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

Growing (and enjoying) our Natural Capital

Hi Everyone Nick here. From the beginning of Enhancing the Halo we have been working closely with Amber Bill who is the Programme Manager, Our Living City, WCC. The amount of coffee and conversation Amber and her wonderful workmates have had with the Halo team would make Geoff Marsland from Havana in Tory very excited! The great work done by Wellington City Council past … 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

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

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