Halo Aims for Predator-free Back Yards

10 September 2013

The enhancing the Halo project, launched by Gareth Morgan and supported by the Council and others, aims to make all backyards safe havens for native wildlife, especially birds.

Tui on a flax branch.

Help restore the dawn chorus and join Halo


It has identified a number of wildlife ‘hotspots’ in the city, including Zealandia, Otari-Wilton’s Bush and Oruaiti Reserve.

A ring or ‘halo’ of predator-free and food-rich backyards around these hotspots will help bring back native wildlife.

The Council’s Our Living City Programme Manager, Amber Bill, says the halo concept fits well with the Council’s aims.

“The project aims to restore the dawn chorus of native birds to Wellington - imagine how amazing that would be for locals and tourists.

“We’re encouraging people to join Halo, and the concept is part of the recently agreed Our Capital Spaces plan to manage and protect open spaces and biodiversity.”

In the area surrounding Zealandia, some neighbours are leading the way, getting together for tree planting and trapping rats. Those that become Halo Households can buy subsidised pest traps and win prizes.

With Conservation Week on, now’s the perfect time to sign up to Halo - visit:

And you can learn more about eradicating pests and creating wildlife-friendly environments, or swap a weed from your garden for a free native seedling, at the Conservation Week Pest-Fest in Waitangi Park on Sunday from 9am to 2pm:
Pest Fest - Department of Conservation