Department of Conservation

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  • Seals need rest not rescuing

    Concerned members of the public can rest assured seals on Whanganui beaches are just there for a rest.

  • Second wind of kōkako on Mount Pirongia

    Kōkako have been released onto Mount Pirongia in a bid to return the songbirds to the mountain.

  • Young and old restoring Riversdale dunes

    Forty people, ages ranging from just two years old to over 80, turned up to plant 1,700 native grass plants in the dunes at Riversdale on Saturday.

  • Kaweka kiwi at risk

    Hawke’s Bay’s largest kiwi population may be at risk from two dogs that are loose in the Kaweka Forest Park.

  • Captive population of rare skink established

    A secure population of one of New Zealand’s rarest skinks, the critically endangered Chesterfield skink, has been established in captivity, with support from the Endangered Species Foundation and Auckland Zoo.

  • Proposal to close tracks to protect kauri

    DOC is seeking public input on a new proposal to close various tracks in the kauri region to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.

  • Track upgrades to prevent spread of kauri dieback

    Tracks along the Kauri Coast, on Northland’s west coast, will be temporarily closed while they are upgraded to prevent the spread of kauri dieback.

  • Rat caught on pest-free Motutapu Island

    DOC rangers have trapped a rat at Home Bay on pest-free Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

  • Give the whale space

    DOC reminds keen whale watchers to keep at least 50 m away from the rare southern right whale/tohora currently enjoying Wellington Harbour.

  • Napier Menzshed goes green

    Hawke’s Bay bird lovers will soon be able to view their avian friends up close and without disturbing them thanks to the hard work of Napier Menzshed volunteers.

  • More rock daisies growing at Ōhau Point

    The outlook is looking brighter for the native Ōhau rock daisy enduring on its earthquake-damaged Kaikōura coastal home with new plantings and new growth emerging.

  • A beautiful name, now watch her soar

    The votes are in and DOC’s latest Royal cam albatross chick has her new ‘female explorers’ themed name.

  • Bold Predator Free project launched in Hawke’s Bay

    A project aimed at creating a Predator Free Hawke’s Bay has been launched in Napier with the announcement of a $1.6 million kick-start in funding from the Government.

  • Kiwi killed by dog on popular dog walking beach

    A young dead male Northland brown kiwi was found by a group of dog walkers on Long Beach, Russell, Bay of Islands at 8 am on Saturday 9 June 2018.

  • New science report lists sharks as threatened

    The great white shark and basking shark have been classed as ‘threatened’ for the first time and the future of these species is not positive.

  • Initiatives back community conservation work

    Communities will have two new tools to help combat rats, stoats and possums that are killing our native birds, plants and other wildlife, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said in Nelson today.

  • Research partnership reveals new species of diving petrel

    A new species of diving petrel has been identified on Whenua Hou (Codfish Island), located off the coast of Stewart Island/Rakiura.

  • Mountain bikers reminded to practise good trail etiquette

    New signage has been installed on some DOC tracks in the Tauranga District reminding the public of the regulations around mountain biking in the area.

  • First step towards NZ’s largest pest-free island

    Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has announced funding for the first step in New Zealand’s most ambitious island pest eradication.

  • Ferrets killing kiwi in Tongariro

    DOC biodiversity rangers are in hot pursuit of ferrets which are hunting North Island brown kiwi in Tongariro Forest.

  • New trout season, new fishing licence

    Annual fishing licences can be purchased from 25 June and are valid from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. Costs remain unchanged.

  • A name fit for the princess of the skies

    Hundreds of people from around the world have had their say and now it’s your turn to choose the official name for this year’s Royal cam chick.

  • DOC investigating deaths of native gulls

    DOC is appealing for information about the deaths of nine red-billed gulls in Kaikoura.

  • Kauri dieback track work

    DOC continues its programme of upgrading tracks in the Kauri Coast to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback.

  • DOC changing its service to exporters

    DOC is making a change to a service it provides to businesses exporting deer and other animal products.

  • Duckling boom delights Whirinaki visitors

    The most popular walking tracks in Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park are also among the best place in New Zealand to see a whio in the wild, according to recent bird counts.

  • Winter for seals in the Bay of Plenty

    Winter is a time for foraging and resting for seals around the Bay of Plenty coast.

  • Successful second muster of Kaimanawa horses

    A second DOC Kaimanawa wild horse muster for 2018 has been completed successfully.

  • Sign up for Great Walks bookings

    DOC is launching a new booking system today and invites those wishing to book onto a Great Walk to create their user accounts.

  • Take a snow shuttle to help protect the Ruapehu environment this winter

    Travelling to Mt Ruapehu by snow shuttle is safer, reduces traffic and helps protect the environment.

  • Great Walks shortlist released

    DOC today released a shortlist of seven multi-day walks from around New Zealand that remain in the running to become a Great Walk.

  • New plant status report shows increased threats

    New Zealand’s plants are facing increasing threats according to a new scientific report published by DOC today.

  • DOC and Creative New Zealand to continue Wild Creations partnership

    More artists will be inspired by our natural environment and cultural heritage with the continuation of the Creative New Zealand partnership.

  • International visitors to pay more than locals for Great Walks

    International visitors will pay more than locals for DOC huts and campsites on New Zealand’s four most popular Great Walks as part of a trial for the 2018/19 season, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

  • Leave seals alone – they're just resting

    DOC is reminding people to leave seals alone to rest.

  • Kahutara kids caring for Onoke Spit

    Forty hard working Kahutara School pupils joined a community group last Friday to work on a native planting in one of Wairarapa’s toughest environments – Onoke Spit.

  • Whio education resource in te reo for Taranaki schools

    A new resource in te reo Māori has been released by DOC in Taranaki. It looks closely at whio, the very special ducks that live on the rivers and streams of Mounga Taranaki.

  • $11.7 million for Taranaki predator control

    An ambitious plan to eradicate pests from Taranaki will get an $11.7 million funding injection from Predator Free 2050 Ltd.

  • Help name the latest online sensation

    Millions of people have spent the last three years watching her neighbours grow up. Now for the third year running DOC is inviting people to help name the newest Royal cam albatross chick at the Taiaroa Head colony on Otago Peninsula.

  • Native bird numbers double after long-term predator control

    Birds are flourishing in South Westland’s Landsborough valley thanks to 20 years of sustained predator control.

  • Whale wows Napier crowd

    A humpback whale stopped in Hawke’s Bay today for lunch and a show just off Napier’s Marine Parade beach.

  • Our nature still increasingly popular

    Visitor data from some of DOC's most popular sites shows mixed results but another record summer season overall.

  • Rare birds and rockets

    Monitoring shows a critically endangered native shore bird continues to nest and breed near the Rocket Lab launch site on Mahia Peninsula.

  • Hoiho killed by dog at Long Point Reserve, Catlins

    Dog owners are being warned they must take better control of their dogs following the deaths of two yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho.

  • Kekeno (seals) need rest not rescue

    With seal season approaching, DOC is reminding people to leave kekeno/seal pups alone if they see them on shore.

  • Teaming up to restore native dactylanthus in the Bay of Plenty

    Armed with rakes and trowels, the Aongatete Forest Project (AFP) and DOC sowed native dactylanthus seed in the Kaimai-Mamaku Conservation Park.