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Predator Control And Community - A Dream Team For Coromandel Kiwi

Monday, 4 December 2023, 1:50 pm | Department of Conservation

Brown kiwi are thriving in Eastern Coromandel as sustained predator control by DOC and the local community pays off for the threatened birds. Surveying of kiwi in the area between Tairua and Hot Water Beach has shown a 10% increase from 2015 to 2020. ... More >>

Get Set For Seabird-safe Fishing

Friday, 1 December 2023, 11:06 am | Department of Conservation

A “one-stop-shop” seabird-safe toolkit aims to help high seas fishing operators save up to 40,000 seabirds a year through improved fishing practices. The Seabird-Safe Fishing Toolkit responds to increasing demand for sustainable seafood by supporting ... More >>

Kākāpō Relocated To Reduce Monitoring Load

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 12:54 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is investigating new monitoring solutions for the Waikato kākāpō population after the trial has shown some kākāpō continue to be highly active. Kākāpō Motupōhue during the July translocation Credit Supplied/Peter ... More >>

It’s A Wrap For Rats On Cook Islands Atoll

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 11:24 am | Department of Conservation

A rat eradication operation has wrapped up on Cook Islands’ Palmerston Atoll (500km from Rarotonga), with the hope that introduced rats never return to menace the atoll’s community and ecosystems. “This rat eradication has been a long time coming,” ... More >>

Geckos Returned To Wild As Court Case Culminates

Thursday, 23 November 2023, 2:06 pm | Department of Conservation

Three protected native geckos have been returned to the wild after years in illegal captivity. <img src="" width="720" height="540"> West Coast green gecko. Credit: ... More >>

Gisborne Poacher Sentenced To Two Months Jail

Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 2:38 pm | Department of Conservation A Gisborne man who repeatedly poached crayfish from a marine reserve has been sentenced to two months jail for what a judge described as deliberate night-time offending. ... More >>

DOC Report Shows Short Adventures Trending

Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 1:17 pm | Department of Conservation

Short walks and leisurely activities like sightseeing, photography, and bird and wildlife watching were the most popular outdoor activities for kiwi and international visitors, according to DOC’s annual visitor insights report. The report analyses ... More >>

Renewed Partnership Adds To Long-term Whio Protection

Monday, 20 November 2023, 3:14 pm | Department of Conservation

Recent surveys show whio populations remain vulnerable to decline, with last summer’s extreme weather events impacting both the birds and efforts to monitor their population at several key protection sites. Whio are a whitewater specialist duck found only ... More >>

Warning Issued Over Wellington Penguin Deaths

Wednesday, 15 November 2023, 2:12 pm | Department of Conservation

The Alliance responsible for the development of the Wellington-Petone cycleway has received a formal warning from the Department of Conservation, following an investigation into the deaths of several korora/ little blue penguins during the construction. ... More >>

Fishers, Divers, And Boaties Encouraged To Share Protected Species Sightings This Summer

Monday, 13 November 2023, 9:52 am | Department of Conservation

As summer approaches, the Department of Conservation (DOC) is calling on fishers and divers to be citizen scientists and share what they see on the water. Clinton Duffy, DOC Marine Technical Advisor, says recreational fishers and others out on ... More >>

Tracking Down Elusive Lamprey

Tuesday, 7 November 2023, 11:34 am | Department of Conservation

  The prospects of an ancient fish with a stunning set of teeth are looking up thanks to a technique that detects the tiniest traces of the elusive kanakana/piharau/lamprey. To build up knowledge of this threatened fish, environmental DNA (eDNA) research ... More >>

Pike29 Memorial Track Opening Confirmed

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 2:40 pm | Department of Conservation

The Pike29 Memorial Track is opening on 17 February 2024. Memorial Track The 11.6km dual mountain biking and walking track will connect the Paparoa Track Great Walk to the ... More >>

Seal Abuse Video Sparks Outrage

Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 2:55 pm | Department of Conservation

A video shared to social media and showing a man harassing a seal pup on a New Zealand beach is under investigation by the Department of Conservation. The video shows a man in a wetsuit grabbing the young kekeno by the scruff of its neck and putting ... More >>

Hector’s Dolphins Spotted In Firth Of Thames

Friday, 20 October 2023, 6:32 pm | Department of Conservation

Two Hector’s dolphins have been spotted in the Firth of Thames, prompting DOC to call on people to report more sightings of the animals. DOC Marine Species Technical Advisor Kristina Hillock says the two dolphins were spotted by a member of the public ... More >>

Coromandel Seaside Campsites Reopen For Summer

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 3:49 pm | Department of Conservation

Bookings have now opened for several Department of Conservation northern Coromandel campsites, with visitors being urged to get in early. The campsites at Fletcher Bay, Port Jackson, Stony Bay, Fantail Bay and Waikawau Bay offer idyllic seaside camping ... More >>

New Insights Gained From Kākāpō Translocation

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 12:10 pm | Department of Conservation

The trial kākāpō population in the heart of the Waikato continues to give insights after a determined parrot found a way to leave the fenced sanctuary. Four-year-old Tautahi, who was safely returned to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari last week, is ... More >>

Book In To Protect The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tuesday, 3 October 2023, 2:10 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is introducing a free booking system for the upcoming Tongariro Alpine Crossing season and encouraging all visitors to book in advance. The system is now live for bookings from 14 October onwards. Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro ... More >>

Many Southern Tracks Open, But Caution Advised

Thursday, 28 September 2023, 3:02 pm | Department of Conservation

Tracks and infrastructure on public conservation land in flood-affected Southland and Otago have held up well but visitors are still advised to exercise caution and keep up to date with relevant information. Department of Conservation staff have ... More >>

Damage Expected In Southland And Otago

Friday, 22 September 2023, 3:06 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is expecting flood damage across conservation areas in Southland and Otago and is advising people to reconsider any backcountry travel. A State of Emergency has been declared for Southland and parts of Otago after heavy ... More >>

Kōkako On The Rise At Rotoehu

Tuesday, 19 September 2023, 7:00 pm | Department of Conservation

Kōkako are “rapidly expanding” at Rotoehu Forest between Rotorua, Whakatāne and Te Puke according to a new survey of the birds. The first survey in four years has revealed huge growth for the local population of the secretive forest birds thanks ... More >>





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