Department of Conservation

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  • Wild takahē return to Kahurangi

    For 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.

  • More measures to protect Hector’s dolphins

    Work to improve protection of the nationally endangered Hector’s dolphin will accelerate after five were accidentally killed in a fishing net off Banks Peninsula.

  • Wild horse muster in April

    Up to 300 Kaimanawa wild horses may need to be removed this April from the Waiouru Military Training Area (WMTA) during the muster.

  • Diversity in conservation board membership sought

    Nominations for conservation boards have been reopened to ensure they reflect the diverse communities they serve, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

  • Goldie Bush tracks closing in support of rāhui

    DOC is temporarily closing all tracks in Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve from 18 March.

  • Cracker captive season for West Coast whio

    West Coast whio have received a substantial boost to their population this year.

  • DOC traps stoat on Motutapu Island

    DOC has trapped and killed a stoat on pest-free Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

  • National parks review put on hold

    The New Zealand Conservation Authority has put its proposed review of the general policy for National Parks on hold.

  • Rare bat on the road to recovery

    One 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.

  • Fiordland bats and birds on the increase

    New 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.

  • Help on the way for parks and recreation sector

    Lincoln University and the Department of Conservation are teaming up to meet “a desperate need” in the parks and recreation sector.

  • Marine protection off South Island coast

    Two 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.

  • Introducing the new Royal cam albatross family

    A new albatross family is centre stage on the Royal cam at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on Otago Peninsula.

  • Seaweek – taking action for our oceans

    Seaweek celebrations, beginning on 3 March, provide an opportunity to highlight the plight of our precious marine species, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage says.

  • Injured weka prompts trapping safety reminder

    A young weka losing its foot has prompted a reminder that leg-hold traps should be raised off the ground.

  • Future generations celebrate whio on the Manganui-o-te-Ao river

    Whanganui 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.

  • Myrtle rust found on public conservation land

    DOC today confirmed myrtle rust has been found on public conservation land.

  • DOC ceases transporting staff in Robinson helicopters

    DOC has decided to permanently cease the use of Robinson helicopters to transport DOC employees.

  • Slip closes Holly Hut track on Mt Taranaki

    Former 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.

  • Kōrure find their way home

    The 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.

  • Company convicted for illegal grazing

    Illegally grazing 380 cattle in a conservation area for two weeks in 2017 could cost a Southland farming company more than $100,000.

  • Time running out for Antipodes Island wandering albatross

    The 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.

  • New technology deployed to prevent sea lion pup deaths

    GPS technology and remote cameras are helping scientists better understand how to prevent sea lion pups from dying on the subantarctic islands.

  • Make a play date with nature

    Encouraging 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.

  • DOC finds no sign of a cat on Rangitoto and Motutapu

    DOC has found no sign of a cat on Rangitoto or Motutapu, in the Hauraki Gulf, after an extensive search on the islands.

  • Mackenzie Basin agency alignment review

    A new report identifies opportunities and challenges facing agencies and the community in the future management of the Mackenzie Basin.

  • Royal cam albatross dies in tough season for colony

    Otago 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.

  • Everybody loves Kaiwhakauka

    Mountain bike and tramping trails through the Whanganui National Park will ride better than last year following a massive volunteer effort in January this year.

  • Million Dollar Mouse team head to Antipodes

    The Million Dollar Mouse team are back in the Antipodes Islands to discover the outcome of one of the largest ever attempts to eradicate mice.

  • Bill to reform conservation law enforcement passes first reading

    DOC 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.

  • Big horizons for little skink

    Te Kakahu/Chalky Island skink have been introduced to a new island home in Dusky Sound, Fiordland to improve the species’ security.

  • DOC supports fight to save unique bushland

    A 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.

  • Dome Shed to be removed from Ruapehu

    The Dome Equipment Shed is being removed from Mt Ruapehu this month as it is no longer needed to house volcano monitoring equipment.

  • Geckos shoulder backpacks for trip to Mana Island

    A 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

  • White shark research significant for New Zealand

    The world's first genetic analysis of the white shark population in Australasian waters is significant for their future conservation, New Zealand scientists say.

  • Sirocco found

    After two years “off the grid”, Sirocco, DOC's spokesbird kākāpō, has come out of hiding.

  • Possible cat sightings in bay between Rangitoto and Motutapu

    DOC is responding to two possible sightings of a black cat, at Islington Bay, which connects Rangitoto and Motutapu islands, in the Hauraki Gulf.

  • Volunteer painter Sideshow Bob completes river project

    Longstanding Taumarunui volunteer, painter Bob Anderson (aka Sideshow Bob) has finished another major painting project for the DOC on the Whanganui River.

  • Annual yellow-eyed penguin breeding results remain low

    DOC 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.

  • Review of how the NZ Coastal Policy Statement affects decision making

    New 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.

  • New Great Walks initial submissions

    DOC has had a wide response to its call for initial submissions for potential new Great Walks, with 30 tracks from across the country proposed.

  • New Zealand’s wetlands at risk

    A 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.

  • Te Matapuna Wetland Restoration

    World 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.

  • Manawatu Estuary spartina control yielding results

    DOC 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.

  • Penguin dies after Kakanui dog attack

    DOC 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.

  • Bowen Falls track reopens

    Milford Sound/Piopiotahi’s popular Lady Bowen Falls walk has reopened for the first time in more than 15 years.

  • Further measures to protect kauri

    Three measures that will strengthen efforts to save kauri trees from dieback disease were agreed by the Kauri Dieback Governance Group when they met yesterday.

  • NIWA and DOC to embark on blue whale research expedition

    A 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.

  • DOC rangers trap and kill rat on Tiritiri Matangi

    DOC rangers have trapped and killed a rat on Tiritiri Matangi, a pest free island in the Hauraki Gulf.

  • Tests find endangered dolphin killed by shark

    An endangered dolphin found washed up at Port Waikato at the weekend, was the victim of a shark attack, a post mortem examination shows.

  • Boaties bag a surprise

    Summer 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.

  • Meet our new online albatross celebrity

    A fluffy new Royal cam star hatched last night in the northern royal albatross breeding colony at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on Otago Peninsula.

  • Generous donor funds new hut on the Waiau Pass Track

    Trampers 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.

  • Invitation to adopt a valley

    Individuals, groups and businesses have a novel opportunity to help boost conservation in New Zealand – by adopting a Fiordland Valley.