On your Marks St Marks !

Hi Everyone. We received a message from Carissa, Jenna and Lily at St Marks school. Gareth and I paid them a visit a week ago to promote Enhancing the Halo and what a great bunch of students. We are keen to visit as many Wellington schools as we can, so just email us and we will sort out a day and time. The Girls wrote…… … Read More

If birds had green thumbs what would they plant?

If birds had green thumbs: what to plant in your garden to attract native birds Hi everyone. Kevin C. Burns, School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University knows his stuff and gives us a really simple start to planting natives. Take it away Kevin.   Thanks Nick. My experience has taught me that if birds had green thumbs, these six species are what … Read More

Enhancing our halo in Paekakariki

Enhancing Our  Halo Hi everyone. We couldn’t ask for more from the Ames Street community. As you will read in a blog from Megan, they have embraced Enhancing the Halo in Paekakariki, and their goal is to make it fly. Brilliant. Great work guys. Nick Little Blue Penguin, Blue Penguin, or Fairy Penguin. (Eudyptula minor) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Megan writes…. … Read More

Amazing Ames Street is going green

Hi Everyone Our Halo hats go off to Megan Salole and her wonderful neighbours, who all live on the same Paekakariki street. The fun they are having is infectious and I know there must be other groups of neighbours in Wellington that inspire all of us too.  Why not get together and let us know where your street is and we will enhance … Read More

Stewart Island’s gentle Kaka

Hi Everybody. I thought I would share a few photo’s showing the wonderful Halo effect on Stewart Island. These are Brent and Kari’s children in Oban. Iluka below in blue is nearly 1 ½ and Lyall is about 3 ½ in the photo above. Both wonderful Stewart Island kids are feeding Kaka by hand. Keri, their mum, tells us The girls fly in most afternoons, … Read More

Tony’s Amazing Bird Feeder

Hi Everyone Nick here. Here is a great question from Kerry – Well spotted Kerry. We saw the article on ‘Enhancing the Halo’ in the Press or Dom Post last week. We are based in Golden Bay and like many others here we have a population of resident tui and bellbirds which we feed daily. We have also planted 3 … Read More

Our First School Visit

St Mark’s school kids. What a great way to start our school programme for Enhancing the Halo. The students were year 7 and 8 and had invited Gareth Morgan and myself to come and tell them about what we were doing. It was our first chat about making Wellington the Natural Capital The classroom was filled with bright eyed kids … Read More

Ken Bowater

My name is Ken Bowater I manage the Kelburn Gulley Volunteer Planting Group for Wellington City Council. This extends up from the motorway to the north of the Kelburn Park fountain. I call on a small group of friends once a year to assist with planting, but do everything else during the year on my own. I have invited all … Read More

Trelissick Park Group update to Mid June

Hi everyone. The Trelissick Park Group have really got into our Enhancing the Halo spirit. Not only are they a bunch of Halo Heroes, but they update us all on their fantastic environmental work. If you too want to sing your groups praises, just email me and I will share on the website. Ok, here’s Trelissick’s update…. fabulous stuff. St Benedict’s … Read More

Spot the Bird

What birds we should be seeing as the halo expands? We are already experiencing the halo effect in our gardens around Wellington. I live in coastal Seatoun, on the Miramar Peninsula, which can be seen as an outer halo of Wellington city, with much potential for ecological restoration at such sites as Oruaiti Reserve and Watts Peninsula. As across most … Read More