Are we no longer the Garden City?


For decades Christchurch has been known internationally as ‘The Garden City’ but it appears that this is now being seriously questioned.   How can each one of us make a difference? Read More

What pre-schoolers experience while learning about Monarch Caterpillars

Children feel great joy as well as gaining heaps of knowledge from learning about and observing the metamorphosis of the Monarch butterfly.

They learn to care and show empathy towards the animal kingdom. They are drawn to the monarchs as they are a harmless yet beautiful creature, and caterpillars are not too creepy for them, or too tingly if placed on their hand.

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Project Swan Plant 4000

This Spring 2018 will be even bigger this year as Im taking this project Nationwide – creating hubs around the country and getting as many schools on board sowing swan plant seeds for their butterfly gardens, and caring for the swan plants before they are big enough to be exposed. 

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Overwintering Parks in NZ

The overwintering stage in New Zealand starts in April or May. This is when swarms of Monarch butterflies form regularly to overwinter at places around the country.

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My journey to my book Launch

My book launch wasn’t about a night of plugging or selling my book. It was a night to celebrate how anyone CAN DO what I pulled off at the end of 2016. About how I didn’t really see this book coming until six months before it was actually in my hands, “An Educational Guide on Monarch butterflies”.

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The Children – Our future Butterfly Musketeers

The day of my private official book launch I received a large envelope full of thank you letters from the children of Waimairi school, here in Christchurch. It was so touching for me as this was a very special day and brought tears to my eyes when I read through them all. Keep on reading>>

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An Educational Guide on Monarch Butterflies

This guide is an excellent resource for teachers working in pre-schools or primary schools, who want to learn more to teach their students or raise monarch caterpillars as a hobby in your own back garden; or perhaps you’re that person, like me, who treats their caterpillars as pets, and rushes out for emergency dashes to the garden centre if you’ve run out of swan plants.

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Christchurch School Visits

The Butterfly Musketeers first started going around schools in November 2016.

I didn’t realise until now what a fantastic job I’ve got. I never knew how much I’d love going into classrooms talking about the wonderful Monarch Butterflies, raise awareness and educate the children to care for them so that they’re still around for generations to come. Keep on reading>>

How it all started with me and the Monarch butterflies

Hello everyone! And thank you so much for visiting our site.

I’m Maria Romero. This passion for Monarch butterflies started back in 2010, just before the devastating earthquake in Christchurch. I remember discovering my first swan plants at a Playcentre I went to with my children. There was a science table with eggs and caterpillars on the plant. Keep on reading>>