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      • Matariki from a historical perspective
        • 6 Jun 2016
        • Zealandia
        • Photo Credit: Fred Locklear zAmb0ni Historically, te reo Māori was an oral language and Matariki (Māori New Year) was a time when knowledge was shared orally, as in reciting whakapapa (family trees).
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        • 27 Apr 2016
        • Zealandia
        • This story depends on you knowing two things.
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      • Maud Island Frog Survey
        • 5 Apr 2016
        • Zealandia
        • Maud Island Frog – Photo by Chris Helliwell Recently we completed ten counts of all visible Maud Island frogs in their enclosures over five nights in February and five nights in March.
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      • Poisonous Plants of the Sanctuary
        • 4 Apr 2016
        • Zealandia
        • Do you know your tutu from your supplejack? You’d be wise not to eat any asparagus-like shoots in the bush if you’re not sure! In 2014 tramper Matthew Pike found this out the hard way after adding what he thought was a supplejack sapling to his boil-up, only to find – when he woke up in hospital – that he’d seasoned his dinner with the notorious tutu: a poisonous plant full of the neurotoxin tutin. Matthew’s reaction was so severe that his convulsions dislocated his shoulder; he was lucky to survive. Tutu is native to New Zealand, and some of our eight species are endemic (found nowhere else in the world). At ZEALANDIA, tree tutu (Coriaria arborea) can be seen in front of the Shag Lookout, on the banks alongside the mine, and near the pontoon gate to the Takahē Lawn. Tutu fruit is eaten by many of our bird species with no ill effects, but is unsafe for mammals unless the tiny seeds have been filtered out. ‘Toot’ poisoning was once a well-known cause of stock loss, in lowland areas where cattle were allowed to wander. Other historical casualties include two elephants in 1957, who browsed on tutu berries at the side of the road as the circus drove from town to town. Traditionally, Māori fermented tutu fruit to make wine, having strained out the seeds, and also mixed tutu juice with seaweed to make a sweet jelly. Following the recipe was a life or death matter when it came to tutu puddings – four French sailors died in the 1830s after making their own version of tutu berry surprise. Tutu was also used as a tattoo ink, and has medicinal uses in Rongoā Māori as a treatment for arthritis, skin rashes, and gout. While the birds and insects of New Zealand are pleasingly benign, we do have a surprisingly large number of poisonous plants. Tutu is not the only one found within ZEALANDIA’s fence, but it is the most notorious. If you’re curious to learn more, you can stop one of our friendly roaming guides for information, book a tour, or join a walk and talk. The last word goes to A. A. Gower, a Patea chemist, who made a patent medicine from the root of tutu in 1892. ‘Ma-uru’ was a cure for neuralgia, relieved eyestrain, and could cure ‘ear ache, headache, rheumatic pains, sprains. And all pain.’ A little something for your dislocated shoulder maybe? Written by Liz Hibbs. Photos by Janice McKenna.
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      • A Musical Look and Listen
        • 4 Feb 2016
        • Zealandia
        • I love to go a-walking along Zealandia`s tracks, And as I go, I love to sing [ silently ] My backpack [ plus trusted muesli bar or 2 ] on my back.
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      • Introducing Professor David Bibby
        • 1 Feb 2016
        • Zealandia
        • ZEALANDIA has some new skills on the table following the announcement of a new Trustee… Karori Sanctuary Trust, which manages Zealandia, announced recently the appointment of Professor David Bibby (CNZM, PhD, DSc).
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      • On top of the world
        • 14 Dec 2015
        • Zealandia
        • Panoramic view over Zealandia and Wellington City from the top of the Fuchsia track (Photo by Judi Miller) Due to my own whānau/family commitments, I could only go on November’s fortnightly Monday Walk Group’s Fuchsia Trail/Discovery Centre outing.
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      • Tracking Tunnels
        • 8 Dec 2015
        • Zealandia
        • How much does your gym membership cost? Bronwen Shepherd’s is free! Every week this valued volunteer gets her dose of high-intensity interval training monitoring ZEALANDIA’s tracking tunnels – the key to keeping us pest-free.
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      • Dawn & Night Tours
        • 22 Nov 2015
        • Zealandia
        • One early morning the Member’s Walk Group met at dawn at the Visitors’ Centre to hear The Dawn Chorus’ along the tracks before a welcome, warm breakfast at Rata Cafe.
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      • The Kākā Diaries
        • 30 Sep 2015
        • Zealandia
        • Photo journal by volunteer kākā nest monitor Lynn Freeman It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that to be a kākā monitor you need patience, focus, dedication, a sense of humour and reliable waterproofs.
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      • LOOK AND LISTEN/titiro me whakarongo
        • 21 Sep 2015
        • Zealandia
        • That title may make this blog seem like an education lesson in phonics! Actually, I used phonetic spelling extensively for botanical and Māori names both on a recent Walk Group outing and at a ZEALANDIA members’ very interesting ‘Look and Listen ‘seminar’.
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      • Winter Walks
        • 6 Sep 2015
        • Zealandia
        • Tom, Alison, Jenny, Douglas, and Diane on a Winter Walk to Otari-Wilton’s Bush.
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      • Saddie the Saddleback
        • 19 Mar 2015
        • Zealandia
        • Saddie the Saddleback (Photo by Diana Hilgert) Tucked away in a quiet corner of Karori is a house with a special attraction… Diana and Geoff have a regular visitor who taps insistently on their window – a saddleback (tīeke) they’ve named Saddie.
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      • School Holiday Programme April 2015
        • 24 Feb 2015
        • Zealandia
        • Bookings are now open for the ZEALANDIA school holiday programme! The ZEALANDIA school holiday programme is tailored for children ages 5 to 12 with a love for nature, getting outside, and mucking in to make a difference.
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      • VIDEO: The Pāteke Stomp
        • 12 Oct 2014
        • Zealandia
        • PhD student, Katie Sheridan recently captured a video of a pāteke that has developed an interesting feeding technique.
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      • Free Monthly Wallpaper – Wellington Green Gecko
        • 21 Jul 2014
        • Zealandia
        • Free monthly wallpaper featuring the Wellington Green Gecko (photo by Janice McKenna) The Wellington Green Gecko (moko kākāriki) is sometimes known as the “barking gecko” because of the defensive barking call it makes when threatened.
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