglinton, Wildbase Recovery Community Trust Chair Roger Kennedy and Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor. The event itself was inspiring and raised a further $500,000 toward the construction and management of the centre.