Department of Conservation

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  • Kiwi Forever conservation and cultural programme

    ‘Kiwi Forever’ an enduring legacy conservation and cultural programme was held recently in the Tongariro district.

  • Kidnapped snail shipped home

    An endangered giant land snail mistakenly kidnapped by trampers from Kahurangi National Park is being returned home by DOC.

  • Fish friendly guidelines landed

    Freshwater fish will have a better chance of survival under guidelines launched by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.

  • Wild horses re-homed

    170 Kaimanawa wild horses have been successfully re-homed following the weekend’s muster from the Waiouru Military Training Area.

  • 99 new kōrure welcomed to Poutiri Ao ō Tāne whanau

    The local collaborative ecological restoration project Poutiri Ao ō Tāne welcomed almost 100 new members to its whānau.

  • Whitebaiter nets fine for regulations breach

    DOC has prosecuted a Porangahau man for two breaches of the Whitebait Fishing Regulations.

  • Do you know the difference between males and females?

    Kiwi listening stands are popping-up at markets across the Bay of Islands throughout April and May to give aspiring kiwi listeners information about how to contribute, including learning the difference between male and female kiwi calls.

  • Fines for fishing in Canterbury marine reserve

    DOC is urging fishers to check the location of marine reserves before they go fishing after a string of offending in Canterbury’s two marine reserves this summer.

  • First new NZ sea lion breeding colony in more than 150 years

    For the first time in more than 150 years, a New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka breeding colony has established on mainland New Zealand, at Stewart Island.

  • Support for Taranaki Crossing experience

    An ambitious plan to enable more people to enjoy the beauty of Mt Taranaki and strengthen connections to its natural and cultural heritage has been announced.

  • New approach to manage myrtle rust

    The fight against the plant disease myrtle rust is changing gear, with a greater focus on a science programme to increase our understanding around the disease.

  • Unable to save Okuru pilot whales

    A difficult decision has been made to humanely euthanise 12 stranded pilot whales that were alive after a total of 38 stranded at the mouth of the Okuru River south of Haast.

  • Investigation into dead shellfish at marine reserve

    The discovery of a large number of dead shellfish, in the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve on Auckland’s North Shore, has sparked a multi-agency investigation led by DOC.

  • Rollout of innovative Kauri dieback cleaning stations

    The roll-out of 20 innovative cleaning stations has started as part of DOC's efforts to reduce the spread of kauri dieback, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

  • Illegal fishing offenders plead guilty

    Two Havelock North men have pleaded guilty to fishing in the Te Angiangi marine reserve. They have each paid $750 in restitution.

  • It takes a community to raise a whio

    Today marks the start of Whio Awareness Month, where we celebrate all the hard work that goes into making a brighter future for whio.

  • Mt Karioi tracks closed following myrtle rust find

    DOC is closing the Mt Karioi summit tracks, near Raglan, following a confirmed finding of myrtle rust. It will be closed to the public until further notice.

  • DOC responding to possible stoat sighting on Motuihe Island

    DOC is responding to a possible sighting of a stoat on pest-free Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

  • Ongoing vigilance for Ulva island invaders

    Ulva Island’s intensive trapping network has stopped a rampage of rats in their tracks this summer after five unrelated rodents were caught on the island’s coastal network.

  • DOC reminds hunters to follow the rules this 'roar' season

    Hunters intending to hunt on public conservation land are reminded to be aware of their obligations.

  • Paua poachers apprehended in Wellington Marine Reserve

    Two men are likely to face heavy penalties after helping themselves to paua in rock pools within the Taputeranga Marine Reserve.

  • Happy 21st Birthday Sirocco

    Sirocco, DOC’s spokesbird kākāpō, celebrates his 21st ‘birthday’ – officially known as his hatchday – and DOC is encouraging others to join in his milestone birthday.

  • Another Australian water dragon at large

    DOC is asking the public to report any recent sightings of water dragons in Papaitonga Scenic Reserve, near Levin.

  • Million Dollar Mouse successfully eradicates mice from Antipodes Island

    In a world-leading conservation effort, mice have been successfully eradicated from Antipodes Island in the New Zealand Subantarctic, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

  • Wild takahē return to Kahurangi

    For the first time in more than 100 years, takahē will roam freely in Kahurangi National Park in an historic attempt to create a new wild population outside of Fiordland.

  • More measures to protect Hector’s dolphins

    Work to improve protection of the nationally endangered Hector’s dolphin will accelerate after five were accidentally killed in a fishing net off Banks Peninsula.

  • Wild horse muster in April

    Up to 300 Kaimanawa wild horses may need to be removed this April from the Waiouru Military Training Area (WMTA) during the muster.

  • Diversity in conservation board membership sought

    Nominations for conservation boards have been reopened to ensure they reflect the diverse communities they serve, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

  • Goldie Bush tracks closing in support of rāhui

    DOC is temporarily closing all tracks in Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve from 18 March.

  • Cracker captive season for West Coast whio

    West Coast whio have received a substantial boost to their population this year.

  • DOC traps stoat on Motutapu Island

    DOC has trapped and killed a stoat on pest-free Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

  • National parks review put on hold

    The New Zealand Conservation Authority has put its proposed review of the general policy for National Parks on hold.

  • Rare bat on the road to recovery

    One of New Zealand’s rare bats is on its way to recovery after successful large-scale predator control in Fiordland, according to a new science report released by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.

  • Fiordland bats and birds on the increase

    New Zealand’s two bat species and native birds are thriving after predator control work in Fiordland National Park, Department of Conservation monitoring this summer shows.

  • Help on the way for parks and recreation sector

    Lincoln University and the Department of Conservation are teaming up to meet “a desperate need” in the parks and recreation sector.

  • Marine protection off South Island coast

    Two options to protect areas of ocean off the east coast of the South Island will be considered by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.

  • Introducing the new Royal cam albatross family

    A new albatross family is centre stage on the Royal cam at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on Otago Peninsula.

  • Seaweek – taking action for our oceans

    Seaweek celebrations, beginning on 3 March, provide an opportunity to highlight the plight of our precious marine species, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage says.

  • Injured weka prompts trapping safety reminder

    A young weka losing its foot has prompted a reminder that leg-hold traps should be raised off the ground.

  • Future generations celebrate whio on the Manganui-o-te-Ao river

    Whanganui whio populations in the wild were boosted last month when 16 captive-bred native blue ducks were released on the Manganui o te Ao River at Ferne Pool.

  • Myrtle rust found on public conservation land

    DOC today confirmed myrtle rust has been found on public conservation land.

  • DOC ceases transporting staff in Robinson helicopters

    DOC has decided to permanently cease the use of Robinson helicopters to transport DOC employees.

  • Slip closes Holly Hut track on Mt Taranaki

    Former Cyclone Gita’s heavy rain and gale force winds triggered a large slip that has closed a long section of the Holly Hut Track on Mt Taranaki.

  • Kōrure find their way home

    The first translocation of kōrure or mottled petrel has been hailed a success as the birds begin to return to their nesting site on the Maungaharuru Range.

  • Company convicted for illegal grazing

    Illegally grazing 380 cattle in a conservation area for two weeks in 2017 could cost a Southland farming company more than $100,000.

  • Time running out for Antipodes Island wandering albatross

    The critically endangered Antipodes Island wandering albatross will be functionally extinct within the next 20 years unless the devastating decline in their population is halted, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says.

  • New technology deployed to prevent sea lion pup deaths

    GPS technology and remote cameras are helping scientists better understand how to prevent sea lion pups from dying on the subantarctic islands.

  • Make a play date with nature

    Encouraging children to explore nature will be the focus of National Children’s Day celebrations, to be held at Ivon Wilson Park in Te Anau on Sunday 4 March.

  • DOC finds no sign of a cat on Rangitoto and Motutapu

    DOC has found no sign of a cat on Rangitoto or Motutapu, in the Hauraki Gulf, after an extensive search on the islands.

  • Mackenzie Basin agency alignment review

    A new report identifies opportunities and challenges facing agencies and the community in the future management of the Mackenzie Basin.