Should we really be feeding birds in our back yard?

Hi Everybody. Nick here. To feed the birds or not to feed the birds? That is the question. There seems to be quite a few different thoughts on this subject. Some groups say it is absolutely fine, others are dead against it. I thought you all might want to see where Zealandia sits on the subject so I have a … Read More

Keas say the darndest things!

Hi Everybody. Nick here. Scouts New Zealand have a great programme designed around Year 1 to Year 3 at school called Keas. Keas interact with nature and learn to share through co-operation and teamwork.  They engage in active and quiet games, stories, creative crafts, play-acting and singing.  Keas share a motto: ‘I share, I care, I discover, I grow.’ Ngaio’s … Read More

Makara Peak Heroes

Hey guys, Ruby here. Despite this late winter blast, our friends up at Makara Peak continue to do an awesome job maintaining a playground of trails for mountain bikers, runners and walkers alike. And thanks to all their conservation efforts the area is bursting with beautiful bird life – works a charm to take your mind off how much your … Read More

Marc’s dream of community trapping in Polhill Reserve

Hi Everybody Nick here. When Marc Slade signed up to Enhancing the Halo I don’t think he was aware just how the concept of restoring the dawn chorus would motivate him. We both met at Joes Garage for a coffee and Marc was absolutely buzzing about the possible idea of community trapping in Polhill Reserve. I told him to write a blog about his … Read More

Know your rodents by Dr James Russell

Hi everybody Nick here. Love them or hate them Rats are all around us and one man that knows them intimately and may help us to understand these pests is Dr James Russell. Welcome to Enhancing the Halo James.  Thanks Nick  Rodents have been with us for most of human history, since we first started planting crops, living in cities, and sailing … Read More

Brilliant Bird Photo Comp Winners

Hey everyone, Ruby here. Down at Halo HQ we had a ball of a time admiring all the fantastic bird snaps we received from you guys. Then came the tricky part, judging. Lucky for us the first of our winners was chosen by you… Andy Newman shot this stunner of a Kotuku sitting on his neighbour’s fence in Petone and … Read More

Show us your Halo!

Hey guys, Ruby here. Thanks for all your stunning snaps of you proudly showing off your Halo stickers. It’s great to get those out there for all to see. It’s because of you guys that we are spreading the word to enhance the Halo. The lucky winners of the five $100 California Garden Centre Vouchers are… Ryan and friends: Sue: … Read More

Trelissick Park Group update – Mid-July 2013

  Hi Everyone. Nick here. It has been a real pleasure dealing with Peter Reimann from the Trelissick Park Group. He has kept me updated with all the work he and his wonderful team continue to do. I had been informed at the start of our Halo project by a dear friend that this passionate group were leaders in conservation work in … Read More

Thank You from the Bottom of our Ukuleles!

Dear Gareth, Geoff & Nick, Thank You from the Bottom of our Ukuleles! Our Edinburgh fundraiser concert was a huge success we manged to sell out the show. Your partnership was essential to making this event possible. It was wonderful to have Geoff MC the evening, he did a fantastic job at keeping the audience excited and the show … Read More

Five weeds to get out of your garden

Hi everybody. Nick here. I have been asked by some of our Halo households, “do we have any advice on terrible weeds that we can rip out?”. Well yes we do! Let me introduce Ania Upstill who is a professional gardener in Wellington. For any organic gardening services you can email her on Thanks Nick. Hi everyone and nice to be … Read More