Department of Conservation

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  • Track upgrades help fight the spread of kauri dieback

    DOC has completed track upgrades in kauri forests throughout the Hauraki, Coromandel and Tauranga districts, to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback.

  • Get the kids off the couch this summer

    Toyota Kiwi Guardians is an activity programme that helps kids connect with nature by encouraging them to go on epic self-guided adventures and earn rewards.

  • Otago sites celebrate their new Landmark status

    Two historically and culturally significant landmarks – Bannockburn Sluicings and the Otago Central Railway Trail – will celebrate their recent elevation to Landmark status at events on 27 January.

  • DOC funding boost for Picton Dawn Chorus

    Picton Dawn Chorus has secured $60,000 from DOC to support their pest control work.

  • Fabulous flock of whio arrive at bootcamp

    A whopping 26 whio have arrived at the Whio Hardening Facility in Turangi.

  • World Wetlands Day celebration at Rakatu Wetlands

    Rakatu Wetlands, located on the floodplain of the Waiau River, will be the site for Fiordland's 2018 World's Wetland Day celebration on 27 January.

  • Fishers warned to avoid marine reserves

    DOC is warning fishers to stay out of marine reserves around Banks Peninsula after a recent spate of alleged illegal fishing.

  • Native trees illegally cut down at Marlborough campsite

    DOC is appealing for information about the cutting down of native trees at Robin Hood Bay, a popular coastal camping spot in Marlborough.

  • Leopard seals continue Auckland visits

    DOC is reminding people to keep safe as two female leopard seals continue their visits to Auckland’s seaside spots.

  • Impact of pests in Raukumara Forest Park

    DOC is reviewing options to address the impact of pests within the Raukumara Forest Park.

  • Rat tracks spark Tiritiri Matangi incursion response

    A routine check of tracking tunnels on Tiritiri Matangi island on 8 January has launched a search for a rat on the inner Hauraki Gulf sanctuary.

  • Record number of whio ducklings on Mt Taranaki

    A record number of whio ducklings have been located on Mt Taranaki in what is proving to be a boom year for the rare native blue duck.

  • Zero tolerance for poaching at Gisborne marine reserve

    MPI and DOC will continue to take a zero tolerance approach towards people who poach from the Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve north of Gisborne.

  • Media statement

    We are sad to confirm that a volunteer hut warden's body was located near the Pinnacles Hut in Canterbury, in what appears to have been a fall.

  • Public reminded to be careful around coastal nesting sites

    We are reminding the public to be careful on and around the region’s beaches at this time of year, especially around nesting sites.

  • Birds breed at Bluff for first time in more than 100 years

    For the first time in more than a century, kakaruai/South Island robin have produced chicks on Motupōhue/Bluff Hill.

  • Lake Whatumā secures $25,000 DOC grant

    Central Hawke’s Bay’s Lake Whatumā Wetland Care Group has secured $25,000 from DOC to continue their critical restoration work.

  • Wellington kiwi roost gets pest control boost

    A forest park near Wellington has been swarming with more volunteers than usual for the past year; and they’ve installed a massive new network of next-generation traps to tackle stoats and rats which prey upon brown kiwi and other native birds.

  • Two popular Tararua sites reopen in time for the holidays

    Trampers and campers have more options for the holidays with two popular sites reopening in the Tararua Forest Park this week.

  • Ūawanui project receive a boost from the DOC Community Fund

    Funding from the DOC Community Fund is welcome news to Te Aitanga ā Hauiti and the community of Ūawa, Tolaga Bay, as it will go toward their 100-year vision for the Ūawanui Project.

  • Funding for remote Kawhia wetland restoration

    Two remote lakes south of Kawhia Harbour are to benefit from restoration work following successful funding applications to DOC’s Community Fund.

  • Rotokare halo project extended

    The outstanding success of pest eradication and native species population growth achieved within Taranaki’s Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve over several years is now requiring the ‘halo’ beyond the reserve boundaries to be extended ever further.

  • Pirongia to become kokako stronghold

    Pirongia’s Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society so desperately wants its own maunga to be a kōkako stronghold, its members have become deeply involved in protecting both the land and species where its future songbirds presently live.

  • Private restoration project rewarded with repeat funding

    In a hidden valley, just a stone’s throw from the new Kapiti expressway, a lifestyle couple are restoring their 19-hectare block of bush for native lizards and insects.

  • New bridge at Karangahake Gorge

    The construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the Ohinemuri River at Karangahake Gorge Reserve carpark will begin in January 2018.

  • DOC boosts community conservation efforts

    The fourth year of funding from the DOC Community Fund has been awarded to over 112 projects across the country.

  • DOC investing heavily in summer hot spots

    DOC will have more rangers working in popular holiday spots this summer to ensure tracks, huts and campsites are in great condition for visitors.

  • Stronger action to protect iconic kauri

    The Government will move immediately to strengthen efforts to protect kauri trees from dieback disease.

  • Enjoy a family holiday on the East Coast

    The East Coast is a popular holiday spot for families looking to get away from urban hustle and bustle. There’s lots to do and plenty of places to explore.

  • Give trout fishing a go this summer

    If you're visiting the Taupo region over summer, there are plenty of trout fishing opportunities available.

  • Widowed takahē paired up again

    Three new takahē arrived in Wellington this week and another is moving between pest-free islands. The movements will help provide companions for birds who have lost their elderly mates this year.

  • Take a squizz at lizards – but don't touch

    DOC is keen to ensure people can enjoy our lizard species, without disturbing them.

  • Share our beaches this summer

    DOC and Gisborne District Council are reminding the public to be careful near New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu and banded dotterel nesting sites on the East Coast this summer.

  • Support for Cape Foulwind conservation

    A project to protect native species and enhance the landscape of Cape Foulwind in Buller will be boosted by support from the DOC Community Fund, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has announced.

  • Predator control puts rock wren on the rise

    The reclusive rock wren/tuke is on the rise in Kahurangi National Park due to our predator control programme, recent monitoring confirms.

  • Mystery of Ruapekapeka burial site solved

    A 171-year-old mystery, at the site of the battle of Ruapekapeka in Northland, has been solved.

  • Stay safe on backcountry roads this summer

    DOC is investing in road signage on a problematic West Coast backcountry road this summer but says travellers must prepare, drive to the conditions and expect more traffic.

  • DOC’s top tips for summer in Northland

    Check out these tips for keeping Northland safe this summer.

  • Clean outcome against rubbish dumper

    An Invercargill man has been fined for dumping vacuum cleaners and other rubbish in the Seaward Moss Conservation Area.

  • Campground wardens wanted in Hawke's Bay

    DOC Hawke’s Bay is looking for wardens at Waitara/Glenn Falls, Everetts and Kuripapango campsites.

  • Boost for fairy tern conservation efforts

    A partnership between DOC, Te Arai and Mangawhai Shorebirds Trust, Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust, and Boffa Miskell will protect the endangered fairy tern.

  • Seals, camping and short walks on SH1 journey through Kaikoura

    People journeying on SH1 through Kaikoura this summer can camp overnight at DOC campsites or take a break for a walk or seal viewing in areas where access isn’t restricted due to earthquake damage or the highway rebuild.

  • Trainee Conservation Dog cuts his teeth in the capital

    Wellington has gained two new front-line Department of Conservation rangers – a Pest Detection dog called Flint and his handler, Richard Johnston.

  • Protecting Aotearoa’s heritage in Hawke's Bay

    DOC has worked closely with the Ngāti Pārau Hapū of Waiōhiki Marae since 1987 to manage and protect Ōtātara Pā Historic Reserve.

  • $16,000 fine for fishing in West Coast marine reserve

    A Nelson man has been fined $16,000 for commercial fishing in a West Coast marine reserve.

  • Summer holiday hot spots

    Get tips for enjoying the summer from DOC in Manawatu.

  • Fire risk on the rise

    DOC rangers in the Rotorua area are preparing for a hot dry summer and the extreme fire risk that comes with it.

  • Responsible Catlins camping ranger recruited for summer

    A Responsible Camping Ranger will be roaming the Catlins coast this summer to help educate visitors on appropriate places to camp.

  • Forestry company praised for protecting kea nest

    DOC is praising a Nelson forestry company for temporarily halting operations around a kea nest to protect the kea.

  • Endangered dolphin sighted in Napier

    Napier had a surprise visitor on the weekend – an endangered Hector’s dolphin.

  • ‘Tis the sea lion season

    A series of New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka specialists will begin their journeys to subantarctic islands this week for the start of sea lion study season.

  • Relief as rat ruled out on Whenua Hou

    DNA analysis has ruled out a Norway rat as the culprit for a dropping found on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island last week, news welcomed by DOC.

  • DOC responds after possible rat sighting on Hauturu/Little Barrier Island

    DOC has activated a response plan following a possible rat sighting on pest-free Hauturu/Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

  • Support for community conservation goals

    Conservation groups across New Zealand will benefit from $4.2 million in new funding grants announced today by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.

  • DOC upgrading Dome Valley tracks to help prevent kauri dieback spread

    DOC is upgrading two tracks through kauri forest in Dome Forest, near Warkworth, to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback.

  • Potential rat dropping sparks response on Whenua Hou

    A full-scale response has been launched after a potential rat dropping was found on the predator free island.

  • DOC appalled at latest 1080 threats to staff

    DOC confirms it has asked New Zealand Police to investigate after receiving a second threatening letter from an anti-1080 protestor in Taranaki.

  • Fine for fishing in Wellington marine reserve

    A public tip-off has led to the conviction of a man who illegally fished in Wellington's Taputeranga Marine Reserve.

  • DOC appeals for public help after seal attacked on Back Beach

    DOC rangers are appealing for the public's help after a dog attack on a fur seal at Back Beach last weekend.

  • First fairy tern chick of 2017-18 breeding season

    One of New Zealand’s rarest birds, the New Zealand fairy tern/tara-iti, has been boosted by a chick successfully hatching at Mangawhai, North of Auckland in late November.

  • Scorching southern summer a serious fire risk

    Campers and outdoor enthusiasts are urged to be fire wise this summer as warm, dry weather persists in the south.

  • Leopard seals in Auckland

    Leopard seals are a protected species, normally found along the edge of the Antarctic pack ice. An increasing number are visiting New Zealand and there are two leopard seals being seen in Auckland waters.

  • Bones and feathers bring people together

    The traditional method of preparing albatross bones for tattooing chisels is bringing together two iwi and Department of Conservation staff in a wānanga on Matiu/Somes Island today.

  • Rare bird makes Waikanae home

    A rare shorebird has been spotted at Waikanae estuary and may be breeding for the first time.

  • Status change to three campsites

    From 1 December three DOC free camping areas in the Taupō District will change from restricted to ‘no camping’ sites. The sites are the Omori Stream car park near Kuratau, the Oruatua picnic site near Tauranga-Taupō and the Landing Reserve in the Taupō boat harbour.

  • Spot-a-skink

    DOC wants Manawatu residents to report local lizard sightings to help build an accurate picture of distribution in the region.

  • Conservation dogs search Marlborough Sounds islands

    A pest detection blitz by 12 conservation dogs and their handlers in the Marlborough Sounds last week found no predators on island sanctuaries, giving assurance the islands are safe for the endangered native species living there.

  • Yellow-eyed penguin nest numbers down

    Recent yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho nest counts on mainland New Zealand indicate a continued decline in numbers in some areas for this rare taonga species says DOC Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki.

  • Changes to access at Lake Otamangakau

    Anglers will be affected by a plan to reduce vehicle access to Lake Otamangakau near Turangi from December.

  • Bookable beds beckon for Ruahine huts

    DOC is implementing a seasonal booking system for beds at the popular Rangiwahia and Sunrise huts.

  • Operation to protect Northern Ruahine native species now complete

    An aerial pest control operation to protect at-risk native species in the Northern Ruahine Ranges has been completed.