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About Hamilton Halo

Native birds such as tui and bellbirds were once abundant in the area where Hamilton stands. Due to introduced pests (rats and possums) and loss of habitat and food sources, many of our native birds are rarely seen in our city.

The Hamilton Halo project aims to bring native birds, such as tui and bellbirds, back into Hamilton city.

The 'Halo' is a ring drawn around Hamilton, taking in key sites where tui breed. The halo's radius is approximately 20km, as this is how far tui will fly to feed. The map below shows the Hamilton Halo area, its key sites and what is happening at each site. Click on the image to view a larger map.


Since the Hamilton Halo project started in 2007, tui numbers have increased significantly. There have also been several reports of tui breeding in the city. 

Hamilton Halo’s work focuses on increasing the number of bellbirds and tui that survive in bush breeding areas and making the city an attractive place for those birds to stay, feed and breed.

Who’s involved

Waikato Regional Council leads the Hamilton Halo project. Landcare Research is a project partner and conducts and shares research related to the project. The project is supported by the Department of Conservation, Hamilton City Council, Weedbusters and Tui 2000 (a Hamilton-based environmental group involved in the restoration of Maungakawa Scenic Reserve, a Hamilton Halo key site).

Improving tui and bellbird feeding and breeding conditions in Hamilton

Hamilton Halo is working with Hamilton City Council, community groups and land owners on pest control and plantings at key sites within the city. This will provide year-round sources of food and safe habitat for the tui and bellbird populations that have increased numbers in the bush and that now need more habitat to breed in. 


Tree planting 

What can you do to help?

Controlling pests

If you live in Hamilton, you can help to make it safer for tui and bellbirds to breed in the city by controlling possums and rats on your property. Find out about controlling rats and possums on your property.

Planting tui and bellbird food

By planting certain native species you can help to provide year-round food for tui and bellbirds in the city. Native species provide tui and bellbirds with a summer food source, as many of the introduced species only flower over winter. A study has found that honeyeaters such as tui prefer native vegetation over introduced fruit bearing trees. Check out the gardener's guide for more information on planting for bellbirds and tui.

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