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Open Door - Whangārei Native Bird Recovery Centre

Television (Full Length) – 2007

This episode of Open Door looks at the Whangārei Native Bird Recovery Centre. Established in 1992, the centre rescues, raises and rehabilitates over 1000 birds each year. It runs breeding programmes for kiwi and other native birds, and education programmes for children and the general public. "No bird is turned away" is the mantra of founders Robert and Robyn Webb. This episode features the centre's beloved resident, Woof Woof the talking tūī, who sings a stunning rendition of Pop Goes the Weasel. Woof Woof died in 2011 when he was 16 years old, with Robyn and Robert at his side. 

Robert’s very good at transforming to whichever age he thinks he needs to.
– Robyn Webb on Robert Webb educating children when they visit the sanctuary

Key Cast & Crew

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Alice Mila


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Phillip McPhillips


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Anneke Barrington


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Rewa Harker

Production Manager

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Reuben Simmonds

Camera Operator, Sound Recordist

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Emma Watkinson

Network Executive

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Morningside Productions


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Morningside Productions