NEWS


 

Kākahi are coming to ZEALANDIA!

Learn about this important ecological engineer

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ZEALANDIA is welcoming a new addition to the sanctuary - Kākahi (freshwater mussels) are being introduced to our upper lake for the first time!

While they don’t have feathers and eyes, we are REALLY excited. The two species of kākahi are considered as ‘At Risk – Declining’ by the Department of Conservation—and they have a very important role as an ‘ecosystem engineer’ in our waterways. They can help keep lakes clean and healthy.

Caitlin's Kids Night Walk

11 year old Caitlin writes about her experience

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Twelve of us were on the tour with one main guide Linda, Bev, who kept an eye on us at the back, and we were also lucky to have Ash as an extra spotter - he went ahead to helped to find kiwi and more. Some of us had been to ZEALANDIA before but not for a night tour. I was 8 last time I went, but it was great to go again. The group coming after us were there as part of a birthday party - such a cool idea! 

When asked what wanted to see – we all shouted KIWIS! 

Native fish surveying

Restoring ZEALANDIA's waterways

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ZEALANDIA has a 500-year vision of restoration, and our lakes offer a unique challenge in this respect. They are man-made, and restoring them to the state they were in before the dams went up is not really an option. As a result, we are now aiming to create healthy, functioning lake ecosystems here in the heart of Wellington.

The "Halley's comet" of the plant world is flowering at ZEALANDIA

Heketara (Olearia rani) is flowering profusely at ZEALANDIA this spring

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Frothy white-capped trees scattered across the western scarp have captured people's attention this spring - but what are they? According to plant enthusiast Pam Fuller, they are heketara (Olearia rani) - a type of tree daisy - that flowers only every three years or so at ZEALANDIA.

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