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Albatross/Toroa 2014/15 season

Friday, 23 January 2015, 1:55 pm | Department of Conservation

We had a reduced number of expected breeding pairs this season, with three pairs that arrived and were expected to lay an egg but did not. In addition, only one partner from each of three other pairs arrived in and so there was no nesting by these birds ... More >>

Fire risk triggers partial closure of Matiu/Somes Island

Friday, 23 January 2015, 1:01 pm | Department of Conservation

Heightened fire risk resulting from a dry, hot start to summer has triggered the restriction of public access to Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington harbour as of January 31st, 2015. More >>

DOC to develop new guidelines

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 10:45 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation says it is taking steps to ensure a more consistent approach to its handling of applications for commercial concessions in national parks in response to an opinion released last month by the Ombudsman. More >>

DOC warns large great white shark seen in upper Waitemata

Wednesday, 31 December 2014, 3:05 pm | Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation(DOC) marine scientist Clinton Duffy says a shark seen in shallow water in the upper Waitemata Harbour, in west Auckland, is a large great white shark. More >>

DOC trialling new version of self-set trap

Monday, 22 December 2014, 12:06 pm | Department of Conservation

An advanced version of a self-setting stoat trap is being trialled to control rats during a plague event as part of the Department of Conservation’s predator control programme. The A24 self-setting trap has been pioneered by Wellington-based industrial ... More >>

Say no to freshwater pests in Fiordland

Friday, 19 December 2014, 11:40 am | Department of Conservation

DOC would like to remind park users of the importance of making sure they ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ when entering Fiordland National Park this summer to help prevent the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests. Didymo is a freshwater alga and its ... More >>

Largest ever control campaign knocks back predators

Monday, 15 December 2014, 3:25 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation’s largest ever aerial 1080 campaign to combat this year’s rat and stoat plague has successfully knocked down predator populations in key target areas. More >>

DOC issues shark cage diving permits

Thursday, 11 December 2014, 1:53 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has imposed strict rules to ensure great white sharks are not harmed by underwater cage diving operations around Stewart Island and the activity is confined to one location to minimise the impact on commercial ... More >>

Reptile revival on Motuihe Island

Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 1:32 pm | Department of Conservation

The chances of long-term survival for the Pacific gecko have been boosted with the release of 54 of the threatened native reptiles on pest-free Motuihe Island / Te Motu-a-Ihenga in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana. More >>

Cause of yellow-eyed penguin disease investigated

Thursday, 27 November 2014, 12:28 pm | Department of Conservation

Yellow-eyed penguin chicks/hōiho are under the spotlight this week as vets try to find the trigger for the mystery illness that continues to threaten the endangered birds. Avian diphtheria appears to take hold in the Otago population of yellow-eyed ... More >>

Net tightens on gun-toting vandals

Friday, 21 November 2014, 10:45 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) and police have been thrilled with amount of information that has come forward from the public in response to the vandalism of a public hut in the Mavora Lakes Park over Labour Weekend. Vandals caused at least ... More >>

Hut damaged in vandals’ gun-toting rampage

Thursday, 13 November 2014, 9:50 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) and police are seeking help for information after a public hut in the Mavora Lakes was vandalised. The incident could lead to vehicle access to the popular, family-friendly park being restricted. Vandals badly ... More >>

Wanted! Eyes and ears for Coast Watch

Monday, 10 November 2014, 3:56 pm | Department of Conservation

The Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve, with support from the Department of Conservation, is recruiting for a Coast Watch group on Wellington’s south coast. More >>

Battle for our Birds protecting Catlins mōhua

Friday, 7 November 2014, 5:31 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation tomorrow (Saturday 8 November) begins its Battle for our Birds pest control in the Catlins to protect an important at risk population of mōhua/yellowhead in the beech forest. More >>

Awards celebrate Coastal Otago conservation champions

Friday, 7 November 2014, 10:15 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) Coastal Otago Conservation Awards this year recognise Sandfly Bay Wildlife Reserve volunteers, yellow-eyed penguin/hōiho rehabilitation work by Penguin Place, restoration of rata forest on Moturata/Taieri Island by a ... More >>

Conservation Week Gathers Momentum

Friday, 7 November 2014, 9:56 am | Department of Conservation

Over halfway through Conservation Week (1-9 November), the events are just picking up in the Wellington Region! There is no shortage of activities and opportunities to get involved in Conservation. More >>

Public asked to look for entangled whale off Otago/Southland

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 4:14 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is appealing to the public to look out for a humpback whale entangled in rope following a sighting off Taiaroa Head on the Otago coast yesterday. Anyone who sees this entangled humpback whale is asked to report ... More >>

Hunters sentenced for illegal spotlighting

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 9:58 am | Department of Conservation

Two Southland men were sentenced today in the Gore District Court for hunting offences committed in a public reserve in Southland in November last year. Shannon James Ferris, aged 24, of Invercargill, was sentenced to 200 hours’ community work for unlawful ... More >>

Stoat or ferret behind little penguin deaths

Wednesday, 5 November 2014, 4:54 pm | Department of Conservation

The results from autopsies conducted by Wildbase (Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences,Palmerston North) have found that the lethal wounds on 29 little penguins, found dead along the coast at Doctors Point near Dunedin, were caused ... More >>

Conservation Week in Wellington

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 2:20 pm | Department of Conservation

Conservation Week is 1-9 November 2014. This year’s theme is “discover the world where you live”. This is about encouraging New Zealanders to explore their ‘local treasures’ – the scenic reserves, tracks, campsites, forests, wetlands, and marine ... More >>



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