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Rare Giant Wētā On Move To Help Save Species

Thursday, 15 April 2021, 11:35 am | Department of Conservation

A group of rare Mahoenui giant wētā has a new home after a successful translocation to the Ōtorohanga Kiwi House this week. <img src="" width="720" height="540"> The Mahoenui giant wētā is ... More >>

Outcome Of DOC Review Of Media Permits

Thursday, 8 April 2021, 9:13 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation has decided that media should have the same access to conservation land that the public enjoy, and media will no longer need to apply for a media permit. DOC’s Deputy Director General Operations, Michael Slater says ... More >>

Call For Hunters To Put Safety First This Easter

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 11:56 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is urging deer hunters to take care during the peak of the roar this Easter weekend, as data shows a spike in hunting activity leads to an increase in injuries. Last year’s roar hunt was cancelled due to the ... More >>

Connecting With Our Seas This Seaweek

Thursday, 11 March 2021, 12:22 pm | Department of Conservation

Celebrate our connection to the sea this Seaweek by joining a community snorkel day at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve this Saturday. The Department of Conservation (DOC) encourages everyone to take simple actions to connect with our oceans and learn ... More >>

DOC Calls For Māui Dolphin Sightings As Seaborne Survey Continues

Thursday, 11 March 2021, 11:40 am | Department of Conservation

  Boaties enjoying the ocean off the Waikato’s west coast are being urged to report sightings of the Māui dolphin, as a survey to determine the population of the rare mammals continues. The Māui dolphins are among the world’s rarest, ... More >>

Positive Results For Coromandel’s Dotterels Breeding Season

Wednesday, 10 March 2021, 4:20 pm | Department of Conservation

  As Northern New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu breeding season comes to a close in the Coromandel, the Department of Conservation (DOC) is expecting a positive productivity rate for the small and endangered shorebirds. Coromandel’s beaches ... More >>

New Phase Of Work Underway At Taranaki Crossing

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 12:24 pm | Department of Conservation

Development of the Taranaki Crossing has entered a new phase, with work beginning on construction of new boardwalks across the Pouakai Tarns and the Ahukawakawa wetland. The upgrade consists of 720m of 1.2m wide boardwalks from the Pouakai Hut Down to ... More >>

Tiny ‘flying Penguins’ Need Greater Attention On Land And At Sea

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 11:48 am | Department of Conservation

Critically endangered Whenua Hou diving petrels, or kuaka in Ngāi Tahu dialect, may need greater protection from lights on vessels in seas surrounding their breeding grounds, in addition to conservation management on land. Researchers from Te Herenga ... More >>

Always Take The Weather With You

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 8:38 am | Department of Conservation

From 2 March 2021, the Department of Conservation (DOC) is partnering with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to provide an upgraded weather forecasting service using the latest technologies. With rapid advancement of weather ... More >>

Court Sends Strong Message To Dog Owners In Recent Wildlife Cases

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 4:15 pm | Department of Conservation

  Thousands of dollars of fines have been handed out by New Zealand courts following successful prosecutions of the owners of dogs that killed native wildlife. The Department of Conservation (DOC), enforcing the Dog Control Act 1996, has taken ... More >>

Forest Edge Trial To Shed Light On Bat Behaviour

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 9:45 am | Department of Conservation

A trial underway on the edge of the North Island’s Pureora Forest is exploring how New Zealand’s native bats/pekapeka respond to different types of artificial light. This collaborative trial, combining expertise and knowledge from Department ... More >>

Jobs For Nature Helps Lizard Hunt

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 10:52 am | Department of Conservation

Work to find out more about South Westland lizard species has been given a helping hand through Jobs for Nature. Very little is known about native lizard species in South Westland despite the area containing plenty of excellent lizard habitat. Last ... More >>

Dogs On Holiday Causing Penguin Nightmare

Tuesday, 2 February 2021, 10:02 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is asking pet owners to ensure their animals are under control and kept out of prohibited areas following the recent death of a rare tawaki or Fiordland crested penguin, thought to have been killed by a dog ... More >>

DOC Mourns Loss Of Artist Bill Hammond

Monday, 1 February 2021, 4:37 pm | Department of Conservation

  Department of Conservation, Director General, Lou Sanson says New Zealand has lost a great advocate for native wildlife with the death of artist Bill Hammond. “We join the rest of the country in mourning the sad loss of Bill and our thoughts ... More >>

Be Aware Of Marine Animals Over The Long Weekend

Friday, 29 January 2021, 6:21 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) shark specialist reminds people travelling to the beach for the long weekend to be aware of those marine animals seen around our coastlines this summer. DOC marine technical advisor Clinton Duffy says the public ... More >>

Marine Rangers Expect Busy Summer On Western Water

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 3:53 pm | Department of Conservation

A surge in boat sales has the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Taranaki Marine Rangers gearing up for a busy summer on and off the coastlines. Marine Rangers Wayne Beggs and Cameron Hunt do a range of work including compliance at the Tapuae Marine ... More >>

More QR Codes For DOC Huts And Facilities

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 4:47 pm | Department of Conservation

Mintaro Hut, Milford Track The Department of Conservation (DOC) is expanding the number of sites where it displays COVID-19 QR codes to enable better contact tracing. DOC has been following Ministry of Health advice on where the codes need to be displayed ... More >>

New Generation Steps Up For Summer Of Conservation

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 12:06 pm | Department of Conservation

  The fresh faces of conservation in Hauraki District are in “boots and all” to a busy summer. The young quartet is Jaime White (Community Ranger), Fletcher Broughton ( Kauri Dieback Ambassador), Shania Hills (Kauri Dieback Ambassador) and ... More >>

Monitoring Reveals Possum Reduction At Pirongia

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 12:53 pm | Department of Conservation

  Diverse native wildlife on Mount Pirongia can flourish this summer, thanks to a successful pest control operation, says the Department of Conservation (DOC). As part of DOC’s ongoing nationwide Tiakina Ngā Manu programme, predator control ... More >>

Mount Ruapehu Volcanic Alert Level Reduced To Level 1

Monday, 11 January 2021, 3:38 pm | Department of Conservation

The Volcanic Alert Level (VAL) for Mount Ruapehu has been lowered from level 2 to level 1 today. The Department of Conservation (DOC) closed the summit area of Mount Ruapehu on December 21, 2020. The area 2km from the centre of Te Wai ā-moe/Crater ... More >>