Kaka Stuff by Daniel Ramsay & Family

Hi Everyone Nick here. I recently had the pleasure of being invited to Cardinal McKeefry school to talk about Enhancing the Halo at their assembly. One of the great kids named Daniel Ramsay decided to get instantly stuck in and do his part after my talk. He quickly rallied his family to take on this project and has become a brilliant young Halo Hero.  So here is young Daniel’s blog called Kaka Stuff. By Daniel … Read More

A love affair with Kakariki by Dr Luis Ortiz-Catedral

Wellington has been for a long time one of my favourite cities in the world. There is something comforting about the boisterous beauty of the capital. Until recently, the Wellingtonian coffee culture was on top of my list of reasons to visit, now the number one reason (excuse?) for an escape is a bird: the kakariki. Kakariki is one of … 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

Matiu/Somes Island Charitable Trust

Hi Everyone. Nick here. Matiu/Somes Island is a jewel in the middle of Wellington Harbour and is certainly a safe haven for Native creatures thanks to the hard work being done by some very passionate people. There is some truly wonderful stuff going on out there under the watchful eye of  the Matiu/Somes Island Charitable Trust. Here is an introduction Mike sent me to bring … Read More

Goodnature Traps. Geoff and Nick’s adventure with Robbie.

On a cloudless Wellington afternoon, Nick and I ventured off into the bush to check out the self-resetting traps made by Goodnature. Our guide was Robbie, one of the three lads involved in this local Wellington firm from the outset. As we trudged up the steep hills of the Orongorongos we took regular breaks so Nick could gasp for air, … Read More

Thank You from the Bottom of our Ukuleles!

Dear Gareth, Geoff & Nick, Thank You from the Bottom of our Ukuleles! https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6EFbsa3APQ0 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

Getting the natives back at the far end of Karori

Florence Ligar-Popovics came up to me at one of our Halo Happy Hours at the Sprig and Fern in Thorndon. She was so excited about the work being done by FROKS who are a terrific bunch of people getting the Natives back to the far end of Karori. I’ll let Florence tell you more. Thanks Nick and Hullo. FROKS stands for Friends … Read More

Aro Valley Backyard Pest Management Meeting

Hi Everyone. Nick here. Aro Valley has some tremendous residents and they certainly are Halo Heroes. Here is a report of the Backyard Pest Management Meeting held on July 24th 2013 from Julia Stace. At Ewan Kelsall’s talk about backyard pest management about 40 people heard about what Wellington City Council & Greater Wellington are doing in the public land that … 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 ania.upstill@gmail.com. Thanks Nick. Hi everyone and nice to be … Read More

10 Tips for taking great Bird Photos

Hi Everybody, Nick here. Firstly congratulations to our winners of the first Enhancing the Halo photo competition. Tracey Bates has won a photography workshop with Wellington photographer extrodinaire Simon Woolf at Ohariu Farm. This was her winning picture. And Amelia Mazur has won the fantastic Nikon camera and telephoto lens from the Morgan Foundation and Nikon NZ, for this great … Read More