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Winter hazards on Southern Great Walks: DOC changes

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 12:43 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation says it is making changes on its website and on the tracks to make people more aware of the significant hazards visitors face in winter on the three Southern Great Walks. More >>

Coastal Otago Conservation Week events

Monday, 20 October 2014, 2:53 pm | Department of Conservation

Dunedin and North Otago people don’t need to travel far to interact with nature during Conservation week from November 1-9 as many stunning treasures wait to be discovered on our doorstep. More >>

Funding available for young conservationists

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 10:15 am | Department of Conservation

The Otago Peninsula Trust and the Department of Conservation are calling for nominations for the Toroa Award. The Toroa Award acknowledges environmental action programs undertaken by schools, classes, groups or individuals that support conservation in their community. ... More >>

DOC welcomes food safety assessment on trout

Thursday, 9 October 2014, 4:47 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation has welcomed an initial assessment by Ministry for Primary Industry which indicates that trout caught from areas following 1080 pest control operations do not pose a food safety risk to anglers. More >>

Rodents knocked down in Waikaia Forest, Southland

Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 11:50 am | Department of Conservation

The threat to native birds and bats from plague levels of rats, mice and stoats has been reduced in Waikaia Forest with a successful knock-down of rodents in a recent pest control operation in the area. The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Battle ... More >>

Sirocco at Parliament

Tuesday, 7 October 2014, 3:56 pm | Department of Conservation

Sirocco, New Zealand’s official spokes bird for conservation will be at Parliament today to join in celebrating the achievements of the Kākāpō Recovery Programme over the last two decades. More >>

Critically endangered takahē released at Tāwharanui

Sunday, 5 October 2014, 1:42 pm | Department of Conservation

Ten critically endangered takahē were moved from Fiordland to a predator free open sanctuary, in Tāwharanui Regional Park north of Auckland today, (Saturday Oct 4) as part of the programme to ensure the survival of this rare native bird. The takahē ... More >>

DOC appoints Chief Science Advisor

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 11:35 am | Department of Conservation

Lincoln University Professor of Environmental Management Ken Hughey has been appointed to a new position as Chief Science Advisor for DOC, Director-General Lou Sanson announced today. More >>

Seal shooting angers DOC staff

Monday, 22 September 2014, 12:22 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is condemning the shooting of a New Zealand fur seal/kekeno found on a beach on Stewart Island and is asking for public help to find who is responsible. More >>

Necropsy confirms Bryde’s whale killed by ship strike

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 12:01 pm | Department of Conservation

A Bryde’s whale found dead at Poutawa Beach, near Pakiri, was killed by a ship strike. More >>

Keep seals safe by controlling your dog

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 4:27 pm | Department of Conservation

Following a series of fatal dog attacks on protected New Zealand fur seals/kekeno on Coastal Otago beaches recently, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Dunedin City Council (DCC) remind dog owners to control their dogs around seals. More >>

New Central Otago bike tracks planned

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 10:50 am | Department of Conservation

Mountain Bikers of Alexandra have signed a management agreement with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to build and manage mountain bike tracks on public conservation land. DOC partnership ranger in Alexandra, Jacob Dexter, says, “There’s some ... More >>

Last known hind removed from Fiordland’s Secretary Island

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 12:28 pm | Department of Conservation

Two of the last remaining deer on Secretary Island, in Fiordland’s Doubtful Sound, have been culled by the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Secretary Island hunting team. Since 2006 Secretary Island (8140 hectares) has been the focus of a deer eradication ... More >>

DOC involved in the Biological Heritage science challenge

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:23 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is excited to be a part of the New Zealand Biological Heritage science challenge that was launched today (August 29). Science and Innovation Minister Stephen Joyce launched the programme of research, to be undertaken ... More >>

Battle for our Birds operation underway in Waikaia

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 9:28 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation’s Battle for our Birds pest control operation in the Waikaia Forest begins today. The Waikaia operation in northern Southland is one of 22 confirmed operations that will use aerially applied 1080 over about 600,000 ... More >>

Historic fire under Denniston Plateau

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 9:04 am | Department of Conservation

Reports of smoke rising from cracks in Denniston Plateau are due to an historic fire which poses little significant threat to the area, says Department of Conservation (DOC) Conservation Services Manager Bob Dickson. More >>

Whitebait season starts Friday

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 3:52 pm | Department of Conservation

People preparing for whitebaiting opening day this Friday, 15th August, should be aware of regulations which allow fishing but act as a conservation measure to protect whitebait. More >>

Ford repairs will keep Fiordland road open

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 2:19 pm | Department of Conservation

Repairs to a ford on the road to Doubtful Sound mean the road will no longer be closed during heavy rain. Flooding of the Mica Burn ford culvert on Wilmot Pass Road usually closes the road for three to four days a year and last year, heavy rain damaged the ... More >>

Whitebaiters reminded to follow the rules as season begins

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 9:45 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is reminding the public to be aware of the whitebait regulations with the commencement of the 2014 season. More >>

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 >>



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