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Volunteers keep Silver Peaks tracks in top condition

Monday, 29 June 2015, 2:42 pm | Department of Conservation

Dunedin’s Silver Peaks tracks are in top shape for trampers thanks to the efforts of a small group of dedicated volunteers. More >>

Taieri Blokes Shed volunteers for conservation

Monday, 22 June 2015, 10:17 am | Department of Conservation

Taieri Blokes Shed volunteers for conservation The Taieri Blokes Shed president welcomes the opportunity for his shed’s members to volunteer for the Department of Conservation. Taieri Blokes Shed president Ian Miller approached DOC some months ... More >>

Success for wasp control pilot programme

Monday, 22 June 2015, 10:00 am | Department of Conservation

A pilot programme to control wasps on conservation land during the summer season has led to a significant reduction in wasp activity at the pilot sites, the Department of Conservation says. More >>

Backcountry hut and track upgrade in full swing

Wednesday, 17 June 2015, 2:12 pm | Department of Conservation

Trampers, hunters and mountain bikers are doing up dozens of huts and tracks they love and use around the country with the help of the government’s community conservation fund. More >>

Whale watching in Cook Strait

Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 10:13 am | Department of Conservation

Whale watching in Cook Strait A Department of Conservation research team that includes former whalers will be scanning the Cook Strait sea with their sights set on whales as a 12th annual whale survey gets underway in the area this month. The Cook Strait ... More >>

DOC to update uniform

Monday, 8 June 2015, 11:51 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is moving to update the uniform worn by more than 1,200 field-based staff around New Zealand. More >>

DOC partners recognised at Green Ribbon awards

Friday, 5 June 2015, 10:35 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is delighted that three of its conservation partners have been recognised for their outstanding achievements, at this year’s Green Ribbon environmental awards. More >>

Rare native duck released on Motutapu

Friday, 29 May 2015, 11:11 am | Department of Conservation

New Zealand’s rarest duck, pāteke, has been released on pest-free Motutapu island in the heart of Auckland. The Motutapu Restoration Trust (MRT) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) yesterday released 20 captive-bred pāteke on Motutapu, which ... More >>

Historic Hooker Hut removed for safekeeping

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 11:55 am | Department of Conservation

The oldest hut in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is on the move again this week. More >>

CCPF and jet boat company improve trapping

Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 1:24 pm | Department of Conservation

CCPF and jet boat company improve trapping The Community Conservation Partnership Fund and a jet boat company are helping control predators in Southland and Fiordland. Birdlife in the area is healthier thanks to new stoat traps being installed along ... More >>

Battle for Our Birds programme protects native species

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 12:12 pm | Department of Conservation

Latest field monitoring results indicate the Department of Conservation’s recent large-scale pest control programme has succesfully knocked back rats and stoats and helped protect vulnerable native species across large areas of South Island beech ... More >>

Removal of Gardiner Hut

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 2:41 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has completed the removal of Gardiner Hut which was deemed beyond repair after a significant rock avalanche in July 2014. More >>

Ginger is the New Black

Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 4:15 pm | Department of Conservation

With famous ginger pop star Ed Sheeran on stage in NZ, another ginger media star - Kindara– took front stage at the weekend. More >>

‘Extinct’ native plants rediscovered

Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 11:11 am | Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation rangers have rediscovered a native herb that was believed extinct and another herb thought to be extinct in the wild. More >>

Te Anau Wildlife Centre welcomes kākā and farewells kea

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 2:33 pm | Department of Conservation

Te Anau Wildlife Centre is set to join the Department of Conservation’s kākā captive breeding programme after the resident birds have successfully reared chicks this summer. More >>

Pest wasps cost economy $130 million a year

Thursday, 2 April 2015, 11:39 am | Department of Conservation

Introduced wasps are estimated to cost New Zealand’s economy more than $130 million a year, according to a new study released today, with the biggest economic impacts on farming, beekeeping, horticulture and forestry workers. More >>

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 >>

 

 

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