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DOC closing ten tracks in the Bay of Islands

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 11:45 am | Department of Conservation

Ten tracks in the Bay of Islands will be permanently closed this week to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease, the Department of Conservation (DOC) can confirm. More >>

Wairoa Gorge land gifted to New Zealand

Friday, 28 June 2019, 12:17 pm | Department of Conservation

Land in Wairoa Gorge in Nelson Tasman that contains forest of high ecological value and an internationally renowned mountain bike park has been gifted to the people of New Zealand. More >>

Councils, iwi and DOC unite for conservation

Friday, 28 June 2019, 11:43 am | Department of Conservation

An alliance of councils, iwi and the Department of Conservation in the top of the South Island plans to work collectively with their communities to restore natural landscapes across the region – from west to east and from the mountains to the ... More >>

DOC strengthens visitor safety systems

Thursday, 27 June 2019, 2:20 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation, (DOC) has moved swiftly to improve its visitor safety systems after an internal investigation showed significant failures in the way it assessed the Cape Kidnappers track. More >>

Wainui Beach, Gisborne: Give local leopard seal space

Wednesday, 26 June 2019, 1:35 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation are asking the public to be careful at Wainui Beach in Gisborne while a leopard seal rests on the southern end of the beach. More >>

Seal season is here – leave them to rest

Tuesday, 25 June 2019, 2:37 pm | Department of Conservation

Although seals are marine mammals, they spend a lot of their time on land – particularly between June and September. More >>

DOC call to report sightings of entangled whale

Monday, 24 June 2019, 11:53 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is asking people to keep a lookout for a humpback whale entangled in line seen off the bottom of the South Island on Saturday (22 June). More >>

Great Walks opening day booking results

Tuesday, 18 June 2019, 11:18 am | Department of Conservation

A week since Great Walk 2019/20 bookings opened (on 11 June 2019) 9000 bookings have been made says the Department of Conservation (DOC). “While these figures will change over the coming year, bookings are up 10% on this time last year and bookings ... More >>

DOC steps up tourism industry compliance and enforcement

Monday, 17 June 2019, 1:12 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is sending a strong message to tourism operators that they must comply with the law when operating on public conservation land. More >>

Great Walks bookings open this week

Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 1:56 pm | Department of Conservation

Great Walks 2019/20 bookings open over several days this week, starting with Heaphy and Milford tracks today. This includes bookings for the new Paparoa Track. More >>

DOC welcomes prison sentence for 1080 blackmailer

Friday, 7 June 2019, 4:04 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) welcomes the prison sentence handed down today to the man convicted of blackmail for sending threatening letters to DOC staff in Taranaki. More >>

Operation Blizzard reveals information about illegal trade

Tuesday, 4 June 2019, 1:07 pm | Department of Conservation

Python skin handbags, crocodile watchstraps, and traditional medicines containing turtles have been seized in New Zealand as part of an international operation against the illegal trade in reptiles. More >>

Budget 2019 – DOC funding increase

Thursday, 30 May 2019, 2:26 pm | Department of Conservation

Budget 2019 provides an additional $10.699 million over the next four years to improve the Department of Conservation’s security, and health and safety systems. More >>

Matariki whale signposts resurgence of southern right whale

Sunday, 26 May 2019, 12:37 pm | Department of Conservation

The sight of a tohorā/southern right whale such as Matariki in Wellington harbour wasn’t just a fluke or a one-off – a report released today by the Department of Conservation (DOC) confirms their population status is continuing to improve. More >>

Four Sisters Walk in Waipoua Forest to temporarily close

Monday, 20 May 2019, 10:06 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) and Te Roroa (kaitiaki over Waipoua Forest) have announced that the Four Sisters Walk has temporarily closed. This is due to the discovery of the kauri dieback pathogen, Phytophthora agathidicida (PA), in the ... More >>

Public calls for changes to ensure sustainable whitebait

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 1:27 pm | Department of Conservation

Changes are needed to make New Zealand’s whitebait fishery sustainable, according to 90% of respondents to a Department of Conservation (DOC) survey. More >>

Public Service honoured

Friday, 10 May 2019, 4:36 pm | Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation Director General Lou Sanson has welcomed the honouring of DOC Senior Ranger Paul Hondelink and Pilot Nick Wallis with a public service award. More >>

Mohua goes from rare to common in 21 years

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 10:19 am | Department of Conservation

The once rare mohua/yellowhead has for the first time become the most common native bird counted since predator control began in the Landsborough valley in South Westland. More >>

Native tree deaths in Nelson Marlborough

Wednesday, 1 May 2019, 10:04 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation says that the high number of dead native trees being seen across the top of the South Island is likely caused by drought stress. More >>

Arthur’s Pass National Park Visitor Centre moves

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 4:37 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has moved its visitor centre services ahead of a planned upgrade to the Arthur’s Pass National Park Visitor Centre later this year. More >>



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