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
“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
Polhill’s exciting discovery : a Saddleback / Tieke nest.
I thought it was time that I updated you about what we have been up to in Polhill and what is planned for the coming months. The most exciting thing to happen recently is that we discovered a saddleback/tieke nest near one of mountain bike tracks and working closely with WCC and Zealandia we soon identified that there were two … Read More
July 2014 Update Bells’ Track
Tena koutou katoa The planting for this year is just about complete with some 500 plants having been put in.. This is a record amount so a very big thanks to all who helped in one way and another. The bulk of the plants came from the City Council together with a good number from Nick and Jase and … Read More
Get Predator Free with Goodnature
Predator control is a big part of protecting our natural environment. It’s also something we can all play a part in bringing the birdsong back. In some sweet-as results for our under pressure birdlife, our Wellington-developed Goodnature automatic rat traps have totally eliminated the predator rat populations at large-scale Department of Conservation (DOC) trials in Northern Te Urewera and the Boundary Stream Mainland Island. … Read More
Baring Head by Colin Ryder
It’s been a funny old Sunday morning weather-wise and I’m still a bit sore from spending 6 hours yesterday setting Doc 200 traps and grubbing out horned poppies at Baring Head. I think I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. Besides, evolution has given me the perfect body shape to be a couch potato; rather than to do … Read More
Beer trap campaign offers drinks for dead rats
Victoria University’s Science Society has teamed up with Enhancing the Halo. For every dead rat that they catch, they will receive a beer voucher.
Some sad news from a New Zealand falcon monitoring programme
Some sad news from a New Zealand falcon monitoring programme on the East Coast of the North Island The New Zealand falcon (Falco novaeseelandiae) is a rare endemic (only found in New Zealand) bird. It is one of our few native predators remaining. It’s conservation status is Nationally Vulnerable; there are 650 pairs of Bush Falcon remaining. These photos of … Read More
Public Talk: How Wild was the Valley? Pre-European flora in the Aro Valley and Rewilding Options
How Wild was the Valley? Pre-European flora in the Aro Valley and Rewilding Options Presented by Jean-Claude Stahl, Te PapaFriday, 28 March & Friday, 4 April 2014 Start time: 7:30 pm Admission is free Public talks will be held at the Aro Community Centre Halo Members are more than welcome to attend.