Why Wellington Council’s cat management consultation is groundbreaking


This blog looks at why what the Wellington City Council is proposing in their consultation is so groundbreaking, and what that means for the submissions that people are putting forward. The key point is that when making a submission, you have to emphasise the “nuisance” factor. Remember that you can submit here by 5pm 2 May 2016. Existing cat management … Read More

WCC proposing microchipping in Animal Bylaw

WCC are proposing some changes to the Animal Bylaw, which would encourage responsible cat ownership and help manage strays. Cats kill wildlife, spread diseases and cause a general nuisance by soiling people’s gardens. At the moment there is no easy way to identify an owned cat from an unowned cat so it is almost impossible to manage strays near populated … Read More

Remarkable achievement: New Zealand’s first predator free community

Congratulations to Kelvin Hastie and the people of Crofton Downs for being the country’s first predator free suburb. You’ve shown us all what is possible – let’s hope the whole of Wellington and other towns around the country follow your lead. The Morgan Foundation is proud to have supported this initiative.

Bolshie Karearea Encounter

One of our Halo champions shared their experience with a pair of bolshie karearea in Te Ahumairangi: My 8-year-old daughter Estella and I had a dramatic but very cool encounter with a pair of bolshie karearea in Te Ahumairangi (Tinakori Hill, a stones throw from the PM’s whare) today. We were rambling up to the Northern Walkway when we heard a ‘kek-kek-kek’ … Read More

Kākā Update

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We spoke with Tim Park and Matt Robertson from the Wellington City Council Parks on Friday. Watch the video to find out what happened to the smallest chick.  


John lives on a 516 square metre property in Karori with an overgrown section to the rear and a neglected bush reserve across the road. Motivated by a desire to both protect the returning native birds that visit the property and save his puka tree from damage, John set out to 
control rats. Two years ago he purchased a Goodnature … Read More

“How to plant a tree”- from an expert !

Greetings everyone Nick here. Tim Park from the Wellington City Council is a great friend of the Halo team and we wanted to share his knowledge on planting a tree. Take it away Tim. Thanks Nick and hi everyone.  It’s been an amazing summer but now that the days are getting shorter and rain is becoming more frequent it’s time … Read More

Victor rat trap and Tunnel now available from Zealandia

During the holidays make sure you go and check out the predator free environment of Zealandia, and now you can also purchase a Victor rat trap and Tunnel to take home with you. Halo Households can still go on line to buy our discounted rat traps as per normal and then take their voucher into Zealandia for pick-up. At this … Read More