Department of Conservation - Latest News [Page 1]

Firewood Deliveries For Families In Need

Monday, 25 May 2020, 3:15 pm | Department of Conservation

More than 100 homes will be warmer this winter thanks to a new initiative to provide firewood to Hauraki Iwi in need. Amelia Williams, Executive Chair of Ngati Tara Tokanui Trust has responded to the concerns expressed by local kuia, Nancye Gage, about many ... More >>

Stoat Suspected On Pest-free Motutapu Island

Friday, 22 May 2020, 1:24 pm | Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation (DOC) rangers and Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki kaitiaki are working to catch a stoat on pest-free Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park,Auckland. Stoats pose a significant risk to threatened native wildlife, particularly native ... More >>

Peat lake pests a target as DOC field work resumes

Friday, 22 May 2020, 11:49 am | Department of Conservation

The pest fish of the Waikato’s peat lakes have been among the first targets as the district’s Department of Conservation (DOC) operational staff returned to field work this week. More >>

Lull In Forest Seeding After Last Year’s Mast

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 11:46 am | Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation (DOC) monitoring shows New Zealand’s forests are having a lull in seeding after last year’s mega mast, which will lead to fewer predators in some areas. Beech and some other forest trees seed every 2-6 years in what is ... More >>

Urgent Work To Repair Whangamarino Weir

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 1:07 pm | Department of Conservation

Contractors working for the Department of Conservation (DOC) will this week undertake vital and urgent work to repair a weir in the Whangamarino Wetland. The Whangamarino Wetland, in northern Waikato, is an internationally recognised mosaic of bogs, swamps ... More >>

Kids Greening Taupō’s Online Opportunity

Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 10:09 am | Department of Conservation

The nationwide COVID-19 lockdown has provided an opportunity for innovation and creativity for Kids Greening Taupō, as demand surges for the organisation’s online materials. The Kids Greening Taupō programme – initiated in 2014 - is based on ... More >>

Remembering The Cave Creek Tragedy

Monday, 27 April 2020, 5:04 pm | Department of Conservation

Twenty-five years on from the tragic Cave Creek platform collapse, the Department of Conservation is remembering those killed in the accident and reflecting on the positive changes made in their memory. Thirteen students from Tai Poutini Polytechnic ... More >>

Community Contributes As Kiwi House Deals With Lockdown

Thursday, 23 April 2020, 10:23 am | Department of Conservation

Members of the public have donated thousands of dollars of food to the Otorohanga Kiwi House as the facility copes with life under the COVID-19 lockdown. Kiwi House General Manager Jo Russell says the popular visitor attraction closed two days before ... More >>

John And Helen Walk The Taranaki Talk

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 11:28 am | Department of Conservation

  John and Helen Cooper’s commitment to Mt Taranaki gets trodden on, most days. The Hawera couple are close to notching up 40 years of volunteer work supporting the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) management of Egmont National ... More >>

Snail Care Continues Over Lockdown

Friday, 17 April 2020, 1:04 pm | Department of Conservation

  1400 rare Powelliphanta augusta snails in Hokitika continue to be fed and cared for over the lockdown period by Department of Conservation rangers working in isolation. The snails live in refrigerated containers, on beds of moss, and are ... More >>

Taranaki pests beware, Tama’s been on the tools

Thursday, 16 April 2020, 4:00 pm | Department of Conservation

Mr Blackburn is a Department of Conservation (DOC) Ranger in Taranaki, and like all of DOC’s staff, he’s currently working from home during the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown. Although he’s normally out on the mountain, he’s turned his hands to ... More >>

Walkers And Hikers Flout Rules At Waikato Locations

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 10:32 am | Department of Conservation

Walkers and hikers continue to ignore directives to stay home amid New Zealand’s Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown, with people visiting some of the Waikato’s most scenic locations. David Speirs, the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Incident Management ... More >>

DOC Supports Road Closures Into Egmont National Park

Friday, 3 April 2020, 11:48 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has welcomed the Civil Defence decision to close roads into Egmont National Park in a bid to combat COVID-19. A Civil Defence instruction has been issued to Taranaki’s district councils to close roads to the ... More >>

Alarm Over Number Of Juvenile White Sharks Caught On Fishing Lines

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 1:25 pm | Department of Conservation

Shark scientists are concerned about the number of juvenile ururoa/great white sharks that have been captured by recreational fishers recently, particularly in Northland. The Department of Conservation says 12 juvenile white shark captures have been recorded ... More >>

Sir Rob Fenwick Passes Away

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 4:15 pm | Department of Conservation

Sir Rob Fenwick with a karearea (New Zealand Falcon) Credit: Ruud Kleinpaste The family of conservation and sustainability leader, Sir Rob Fenwick, has announced that he has passed away earlier today surrounded by family. “While we are dealing ... More >>

Native Red-billed Gull Shot With Bow

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 2:03 pm | Department of Conservation

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura and the Department of Conservation says its abhorrent that a red-billed gull with an arrow or a crossbow bolt through its chest appears to have deliberately shot by someone intending to harm or kill it. The red-billed gull/tarāpunga ... More >>

Company Fined $12,000 For Operating Illegally At Iconic Tourist Spots

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 10:52 am | Department of Conservation

  Tourism company Active Planet 2015 Ltd has been fined a total of $12,000 for illegally guiding on public conservation land, including two national parks. Active Planet specialised in tours for international students across the north and ... More >>

Hunters Converge On Pureora For Annual Competition

Monday, 9 March 2020, 3:02 pm | Department of Conservation

  Hunters from across the upper North Island will converge on the Pureora Forest Park over the next few weeks for one of the North Island’s longest running and most anticipated red deer hunting competitions. The Pureora Forest Park Hunting ... More >>

Work Commences On Taranaki Crossing

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 10:08 am | Department of Conservation

Work on the first stage of the development Taranaki Crossing in Egmont National Park is underway. The work commenced with a milestone dawn blessing event led by iwi involving the contractor, Department of Conservation (DOC) staff and stakeholder ... More >>

Courts Take A Strong Stand On Illegal Bear Bile Import

Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 12:48 pm | Department of Conservation

A woman has been fined $7,500 and ordered to pay court costs for illegally importing bear bile into New Zealand from China. Litao Xu was sentenced in the Auckland District Court on Tuesday 3 March, and is the first person to be convicted for illegally importing ... More >>