Growing up with ZEALANDIA

May 4, 2015

Fence construction

When my husband, 2 primary aged children and I moved into our Ponsonby Rd house in 1991, we were absolutely delighted! There was a harbour view plus bush and birds …

Saddie the Saddleback

March 19, 2015


Tucked away in a quiet corner of Karori is a house with a special attraction… Diana and Geoff have a regular visitor who taps insistently on their window – a …

School Holiday Programme April 2015

February 24, 2015

Bookings are now open for the ZEALANDIA school holiday programme! The ZEALANDIA school holiday programme is tailored for children ages 5 to 12 with a love for nature, getting outside, …

World Wetlands Day – what can you do?

February 2, 2015

Blue Damselfly by Janice McKenna

Swamps, marshes, fens and bogs.  These are our wetland areas, crucial buffer zones at the boundaries between land and water. Wetlands act as giant sponges in the landscape, soaking up …

Membership Survey Snapshot

January 7, 2015


We had a total of 1039 people complete our recent membership survey, answering questions on their interests, engagement, what they think we’re doing well and what we need to do …

One Year of the Members’ Walking Group

December 16, 2014

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By Douglas Wood The Members’ Walking Group has just completed its first year of Monday Morning Walks.  The Group was set up by Pam Fuller who saw an opportunity for …

Takahē ‘T2’ turns twenty

November 26, 2014

Takahe "T2" and "Puffin" (photo by Alfred Kaka)

Today I’m flying down to the wetlands on a secret mission – a surprise visit to Takahē ‘T2’ to interview him as part of his 20th birthday celebrations. I glide …

Meet the Hutt Mana Bush Explorers!

November 11, 2014

Photo by Peter Fisher

Last year, a grant was secured to enable children from low decile schools in the Hutt and Mana region to visit ZEALANDIA.  The programme provided free transport for eligible schools to …

Zealandia to Honour Volunteers

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 …