Ngā Manu Halo ProjectWaikanae nature reserve Ngā Manu has recently opened the ‘Halo Project’, a multi-media collaborative installation. The outdoor photos and paintings were created by visual artist Paul Forrest with photographer Derek Tearne. Audio artist Matu Booth has provided a soundscape for the project.

Founded in 1971 and opened to the public in 1984, Ngā Manu is a 14-hectare Nature Reserve that has become a sanctuary for a variety of different bird species. Ngā Manu is a reserve to which birds from nearby Kāpiti Island make round trips to forage for food, or socialise with their wetland neighbours. The presence of Ngā Manu heightens the awareness and knowledge of our precious natural heritage among the next generation of New Zealanders.

The aims of the installation are to allow the public to explore the works in a natural setting and to encourage young and old alike to get outside and experience the restored wetland. The works themselves are raising awareness about taking care of the land and the birds that inhabit it. Paul Forrest says that “if our native bird-life are healthy, our land is healthy”.

Ngā Manu worked in partnership with Waikanae’s Mahara Gallery developing the Halo Project, linking science with creative process. The art works featured in the Halo Project are available to purchase at Ngā Manu with the proceeds supporting Ngā Manu Charitable Trust.

Ngā Manu received a $2,000 grant from Nikau Foundation for The Halo Project, which runs until September 10th. Visit to find out more.