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Ramps save endangered sea lion pups

Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 2:02 pm | Department of Conservation

New images and footage released today reveal how ‘escape’ ramps installed in holes in the ground are saving endangered sea lion pups from a needless death. More >>

Self-setting traps controlling island rats

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 3:29 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has learned a lot about using self-setting traps to rid islands of rats from a trial just completed on Native Island, off Stewart Island/ Rakiura. The trial began in December 2013 when Goodnature A24 traps for rats ... More >>

Chinese Ambassador farewells godwits on flight to China

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 5:33 pm | Department of Conservation

The Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand visited the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre on the Firth of Thames today (Friday March 20) to watch bar-tailed godwits and red knots that are flying to China on the way to their breeding grounds in Alaska and ... More >>

Taupō golf course becomes luxury retirement home for takahe

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 9:59 am | Department of Conservation

Critically endangered takahē have a new retirement home in Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary thanks to work undertaken by its bird-loving owner, Gary Lane, to secure the site from predators. The Department of Conservation (DOC) will deliver takahē pair, Grant ... More >>

Youth paddle plastic bottle kayaks in Abel Tasman

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 9:28 pm | Department of Conservation

A passionate group of young people will be paddling kayaks made from plastic bottles along the Abel Tasman coastline this weekend to counter plastic pollution and encourage sustainability. More >>

DOC urges hunters to think before they shoot this season

Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 10:29 am | Department of Conservation

With the annual deer “roar” or “rut” approaching, the Department of Conservation is reminding hunters to put safety first at all times and think before they shoot. More >>

Board welcomes review of Conservation Management Strategy

Monday, 16 March 2015, 12:50 pm | Department of Conservation

The preliminary consultation process for the Wellington CMS is now underway. This CMS applies to a vast area from Wellington, up the east coast through the Wairarapa and Tararua Districts, across the Ruahine Forest Park, from Taihape out to the mouth ... More >>

Kakariki released into Abel Tasman National Park

Friday, 13 March 2015, 2:13 pm | Department of Conservation

Ten kakariki or yellow-crowned parakeet have today been released into the Abel Tasman National Park to join a further 12 birds released last year. More >>

Biggest year by far for takahē breeding facility

Thursday, 12 March 2015, 11:40 am | Department of Conservation

Once presumed extinct, the critically endangered takahē has had a hugely successful breeding season thanks to work undertaken by the Department of Conservation (DOC) in partnership with Mitre 10. More >>

Molesworth Station road to reopen

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 11:21 am | Department of Conservation

The Acheron Road through Molesworth Station is to reopen from 7am Thursday 12 March, after sufficient rain fell to reduce the fire danger. More >>

Rat and mice found on Adele Island wildlife sanctuary

Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 10:04 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is reminding visitors to Abel Tasman National Park’s predator-free islands to make sure no rodents are on board their boats after a rat and 13 mice were caught on Adele Island/Motuarero-nui. DOC has been working with ... More >>

Orokonui Ecosanctuary to become crèche for rare kiwi

Monday, 9 March 2015, 5:01 pm | Department of Conservation

A new ‘creche’ facility at Orokonui Ecosanctuary is to welcome its first occupants this month—five critically endangered Haast tokoeka kiwi chicks. More >>

Marine Research at Poor Knights Islands

Friday, 6 March 2015, 12:32 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is undertaking new research in the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve this week as part of its ‘ecological integrity programme.’ More >>

Conservation fund now open to Pōneke/ Wellington projects

Monday, 2 March 2015, 2:06 pm | Department of Conservation

As announced by the Minister of Conservation, Hon Maggie Barry, the second round of the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund (CCPF) is now open. More >>

Bumper whio breeding season boost population

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 10:14 am | Department of Conservation

It’s been a bumper whio/blue duck breeding season both on and off the rivers throughout New Zealand. More >>

Competition connects classrooms with conservation

Tuesday, 17 February 2015, 11:35 am | Department of Conservation

Children from more than 110 schools throughout the country will be spending more time gaining conservation skills outside the classroom this term, as part of a competition being run by the Department of Conservation, with support from Air New Zealand. More >>

Auckland man fined $1000 after his dog killed seal pup

Monday, 16 February 2015, 3:49 pm | Department of Conservation

A 52-year-old Auckland man, whose dog attacked and killed a protected New Zealand fur seal pup, has been fined $1000 in the Waitakere District Court today (Monday February 16). Neil Russell Morris, a sickness beneficiary, admitted a charge laid ... More >>

Lake Wanaka grebes thrive with a bit of help

Thursday, 5 February 2015, 2:59 pm | Department of Conservation

Man-made nesting platforms have boosted Lake Wanaka’s population of endangered great crested grebes/kāmana. More >>

DOC fully committed to new structure

Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 1:02 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation says it is fully committed to its current organisational structure and continuing to develop into a more effective conservation organisation. More >>

Wellington green gecko breeding on Matiu Somes

Friday, 30 January 2015, 1:13 pm | Department of Conservation

A photo of a young green gecko has helped confirm that a breeding population has established on Maitu Somes Island. More >>



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