“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

Baring Head by Colin Ryder

Spotted Skink (Richard Ronijin, GWRC)

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

The Jewels of the Wellington Region

Over the past six months, I have been lucky enough to visit two of Wellington’s predator free jewels: Mana Island and Kapiti Island. Both are just a short jaunt off the northwest coast of our region – Mana is the table shaped island just off Titahi Bay and Kapiti is the steep bush clad island just off Paraparaumu. Both islands were occupied by … Read More

Marc’s Polhill Project is off and running!

Hi Everyone. Nick here. Marc Slade is the powerhouse behind the Polhill project and with the amazing commitment of the community around him, he is getting the job done. Give us an update Marc. Polhill Blog – Part 2 Hi Nick. Well it’s a month or so since we met and a lot has happened in that time. Thanks to … Read More

Reuben’s Kaka Hunt

My Kaka Hunt Hi everybody. Nick here. Reuben Hulme -Moir is a 10 year lad who had a close encounter with a Kaka that wasn’t well at all. He wanted to share the experience with you all so take it away Reuben. Thanks Nick I helped my brother and my dad to catch a kaka at a house in Karori last week. When we got … Read More

Family life in New Zealand robins – Sound familiar?

Hi Everybody. Nick here. Kevin C. Burns, School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University did a wonderful blog on plants a while back for Halo. We loved it so much we asked him for another one please. Kevin said no worries and so this time he shares his knowledge on New Zealand Robins. Thanks KC. Thanks Nick ! Family life in New Zealand robins – Sound familiar? We all know our native birds … 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

Gold Medal for this Halo Household

Hi everybody Nick here. We asked to hear from people who might wish to become a Halo Ambassador and one of the people who put both his hands up was Owen Smith. Not only did he say “what can I do to help” but also wrote this amazing blog. Take a bow Owen and thanks for all your effort so far. Becoming a … Read More

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