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Cook Strait white whale confirmed as Migaloo

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 9:18 am | Department of Conservation

A white humpback whale spotted in Cook Strait last winter has been confirmed as Migaloo, a famous white whale usually seen off Australia. More >>

Nest cam introduces albatross chick to the world

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 12:15 pm | Department of Conservation

People can now watch online a Northern royal albatross growing up at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head. More >>

Blue whale survey begins off the Taranaki coast

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 9:25 am | Department of Conservation

An international research team, working in collaboration with the Department of Conservation (DOC), has begun work on an extended survey to learn more about blue whales feeding in the South Taranaki Bight off the Taranaki coast. The research covers ... More >>

Heavy rain makes for a muddy clean up job on Alpine Crossing

Tuesday, 19 January 2016, 5:37 pm | Department of Conservation

Extremely heavy rain in Tongariro National Park overnight on January 18 has caused substantial damage to the very popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing. More >>

First Albatross Chick Hatches

Friday, 15 January 2016, 10:45 am | Department of Conservation

The first chick of the 2015/16 breeding season for the Northern Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head/Pukekura on Otago Peninsula in Dunedin was welcomed late yesterday. More >>

Wellington Conservation Board Releases Annual Report

Wednesday, 13 January 2016, 4:54 pm | Department of Conservation

The Wellington Conservation Board has released its annual report for the 2014 – 15 year. This report is the first since the Board was re-established in March 2014 following the national Conservation Board review in 2013. More >>

Conservation funding boosts community education

Wednesday, 13 January 2016, 10:06 am | Department of Conservation

The Wellington Marine Conservation Trust has been inspiring young people to take action for conservation for many years through their Marine Education Centre at Island Bay (IBMEC) and thanks to the DOC Community Fund - Pūtea Tautiaki Hapori they will ... More >>

Abel Tasman islands off limits to protect seals

Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 2:04 pm | Department of Conservation

Visitors to Abel Tasman National Park are advised that landing on Tonga and Pinnacle Islands is no longer allowed, to protect breeding colonies of New Zealand fur seals. More >>

Sweltering heat further impacts struggling hōiho

Monday, 14 December 2015, 1:58 pm | Department of Conservation

High temperatures throughout November have been unkind to Otago’s yellow-eyed penguins, despite the efforts of local conservation groups working hard to keep chicks alive. More >>

Wasp bait availability great news for wildlife

Monday, 14 December 2015, 10:41 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation says making a targeted wasp bait more widely available to the public will be a welcome reprieve for our native birds and insects, and for people who enjoy getting out in nature. More >>

Project Taranaki Mounga NEXT big project

Friday, 11 December 2015, 8:56 am | Department of Conservation

November 11 2015 Project Taranaki Mounga NEXT big project Project Taranaki Mounga, a ten year $24 million project involving pest eradication and reintroduction of species over the 34,000ha of Egmont National Park has been given the green light with a funding ... More >>

DOC thanks NZAS for long time kākāpō support

Thursday, 10 December 2015, 12:14 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation and Ngāi Tahu thank New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd (NZAS) for the company’s dedicated and long-standing support of the Kākāpō Recovery programme. DOC Director General Lou Sanson says with NZAS’s backing over ... More >>

New conservation education resource for Borland

Wednesday, 9 December 2015, 9:13 am | Department of Conservation

School students visiting Borland Lodge in Fiordland will be better engaged with the natural environment with the launch of a new conservation education resource. More >>

DOC tightens controls on shark cage diving

Tuesday, 1 December 2015, 11:18 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has tightened permit conditions for commercial shark cage diving on Stewart Island/Rakiura and will increase monitoring. The shark cage diving season begins today. DOC says it will continue watching the two cage ... More >>

Talented students win conservation jobs

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 11:53 am | Department of Conservation

A group of talented Kiwi students will trade the classroom for working with Department of Conservation (DOC) rangers and conservators this summer after winning sought-after Blake DOC Ambassador Awards. More >>

DOC and Delta to help keep NZ falcon safe near power lines

Thursday, 26 November 2015, 9:21 am | Department of Conservation

Delta and the Department of Conservation (DOC) are working together to reduce the risk of New Zealand falcon/kārearea being electrocuted when they perch on overhead power equipment. More >>

Rahui lifted from Te Maari crater on Tongariro Maunga

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 10:52 am | Department of Conservation

The last Rahui placed around the Te Maari eruption centre in August-October 2012 has been lifted by Ngāti Tūwharetoa. It has been three years since the August 6th 2012 eruption of Te Maari on the northern flanks of Mt Tongariro. After the eruption, ... More >>

Man convicted of shooting protected gull

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 9:52 am | Department of Conservation

The conviction over the shooting of a black-billed gull/tarāpuka highlights some people don’t realise the birds are rare and protected, the Department of Conservation’s operations manager in Invercargill, Ros Cole, said. Darren Leslie Baucke, 33, employed ... More >>

DOC and Toyota announce five-year partnership

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 12:06 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation and Toyota New Zealand have agreed to work together to support a new conservation programme for Kiwi kids. More >>

Hōiho nest numbers hit rock bottom

Monday, 16 November 2015, 12:06 pm | Department of Conservation

The yellow-eyed penguin/hōiho breeding season is looking bleak again this year, with nest numbers reaching their lowest since 1990. Department of Conservation (DOC), the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust (YEPT) and key groups involved with penguin monitoring ... More >>



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