Date: 21 December 2012Large numbers of visitors are making Tongariro National Park Dual World Heritage Area a high priority on their must do list this summer.
Date: 20 December 2012The Department of Conservation has much to offer city dwellers and families looking for some rest and relaxation on the East Coast this summer.
Date: 20 December 2012Enjoy your holidays in the great outdoors but take extra care to prevent wild fires on conservation land this summer says the Department of Conservation.
Date: 19 December 2012A partnership between the Department of Conservation and Business and Community Shares (BACS) has real potential to help DOC work more closely with community and business partners looking to invest in the conservation.
Date: 17 December 2012Kayakers and rowers in dinghies will hand out information on the water about Project Island Song and the pest-free islands of the eastern Bay of Islands. On land, volunteers at boat ramps and wharves around the Bay and on Urupukapuka Island are also distributing information.
Date: 17 December 2012Work on the walking tracks around the Kororipo-Kerikeri Stone Store Basin has been completed in time for the holiday period giving locals and visitors very pleasant routes between Kerikeri township, Pa Road, and the Kororipo-Kerikeri Stone Store Basin.
Date: 18 December 2012If you spend any time near the bush on the Coromandel Peninsula during the summer, please get your dog kiwi trained. Training is free and only takes 10 minutes.
Date: 17 December 2012Recently a group of students from Geraldine High School undertook some fantastic conservation work on their outdoor education visit to Stewart Island’s North West Circuit.
Date: 14 December 2012The Department of Conservation has become aware that some electronic fishing lures are being used in Lake Taupō to catch trout and want to inform anglers that the use of these lures is prohibited by the Taupō Fishery Regulations.
Date: 14 December 2012Fire fighters from the New Zealand Fire Service, Palmerston North City Council and Department of Conservation (DOC) were called upon to manage a fire that threatened the Manawatu Gorge Scenic Reserve on Sunday 9 December.
Date: 13 December 2012A multi-agency attempt is being made to eradicate the great white butterfly in Nelson city in a bid to clear New Zealand of the introduced pest which poses a major economic and environmental threat.
Date: 13 December 2012The Department of Conservation says it is expecting a busy summer season in Tongariro National Park following heightened publicity after the recent volcanic activity.
Date: 15 December 2012The Minister of Conservation, the Honourable Kate Wilkinson, will on 15 December 2012 oversee the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between DOC and Conservation Volunteers New Zealand.
Date: 13 December 2012The Department of Conservation is conducting pest fish surveillance in Opotiki and Whakatane rivers to find koi carp or rudd; and the public are asked to report any sightings.
Date: 11 December 2012Hopes for a solid kākāpō breeding season now look unlikely, following a cold southern spring.
Date: 11 December 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThe signing of the Wellington Harbour Islands (WHI) Management Plan sets the future vision and management of Wellington’s three harbour islands, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says.
Date: 10 December 2012Source: Otago Conservation BoardDr Ralph Allen was presented with the Loder Cup at a function in Dunedin today by Associate Professor Abby Smith, Chairperson of the Otago Conservation Board, on behalf of the Minister of Conservation, the Hon Kate Wilkinson.
Date: 07 December 2012Source: ContactIn recent months the Department of Conservation have successfully prosecuted two helicopter pilots for landing on conservation land within Remote Experience Zones, areas that provide a naturally quiet, remote and wilderness experience and where aircraft are not allowed to land.
Date: 07 December 2012A major upgrade of Urupukapuka Island's 11 km track network has been completed in time for summer visitors.
Date: 06 December 2012A sixteen year-old Wellington student has won the Department of Conservation Big Picture Award in The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge for young people.
Date: 05 December 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC) is giving the public the chance to make submissions on its management of public conservation areas in the upper half of the North Island over the next 10 years.
Date: 05 December 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThree marine reserves will be created under the Subantarctic Islands Marine Reserves Bill, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says.
Date: 04 December 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson is pleased the purchase of 5.6 hectares of land on the Miranda coast off the Firth of Thames will create a new scenic reserve to protect the areas chenier plains.
Date: 03 December 2012DOC is encouraging boaties to make use of a mobile rubbish barge that will be operating in the Bay of Islands waters this summer.
Date: 04 December 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC) is making clear where people can freedom camp this summer on conservation land.
Date: 03 December 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson today launched a two-day summit to look for new ways we can try and eradicate stoats, possums and rats - our three biggest pests.
Date: 30 November 2012Nine students from the Department of Conservation’s Tauira Kaitiaki Taiao - Maori Cadetship Programme graduated at a ceremony in Ngaaruawaahia today.
Date: 29 November 2012Filmmakers flock to Queenstown to film amongst the spectacular scenery of the adjoining conservation estate and Anna Humphries makes sure they leave it in the pristine state they found it.
Date: 30 November 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson congratulated nine students who graduated from the Tauira Kaitiaki Taiao-Māori Cadetship Programme today.
Date: 28 November 2012Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson is increasing the size of the Taranaki/Whanganui Conservation Board from eight members to ten.
Date: 28 November 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson is seeking proud New Zealanders to stand for their local conservation boards and make a difference in their community.
Date: 27 November 2012The Timber Trail Cycle Trail is opening the Ellis and Burnand tramline on 1 December.
Date: 27 November 2012Auckland Council and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have announced a new partnership that will strengthen the management of Auckland’s open spaces, natural heritage and wild places.
Date: 27 November 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson has welcomed plans to re-open the Tongariro Northern Circuit and part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing on Thursday.
Date: 27 November 2012The Department of Conservation plans to re-open the Tongariro Northern Circuit and part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing on Thursday.
Date: 26 November 2012Peak spawning run counts of adult trout in the upper sections of the Tauranga-Taupō, Waiotaka and Waimarino rivers have been the highest recorded since 2001/2002.
Date: 23 November 2012The Tongariro Alpine Crossing remains closed due to GNS advice that Te Maari could still erupt at any time with little or no warning following the latest eruption.
Date: 22 November 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC) says it has strengthened its safety procedures on Raoul Island following the disappearance of a volunteer measuring sea temperatures earlier this year.
Date: 23 November 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and Taupō MP Louise Upston will visit Turangi today to discuss the recent eruption of Mt Tongariro with the Department of Conservation and GNS Science.
Date: 22 November 2012A small amount of ash and gas erupted from the Te Maari Crater on Mount Tongariro at 1:30 pm Wednesday afternoon the 21 November 2012.
Date: 21 November 2012As part of a day celebrating the survival of the takahē, Mitre10 Takahē Rescue has launched a nation-wide chick naming competition.
Date: 20 November 2012This week the Department of Conservation celebrates the 20th anniversary of the official opening of Stewart Island’s Rakiura Track as a Great Walk, the southern-most of New Zealand’s iconic walking tracks.
Date: 20 November 2012The Department of Conservation is holding two public workshops next week for the community to explore and discuss opportunities for the Taupō Sports Fishery.
Date: 16 November 2012An early spring for Northland means it's time to watch out for our endangered dotterels, breeding on a beach near you. Only about 1,500 of the Northern New Zealand dotterel remain.
Date: 19 November 2012Black backed gulls targeted nesting near Te Anau airport are the target of a population control operation this week.
Date: 16 November 2012The Department of Conservation today issued a warning to climbers and trampers on Ruapehu, recommending that they do not enter the Summit Hazard Zone until further notice.
Date: 15 November 2012A necropsy on a Bryde’s whale found dead on Motuihe Island highlights the urgent need to address the ship strike problem.
Date: 15 November 2012Read about the recent joint venture between Lake Rotoaira Trust and the Department of Conservation.
Date: 12 November 2012The Department of Conservation believes Kapiti Island is now stoat-free, following an extensive trapping and monitoring campaign.
Date: 13 November 2012Tasman Bay beaches will be a whole lot cleaner this summer after hundreds of local people cleared 5.5 tonnes of rubbish from the coast on Saturday (10 November).
Date: 12 November 2012The Lake Taupō smelt harvest season opened 1 November 2012 and will continue until 28 February 2013.
Date: 09 November 2012Two yacht-based wildlife expeditions are heading to Campbell Island and the Auckland Islands to conduct the first-ever comprehensive survey of yellow-eyed penguins in the subantarctic.
Date: 07 November 2012Two public workshops are being held in November as part of the Taupo Fishery Review.
Date: 05 November 2012Hundreds of Nelson-Tasman locals will be carrying out a spring clean of Tasman Bay beaches this Saturday (10 November) in the third annual Big Beach Clean-up.
Date: 05 November 2012An upgrade programme to the roading and associated signage at the DOC Matata campsite will get underway from Monday 12 November 2012 and is expected to be completed in two weeks.
Date: 05 November 2012A breeding whio was found dead on the Tongariro River, suspected to have been killed by a dog. Please keep dogs on a leash during the breeding months of October to December.
Date: 05 November 2012Sampling of selected waterways around the Te Anau Basin, and wider Fiordland will soon begin, coinciding with the open season for sports fishing in Southland’s rivers on 1 November
Date: 05 November 2012Weed control teams have been working hard to remove Darwin’s barberry from many areas around Te Anau and Manapouri, as it has jumped the garden fence and become an unwelcome weed.
Date: 05 November 2012One of New Zealand's rarest native birds, the takahē, has been released on Motutapu Island in the heart of Auckland.
Date: 02 November 2012The Great Walks Milford Track is still open and offering opportunities for walkers to view Fiordland’s unique splendour, despite the closure of a side trip, the Sutherland Falls Track, due to a rock fall hazard
Date: 02 November 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationNative birds including great spotted kiwis in the Nelson Lakes National Park will have greater protection from stoats now that self-setting traps are in the region, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says.
Date: 31 October 2012Upgrade work on the Bream Head/Te Whara Track has begun, and the section from Bream Head to Smugglers Bay will be closed until mid to late December.
Date: 30 October 2012Operations to target illegal hunting at night will continue throughout the Tongariro/Taupo region during the hunting season by the Police and DOC. Hunting permits will also be a focus.
Date: 30 October 20121200 native plants have been planted by the Tongariro River in a collaboration between DOC and the Department of Corrections Tongariro/Rangipo Prison.
Date: 24 October 2012An inspired Year 5 pupil Devlin Gurr and his class' Inquiry Project led to the students spending a day volunteering with DOC, helping to eradicate invasive weeds at Uretiti, south of Ruakaka.
Date: 23 October 2012Efforts to save our endangered national bird took an historic step forward with the release of the first kiwi onto Motutapu Island, in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
Date: 17 October 2012Become a roving volunteer and join Project Island Song’s successful scheme to bring birdsong back to the islands. Find out more in a half-day briefing session held in Russell on 8 November 2012.
Date: 17 October 2012The popular Mavora Lakes campsites will be fully operational by Tuesday 23 October 2012 with Department of Conservation (DOC) rangers at the site periodically over the busy summer months.
Date: 17 October 2012The Great Walks in Fiordland National Park are due to open for the summer on Tuesday 23 October 2012.
Date: 17 October 2012Te Anau’s Queens Reach Recreation Reserve will be closed for overnight camping from Tuesday 23 October 2012. The site will remain open to day visitors.
Date: 17 October 2012Sitings of large flocks of tūī near Taupo demonstrates the success of the Hatepe community predator trapping effort.
Date: 16 October 2012The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track will re-open this Friday in time for Labour weekend visitors, following recent closures relating to a volcanic eruption on the 6 August.
Date: 16 October 2012Air New Zealand and the Department of Conservation (DOC) today achieved the largest and most complex tuatara relocation ever undertaken. The 260 tuatara travelled on commercial flights from Wellington to Gisborne, Hamilton and Dunedin.
Date: 15 October 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson leaves for India today to attend the 11th Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad.
Date: 12 October 2012The Eastern Bay of Plenty is lucky to have native shorebirds like the NZ dotterel and the variable oystercatcher, that call it home in the breeding season. The public are asked to 'share our beaches' this summer.
Date: 12 October 2012A recent spotlighting (hunting after dark) incident while rabbit contractors were working on public conservation land in the Eastern Bay of Plenty has prompted DOC to again remind hunters that spotlighting is an offence.
Date: 12 October 2012Submissions are being invited on a draft management plan for Molesworth Station - a high country reserve and New Zealand's largest farm.
Date: 12 October 2012A new international study is a wake up call for New Zealanders about the scale of the global conservation challenge ahead.
Date: 10 October 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC) is reminding the public to be careful when lighting fires after a campfire started a scrub fire on a beach at Thornton Wildlife Management Reserve, Whakatane.
Date: 09 October 2012Representatives of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Te Ruapekapeka Trust signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Saturday 6 October 2012.
Date: 09 October 2012The Department of Conservation is actively supporting the Journey to the Deep theatrical production by producing education resources that are linked to the show.
Date: 09 October 2012A little blue penguin has died after suffering severe injuries as a result of being attacked by a dog at Taylors Mistake recently.
Date: 03 October 2012The Department of Conservation today announced an opportunity for the community to be involved in exploring future opportunities for the Taupō Sport Fishery.
Date: 02 October 2012Jill Hoffman from Invercargill has been announced as the winner of the photo contest jointly run by the Department of Conservation and Sirocco the kākāpō, New Zealand's official Spokesbird for Conservation.
Date: 02 October 2012A new system developed in collaboraton between Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) is set to create huge gains in the management of New Zealand Crown land.
Date: 02 October 2012A call to action is once again going out to the community to help spring clean Tasman Bay beaches in time for summer.
Date: 02 October 2012Jay McCarroll, the winner of the inaugural series of Project Runway has designed a kākāpō-influenced outfit as part of a unique fundraising campaign for endangered species.
Date: 02 October 2012Visitors to one of the Kaimai most significant historic places will enjoy a more reliable trip this summer, as advanced bookings become available for the popular Waitawheta Hut.
Date: 02 October 2012Aaron Taikato has been appointed Pou Tairangahau (Strategic Iwi Relations Manager) for the Northland Conservancy of the Department of Conservation.
Date: 01 October 2012Keeping dogs under control is the way to go for kiwi in Northland. For a while now control of dogs has been a focus as DOC moves from individual bird management to dog management.
Date: 27 September 2012The 2012-13 fishing season for Lake Otamangakau and Lake Kuratau begins on the first Monday of October and early indications point to some good summer fishing.
Date: 27 September 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationOceanic whitetip sharks are to get the same status as the great white shark, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson announced today.
Date: 26 September 2012Ten year old Aucklander Charlotte Thomas has blown away the competition with her conservation contributions, earning the title of What Now and DOC’s ‘Ranger for a Week’.
Date: 25 September 2012A bottlenose dolphin has been badly injured after being struck by a boat near Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
Date: 24 September 2012The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Department of Conservation (DOC) are seeking public comment on a review of the Māui Dolphin Threat Management Plan.
Date: 24 September 2012A Central Otago helicopter company and hunter were sentenced in the Queenstown District Court today on charges relating to illegal hunting in Hāwea Conservation Park.
Date: 21 September 2012The Department of Conservation has issued a media statement about New Zealand’s vote on the IUCN motion for Māui/Hector’s dolphin.
Date: 20 September 2012The Department of Conservation is re-opening another two sections of track on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the Tongariro Northern Circuit this weekend.
Date: 20 September 2012A new world-leading register of species important to New Zealand was launched last month and is now available for use.
Date: 20 September 2012Watch a short film highlighting some of Otago's achievements in conservation over the past 25 years.
Date: 19 September 2012Source: Office of the Minister of Conservation Record numbers of threatened species are now being actively managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), thanks in part to a new and world leading system, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson has announced.
Date: 18 September 2012Oamaru Hut in the Kaimanawa Forest Park is being looked after by the Taupo branch of the New Zealand Deer Stalkers Association, in return for time hunting in the hills, giving DOC a helping hand.
Date: 14 September 2012Work has begun on a 14 month construction project to provide a much safer, durable wharf for the 100,000 visitors to Rangitoto and Motutapu each year.
Date: 14 September 2012Source: Kākāpō Recovery programme With 13 days left to go before the end of his 6 week season at Maungatautari, bookings for the "Sirocco Experience" sold out last night!
Date: 14 September 2012Work to rid Mount Tarawera of wilding pines is set to continue this spring with a new grant from the Government’s Biodiversity Funds.
Date: 14 September 2012A Government biodiversity grant will help a Te Arawa hapu protect and reconnect with their ancestral lands near Lake Tarawera.
Date: 14 September 2012Government biodiversity grants announced this week will assist a central North Island iwi to protect the natural and cultural values of their land.
Date: 14 September 2012A project exploring future opportunities for Taupō Sports Fishery is underway. The project intends to examine the fishery history, the current situation and to identify and explore future opportunities for the iconic fishery.
Date: 13 September 2012Volunteers from Air New Zealand’s Green Team are rolling up their sleeves for conservation by helping with restoration projects across the country this weekend.
Date: 13 September 2012Mitre 10 is helping to suppress the plague of stoats threatening the last wild population of takahē in the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland and that’s just the beginning.
Date: 12 September 2012Conservation Week kicked off in Wellington on Sunday with DOC’s annual Weed Swap at Waitangi Park. Over 500 native plants were given away in exchange for a range of nasty garden weeds.
Date: 12 September 2012To celebrate the ‘Love your parks’ theme for Conservation Week 2012, the Department of Conservation together with New Zealand’s official Spokesbird for Conservation, Sirocco the kākāpō, are hosting a contest to find New Zealand’s best "people loving parks" photographs.
Date: 12 September 2012New Zealand fur seals/kekeno are increasingly common in the Bay of Islands. Unless a seal is being harassed by dogs or people, is entangled in marine debris, or is severely injured, the best policy is to leave them be.
Date: 11 September 2012A donation of 3500 native plants by Newmont Waihi Gold is set to give a major boost to environmental restoration at the Athenree Wildlife Reserve this spring.
Date: 11 September 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationCabinet has agreed to tough new measures for people caught attempting to smuggle native wildlife out of the country, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says.
Date: 10 September 2012Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson has announced Dunedin Ecologist Dr Ralph Allen the 2012 winner of the prestigious Loder Cup.
Date: 10 September 2012The Department of Conservation Coastal Otago Conservation Awards this year recognise a Dunedin woman for her outstanding biodiversity work on Otago Peninsula, a blue penguin colony for maintaining a successful breeding habitat, and a transport manager for helping protect a rare worm.
Date: 09 September 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson has welcomed the start of Conservation Week 2012 today.
Date: 07 September 2012Conservation Week kicked off this Sunday 9th September giving everyone the opportunity to get out and explore what's in their backyard attending events right across the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
Date: 07 September 2012Conservation Week kicked off with a "Spring Fair" at the Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Roebuck Road, Gisborne. Everyone is encouraged to explore their backyard enjoying local parks, reserves or a wide range of events.
Date: 07 September 2012Members of the Lake Waikaremoana Hapu Restoration Trust received a huge shock earlier this week when they arrived at Whareama Peninsula on Lake Waikaremoana to find their rat and stoat traps destroyed.
Date: 07 September 2012The Otago Conservancy of the Department of Conservation has appointed Dave Taylor to the Otago/Southland Pou Tairangahau position.
Date: 06 September 2012The release of twelve rare brown teal/pāteke today was a major milestone in the ongoing work of Project Island Song to bring back the birdsong to the islands of the Bay of Islands.
Date: 05 September 2012The Department of Conservation are reminding owners to keep dogs under control at all times after an incident with a seal pup on a Gisborne beach last month.
Date: 04 September 2012A range of events will be held during Conservation Week in Otago from September 9-16 to give people an opportunity to get out and explore what’s in their backyard.
Date: 03 September 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC) acknowledges that it could have done more to prevent the disappearance of a volunteer measuring sea temperatures on Raoul Island earlier this year.
Date: 03 September 2012Life in Christchurch is a bit serious these days, so the Department of Conservation has got some friends together for a bit of family fun on Sunday 9 September for Conservation Week.
Date: 30 August 2012The release of 45 young kakī, or black stilt, by the Department of Conservation yesterday will boost the numbers of this critically endangered species in the wild.
Date: 28 August 2012Two more sections of track on Tongariro’s Alpine Crossing and the Tongariro Northern Circuit are re-opening this weekend.
Date: 24 August 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC) is to close Wellington’s Turnbull House next month to allow earthquake strengthening repairs to be carried out.
Date: 23 August 2012GNS lowered the alert level for Tongariro back down to level 1 late last week, and the Department of Conservation is now planning a staged recovery and re-opening of the sections of track in Tongariro National Park that remain closed, following the recent eruption.
Date: 20 August 2012The Otago Conservancy of the Department of Conservation has appointed Cher Knights of Queenstown as its new Business Development Manager.
Date: 16 August 2012Kākāpō Recovery has been dealt a disappointing blow, following the discovery of another dead bird – the sixth during the past year.
Date: 15 August 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and Taupō MP Louise Upston have met with iwi, community and tourism industry leaders at Tongariro National Park today to discuss last week’s volcanic eruption.
Date: 15 August 2012The Department of Conservation has released 5000 marked yearling rainbow trout into the Taupo catchment as part of a small research project.
Date: 14 August 2012Pest numbers are down and native birds are beginning to bounce back in the Tararua Forest Park north of Wellington following an aerial 1080 pest control operation in late 2010.
Date: 14 August 2012Tomorrow marks the start of whitebait fishing season in Otago which runs through until 30 November.
Date: 14 August 2012Wednesday, 15th August marks the start of another whitebait fishing season for areas other than the West Coast of the South Island. The West Coast whitebait season starts on 1st September.
Date: 14 August 2012Source: Kakapo RecoverySirocco, the official Spokesbird for Conservation and advocate for Kākāpō Recovery, is arriving in the Waikato this week for a six-week stay at Maungatautari, in Cambridge.
Date: 13 August 2012This weekend’s Rugby Living Legends planting event at Whareroa Farm, Kapiti Coast had a great turnout with great weather to accompany it.
Date: 12 August 2012Greg the takahē, one of Tiritiri Matangi Island’s best known and loved endangered birds, died today while being assessed for health problems at Auckland Zoo.
Date: 10 August 2012An adult possum has been photographed and filmed floating on a log near Wellington’s Kapiti Island.
Date: 10 August 2012On 4 August 2012, volunteers along with Living Legends and Department of Conservation (DOC) staff gathered at the Uretiti Rest Area on the Bream Bay coast to plant trees as part of the community conservation project Living Legends.
Date: 09 August 2012“Seals usually need rest, not rescuing” is advice from the Department of Conservation in response to calls from the public about young seals onshore at this time of year.
Date: 08 August 2012The Department of Conservation says it is working to re-open the tracks and huts on Mount Tongariro as soon as conditions become safer and the extent of damage can be assessed.
Date: 08 August 2012The Tongariro River has not been greatly affected by the recent eruption of upper Te Maari Carter on Monday night. After the eruption there was a light westerly wind that took the majority of ash towards Napier.
Date: 07 August 2012The Department of Conservation says tracks and huts on Mt Tongariro will remain closed for the immediate future while GNS experts continue to assess volcanic activity on the mountain.
Date: 07 August 2012Source: New Zealand Police/Department of ConservationThe Department of Conservation, supported by Police, GNS, Ngati Tuwharetoa and other local agencies, are working to assess the extent of a volcanic eruption at Te Maari Crater, Tongariro overnight.
Date: 07 August 2012The Department of Conservation tender process for its concession opportunity to take visitors to Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, near Wellington has been completed and five of the tenderers have been invited to apply for a concession.
Date: 06 August 2012The Peregrine Wines mohua transfer to Resolution Island has been declared a success following regular reports of the small birds by hunters and trappers working on the island.
Date: 03 August 2012Source: Morgan FoundationThe Million Dollar Mouse campaign is halfway to its goal of raising $1 million to eradicate mice off New Zealand’s Antipodes Islands.
Date: 02 August 2012Step into Fiordland National Park tomorrow (Friday) and you will find that the team of rangers working to protect the special plants, animals and many tracks has just doubled in size!
Date: 01 August 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley launched the new Code of Conduct for Minimising Acoustic Disturbance to Marine Mammals from Seismic Survey Operations.
Date: 01 August 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC) and Tourism Exchange New Zealand (TXNZ) have formed a new partnership to enable live bookings at the DOC Fiordland Visitor Centre in Te Anau.
Date: 31 July 2012Conservation managers and wildlife vets from around the world will be descending on Melbourne in October to share expertise on wildlife breeding techniques.
Date: 30 July 2012Last week a number of dead seabirds washed ashore from Opotiki to Whangaparaoa, and along the coast north of Gisborne. Autopsy results by Massey University found the cause of death to be starvation.
Date: 27 July 2012Sixty nine pieces of ivory have been seized from a Napier address by investigators from the Wildlife Enforcement Group.
Date: 24 July 2012A Christchurch School and student will take action to help conserve kea to make amends for actions that led to the death of a bird at Porter Heights Ski Area last week.
Date: 23 July 2012Encore for our conservation and environmental guardians
Date: 18 July 2012The Otago Peninsula Trust and the Department of Conservation are calling for nominations for the Toroa Award.
Date: 16 July 2012Dae Van der Maazen, a 37 year old Waikato man, was convicted and fined $2000 by Judge Richard Watson at the Tauranga District court today for illegally applying cyanide baits at the Kaimai Summit near Tauranga.
Date: 13 July 2012NZ fur seals seen along the Northland coastline at the moment need to be given space. They are generally fine and just resting.
Date: 04 July 2012Indian Island (170 ha) is near the outer edge of Dusky Sound. It is the fourth of six main islands in Dusky Sound to have a predator control programme to remove introduced mammals.
Date: 02 July 2012A four day search conducted by a team of divers from the Department of Conservation’s Te Anau Area Office have found no sign of the invasive aquatic weed Lagarosiphon major (oxygen weed).
Date: 29 June 2012The Department of Conservation will close the Chasm Track from Monday 2 July to Sunday 30 September to undertake a major makeover of the track.
Date: 28 June 2012A management plan for the Abel Tasman foreshore has been approved and will come into effect from 1 November this year.
Date: 28 June 2012Pest-free Urupukapuka and Moturua Islands in the eastern Bay of Islands (Ipipiri) have had almost 3000 native plants planted in the last month.
Date: 25 June 2012A Whangarei DOC team and independent seabird researcher spent a night searching the Hen and Chickens Islands looking for the elusive New Zealand storm petrel.
Date: 22 June 2012Two kiwi deaths in one week earlier this month serve as a reminder about the threat of dogs and motor vehicles to kiwi in Eastern Bay of Plenty.
Date: 22 June 2012New Zealand fur seals have been sighted ashore along the Bay of Plenty coastline this week, as expected for this time of year.
Date: 22 June 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationA proposal to establish five marine reserves on the South Island’s West Coast has gone out for public consultation – bringing them a step closer to reality.
Date: 20 June 2012The new interpretation sign at Otamure Bay, Whananaki North informs people of where pateke and kiwi live and what locals and visitors to Whananaki can do to protect them.
Date: 20 June 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC) has decided that part of the historic St Bathans Post Office will be open to the public, while the rest of the building will be used for visitor accommodation.
Date: 19 June 2012A milestone in re-establishing the whitehead (pōpokotea) in the Auckland region has been achieved with the release of the protected native bird on two pest-free islands in the heart of Auckland.
Date: 18 June 2012Rowi, the world's rarest kiwi species, is returning to the North Island after an absence of hundreds of years.
Date: 13 June 2012Two Canterbury men were sentenced today in the Christchurch District Court for hunting offences committed in Arthur’s National Park in December last year.
Date: 05 June 2012Read about Northland's 2012 Regional Weedbusters Awards and find out who received top awards.
Date: 29 May 2012Four local Russell dogs and their owners have become more ‘weka wise’ by attending a weka aversion training course recently.
Date: 05 June 2012Former whalers and Department of Conservation researchers are again about to scour the Cook Strait sea for whales as the ninth winter whale survey in the area gets underway on Saturday 9 June.
Date: 01 June 2012DOC presented to the children of Ngunguru Primary School a colourful mural highlighting some of the important bird species that can be found in the area.
Date: 05 June 2012The little-known Transit of Venus Historic Reserve at Burnham is the site of successful British observations of the transit of Venus 130 years ago - and tomorrow DOC will return to mark this history.
Date: 31 May 2012A landmark year for the Whangarei Kiwi Sanctuary has seen the 100th kiwi make the round trip from egg to release and back into the wild, as part of the highly successful BNZ Operation Nest Egg programme.
Date: 30 May 2012Yesterday, DOC staff did a final check of the trap network on Ulva Island in the hope of declaring the island rat free again. Unfortunately, a rat was found in one of the traps during this check.
Date: 28 May 2012Two more sites of lagarosiphon (oxygen weed) have been found in Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera National Park, as well as the initial infestation found at Te Raoa Bay.
Date: 25 May 2012A fire burning last night in pine trees near Lyttelton has been brought under control by a Department of Conservation-led rural fire team using a helicopter with night-flying capability, in a Canterbury first.
Date: 24 May 2012After three years, Ngati Rangi hapu of Reporua, have completed planting over 1000 pohutukawa trees on the coastal hill overlooking the marae at Reporua, Ruatoria, East Coast.
Date: 24 May 2012Dr Nigel Kim of Tauranga was convicted in the Tauranga District Court today and ordered by a judge to pay a $1000 fine for a hunting offence he committed in the Kai Mamaku Conservation Park.
Date: 24 May 2012Department of Conservation (DOC) Coastal Otago Ranger Carey Knox has been recognised by the international Parks Forum for his groundbreaking project on New Zealand’s rare and endangered jewelled geckos.
Date: 22 May 2012Source: Pukaha Mount Bruce BoardA new volunteer programme aims to strengthen the relationship between our local and regional communities, the native wildlife and the forest by encouraging people to lend a hand and get involved with some of the valuable work that is being undertaken at Pukaha.
Date: 23 May 2012The Department of Conservation’s flood protection project at Milford Sound has scored a further coup with the announcement of a major award from the New Zealand Planning Institute.
Date: 22 May 2012The Department of Conservation supports Meridian Energy’s decision regarding the proposed Mokihinui hydro development.
Date: 21 May 2012Dogs are helping DOC to keep islands pest-free in Northland and Fiordland.
Date: 17 May 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationFamilies with young children and off-road wheelchair users will enjoy greater access to the iconic backcountry of the St James Conservation Area thanks to a project initiated by Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson.
Date: 14 May 2012The Department of Conservation is cautioning trampers in Fiordland to be prepared for winter conditions as they venture onto Great Walks over the next few weeks.
Date: 11 May 2012The behaviour of four-wheel drivers who damaged protected wetlands in Canterbury recently has been condemned by 4WD clubs and the Department of Conservation.
Date: 11 May 2012The Department of Conservation has received reports of vehicles driving across the Waiotahi Spit Scenic Reserve, Opotiki, west of the pipi beds, causing damage to the dunes.
Date: 11 May 2012Fish & Game and the Department of Conservation are delighted that the testing of 22 rivers in Fiordland National Park showed no signs of the invasive freshwater pest didymo.
Date: 09 May 2012The Department of Conservation in Otago is introducing changes to their fire permit process.
Date: 10 May 2012A yellow-eyed penguin rescued from a Christchurch beach with a broken leg was mauled by a dog, prompting a call for owners to be more responsible on beaches.
Date: 10 May 2012The Department of Conservation has run several kiwi aversion training days in recent months to increase the awareness of the risk that hunting dogs can pose to kiwi in the wild.
Date: 09 May 2012Preliminary test results have shown that the dolphin recovered from a Taranaki beach last week had DNA characteristics more consistent with Hector’s dolphin than Māui dolphin.
Date: 07 May 2012The annual Kaimanawa wild horse muster will take place at the end of May, to control numbers in the herd which lives primarily on the Waiouru Military Training Area.
Date: 08 May 2012As part of a new initiative to encourage more people to get out and enjoy New Zealand’s special places, DOC has listed all recreational and tourism businesses operating in conservation areas on the DOC website.
Date: 05 April 2012A new insect parasite has been released into the Mackenzie Basin and Upper Waitaki for the first time, to help control the spread of broom.
Date: 04 May 2012Rakiura, a 10 year-old female kakapo, who has spent the last 19 days at Auckland Zoo, is on her way today to join seven other kakapo on Little Barrier Barrier island (Hauturu).
Date: 03 May 2012Source: Nature SpaceA new website for community groups and landowners protecting and restoring New Zealand’s natural environment is seen as a valuable tool for their vital work.
Date: 02 May 2012Kakapo Recovery has been given valuable hi-definition video footage – shot by an Emmy award-winning crew on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island – to edit and use to promote the programme.
Date: 02 May 2012The Department of Conservation says there are potential benefits from the creation of additional salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds, provided that nutrient and location issues are addressed.
Date: 02 May 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC) are concerned about the misuse of one of the local reserves close to Wanganui – Gordon Park Scenic Reserve which has had large amounts of household rubbish and garden waste dumped in the car park and tracks recently.
Date: 02 May 2012Students from Orautoha School had an experience of a lifetime recently and two of the students, Neihana Hall (11 yrs) and Quintin Rapana (12 yrs) played a special part in releasing four whio (blue duck) into the Manganui o te Ao River on Monday.
Date: 01 May 2012Source: BNZ Save the Kiwi TrustA new partnership between Trade Me and conservation group BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust hopes to raise more than $40,000 a year to help save our national icon.
Date: 01 May 2012Mountain bikers and walkers will now have a smoother trip over an eroded section of the Heaphy Track thanks to $10,500 in donations from Nelson mountain bikers and some national mountain biking businesses to support the Department of Conservation track improvement work.
Date: 30 April 2012The preliminary pathology report on the dead Hector’s/Māui dolphin recovered from a Taranaki beach last week has indicated that the animal died of natural causes.
Date: 23 April 2012The three day cycle hikoi travelling the entire length of the Mountains to Sea (Nga Ara Tuhono) section of the National Cycle Trail (Nga Haerenga) takes place Thursday 26 April to Saturday 28 April 2012.
Date: 23 April 2012Forty weta motels have been installed on Lake Wanaka’s Mou Waho island.
Date: 23 April 2012Mountain bikers can enjoy a second winter season of riding the Heaphy Track from Tuesday 1 May through to Sunday 30 September.
Date: 20 April 2012The Department of Conservation with the help of Fiordland College students have released eighteen South Island robin/kakaruai at the Cleddau River Delta, Milford Sound.
Date: 20 April 2012Source: Air New Zealand and the Department of Conservation New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe have today confirmed a major three year commercial partnership between DOC and Air New Zealand.
Date: 20 April 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationMinister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson has welcomed the signing of a new commercial partnership that will see DOC and Air New Zealand work together to protect and promote our unique wildlife and special landscapes.
Date: 20 April 2012The Department of Conservation wants more people to experience the rare native birds and wildlife on Kapiti Island and is offering new opportunities for eco-tour operators taking visitors to the nature reserve.
Date: 18 April 2012The completion of two new solar power systems, providing cheaper, cleaner and quieter electricity at Department of Conservation bases on Great Barrier Island, is being marked at a launch event today.
Date: 18 April 2012Morepork and kea are the latest victims of speeding vehicles on the Milford Highway. The Department of Conservation has picked up ten morepork and two kea killed by vehicles on the Milford Highway this summer.
Date: 15 April 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThe transfer of seven critically endangered kakapo to Little Barrier Island is a significant move to help secure the species’ survival, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says.
Date: 11 April 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC) is set to introduce a new three-tiered pricing system for huts on the Great Walks network and paid campsites throughout the country.
Date: 05 April 2012The deadline for public comments for the Department of Conservation’s review of Kaikoura sperm whale tourism has been extended by two weeks to Friday 11 May 2012.
Date: 04 April 2012Members of the local community carried out shellfish monitoring and went kayaking amongst the mangroves as part of a close-up exploration of Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve.
Date: 04 April 2012The Department of Conservation now has a new recreational hunting permit for small game animals.
Date: 04 April 2012The three day cycle journey (hikoi) travelling the length of the Mountains to Sea section of the National Cycle Trail is to take place on the 26th through to 28th April 2012.
Date: 31 March 2012On 1 April 2012 DOC turned 25 years old. 2012 also marks 125 years since Tongariro National Park was gifted to the nation and 60 years since the establishment of New Zealand’s National Parks Act.
Date: 30 March 2012Public hearings for the Riverstone Holdings Limited monorail concession application will begin next week. Hearings in Te Anau will begin on Monday 2 April 2012 and will begin in Invercargill on Tuesday 3 April 2012.
Date: 30 March 2012The Department of Conservation is pleased with the prosecution of six whitebaiters in the Whakatane District Court on 20th March 2012 for breaches of the Whitebait Fishing Regulations.
Date: 30 March 2012The Department of Conservation is urging hunters to adhere to their permit conditions and refrain from illegal spotlighting on conservation land.
Date: 29 March 2012With the start of the ‘roar’ deer hunting season, the Department of Conservation is reminding hunters spotlighting is not allowed on public conservation land – it is illegal and endangers others.
Date: 29 March 2012The Department of Conservation is seeking public input into a review of Kaikoura whale watching tourism ahead of the expiry on 30 May of a 10-year suspension of new permits for the commercial activity.
Date: 28 March 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson today warmly welcomed the announcement of the ‘Million Dollar Mouse campaign’ to rid New Zealand’s subantarctic Antipodes Islands of the pests.
Date: 20 March 2012As more people visit the Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve, a problem is emerging that can cause serious issues for the health of the fish, and for swimmers and snorkelers.
Date: 26 March 2012Sixty tuatara are now living in the wild on Motuihe Island easily accessible by ferry from downtown Auckland.
Date: 23 March 2012Source: Department of Conservation and Wellington ZooA juvenile northern giant petrel which landed at Castlepoint two weeks ago is believed to have “hitched” a 500km ride with the wind from its home on the Chatham Islands.
Date: 23 March 2012Good teamwork, aided and abetted by fine weather, has achieved a milestone in the decade-long mission to resurrect a 1930s sawmilling site at Otaki Forks.
Date: 21 March 2012The Department of Conservation is urging skippers to take all necessary precautions when mooring at pest free sanctuaries after a rat was discovered earlier this month at a popular mooring spot on Anchor Island in Dusky Sound.
Date: 22 March 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC) may be close to eradicating the environmental threats posed by koi carp in the western Bay of Plenty.
Date: 21 March 2012To prevent the disease kauri dieback from spreading to the oldest and largest kauri forest in the Auckland region the Department of Conservation (DOC) has closed the tracks in the Mataitai Conservation Area near the Hunua Ranges.
Date: 21 March 2012This year’s Kaimai to Coromandel ECHO Walking Festival will be launched on April 10th with a family-friendly walk at Otanewainuku Forest near Tauranga, and is a great activity idea for the Easter School Holidays.
Date: 19 March 2012Private land owners or community groups carrying out conservation work on private land could be eligible for funding from the Biodiversity Funds.
Date: 14 March 2012Whangarei Kiwi Sanctuary staff are today saddened by the loss of a friend of 16 years – Rainbow the kiwi.
Date: 16 March 2012Creativity, vibrancy and strong conservation messages were portrayed throughout in this year's winning entries in the Seaweek kids pictures and stories competition.
Date: 16 March 2012Tawa, a fostered takahē chick is entertaining visitors and proving that life is good at the Te Anau Wildlife Centre.
Date: 15 March 2012There has been some debate about the Department of Conservation’s plan to investigate re-instating the winter runs of rainbow trout into the Tongariro River.
Date: 15 March 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC) will implement a number of additional pest control measures following the sighting of, what is believed to be, a mouse on Matiu/Somes Island.
Date: 15 March 2012Trampers and hunters heading into Mid-Pohangina Hut in the Ruahine Forest Park will get their feet wet following the permanent removal of a swing-bridge crossing the Pohangina River.
Date: 14 March 2012A joint National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), DOC and Auckland University research team is returning to continue their research on Stewart Island’s / Rakiura enigmatic white shark population.
Date: 13 March 2012Source: Offices of the Minister of Conservation (Hon Kate Wilkinson) and Minister for Primary Industries (Hon David Carter)The Government is considering further measures to protect Māui dolphin as a new study points to a decline in numbers of the critically endangered species.
Date: 12 March 2012It may have been a wet summer for many Northlanders, but travellers and tourists from all over the globe were still choosing to spend their time here.
Date: 09 March 2012Public hearings for the Milford Dart Limited (MDL) Dart Passage tunnel concession application will begin next week.
Date: 08 March 2012New Zealand’s southern most National Park celebrates its 10th anniversary this week.
Stewart Island/Rakiura National Park was officially opened on 9 March 2002.
Date: 09 March 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThe Government is considering a proposal to establish differential fishing licences for overseas anglers, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson announced today.
Date: 08 March 2012Te Tapatoru a Toi, the first committee of its kind in NZ, continues to be a role model for future joint management of conservation land with the release of its Annual Plan for 2010/11.
Date: 07 March 2012Youngsters still have a chance to join a snorkelling trip to view sea life in Tonga Island Marine Reserve with the event now being held on Saturday, 31 March.
Date: 06 March 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationSeaweek is all about inspiring New Zealanders to celebrate and learn from the sea, Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson said at the national launch of Seaweek last night.
Date: 06 March 2012The Department of Conservation (DOC), with assistance from the New Zealand Navy, has carried out the first ever survey of the rare Auckland Island shag in the remote subantarctic islands.
Date: 05 March 2012Department of Conservation staff have closed Te Raoa Bay within Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera National Park, after a dive survey has discovered a small infestation of lagarosiphon (oxygen weed).
Date: 05 March 2012The 2011 Northland kiwi listening results show the highest level of growth since listening records began.
Date: 05 March 2012The death of a young male kakapo last week – the fifth since September – may be linked to poor genetics, prompting the Kakapo Recovery team to consider removing Basil, an Anchor Island-based bird, from the breeding programme.
Date: 05 March 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationPublic conservation land around Nelson has been given a boost with the Government purchasing 333 hectares of private land beside Kahurangi National Park.
Date: 02 March 2012With the Rena incident still fresh in our minds this Seaweek in the Eastern Bay of Plenty encourages our communities to protect our marine environment by reducing the amount of general rubbish in our waterways impacting on our sea and birdlife.
Date: 02 March 2012With the Rena incident still fresh in our minds this Seaweek on the East Coast encourages our communities to protect our marine environment by reducting the amount of general rubbish in our waterways impacting on sea and birdlife.
Date: 01 March 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson has praised Genesis Energy Ltd for their work with DOC to increase numbers of the rare native whio (blue duck).
Date: 01 March 2012The future of one of New Zealand’s most endangered species is looking brighter, with the latest whio breeding season resulting in 206 new ducklings at one breeding site alone.
Date: 29 February 2012A new win-win situation for the health of our native forests and the people dedicated to protecting them is emerging in the Kaimai bush north of Tauranga.
Date: 20 February 2012The latest results of underwater monitoring at Tuhua (Mayor Island) Marine Reserve near Tauranga reveal an emerging success story that will be explained at a public presentation on 6 March, coinciding with Seaweek celebrations around the country.
Date: 28 February 2012Join Mark Carwardine in this video as he meets the yellow-eyed penguin near Dunedin; the tuatara in Invercargill; the albatross, robin, saddleback and kiwi on Stewart Island; and reminisces about his good friend Sirocco the kākāpō.
Date: 27 February 2012Thanks to the efforts of the local community, plans have begun to find an alternative route to the magnificent Mermaid pool on the Otito Reserve close to Matapouri after the old path was blocked by a rock fall.
Date: 19 February 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Kate Wilkinson joined a convoy of four wheel drivers to officially open a new 20-bed hut on the popular St James Walkway yesterday.
Date: 24 February 2012At least 60 endangered native birds have been found dead on the Clutha River near Roxburgh.
Date: 21 February 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationMinister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson has praised the generosity of a private family trust which has launched a multi-million dollar conservation project in Abel Tasman National Park.
Date: 21 February 2012Read an overview of the topics the Northland Conservation Board discussed in February 2012.
Date: 21 February 2012An extensive 30-year multi-million dollar project to restore Abel Tasman National Park’s natural ecology is being launched with initial funding from a private family trust.
Date: 20 February 2012One of our rarest and most endangered native birds, the New Zealand shore plover has been released on pest free Motutapu Island to increase its chances of survival.
Date: 20 February 2012Some staggering figures have been calculated in an attempt to find out what is killing Whangarei’s kiwi population.
Date: 17 February 2012What started out as an offer of assistance over a cup of tea has resulted in a successful long-term conservation partnership in the Wairarapa.
Date: 17 February 2012You are invited to view mesmerising marine life in Tasman Bay’s two marine reserves next month, with snorkelling events to to mark Seaweek.
Date: 16 February 2012The recently completed track upgrade of the Rimutaka Rail Trail has added width to the narrowest section of track which now provides users comfort and safety on a truly multi-use track.
Date: 14 February 2012Hunters can still apply to fly into the Tasman Wilderness Area to hunt during this autumn’s roar deer hunting season.
Date: 13 February 2012Sofia d'Aubert-Phillips of Methven and Leo Fosita of Christchurch have jointly won the design-a-badge competition run by the Department of Conservation and the Kiwi Ranger programme.
Date: 10 February 2012Analysis of the remains of a 1 year old male sea lion recently found on the Otago Peninsula by Department of Conservation (DOC) staff revealed it was shot.
Date: 10 February 2012Thanks to a Herculean conservation effort by Hurunui College in North Canterbury, three great-spotted kiwi/roroa will be returned to the Nina valley tomorrow.
Date: 10 February 2012Efforts are being stepped up to protect native wildlife on Adele Island after a rat was found dead in a trap on the Abel Tasman National Park island sanctuary.
Date: 10 February 2012The Department of Conservation has seized equipment found at two illegal gold sluicing sites in the Glenhope Scenic Reserve in recent weeks, and is reminding the public only approved gold prospecting is allowed in conservation areas.
Date: 01 February 2012One of the Department of Conservation's ‘dog friendly’ campsites in the Kauaeranga Valley was the site of a wananga (place of learning) for dogs to learn about avoiding kiwi in the bush.
Date: 24 January 2012The Waiau Falls Scenic Reserve in the Coromandel briefly changed from its usually peaceful, uncrowded location in mid-January when 70 people descended on the falls to film a television advertisement.
Date: 02 February 2012People visiting parks and reserves in the Wairarapa are warned to be wary of wasps, with the height of the wasp season approaching.
Date: 03 February 2012A plan to display male kakapo Rooster at Te Rau Aroha Marae (Bluff) overnight on 5 February has been cancelled to ensure the wellbeing of the bird.
Date: 30 January 2012Makarora Valley is now getting extra protection from predators thanks to a donation from the Mohua Charitable Trust.
Date: 01 February 2012A necropsy on an endangered Bryde’s whale found floating in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park has shown that the whale was alive when it appears to have been hit by a vessel.
Date: 01 February 2012Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThe game bird habitat stamp and art prints for 2012 were launched by Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson today, to mark World Wetlands Day, held internationally on February 2 each year.
Date: 02 February 2012A sea lion pup and its mum have been moved by the Department of Conservation (DOC) from Tomahawk Beach in Dunedin to a quieter location today.
Date: 31 January 2012Three new arrivals in Ahipara are causing quite a stir in the local community. With fluffy feathers and beaks, Ahipara’s newest celebrities are in fact three newly hatched New Zealand dotterel chicks.
Date: 31 January 2012The death of another adult kakapo – the second this month – makes the opportunity for the public to see a live one on display this weekend even more special.
Date: 27 January 2012The Department of Conservation is conducting surveillance in Whakatane/Opotiki rivers to identify koi carp and is asking the public to report any sightings.
Date: 23 January 2012Samples taken by Department of Conservation (DOC) staff, from four Gray’s beaked whales which stranded and subsequently died at the eastern end of Papamoa beach last Saturday 21 January are being sent to Massey University today for analysis.
Date: 21 January 2012Department of Conservation (DOC) staff, supported by local iwi representatives have been working today to collect samples and bury the bodies of four Gray's beaked whales which stranded and subsequently died at the islolated eastern end of Papamoa Beach, near Tauranga.
Date: 20 January 2012A sea lion pup and its mum are being moved by the Department of Conservation (DOC) from Tomahawk Beach in Dunedin to a quieter location today.
Date: 19 January 2012The first successful breeding of captive reared pāteke/Brown Teal released into Fiordland National Park has been confirmed.
Date: 18 January 2012The Department of Conservation has decided not to lay charges against a group of prison inmates on a rehabilitation programme who took seafood from a marine reserve.
Date: 18 January 2012Source: Kakapo Recovery programmeThe death of a male kakapo on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island has brought disappointment to the Kakapo Recovery team, as it faces a year without any breeding.
Date: 18 January 2012A man has been fined $1250 for taking a dog to Flora Hut in Kahurangi National Park, putting kiwi and blue duck at risk.
Date: 13 January 2012DOC has extended the deadline for submitting on the Milford Dart Limited (MDL) Dart Passage tunnel and Riverstone Holdings (Riverstone) monorail concession applications by 15 working days.
Date: 12 January 2012Fourteen young wild whio, ready to fledge, have had a helping hand in finding a suitable new home within Fiordland.
Date: 10 January 2012The Department of Conservation, as part of Southern Rural Fire, responded to a fire last night in the Doubtful Islands group in Lake Te Anau.
Date: 11 January 2012Two kiwi that were last seen and handled in 2007 and 2008 respectively were found while tracking Northland brown kiwi in the Purua Kiwi Sanctuary, Whangarei in January 2012.
Date: 06 January 2012In a combined effort with Environment Canterbury and Christchurch City Council, DOC is asking local landowners for sightings of Lythrum salicaria, commonly known as purple loosestrife.
Date: 04 January 2012An extensive search and rescue operation has sadly failed to find the Department of Conservation volunteer missing on Raoul Island since Monday morning.
Date: 03 January 2012A long range search helicopter has joined a boat and ground search team looking for a Department of Conservation volunteer on Raoul Island, missing since early yesterday morning.
Date: 02 January 2012There has been no sighting so far of the missing Department of Conservation volunteer, with the aerial search of the coastline of Raoul Island called off around 8pm due to fading light. Evidence suggests that the man was swept into the sea while carrying out routine meteorological readings around 6am today.
Date: 02 January 2012A Department of Conservation volunteer is missing after going on a routine mission this morning to carry out meteorological work on Raoul Island in the remote Kermadec Island group.
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