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 …

Zealand 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 …

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 – …