Kererū are returning to the region in large numbers but unfortunately those who look after injured birds are seeing them in increasing numbers.
For nearly twenty years, the Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust (WBRT) has been operating a rehabilitation hospital located in rural Ohariu, near Johnsonville. Run by Craig Shepherd, the centre is mostly self-funded with help from volunteers, donors and the community.
For more information please go to www.wbrt.org.nz... or givealittle.co.nz...
Simon Woolf visited the South Island over Christmas and he took this beautiful picture of a kotuku.
"Back in the 1970's I got to know National Forest Service Photographer John Johns. John was a phenomenal photographer, who was both technically and creatively brilliant. John was a true gentleman. He shared his knowledge freely too.
One of his many amazing photos was a Kotuku in flight, however his photo was very different to other Kotuku photos I had seen. It was the white bird against a white sky, and in Black and White. It was a beautiful piece of art and showed The Kotuku, our White Herons features so precisely.
John Johns along with Geoff Moon would be our greatest ever wildlife bird photographers. They largely worked with film, creating images in a darkroom, and shooting with manual lenses, They respected their environment immensely.
This Kotuku photo, taken yesterday, is a tribute to John, and what he taught me all those years ago. I was very fortunate to have John and Geoff, who both passed away some years ago now, as friends and mentors".
Every month, NZ Gardener runs a series of tested reader recipes using a seasonal crop. We are now on the hunt for eggplant recipes, so send your best ones to email@example.com before January 30, 2022.
Every published recipe wins a copy of our special edition Homegrown Recipes.
The Wellington Music Centre warmly invites you to join us in making music in 2022!
The WMC is one of the longest running non-profit Saturday morning music centres in Wellington, having provided tuition for over 35 years. We provide a warm and welcoming start for absolute beginners as well as catering to more advanced players. We recognise that music has huge benefits on childhood development including improving communication, creativity, social skills and confidence. Our tutors are highly experienced and dedicated to nurturing student growth in a fun and inspiring environment.
Classes are held every Saturday morning during term-time (excluding public holidays) at Miramar North School, for children 5-12 of any playing ability.
We aim to be as inclusive as possible and our fees begin at $120 for a whole year of tuition. Subsequent classes are reduced and there is a fee for instrument hireage where appropriate.
Visit our website for more information and enrolment details. Please get in touch if you have any questions, we would love to hear from you!