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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 >>

Youth wetland photos could win world travel

Friday, 30 January 2015, 9:59 am | Department of Conservation

Young people from 15 to 24 are in with a chance to win international travel by entering the World Wetlands Day youth photo competition. More >>

Mouse blitz on Antipodes Island rescheduled

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 3:45 pm | Department of Conservation

The project had been in planning with winter 2015 as a target date but has been delayed for a year until winter 2016. The eradication must take place in the winter when mice numbers are at their lowest and food resources are scarce. Antipodes Island ... More >>

Molesworth road to close next week due to fire danger

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 2:33 pm | Department of Conservation

Due to extreme fire danger, the Acheron Road through Molesworth Station will be closed to vehicles from 7pm Wednesday 4 February. More >>

Albatross/Toroa 2014/15 season

Friday, 23 January 2015, 1:55 pm | Department of Conservation

We had a reduced number of expected breeding pairs this season, with three pairs that arrived and were expected to lay an egg but did not. In addition, only one partner from each of three other pairs arrived in and so there was no nesting by these birds ... More >>

Fire risk triggers partial closure of Matiu/Somes Island

Friday, 23 January 2015, 1:01 pm | Department of Conservation

Heightened fire risk resulting from a dry, hot start to summer has triggered the restriction of public access to Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington harbour as of January 31st, 2015. More >>

DOC to develop new guidelines

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 10:45 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation says it is taking steps to ensure a more consistent approach to its handling of applications for commercial concessions in national parks in response to an opinion released last month by the Ombudsman. More >>

DOC warns large great white shark seen in upper Waitemata

Wednesday, 31 December 2014, 3:05 pm | Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation(DOC) marine scientist Clinton Duffy says a shark seen in shallow water in the upper Waitemata Harbour, in west Auckland, is a large great white shark. More >>

DOC trialling new version of self-set trap

Monday, 22 December 2014, 12:06 pm | Department of Conservation

An advanced version of a self-setting stoat trap is being trialled to control rats during a plague event as part of the Department of Conservation’s predator control programme. The A24 self-setting trap has been pioneered by Wellington-based industrial ... More >>

Say no to freshwater pests in Fiordland

Friday, 19 December 2014, 11:40 am | Department of Conservation

DOC would like to remind park users of the importance of making sure they ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ when entering Fiordland National Park this summer to help prevent the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests. Didymo is a freshwater alga and its ... More >>

Largest ever control campaign knocks back predators

Monday, 15 December 2014, 3:25 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation’s largest ever aerial 1080 campaign to combat this year’s rat and stoat plague has successfully knocked down predator populations in key target areas. More >>

DOC issues shark cage diving permits

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 1:53 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has imposed strict rules to ensure great white sharks are not harmed by underwater cage diving operations around Stewart Island and the activity is confined to one location to minimise the impact on commercial ... More >>

Reptile revival on Motuihe Island

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 1:32 pm | Department of Conservation

The chances of long-term survival for the Pacific gecko have been boosted with the release of 54 of the threatened native reptiles on pest-free Motuihe Island / Te Motu-a-Ihenga in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana. More >>

Cause of yellow-eyed penguin disease investigated

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:28 pm | Department of Conservation

Yellow-eyed penguin chicks/hōiho are under the spotlight this week as vets try to find the trigger for the mystery illness that continues to threaten the endangered birds. Avian diphtheria appears to take hold in the Otago population of yellow-eyed ... More >>

Net tightens on gun-toting vandals

Friday, 21 November 2014, 10:45 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) and police have been thrilled with amount of information that has come forward from the public in response to the vandalism of a public hut in the Mavora Lakes Park over Labour Weekend. Vandals caused at least ... More >>



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