Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Teaming up for Halo

Teaming up for Halo

Photo: Sally Phillips

Waikato Regional Council has today welcomed Hamilton City Council as a partner in the popular Hamilton Halo project, which has been carrying out pest control to increase the number of tui and other native birds visiting and living in the city.

Under a new memorandum of understanding signed today between the two councils and Landcare Research, HCC has committed to working with the regional council on control of rats and possums at high value biodiversity sites around the city, such as parks and gullies.

“Over the past six years, our Hamilton Halo project has had great success in increasing the number of tui visiting the city during winter by controlling ship rats and possums at eight breeding sites just outside Hamilton,” said regional council chairperson and Hamilton councillor Paula Southgate, a long-time champion of Halo.

In the early years of Halo, less than 40 tui sightings were reported in Hamilton. Last financial year alone there were nearly 1600 and surveys indicate increasing numbers of native birds generally at the Halo breeding sites.

“Now we’re keen to encourage the tui to live and breed in Hamilton full time and promote an increase in the native bird population generally. Having Hamilton City Council help carry out this new pest control at key sites for biodiversity within the city will significantly boost our chances of doing just that. We are delighted to have the city partner with us in this next step,” said Ms Southgate.

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker said the project demonstrated how councils could work together for the benefit of the environment.

“This collaborative project delivers excellent outcomes for the city in terms of the return of native birds, particularly the tui, one of New Zealand’s most recognisable bird species,” said Mayor Hardaker.

“Hamilton City Council has already supported Halo for many years, through the restoration of the city’s extensive gully network and other native bush remnants where the tui make their homes.”

Under the agreement, the regional council and Landcare Research will provide technical advice and support to the new Hamilton City and regional council pest control operations at the selected new sites, as well as continue with their involvement in control at the existing Halo sites outside Hamilton.

Landcare Research’s John Innes said that working with enthusiastic partners such as the two councils was by far the most effective way to get research results to make “a real difference in the real world”.

“The success of Halo in increasing tui around the Waikato has been a great start, and we are keen to see the same increases with bellbirds, kereru and kaka,” said Mr Innes.

Keep up to date with the latest Hamilton Halo news on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HamiltonHalo


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. More>> (Cartoon by Dave Wolland)

Public Summaries:


Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Pre-Signing: Gordon Campbell On The TPP Countdown

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news