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Rare Native Mistletoe Population Discovered In The Eastern Bay Of Plenty

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 11:13 am | Department of Conservation

Mummy didn’t get caught kissing Santa Claus but threatened native mistletoe has been discovered in a corner of the Eastern Bay of Plenty where it has not previously been recorded. NZ’s three beech mistletoe species are semi-parasitic plants which ... More >>

Sea Snake Video Results In Conservation Donation

Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 5:06 pm | Department of Conservation

A Palmerston North man who removed a venomous sea snake from a North Island beach and then shared videos of the incident to the TikTok social media platform has been ordered to pay $500 to Save the Kiwi. Alex Gordon-Stables earlier pleaded guilty ... More >>

Endangered Birds Set Course For New Home

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 3:02 pm | Department of Conservation

Nine juvenile tūturuatu / tchūriwat’ / shore plover were translocated to Portland (Waikawa) Island earlier this month as part of ongoing efforts to preserve this rare and threatened species, thanks to ongoing efforts by the Department of Conservation ... More >>

Revealing The Hidden Characteristics Of Landscapes: A Powerful Tool For Change

Monday, 16 May 2022, 5:07 pm | Department of Conservation

What if there was a way to reveal the characteristics of a landscape so farmers and landowners could make informed decisions about the best use of their land, to reduce negative environmental impacts? That’s the goal of the LandscapeDNA tool ... More >>

Smeagol The ‘Gravel Maggot’ Leaves Its Rare Mark On The Remote West Coast

Friday, 13 May 2022, 11:16 am | Department of Conservation

An extremely rare species of sea slug or ‘gravel maggot’ has been detected for the first time on a remote beach in South Westland. In late January, a team of three scientists from the University of Canterbury (UoC) Marine Ecology Research Group ... More >>

Research On Repellents To Keep Kea Safe

Friday, 13 May 2022, 10:05 am | Department of Conservation

New research to test the use of repellents to help keep kea safe during predator control operations is underway near Arthur’s Pass in Canterbury. The Department of Conservation and OSPRI (TBfree) are funding the research, which will test the ... More >>

Dead Hector’s Dolphin, Te Waewae Bay, Southland

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 3:37 pm | Department of Conservation

A dead adult Hector’s dolphin was discovered at Te Waewae Bay in Southland at the weekend. Department of Conservation Aquatic Director Elizabeth Heeg says the adult female dolphin was found by a member of the public on 7 May. DOC staff were ... More >>

Tangoio Falls Track Closed By Landslide

Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 4:02 pm | Department of Conservation

A slip on the Tangoio Falls track in Hawke’s Bay has led to the temporary closure of the track. The Tangoio Falls track from White Pine Bush Carpark heading south to the lookout is closed due to the landslide, where fallen trees and other track ... More >>

Two Dead Hector’s Dolphins Found On The West Coast And Southland

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 10:15 am | Department of Conservation

Two more dead Hector’s dolphins have been located on South Island beaches. One dead Hector’s dolphin was discovered just south of Greymouth on Monday 11 April, and a second at Tiwai on Saturday 16 April. Department of Conservation Marine Species ... More >>

Report Recommends Changes To DOC Treaty Implementation

Friday, 8 April 2022, 10:00 am | Department of Conservation

A report advocating changes to help the Department of Conservation meet its Treaty of Waitangi obligations has been released ahead of public consultation on proposed policy changes. The Options Development Group (ODG) report, the views of an independent ... More >>

Native Bird Comeback A Welcome Surprise

Friday, 8 April 2022, 9:55 am | Department of Conservation

The stellar rise of mohua/yellowhead and other native birds in South Westland’s Landsborough valley is a welcome surprise to Department of Conservation scientists. Recent counts of this Ngāi Tahu taonga species have reached 517 in the study area, ... More >>

GPS Project Reveals Travels Of North Island Kākā

Monday, 4 April 2022, 12:32 pm | Department of Conservation

Analysis of new data from birds fitted with transmitters has revealed North Island kākā flying long distances and even taking an avian ‘OE’. Kākā are a native parrot usually found in ancient forests. They have central North Island strongholds ... More >>

Dead Hector’s Dolphin Found On Brighton Beach

Tuesday, 22 March 2022, 9:59 am | Department of Conservation

A member of the public discovered a dead adult Hector’s dolphin on Brighton Beach in Christchurch on Saturday (19 March). Department of Conservation Aquatic Director Elizabeth Heeg says the adult dolphin appeared to have died recently, although it ... More >>

CITES Reminder As Border Reopens

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 12:36 pm | Department of Conservation

“Are your goods all good?” That’s the message from the Department of Conservation (DOC) for travellers who are bringing wildlife items into New Zealand as the nation reopens its borders. New Zealand is a party to the Convention on International Trade ... More >>

Ten The Lucky Number For Whio

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 9:40 am | Department of Conservation

Whio, the iconic rapid-riding blue ducks which feature on the $10 note, are being celebrated today. March 10 marks over 10 years of partnership between the Department of Conservation and Genesis Energy on the Whio Forever Programme. The partnership ... More >>

Whanganui Journey Temporarily Closed

Wednesday, 2 March 2022, 10:19 am | Department of Conservation

As agreed with iwi, DOC yesterday morning closed the Whanganui Journey Great Walk due to confirmed cases of COVID-19 among a group of paddlers. Whanganui Operations Manager Connie Norgate says four canoeists who came off the awa at Pipiriki on 28 ... More >>

Missing Mohua Return After 20-year Absence

Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 10:12 am | Department of Conservation

The chatter of mohua/yellowhead can once again be heard in the Poulter valley in Arthur’s Pass National Park after a 20-year absence after the release of 41 birds there yesterday. <img src="" ... More >>

Second Dead Hector’s Dolphin West Coast

Friday, 25 February 2022, 4:23 pm | Department of Conservation

A dead Hector’s dolphin has been found on the West Coast today, exactly a week after one was found further south. This morning a member of the public contacted the Department of Conservation after finding a dead dolphin at Rapahoe Beach, near ... More >>

Dead Hector’s Dolphin Found On West Coast

Thursday, 24 February 2022, 2:57 pm | Department of Conservation

A dead Hector’s dolphin was discovered last Friday (18 February) at a beach near Mikonui, south of Hokitika, by a member of the public. Department of Conservation Aquatic Director Elizabeth Heeg says the adult dolphin appeared to have died recently. ... More >>

Te Puke Heritage Pā Restoration Underway Thanks To Jobs For Nature

Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 1:36 pm | Department of Conservation

The first steps to restoring Maungaruahine Pā, an imposing hilltop fortress which stands gazing out over the flat lands to the coast at Pāpāmoa, are underway. The pā site, formally Maungaruahine Pā Historic Reserve, was returned to Waitaha-a-Hei ... More >>