2014 Volunteer Awards

October 13, 2014


Every  year, we present awards to volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the sanctuary. Three awards are presented each year at our traditional Volunteers BBQ*. Award for Outstanding Contributions …

VIDEO: The Pāteke Stomp

October 13, 2014


PhD student, Katie Sheridan recently captured a video of a pāteke that has developed an interesting feeding technique. Usually, these dabbling ducks will turn their heads to the side and …

Free Monthly Wallpaper – Wellington Green Gecko

July 22, 2014

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The Wellington Green Gecko (moko kākāriki) is sometimes known as the “barking gecko” because of the defensive barking call it makes when threatened. They are a subspecies of gecko found …

Elusive pateke are hiding where you least expect them

June 30, 2014

Katie Sheridan - Photo by Janice McKenna

Katie Sheridan is studying Pateke (Brown Teal) at ZEALANDIA. While she was looking for the elusive ducks in the wetlands, our “eye in the sky” Alfie Kaka caught up with …

Free Monthly Wallpaper – Ruru (Morepork)

June 20, 2014

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Morepork are named for the sound of their call and spend their nights silently swooping through the forest in search of food. Their favourite foods are anything small enough to catch – …

Great Things From Little Seeds Grow

April 30, 2014

HB in Shed

Twenty years ago the first native seeds were sown by an impassioned group of Foundation Members in the Sanctuary valley. They had a vision back then that lives on today. …

Letters From the Heart

April 30, 2014

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My dear grandchildren, As a young man, my family would walk home and listen to kiwi whistling in the bush. Slowly, the whistling stopped. No one seemed to notice. I …

It’s the Little Things

April 2, 2014

Peripatus at Zealandia

By Lynn Freeman It’s only natural to look upwards when walking through the bush and trees of Zealandia. That’s where the action is, at least when it comes to the …

Fuchsia – an attractive, bird-friendly solution for your damp gully

March 31, 2014

Fuchsia procumbens. Illlustration by Eleanor Burton

Alfie here! Today I’m chatting to Eleanor Burton about bird friendly native plants, and especially our native fuchsia. Eleanor is in charge of the collections database at Otari, and is …

Ti kouka: a feast for birds big and small

December 6, 2013

Large clusters of scented flowers form berries that birds love

Alfie here, and today I’m talking about another bird-friendly plant in Wellington, and interviewing long time Zealandia volunteer guide, and conservationist, Des Smith.  I flew up to meet him in …