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Aerial pest control programme boost whio population

Monday, 28 July 2014, 3:17 pm | Department of Conservation

Aerial pest control and ‘nest egg’ programme boost whio population A study of whio/blue duck in eastern Kahurangi National Park has shown the benefits rearing ducklings in wildlife facilities and aerial 1080 pest control have in increasing ... More >>

Pest control may be last chance for Waikaia mōhua

Friday, 25 July 2014, 12:08 pm | Department of Conservation

The recent rediscovery of threatened mōhua/yellowhead in Waikaia Forest, northern Southland, means a pest control operation planned by the Department of Conservation (DOC) soon is essential. DOC Catlins services ranger Cheryl Pullar said consent by ... More >>

Fur seals resting on Wellington beaches

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 3:15 pm | Department of Conservation

Over the winter months, seals spend much of their time resting on beaches and rocky shores around Wellington and Kapiti. Fur seals often need rest, not rescuing. More >>

Marine protection process begins in Otago

Friday, 4 July 2014, 11:45 am | Department of Conservation

The planning forum for marine protected areas on the south east coast of the South Island has met for the first time. In a two day meeting at Otākou marae (30 June - 1 July), members of the South-East Marine Protection Planning Forum/Roopu Manaaki ... More >>

Training in Australia important part of DOC fire fighting

Monday, 30 June 2014, 2:42 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation rejects claims that fire fighting training for its staff in Australia is a “junket” and involves skills not applicable in New Zealand. More >>

Seal killed in dog attack on Brighton beach

Wednesday, 25 June 2014, 10:22 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is asking the public for information about a dog attack on a protected NZ fur seal/kekeno found dead on Brighton beach near Dunedin. A Brighton resident discovered the dead seal while walking on the beach ... More >>

Storm closes DOC huts, tracks and campsites on Great Barrier

Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 2:14 pm | Department of Conservation

Most Department of Conservation (DOC) walking tracks, campsites and huts are closed on Great Barrier Island until further notice as a result of the storm that struck the Auckland region last week. More >>

Otago’s native fish more threatened

Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 9:38 am | Department of Conservation

Otago’s native freshwater fish are facing a crisis as numbers fall steadily largely due to pressure from introduced fish such as trout. Otago has 11 species of threatened native freshwater fish – the most in any area in New Zealand. A review of threatened ... More >>

Whale research in Cook Strait

Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 12:13 pm | Department of Conservation

An 11th annual Cook Strait Whale Survey will get underway on Saturday (14 June) that aims to determine how humpback whales are recovering since whaling ended and furthers efforts to protect the whales. Former whalers will again be part of the ... More >>

‘World Fish Migration Day’ launched from Christchurch City

Friday, 30 May 2014, 12:08 pm | Department of Conservation

A new global environmental programme was officially launched from Christchurch on Saturday 24. Christchurch City provided the first of 270 events being held in 52 countries to promote ‘World Fish Migration Day 2014’. More >>

Change in Conservation Status of New Zealand Freshwater Fish

Friday, 30 May 2014, 11:25 am | Department of Conservation

The New Zealand freshwater fish threat classification panel led by the Department of Conservation has made changes to the classification of freshwater fish, giving several species a higher conservation status. More >>

Endangered southern Tokoeka kiwi found dead in Otaki

Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 3:57 pm | Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation staff are puzzled as to how a nationally endangered kiwi of South Island origin came to be found dead in the North Island town of Otaki. More >>

Bringing back bugs at Restoration Day 2014

Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 10:28 am | Department of Conservation

Over 200 people attended Wellington Restoration Day 2014, held in Pauatahanui on Saturday. Restoration Day is a free conference for community groups to share information, network, and gain tools and knowledge to carry out successful restoration projects. ... More >>

Island biodiversity to be celebrated at Dunedin talk

Friday, 16 May 2014, 4:58 pm | Department of Conservation

Opportunities and challenges that islands offer as sites to protect our natural heritage will be discussed at an event to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity, which has the theme of island biodiversity. More >>

Endangered sea lion shot on Stewart Island

Friday, 16 May 2014, 11:38 am | Department of Conservation

Endangered sea lion shot on Stewart Island The Department of Conservation (DOC) is asking the public for help following the recent shooting of an endangered New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka/whakahao on Stewart Island. The young male sea lion was found dead ... More >>

Imagine app brings city to nature

Tuesday, 13 May 2014, 4:53 pm | Department of Conservation

Locally extinct in Christchurch, tūī, jewelled gecko and tree wētā are sneaking back into the city thanks to a new Department of Conservation (DOC) interactive app launched today. More >>

First kakariki released into Abel Tasman National Park

Wednesday, 7 May 2014, 9:11 am | Department of Conservation

First kakariki released into Abel Tasman National Park Twelve kakariki or yellow-crowned parakeet released into the Abel Tasman National Park today are the first captive raised kakariki to ever be released onto the New Zealand mainland. It is also the ... More >>

Heaphy Track to fully reopen on Monday

Friday, 2 May 2014, 1:19 pm | Department of Conservation

Mountain bikers can start riding the Heaphy Track from Monday 5 May when the track will reopen following the clearance of fallen trees and other storm damage. The storm on 17 April caused extensive tree windfall on the Heaphy Track forcing the closure ... More >>

Sampling shows beech seeding widespread

Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 12:57 pm | Department of Conservation

Results from beech forest sampling across the South Island confirm a widespread seeding event is underway, Department of Conservation scientists say. More >>

Kakapo Nestcam Streams Live To The World

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 3:14 pm | Department of Conservation

For the first time ever, the global public will be able to watch kakapo nesting activity live, thanks to a special partnership between Telecom NZ and Kakapo Recovery. More >>



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