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Date: 20 April 2018‘Kiwi Forever’ an enduring legacy conservation and cultural programme was held recently in the Tongariro district.
Date: 18 April 2018An endangered giant land snail mistakenly kidnapped by trampers from Kahurangi National Park is being returned home by DOC.
Date: 18 April 2018Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationFreshwater fish will have a better chance of survival under guidelines launched by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.
Date: 17 April 2018170 Kaimanawa wild horses have been successfully re-homed following the weekend’s muster from the Waiouru Military Training Area.
Date: 17 April 2018The local collaborative ecological restoration project Poutiri Ao ō Tāne welcomed almost 100 new members to its whānau.
Date: 16 April 2018DOC has prosecuted a Porangahau man for two breaches of the Whitebait Fishing Regulations.
Date: 12 April 2018Kiwi listening stands are popping-up at markets across the Bay of Islands throughout April and May to give aspiring kiwi listeners information about how to contribute, including learning the difference between male and female kiwi calls.
Date: 11 April 2018DOC is urging fishers to check the location of marine reserves before they go fishing after a string of offending in Canterbury’s two marine reserves this summer.
Date: 10 April 2018For the first time in more than 150 years, a New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka breeding colony has established on mainland New Zealand, at Stewart Island.
Date: 06 April 2018Source: Office of the Minister of Conservation and Office of the Minister of Regional Economic DevelopmentAn ambitious plan to enable more people to enjoy the beauty of Mt Taranaki and strengthen connections to its natural and cultural heritage has been announced.
Date: 06 April 2018Source: Department of Conservation and Ministry for Primary IndustriesThe fight against the plant disease myrtle rust is changing gear, with a greater focus on a science programme to increase our understanding around the disease.
Date: 05 April 2018A difficult decision has been made to humanely euthanise 12 stranded pilot whales that were alive after a total of 38 stranded at the mouth of the Okuru River south of Haast.
Date: 05 April 2018The discovery of a large number of dead shellfish, in the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve on Auckland’s North Shore, has sparked a multi-agency investigation led by DOC.
Date: 05 April 2018Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThe roll-out of 20 innovative cleaning stations has started as part of DOC's efforts to reduce the spread of kauri dieback, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.
Date: 04 April 2018Two Havelock North men have pleaded guilty to fishing in the Te Angiangi marine reserve. They have each paid $750 in restitution.
Date: 29 March 2018DOC is closing the Mt Karioi summit tracks, near Raglan, following a confirmed finding of myrtle rust. It will be closed to the public until further notice.
Date: 29 March 2018DOC is responding to a possible sighting of a stoat on pest-free Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
Date: 01 April 2018Today marks the start of Whio Awareness Month, where we celebrate all the hard work that goes into making a brighter future for whio.
Date: 27 March 2018Ulva Island’s intensive trapping network has stopped a rampage of rats in their tracks this summer after five unrelated rodents were caught on the island’s coastal network.
Date: 26 March 2018Hunters intending to hunt on public conservation land are reminded to be aware of their obligations.
Date: 23 March 2018Two men are likely to face heavy penalties after helping themselves to paua in rock pools within the Taputeranga Marine Reserve.
Date: 23 March 2018Sirocco, DOC’s spokesbird kākāpō, celebrates his 21st ‘birthday’ – officially known as his hatchday – and DOC is encouraging others to join in his milestone birthday.
Date: 22 March 2018DOC is asking the public to report any recent sightings of water dragons in Papaitonga Scenic Reserve, near Levin.
Date: 21 March 2018Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationIn a world-leading conservation effort, mice have been successfully eradicated from Antipodes Island in the New Zealand Subantarctic, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.
Date: 20 March 2018For the first time in more than 100 years, takahē will roam freely in Kahurangi National Park in an historic attempt to create a new wild population outside of Fiordland.
Date: 20 March 2018Source: Office of the Minister of Conservation and the Minister for Primary IndustriesWork to improve protection of the nationally endangered Hector’s dolphin will accelerate after five were accidentally killed in a fishing net off Banks Peninsula.
Date: 20 March 2018Up to 300 Kaimanawa wild horses may need to be removed this April from the Waiouru Military Training Area (WMTA) during the muster.
Date: 18 March 2018Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationNominations for conservation boards have been reopened to ensure they reflect the diverse communities they serve, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.
Date: 16 March 2018DOC is temporarily closing all tracks in Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve from 18 March.
Date: 16 March 2018West Coast whio have received a substantial boost to their population this year.
Date: 15 March 2018DOC has trapped and killed a stoat on pest-free Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
Date: 14 March 2018Source: New Zealand Conservation AuthorityThe New Zealand Conservation Authority has put its proposed review of the general policy for National Parks on hold.
Date: 09 March 2018Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationOne of New Zealand’s rare bats is on its way to recovery after successful large-scale predator control in Fiordland, according to a new science report released by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.
Date: 09 March 2018New Zealand’s two bat species and native birds are thriving after predator control work in Fiordland National Park, Department of Conservation monitoring this summer shows.
Date: 09 March 2018Source: Lincoln UniversityLincoln University and the Department of Conservation are teaming up to meet “a desperate need” in the parks and recreation sector.
Date: 07 March 2018Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationTwo options to protect areas of ocean off the east coast of the South Island will be considered by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.
Date: 07 March 2018A new albatross family is centre stage on the Royal cam at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on Otago Peninsula.
Date: 06 March 2018Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationSeaweek celebrations, beginning on 3 March, provide an opportunity to highlight the plight of our precious marine species, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage says.
Date: 05 March 2018A young weka losing its foot has prompted a reminder that leg-hold traps should be raised off the ground.
Date: 01 March 2018Whanganui whio populations in the wild were boosted last month when 16 captive-bred native blue ducks were released on the Manganui o te Ao River at Ferne Pool.
Date: 28 February 2018DOC today confirmed myrtle rust has been found on public conservation land.
Date: 28 February 2018DOC has decided to permanently cease the use of Robinson helicopters to transport DOC employees.
Date: 28 February 2018Former Cyclone Gita’s heavy rain and gale force winds triggered a large slip that has closed a long section of the Holly Hut Track on Mt Taranaki.
Date: 27 February 2018The first translocation of kōrure or mottled petrel has been hailed a success as the birds begin to return to their nesting site on the Maungaharuru Range.
Date: 26 February 2018Illegally grazing 380 cattle in a conservation area for two weeks in 2017 could cost a Southland farming company more than $100,000.
Date: 26 February 2018Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThe critically endangered Antipodes Island wandering albatross will be functionally extinct within the next 20 years unless the devastating decline in their population is halted, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says.
Date: 23 February 2018GPS technology and remote cameras are helping scientists better understand how to prevent sea lion pups from dying on the subantarctic islands.
Date: 23 February 2018Encouraging children to explore nature will be the focus of National Children’s Day celebrations, to be held at Ivon Wilson Park in Te Anau on Sunday 4 March.
Date: 22 February 2018DOC has found no sign of a cat on Rangitoto or Motutapu, in the Hauraki Gulf, after an extensive search on the islands.
Date: 21 February 2018A new report identifies opportunities and challenges facing agencies and the community in the future management of the Mackenzie Basin.
Date: 19 February 2018Otago Peninsula’s Royal cam albatross chick died after it was attacked yesterday by a parent bird during a tough breeding season for the colony at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head says DOC.
Date: 16 February 2018Mountain bike and tramping trails through the Whanganui National Park will ride better than last year following a massive volunteer effort in January this year.
Date: 15 February 2018Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationDOC staff will be able to issue infringement notices and reduce the number of costly prosecutions under a bill that passed its first reading last night.
Date: 19 February 2018Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationThe Million Dollar Mouse team are back in the Antipodes Islands to discover the outcome of one of the largest ever attempts to eradicate mice.
Date: 15 February 2018Te Kakahu/Chalky Island skink have been introduced to a new island home in Dusky Sound, Fiordland to improve the species’ security.
Date: 14 February 2018A group of Central Hawke’s Bay residents is fighting to save a rare type of native forest, the only one of its kind in the region.
Date: 13 February 2018The Dome Equipment Shed is being removed from Mt Ruapehu this month as it is no longer needed to house volcano monitoring equipment.
Date: 12 February 2018A group of geckos on Mana Island near Wellington were fitted with tiny backpacks today, as researchers hope to shed light on how far they move when transferred to new homes
Date: 09 February 2018The world's first genetic analysis of the white shark population in Australasian waters is significant for their future conservation, New Zealand scientists say.
Date: 08 February 2018After two years “off the grid”, Sirocco, DOC's spokesbird kākāpō, has come out of hiding.
Date: 07 February 2018DOC is responding to two possible sightings of a black cat, at Islington Bay, which connects Rangitoto and Motutapu islands, in the Hauraki Gulf.
Date: 07 February 2018Longstanding Taumarunui volunteer, painter Bob Anderson (aka Sideshow Bob) has finished another major painting project for the DOC on the Whanganui River.
Date: 05 February 2018DOC and Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust estimate there are 250 breeding pairs of yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho along the Otago and Southland coastline as their annual breeding season comes to an end.
Date: 04 February 2018New Zealand’s major surf breaks and the impacts of vehicles on beaches are receiving more attention from local authorities because of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010.
Date: 02 February 2018DOC has had a wide response to its call for initial submissions for potential new Great Walks, with 30 tracks from across the country proposed.
Date: 02 February 2018Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationA new report shows New Zealand is continuing to lose its precious wetlands and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says it will take years to turn the trend around.
Date: 02 February 2018World Wetlands Day on 2 February presents a great opportunity to highlight the ongoing restoration work carried out on Lake Taupo’s Te Matapuna Wetland - one of the largest wetlands in the North Island.
Date: 02 February 2018DOC rangers have been putting in the hard yards to free the Manawatu Estuary from the clutches of spartina, a nasty weed which takes over mudflats.
Date: 31 January 2018DOC is reminding the public that moulting penguins are particularly vulnerable at this time of year after a dog killed a Snares crested penguin at Kakanui, near Oamaru.
Date: 30 January 2018Milford Sound/Piopiotahi’s popular Lady Bowen Falls walk has reopened for the first time in more than 15 years.
Date: 26 January 2018Source: Ministry for Primary IndustriesThree measures that will strengthen efforts to save kauri trees from dieback disease were agreed by the Kauri Dieback Governance Group when they met yesterday.
Date: 26 January 2018A two-week research expedition to gather data on the elusive, endangered blue whale within New Zealand’s shores is due to set sail on Sunday 28 January.
Date: 26 January 2018DOC rangers have trapped and killed a rat on Tiritiri Matangi, a pest free island in the Hauraki Gulf.
Date: 25 January 2018An endangered dolphin found washed up at Port Waikato at the weekend, was the victim of a shark attack, a post mortem examination shows.
Date: 24 January 2018Summer is ‘boaty bag’ season in the Bay of Islands with up to 400 boaty bags being handed out to remind boaties of their responsibilities on the water and land.
Date: 23 January 2018A fluffy new Royal cam star hatched last night in the northern royal albatross breeding colony at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on Otago Peninsula.
Date: 23 January 2018Trampers crossing the Waiau Pass between Nelson Lakes National Park and St James Conservation Area will find the new 6-bunk hut Waiau Hut a welcome sight at the end of their 15 km trek.
Date: 23 January 2018Individuals, groups and businesses have a novel opportunity to help boost conservation in New Zealand – by adopting a Fiordland Valley.
Date: 19 January 2018DOC has completed track upgrades in kauri forests throughout the Hauraki, Coromandel and Tauranga districts, to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback.
Date: 17 January 2018Toyota Kiwi Guardians is an activity programme that helps kids connect with nature by encouraging them to go on epic self-guided adventures and earn rewards.
Date: 17 January 2018Two historically and culturally significant landmarks – Bannockburn Sluicings and the Otago Central Railway Trail – will celebrate their recent elevation to Landmark status at events on 27 January.
Date: 17 January 2018Picton Dawn Chorus has secured $60,000 from DOC to support their pest control work.
Date: 15 January 2018A whopping 26 whio have arrived at the Whio Hardening Facility in Turangi.
Date: 15 January 2018Rakatu Wetlands, located on the floodplain of the Waiau River, will be the site for Fiordland's 2018 World's Wetland Day celebration on 27 January.
Date: 12 January 2018DOC is warning fishers to stay out of marine reserves around Banks Peninsula after a recent spate of alleged illegal fishing.
Date: 11 January 2018DOC is appealing for information about the cutting down of native trees at Robin Hood Bay, a popular coastal camping spot in Marlborough.
Date: 11 January 2018DOC is reminding people to keep safe as two female leopard seals continue their visits to Auckland’s seaside spots.
Date: 11 January 2018DOC is reviewing options to address the impact of pests within the Raukumara Forest Park.
Date: 11 January 2018A routine check of tracking tunnels on Tiritiri Matangi island on 8 January has launched a search for a rat on the inner Hauraki Gulf sanctuary.
Date: 08 January 2018A record number of whio ducklings have been located on Mt Taranaki in what is proving to be a boom year for the rare native blue duck.
Date: 03 January 2018Source: Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)MPI and DOC will continue to take a zero tolerance approach towards people who poach from the Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve north of Gisborne.
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