Green GeckoPHOTO: Sabine Bernert ©
Date: 27 July 2017Source: Office of the Associate Minister of Conservation and the Minister for the EnvironmentA new strategy and action plan will better equip New Zealanders, especially children and young people, with the knowledge, skills and motivation to tackle environmental issues.
Date: 27 July 2017Tourists visiting a Rotorua geothermal attraction have been observed disturbing populations of one of New Zealand’s most threatened bird species, a few months ahead of the critical breeding time for the species.
Date: 26 July 2017DOC's Hauraki District staff are making good progress with the massive clean up job resulting from the ‘Tasman Tempest’ storms that swept the Coromandel Peninsula and other parts of the North Island in March.
Date: 25 July 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Maggie Barry says the Predator Free 2050 project is making good progress on the first anniversary of its announcement at Zealandia in Wellington.
Date: 25 July 2017The latest Porirua suburb to join the predator-free movement will launch this Saturday 29 July, with free rat traps to give away.
Date: 21 July 2017The popular Jumbo Hut in the Tararua Forest Park near Masterton is closed until further notice for strengthening work.
Date: 21 July 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationDOC is progressing plans to eradicate introduced predators on the Auckland Islands in the subantarctic, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.
Date: 17 July 2017DOC has posted new signs highlighting freshwater threats to the Taupō catchment.
Date: 20 July 2017Help is on the way for the endangered Archey's frogs.
Date: 20 July 2017A crabeater seal has travelled all the way from Antarctica to spend its final days on Waikawa Beach.
Date: 20 July 2017An endangered Marlborough green gecko, a long-term resident at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, has been stolen.
Date: 19 July 2017DOC is reminding the public to leave seals alone to rest at this time of year.
Date: 19 July 2017Source: Office of the Minister for the Environment and the Minister of ConservationThe top two most contaminated sites in New Zealand have been successfully remediated, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said today.
Date: 19 July 2017Source: Office of the Minister for the EnvironmentConstruction is set to start by the end of this month on the new Great Walk in Paparoa National Park in memory of the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.
Date: 18 July 2017Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry have announced the Government will control the spread of wilding conifers over an additional five priority areas this year in Canterbury, Otago and Southland.
Date: 18 July 2017Today His Excellency Scott Brown, Ambassador of the United States of America to New Zealand visited an iconic island sanctuary to witness the work his Embassy has done supporting seabird recovery.
Date: 17 July 2017DOC is reminding people living near the Manukau Harbour that winter is a period when New Zealand fur seals, or kekeno, appear in urban areas around the edge of the harbour.
Date: 17 July 2017Three kiwi have been killed in recent dog attacks on Kawau Island. DOC is investigating the attacks as kiwi are a protected native species.
Date: 14 July 2017DOC has put in place a 12-month moratorium on issuing new permits to view or swim with marine mammals in the Marlborough Sounds, and Cloudy and Clifford bays.
Date: 14 July 2017DOC is advising hikers and climbers venturing above the snowline on Mounts Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe to be aware of hazards they may not be used to.
Date: 13 July 2017Tomorrow seven whio (blue duck) will be released onto the upper Styx and upper Arahura Rivers near Hokitika after nearly a year of whio wooing.
Date: 13 July 2017Native species are on the rise thanks to intensive trapping and aerial 1080 operations across Fiordland National Park, latest monitoring results show.
Date: 12 July 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationPredator Free 2050’s arsenal is set to expand with funding for three projects to control stoats and rats.
Date: 11 July 2017Four critically endangered kākāpō have been moved to predator-free Hauturu/Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
Date: 10 July 2017Source: Department of Conservation and Project JanszoonDOC has launched a captive breeding programme for kākā in the northern South Island.
Date: 11 July 2017Just in time for the school holidays, DOC is launching the Central North Island’s first two Toyota Kiwi Guardian adventure sites.
Date: 07 July 2017Get your tamariki into nature with Toyota Kiwi Guardians at Flat Top Hill in Central Otago.
Date: 06 July 2017DOC Deputy Director General, Strategy and People, Mervyn English has today paid tribute to Tūhoe in bringing Te Urewera, a legal personhood, truly to life.
Date: 06 July 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThe Government will consider the implications of today’s Supreme Court decision on conservation land swaps, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.
Date: 05 July 2017DOC is taking a hard line on people who mistreat public conservation land after several weeks of vandalism at sites across Hawke’s Bay.
Date: 11 July 2017If you're going to Tongariro National Park this winter, help the environment by using a transport shuttle.
Date: 04 July 2017The votes are in and the albatross star of the DOC ‘royal cam’ has been named Tūmanako meaning hope, wish, desire.
Date: 03 July 2017A group of eager Lions fans will not be charged for an incomplete booking at Te Kopi Homestead.
Date: 03 July 2017Source: Office of the Minister for Conservation and the Minister for Primary IndustriesA new Threat Management Plan released today will help protect endangered New Zealand sea lions.
Date: 29 June 2017To remove the risk of injury or incident in the near future, Moncktons bridge in Central Hawke’s Bay will be removed.
Date: 29 June 20171 News has misrepresented the work being done to preserve and maintain the spiritual, cultural and physical wellbeing of the Tongariro National Park.
Date: 29 June 2017Source: Office of the Minister for ConservationTwo historic Wellington buildings are being transferred from DOC into the care of Heritage New Zealand.
Date: 28 June 2017Source: Office of the Minister for ConservationAnother $500,000 will be spent on regional projects that target the country’s worst weeds.
Date: 28 June 2017Black-fronted tern/tarapirohe breeding in Molesworth Station has taken a turn for the better.
Date: 27 June 2017The patience of the many avid users of the infamous Hakarimata Summit track is soon to be rewarded.
Date: 23 June 2017Nineteen submitters on the plan spoke about their views at hearings this month.
Date: 23 June 2017A kiwi hit and run incident in Raurimu last night has resulted in a plea from DOC.
Date: 23 June 2017Runner Jean Beaumont will tackle an invasive weed on Colonial Knob during National Vounteer Week.
Date: 23 June 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationA new breeding aviary will be built for the world’s rarest wading bird, the black stilt/kakī.
Date: 22 June 201715 new interpreation panels on the track tell stories about the landscape.
Date: 22 June 2017This Volunteer Week our Hawke’s Bay staff would like to thank their many dedicated and hard-working volunteers.
Date: 20 June 2017DOC’s costs in helping fight the Port Hills fires in Christchurch earlier this year have added up to more than $4.5 million.
Date: 20 June 2017Funds from the DOC Community Fund are helping eliminate wilding pines from the outer Marlborough Sounds.
Date: 19 June 2017Dog owners are reminded to keep their dogs under control on conservation land.
Date: 19 June 2017The new fishing season will see some changes to the existing Taupō Fishery regulations.
Date: 19 June 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Maggie Barry has thanked conservation volunteers for their work.
Date: 16 June 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Maggie Barry welcomes appointments.
Date: 16 June 2017Ed Chignell has been appointed to the new position of Chief Executive of Predator Free 2050 Ltd.
Date: 15 June 2017Kids Greening Taupō events provide fun and easy activities teaching children about conservation which can also be done at home.
Date: 13 June 2017Keen-eyed bystander leds to marine reserve poaching apprehension.
Date: 13 June 2017DOC and Tourism New Zealand to promote a range of short and day walks.
Date: 09 June 2017Source: Offices of the Associate Minister for Conservation and the Minister for the EnvironmentThe winners of the 2017 Green Ribbon Awards and Loder Cup have been announced.
Date: 06 June 2017DOC and Goodnature are working together to install the latest traps to better protect Haast tokoeka kiwi.
Date: 05 June 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation workers and volunteers have been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Date: 01 June 2017Purua School in Northland is building a new nursery to grow native trees and plants, thanks to funding from Living Water.
Date: 01 June 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThe Whio Recovery Programme has made considerable progress towards securing the future of the species.
Date: 31 May 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report on native birds.
Date: 31 May 2017The Predator Free 2050 Ltd’s Board chair has welcomed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report on saving New Zealand’s birds.
Date: 31 May 2017A Flaxmere man has been fined $650 plus costs for attempting to take kina from Te Angiangi Marine Reserve, which is an offence under the Marine Reserve Act.
Date: 31 May 2017Source: Offices of the Minister of Conservation and the Minister for the EnvironmentThe Green Ribbon Awards recognise exceptional environmental and conservation initiatives throughout New Zealand - get a list of the 2017 finalists.
Date: 30 May 2017Invercargill’s Oreti Beach had an unexpected visitor when a tuckered-out and terminally ill turtle normally found in the tropics washed ashore.
Date: 30 May 2017Twenty pāteke/brown teal have been released into the Abel Tasman National Park, the second mainland South Island site where the rare native ducks can be found.
Date: 29 May 2017Source: Waikato Conservation BoardThe Waikato Conservation Board is concerned about ongoing vandalism to bait stations and trap line markers in Pureora Forest Park.
Date: 29 May 2017More than a hundred polished sperm whale teeth, known as tabua, that came to New Zealand from Fiji have been returned.
Date: 26 May 2017Twenty pāteke/brown teal have been released onto Resolution Island/Mauikatau in Dusky Sound after an absence of over a century.
Date: 26 May 2017The centre had a successful season with 43 whio from its crèche released onto central North Island rivers.
Date: 25 May 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationBudget 2017 invests an additional $107.8 million to strengthen conservation programmes and manage tourism growth on public conservation land.
Date: 25 May 2017DOC was notified of an orca stranding at Whangaparaoa, Cape Runaway in the Eastern Bay of Plenty yesterday and immediately identified what support was needed.
Date: 24 May 2017A fugitive exotic lizard was captured and removed from Papaitonga Scenic Reserve where it would have preyed on native snails.
Date: 24 May 2017DOC and Forest & Bird are working together to restore native flora and fauna under threat from predators in Makarora.
Date: 23 May 2017For the second year running we're inviting people to help name the internet’s most famous albatross chick.
Date: 19 May 2017Mountains of rubbish, including about 100 vacuum cleaners, have been dumped illegally on conservation land near Tiwai.
Date: 19 May 2017Source: Office of the Minister of Conservation and the Minister for Arts, Culture and HeritageOur unique natural heritage is set to inspire artists through the Wild Creations programme, a collaboration between DOC and Creative New Zealand.
Date: 18 May 2017Kids Greening Taupō hosted a successful conservation event at the Waipahihi Botanical Gardens for young families.
Date: 17 May 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThe Consortium will be granted $350,000 a year for the next two years from the DOC Community Fund.
Date: 17 May 2017Conservation Volunteers and DOC want to inspire more volunteers to help our threatened species.
Date: 16 May 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThis multi-million-dollar fund to support community conservation projects is now open for applications.
Date: 16 May 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThe Budget will provide DOC with $21.3 million to fight rats and stoats in this year’s beech forest mast.
Date: 11 May 2017The once presumed extinct takahē are on the road to recovery, moving down two places along the threat classification system.
Date: 11 May 2017The Government will invest $76 million on new and upgraded tourism infrastructure for DOC.
Date: 10 May 2017Source: Offices of the Minister for Primary Industries and Minister of ConservationThe Government is to invest $2.8 million over the next four years on a new strategy to manage threats to New Zealand sea lions.
Date: 10 May 2017DOC and Botanic Gardens are joining forces to protect endangered native plant species from diseases such as myrtle rust.
Date: 10 May 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Maggie Barry has issued a call to action for the nation to get behind efforts to protect our threatened species.
Date: 06 May 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationWilding pines control work has nearly reached its first year target of a million hectares.
Date: 05 May 2017We are delighted to be recognised as the most attractive employer in the public sector by the Randstad Awards.
Date: 05 May 2017We are seeking information on the ownership of the remaining whitebait structures along the banks of the Waiau River in Southland.
Date: 04 May 2017Local community members met at Matahiwi Marae in Hawke's Bay to discuss kaitiakitanga or guardianship as part of the Cape to City project.
Date: 04 May 2017Source: Offices of the Minister of Conservation and the Minister for Primary IndustriesThe fungal disease myrtle rust has been found on mainland New Zealand and a response is underway.
Date: 03 May 2017If things go quickly fans could be hitting the much-loved Hakarimata Summit Track in a month.
Date: 03 May 2017DOC is introducing seasonal pricing and increasing fees for some Great Walks hut and campsite fees.
Date: 02 May 2017After three weeks recuperating, an injured falcon has returned to the Central Otago skies.
Date: 28 April 2017A new population of little spotted kiwi is being created at an Auckland sanctuary.
Date: 28 April 2017Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf is closed due to slips and washouts caused by heavy rain.
Date: 27 April 2017Going for a winter stroll or bike ride around the Bay? Keep an eye out for seals – and give them space.
Date: 27 April 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationNew traps are protecting the critically endangered orange-fronted parakeet in Canterbury.
Date: 24 April 2017DOC seeks help on a New Zealand falcon/kārearea found shot dead in Nikau Valley, Paraparaumu.
Date: 24 April 2017DOC East Coast encourages entries into Green Ribbon Awards for outstanding contributions to the environment.
Date: 21 April 2017DOC seeks information about a sea lion discovered with gunshot wounds on a beach in the Catlins.
Date: 12 April 2017Source: Office of the Minister of Conservation11 of New Zealand’s rarest kiwi have been returned to the Haast Kiwi Sanctuary.
Date: 21 April 2017Kiwi Guardians is part of the Wild Dunedin festival.
Date: 21 April 2017Mountain biking on the Heaphy Track is now extended by two months and will run from 1 May to 30 November.
Date: 20 April 2017A rarely-seen bird is returning to Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve in Porirua.
Date: 20 April 2017Two recent storm events in the Waikato region have caused significant damage to the Hakarimata Summit Track at Ngaruawahia, resulting in its closure until repairs can be completed.
Date: 13 April 2017A young kea was released back into the wild in Fiordland after vets treated his severely injured leg.
Date: 12 April 2017The Mount Allen buttercup was found by DOC botanists on a remote mountain range on Stewart Island/Rakiura.
Date: 11 April 2017Source: Poutiri Ao ō Tāne Kōrure (mottled petrels) have been translocated from Whenua Hou (Codfish Island) to their new home at Maungaharuru.
Date: 07 April 2017This very popular track at Ngaruawahia might be closed for several weeks following damage to the track after heavy rainfall.
Date: 05 April 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationSuccessful breeding results for several of our vulnerable native birds is a result of using 1080 to kill predators.
Date: 05 April 2017Two men have been trespassed from Kaweka Forest Park for hunting illegally. Hunters must adhere to hunting permit conditions.
Date: 04 April 2017DOC says a recent conviction for breaching the Whitebait Regulations 1994 should deter other people from breaking the rules.
Date: 04 April 2017The fungal plant disease myrtle rust has been found on Kermadec pohutukawa trees on Raoul Island.
Date: 04 April 2017Malcolm Smith, a community ranger based in Wairoa, reflects on three decades at DOC.
Date: 03 April 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationTāne Mahuta Walk is temporarily closed so a footwear cleaning station can be installed.
Date: 02 April 2017Source: Offices of the Minister of Conservation and the Minister for the EnvironmentNominate your environmental champions for this year's Green Ribbons Awards. Nominations close 10 May 2017.
Date: 01 April 2017DOC's Kapiti Wellington office will celebrate its shared history and achievements from 30 years of active conservation in the region.
Date: 31 March 2017Students from schools across the central North Island have been on a conservation leadership journey.
Date: 31 March 201730 years ago, on 1 April 1987, DOC was born from the merger of the conservation aspects of the Forest Service, the Department of Lands and Survey and the Wildlife Service.
Date: 30 March 2017A mother Gray’s beaked whale and her calf have died on Moutohora/Whale Island in the Bay of Plenty.
Date: 25 March 2017Eight native lizards were transferred to Mana Island near Wellington from Belmont Quarry.
Date: 25 March 2017Source: Minister for the Office of ConservationThe Takahē Recovery Programme celebrates the best ever breeding season for takahē.
Date: 24 March 2017DOC has started a process to consider off-road options for walkers and bikers.
Date: 24 March 2017Safety must be deer hunters' first consideration in the upcoming roar.
Date: 24 March 2017Volunteers around Taupo gather to celebrate predator trapping.
Date: 24 March 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationDOC is eradicating spartina in the Marlborough Sounds and Golden Bay.
Date: 23 March 2017A fun, free, whio day, full of family activities was enjoyed by visitors to Tongariro National Trout Centre on Sunday March 19.
Date: 22 March 2017The Living Water partnership is looking at juvenile eels in Northland.
Date: 22 March 2017DOC and Goodnature have deployed a network of self-resetting stoat traps on Great Island in Fiordland.
Date: 21 March 2017Three Stewart Island groups will receive $140,000 from DOC’s Community Fund.
Date: 20 March 2017DOC is working with fundraisers on a plan to safely walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Date: 18 March 2017Kākāpō superstar, Sirocco, will celebrate his 20th birthday ‘off the grid’ on his island retreat this week.
Date: 16 March 2017The local whio population received a boost when nine captive bred whio were released this week.
Date: 16 March 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationDunedin has accelerated its commitment to the Government’s Predator Free 2050.
Date: 16 March 2017The Taranaki community is pitching in to bring North Island robin/toutouwai back to Mt Taranaki.
Date: 15 March 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationA new predator-free initiative includes trapping in and around hundreds of holiday parks.
Date: 15 March 2017Keeping whio cool while undergoing health checks is now easier thanks to a generous donation by Taupō business Stevens Electrical Ltd.
Date: 10 March 2017All of the tracks, campgrounds and huts in the Kauaeranga Valley are closed until further notice.
Date: 10 March 2017Source: Office of the Minister for the EnvironmentA new Great Walk through the Paparoa National Park to be built as a memorial to the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike Mine tragedy can now proceed.
Date: 08 March 2017DOC is working with campground managers and volunteers to target wasp populations in 10 high-use areas of public conservation land, including around Lakes Tikitapu, Okataina and Tarawera.
Date: 08 March 2017Dog owners in Hawke's Bay can sign up for workshops to train their dogs to avoid kiwi.
Date: 07 March 2017There is one month left to provide feedback on a new draft Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) for the Wellington, Kāpiti, Manawatū-Rangitīkei and Wairarapa Regions.
Date: 06 March 2017The inaugural Massive Marlborough Clean Up has been deemed a success in terms of support from the Marlborough community, but not with the large amount of rubbish collected.
Date: 06 March 2017Almost 300 km of Tasman Bay beaches are cleaner after 4.77 tonnes of rubbish were removed on Saturday.
Date: 06 March 2017South Island kākā have made an extraordinary comeback in a Fiordland forest since pest control started just over a decade ago, recent study results show.
Date: 03 March 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Maggie Barry today praised a new eradication campaign, ‘Wasp Wipeout’, which is removing pest wasps from the Nelson-Tasman region this summer.
Date: 01 March 2017Enter a whio 'duckface' selfie competition for Whio Awareness Month.
Date: 28 February 2017The full Rees-Dart circuit will open on 1 March after a three-year closure caused by a major landslide.
Date: 27 February 2017Kids Greening Taupō aims to teach children about conservation through fun easy activities.
Date: 28 February 2017DOC has been working closely with Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro and all interested parties to improve the visitor experience on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Date: 28 February 2017Two of Wellington’s predator-free islands have been combed by conservation dogs and given a clean bill of health by DOC after biosecurity scares over the summer.
Date: 22 February 2017DOC is condemning a series of thefts from the honesty box at the popular Anaura Bay campsite, north of Gisborne.
Date: 20 February 2017Three juvenile whio were returned home recently to the Pureora Forest after having been rescued as eggs and raised in captivity.
Date: 14 February 2017Due to extreme fire conditions in the Hawke's Bay district, DOC is closing some high-risk sites on public conservation land to mitigate risk to the public, staff and neighbours.
Date: 13 February 2017DOC is increasing fees for commercial aircraft landings on conservation land.
Date: 11 February 2017The whale rescue to refloat stranded whales at Farewell Spit continued on Saturday 11 February.
Date: 10 February 2017Around 416 pilot stranded near the base of Farewell Spit overnight, with around 250 to 300 already dead.
Date: 07 February 2017Along with the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust and others, we have completed the annual yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho monitoring along the Otago and Southland coastline. It's estimated that there are 260 breeding pairs.
Date: 01 February 2017At least five absolutely protected fluttering shearwaters may have been shot dead near Little Barrier Island over Auckland Anniversary Weekend.
Date: 30 January 2017The first board meeting of Predator Free 2050 Ltd has marked an important milestone in the ambitious programme to rid New Zealand of rats, stoats and possums.
Date: 30 January 2017The wait is over for fans of the DOC ‘Royal cam’ as the albatross nest at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on Otago Peninsula is home to a new chick hatched over the weekend.
Date: 25 January 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationVolunteer work to protect the Wellington region’s special places from weeds, pests and predators has received a valuable boost through the DOC Community Fund.
Date: 25 January 20171,200 new stoat traps have been installed in Rimutaka Forest Park.
Date: 24 January 2017A major slip blocking the Awatere Valley Road has been cleared.
Date: 24 January 2017Source: Royal Albatross CentreThe first chick of the breeding season was welcomed on Sunday, with a 'Happy Birthday' flag flying from the Dunedin City Council's Mayoral Flagpole to celebrate.
Date: 23 January 2017A colony of critically endangered gulls has been making life difficult for its neighbours on the shores of Lake Taupo.
Date: 17 January 2017Source: Department of Conservation and Nelson Marlborough HealthDOC and Nelson Marlborough Health have confirmed that the norovirus outbreak on the track appears to be over.
Date: 09 January 2017We are delighted by a first sign of mohua breeding on Blumine Island/Oruawairua indicating the endangered native birds are establishing a foothold on the Marlborough Sounds' island sanctuary.
Date: 06 January 2017DOC is urging people who have been on the Travers-Sabine Circuit to avoid other national parks if they're feeling unwell.
Date: 04 January 2017DOC is warning trampers to avoid the Travers-Sabine Circuit in the Nelson Lakes National Park because of a suspected norovirus outbreak.
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