The Nelson Halo

Much work is going into pest and weed control around the city’s backdrop or halo area to support the work being carried out in the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, which in time will introduce a range of birdlife into our wider environment.

kereruCouncil has called this project within Nelson Nature, the Nelson Halo. A Halo provides a buffer around a site of importance. The Nelson Halo will ensure that there is safe and diverse habitat for birds from the sanctuary to migrate to.

The Nelson Halo extends from the city backdrop to Richmond, encompassing the Council’s reserves from the Marsden Valley in the South to Sir Stanley Whitehead Park in the North. The aim is to create a flourishing wildlife corridor between the Brook/Waimarama Sanctuary and the city.

There is also a Wider Halo project that involves managing weeds in the Maitai and Roding water catchment areas to achieve a healthy and functioning ecosystem. This will be achieved through additional weed control to eradicate Old Man’s Beard in the upper catchments and boosting animal pest control in the upland hill country with the Department of Conservation, and private land owners.

The inland halo work will complement the work of Project Maitai/Mahitahi. Find out what is being done to address environmental issues in the Maitai catchment