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Statistics Reveal Value Of New DOC Infringement System

Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 12:02 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has issued more than 200 infringement notices and taken 11 prosecutions since it launched its new electronic Compliance and Law Enforcement (CLE) system in late 2020. DOC’s acting National Compliance Manager ... More >>

Community Celebrates Project Pathway

Monday, 11 October 2021, 11:36 am | Department of Conservation

The new shared walking and cycling pathway through the West Coast community of Punakaiki is proving a hit with locals already. <img src="https://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/2110/edab6c357a8db807f826.jpeg" width="560" height="720"> As well as walkers and mountain ... More >>

Parts Of Queen Charlotte Track Reopen This Weekend

Thursday, 23 September 2021, 9:23 am | Department of Conservation

The two end sections of the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds are reopening this weekend after the Department of Conservation (DOC) repaired storm damage. The track sections from Anakiwa to Te Mahia Saddle and Meretoto/Ship Cove ... More >>

Stranded Orca Calf Documents Released

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 10:17 am | Department of Conservation

Following strong public interest, the Department of Conservation (DOC) has today published a series of documents outlining its response to the orca calf stranding near Plimmerton, north of Wellington, in July this year. The young, unweaned orca ... More >>

Luckless godwit forced into mid-flight u-turn

Monday, 20 September 2021, 12:07 pm | Department of Conservation

An unlucky male godwit/kuaka migrating back to the Firth of Thames has been forced into a massive u-turn over the Pacific Ocean and finished up back at his Alaskan take-off point after 57 hours of constant flight. The adult male bird is known as ... More >>

DOC calls for sightings of our Subantarctic neighbours

Monday, 6 September 2021, 10:41 am | Department of Conservation

A potential increase in sightings of Subantarctic fur seals has DOC scientists asking members of the public to report any sightings of these long-distance travellers. Subantarctic fur seals are “cousins” of the kekeno/New Zealand fur seal. They ... More >>

Attempt to shepherd orca in Pāuatahanui Inlet out to sea

Tuesday, 31 August 2021, 12:48 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation, Ngāti Toa iwi and Project Jonah are today using five boats to try to gently shepherd a pod of orca in Pāuatahanui Inlet out to sea. More >>

Embrace nature at any Alert Level this Conservation Week

Monday, 30 August 2021, 1:42 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is encouraging people to take a moment for nature at home or online this 52nd annual Conservation Week, 4-12 September. “This year’s Conservation Week focus has had to change to reflect the changing Alert ... More >>

Boaties told to stay home as L4 restrictions continue

Wednesday, 25 August 2021, 10:15 am | Department of Conservation

Boaties cruising around Coromandel’s Mercury Islands are being told to stay home as New Zealand’s COVID-19 restrictions continue. The country has been in a Level 4 lockdown since 17 August, when cases of the highly infectious Delta variant emerged ... More >>

Threatened Whio Population Climbs As DOC And Genesis Renew Recovery Partnership

Friday, 13 August 2021, 2:14 pm | Department of Conservation

The number of breeding pairs of New Zealand’s threatened whio (Blue Duck) has almost tripled over the last 10 years, according to a survey released today by the Department of Conservation (DOC). <img src="https://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/2108/0a035b16d5e5f35d7cb0.jpeg" ... More >>

Heaphy Track Reopening But Queen Charlotte Track Temporarily Closed

Thursday, 29 July 2021, 3:11 pm | Department of Conservation

The Heaphy Track is reopening tomorrow (Friday 30 June) after work to clear fallen trees and repair other storm damage, but the Queen Charlotte Track remains temporarily closed. The two tracks are among a number of tracks and access roads to conservation ... More >>

Orca Calf Toa Farewelled With Dawn Ceremony

Saturday, 24 July 2021, 1:23 pm | Department of Conservation

Amid karakia and waiata, the baby orca known as Toa was farewelled by around 70 people at Plimmerton Boating Club at dawn this morning before being taken for burial by Ngāti Toa Rangatira. Toa died in his sea pen last evening. Department of Conservation ... More >>

Orca Update – 5pm Friday, 23 July 2021

Friday, 23 July 2021, 5:08 pm | Department of Conservation

A reported sighting of an orca pod on the Kāpiti Coast is being investigated by air and sea, while the orca calf remains stable at the Plimmerton Boating Club. Department of Conservation (DOC) Marine Species Manager Ian Angus says two aircraft are searching ... More >>

Orca Update – 11am Friday, 23 July 2021

Friday, 23 July 2021, 11:02 am | Department of Conservation

The orca calf at Plimmerton Boating Club is responding well to being back in the sea pen, while efforts to find the stranded calf’s pod will ramp up through a fine weather window. Department of Conservation (DOC) Marine Species Manager Ian Angus ... More >>

Orca Update – 5pm, 22 July 2021

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 5:00 pm | Department of Conservation

A decision has been made to move the orca calf being held at a temporary pool at Plimmerton Boating Club back into the sea pen. Department of Conservation (DOC) Marine Species Manager Ian Angus says the orca calf’s health has been assessed and vets ... More >>

Orca Update – 10.30am, Thursday 22 July 2021

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 11:15 am | Department of Conservation

There was no change overnight for the orca calf at Plimmerton Boating Club, with the next steps to be determined by the weather forecast. Department of Conservation (DOC) Marine Species Manager Ian Angus says the orca calf fed and rested well overnight ... More >>

Stranded Juvenile Orca Update

Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 5:02 pm | Department of Conservation

The predicted persistence of poor weather has meant that there will be no change for the orca calf being cared for at Plimmerton Boating Club and it is likely to remain in the temporary pool for at least another day. The young orca has now been ... More >>

Upper South Island Great Walks And Tracks Impacted By Heavy Rain

Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 3:36 pm | Department of Conservation

The Heaphy Track is closed and the Queen Charlotte Track is only partially open due to damage from last weekend’s heavy rain. The tracks are among a number of Department of Conservation (DOC) tracks, campsites and access roads in the top of ... More >>

Orca Update 11am 21 July

Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 11:30 am | Department of Conservation

The stranded orca calf remains in a stable condition but onsite veterinarians are continuing to monitor some health concerns. DOC Marine Species Manager Ian Angus says some of the injuries sustained by the calf during the stranding are healing ... More >>

5.30 Pm Update On Stranded Juvenile Orca In Plimmerton

Tuesday, 20 July 2021, 5:54 pm | Department of Conservation

Sightings of orca in the Wellington region made earlier today have been investigated, but searches by boat and air have not been able to locate a pod. “We continue to monitor the health of the orca calf and it remains in a stable condition,” says ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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