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Norovirus cleared from Travers-Sabine Circuit

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 2:00 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation and Nelson Marlborough Health have confirmed that the norovirus outbreak on the Travers-Sabine Circuit in Nelson Lakes National Park appears to be over and people can now use the track again. More >>

Mohua breeding on Blumine Island

Monday, 9 January 2017, 11:01 am | Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation rangers are delighted by a first sign of mohua breeding on Blumine Island/Oruawairua indicating the endangered native birds are establishing a foothold on the Marlborough Sounds’ island sanctuary. In a check on mohua on ... More >>

Monitoring Upper South Island National Parks

Friday, 6 January 2017, 4:56 pm | Department of Conservation

Nelson Lakes Operations Manager John Wotherspoon is urging people who’ve been on the Travers-Sabine circuit to be responsible and avoid national parks or the backcountry if they are feeling unwell with gastroenteritis or flu-like symptoms so that any ... More >>

People asked to stay away from Travers-Sabine circuit

Wednesday, 4 January 2017, 4:51 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is warning trampers to avoid the Travers-Sabine circuit in the Nelson Lakes National Park because of a suspected norovirus outbreak. More >>

DOC finalises shark cage diving permits

Friday, 23 December 2016, 2:28 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has reissued temporary permits for shark cage diving operators off Rakiura/Stewart Island. More >>

Bats and birds get a boost from pest control

Friday, 23 December 2016, 8:43 am | Department of Conservation

Numbers of endangered bats and birds are up in the Kepler area of Fiordland National Park after aerial predator control this spring, recent monitoring has shown. More >>

Enjoy nature in the outdoors safely this summer

Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 4:50 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) reminds families heading outdoors to enjoy nature this summer to stay safe and respect our beautiful taonga. More >>

Take a pit stop in nature between Picton and Christchurch

Monday, 19 December 2016, 3:43 pm | Department of Conservation

Stop and enjoy some of the great spots in nature on the long drive between Picton and Christchurch this summer, says the Department of Conservation. More >>

Prohibition Mine Arsenic Remediation Complete

Friday, 16 December 2016, 9:48 am | Department of Conservation

Work to clean up the most highly arsenic contaminated site recorded in New Zealand, at Waiuta on the West Coast of the South Island is now complete and the site has been reopened to the public. Contamination at the historic Prohibition mine processing ... More >>

12 new Kiwi Guardians sites announced for Christmas

Friday, 16 December 2016, 9:45 am | Department of Conservation

12 new “Kiwi Guardian” nature discovery sites have been created in family friendly places just in time for Christmas. 10 of the new sites are in and around Wellington, and the other sites are located at Aoraki Mt Cook and Port Jackson on the Coromandel ... More >>

DOC appeal over land exchange is about clarity of law

Thursday, 15 December 2016, 12:30 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation says an appeal to the Supreme Court is being made because it needs the law to be clarified over the way public conservation land can be managed. More >>

New 10-year Strategy for Wellington’s Conservation Areas

Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 1:32 pm | Department of Conservation

A new draft Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) for the Wellington, Kāpiti, Manawatū-Rangitīkei and Wairarapa regions will be launched tomorrow (14 December), and the Department of Conservation is inviting people to have their say on its contents. More >>

New DOC Cabin for Rimutaka Forest Park

Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 10:03 am | Department of Conservation

A new all-mod-cons cabin at the gateway to the Department of Conservation’s most popular Wellington recreation area will be open in time for summer. The Coast Road Cabin is at the entrance to Catchpool Valley in the Rimutaka Forest Park, which attracts ... More >>

DOC working through shark cage diving permit process

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 2:51 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) says it expects to decide in the next few weeks whether to reissue permits for shark cage diving operators off Rakiura/Stewart Island. The shark cage diving season traditionally starts on December 1. DOC’s Southern ... More >>

It’s time to register for Big Beach Clean

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 11:38 am | Department of Conservation

Organisations and individuals are invited to register for the Nelson Tasman Big Beach Clean, which has been scheduled for Saturday 4 March 2017, to coincide with Seaweek. More >>

South Westland Battle for our Birds operations complete

Friday, 2 December 2016, 2:13 pm | Department of Conservation

2 December 2016 South Westland Battle for our Birds operations complete Battle for our Birds pest control operations in South Westland are now complete, with the final two operations, in the Landsborough and Haast valleys receiving treatment this week. ... More >>

Citizen science discovers tawaki tally in Milford Sound

Friday, 2 December 2016, 11:46 am | Department of Conservation

A search for the elusive Fiordland crested penguin/ tawaki in Milford Sound/ Piopiotahi has revealed the birds to be thriving. More >>

Takahē population crosses 300 milestone

Friday, 2 December 2016, 10:42 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Takahē Recovery Programme and its new national partner Fulton Hogan welcome official figures showing the takahē population has reached over 300 birds as they released 26 takahē into the wild this month. More >>

The good, the bait and the ugly

Monday, 28 November 2016, 10:34 am | Department of Conservation

The annual whitebait fishing season is due to close on 30 November and Department of Conservation staff report that communities on the Kapiti Coast have been well-behaved, aside from a few notable exceptions. “Whitebaiting season is an annual highlight ... More >>

Takahē sets out for home

Friday, 25 November 2016, 4:40 pm | Department of Conservation

A young takahē is travelling nearly 1,200km ‘home’ to Fiordland today, as part of the Department of Conservation’s Takahē Recovery Programme. More >>

 

 

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