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  • Share our beaches this summer

    DOC and Gisborne District Council are reminding the public to be careful near New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu and banded dotterel nesting sites on the East Coast this summer.

  • Support for Cape Foulwind conservation

    A project to protect native species and enhance the landscape of Cape Foulwind in Buller will be boosted by support from the DOC Community Fund, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has announced.

  • Predator control puts rock wren on the rise

    The reclusive rock wren/tuke is on the rise in Kahurangi National Park due to our predator control programme, recent monitoring confirms.

  • Mystery of Ruapekapeka burial site solved

    A 171-year-old mystery, at the site of the battle of Ruapekapeka in Northland, has been solved.

  • Stay safe on backcountry roads this summer

    DOC is investing in road signage on a problematic West Coast backcountry road this summer but says travellers must prepare, drive to the conditions and expect more traffic.

  • DOC’s top tips for summer in Northland

    Check out these tips for keeping Northland safe this summer.

  • Clean outcome against rubbish dumper

    An Invercargill man has been fined for dumping vacuum cleaners and other rubbish in the Seaward Moss Conservation Area.

  • Campground wardens wanted in Hawke's Bay

    DOC Hawke’s Bay is looking for wardens at Waitara/Glenn Falls, Everetts and Kuripapango campsites.

  • Boost for fairy tern conservation efforts

    A partnership between DOC, Te Arai and Mangawhai Shorebirds Trust, Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust, and Boffa Miskell will protect the endangered fairy tern.

  • Seals, camping and short walks on SH1 journey through Kaikoura

    People journeying on SH1 through Kaikoura this summer can camp overnight at DOC campsites or take a break for a walk or seal viewing in areas where access isn’t restricted due to earthquake damage or the highway rebuild.

  • Trainee Conservation Dog cuts his teeth in the capital

    Wellington has gained two new front-line Department of Conservation rangers – a Pest Detection dog called Flint and his handler, Richard Johnston.

  • Protecting Aotearoa’s heritage in Hawke's Bay

    DOC has worked closely with the Ngāti Pārau Hapū of Waiōhiki Marae since 1987 to manage and protect Ōtātara Pā Historic Reserve.

  • $16,000 fine for fishing in West Coast marine reserve

    A Nelson man has been fined $16,000 for commercial fishing in a West Coast marine reserve.

  • Summer holiday hot spots

    Get tips for enjoying the summer from DOC in Manawatu.

  • Fire risk on the rise

    DOC rangers in the Rotorua area are preparing for a hot dry summer and the extreme fire risk that comes with it.

  • Responsible Catlins camping ranger recruited for summer

    A Responsible Camping Ranger will be roaming the Catlins coast this summer to help educate visitors on appropriate places to camp.

  • Forestry company praised for protecting kea nest

    DOC is praising a Nelson forestry company for temporarily halting operations around a kea nest to protect the kea.

  • Endangered dolphin sighted in Napier

    Napier had a surprise visitor on the weekend – an endangered Hector’s dolphin.

  • ‘Tis the sea lion season

    A series of New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka specialists will begin their journeys to subantarctic islands this week for the start of sea lion study season.

  • Relief as rat ruled out on Whenua Hou

    DNA analysis has ruled out a Norway rat as the culprit for a dropping found on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island last week, news welcomed by DOC.

  • DOC responds after possible rat sighting on Hauturu/Little Barrier Island

    DOC has activated a response plan following a possible rat sighting on pest-free Hauturu/Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

  • Support for community conservation goals

    Conservation groups across New Zealand will benefit from $4.2 million in new funding grants announced today by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.

  • DOC upgrading Dome Valley tracks to help prevent kauri dieback spread

    DOC is upgrading two tracks through kauri forest in Dome Forest, near Warkworth, to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback.

  • Potential rat dropping sparks response on Whenua Hou

    A full-scale response has been launched after a potential rat dropping was found on the predator free island.

  • DOC appalled at latest 1080 threats to staff

    DOC confirms it has asked New Zealand Police to investigate after receiving a second threatening letter from an anti-1080 protestor in Taranaki.

  • Fine for fishing in Wellington marine reserve

    A public tip-off has led to the conviction of a man who illegally fished in Wellington's Taputeranga Marine Reserve.

  • DOC appeals for public help after seal attacked on Back Beach

    DOC rangers are appealing for the public's help after a dog attack on a fur seal at Back Beach last weekend.

  • First fairy tern chick of 2017-18 breeding season

    One of New Zealand’s rarest birds, the New Zealand fairy tern/tara-iti, has been boosted by a chick successfully hatching at Mangawhai, North of Auckland in late November.

  • Scorching southern summer a serious fire risk

    Campers and outdoor enthusiasts are urged to be fire wise this summer as warm, dry weather persists in the south.

  • Leopard seals in Auckland

    Leopard seals are a protected species, normally found along the edge of the Antarctic pack ice. An increasing number are visiting New Zealand and there are two leopard seals being seen in Auckland waters.

  • Bones and feathers bring people together

    The traditional method of preparing albatross bones for tattooing chisels is bringing together two iwi and Department of Conservation staff in a wānanga on Matiu/Somes Island today.

  • Rare bird makes Waikanae home

    A rare shorebird has been spotted at Waikanae estuary and may be breeding for the first time.

  • Status change to three campsites

    From 1 December three DOC free camping areas in the Taupō District will change from restricted to ‘no camping’ sites. The sites are the Omori Stream car park near Kuratau, the Oruatua picnic site near Tauranga-Taupō and the Landing Reserve in the Taupō boat harbour.

  • Spot-a-skink

    DOC wants Manawatu residents to report local lizard sightings to help build an accurate picture of distribution in the region.

  • Conservation dogs search Marlborough Sounds islands

    A pest detection blitz by 12 conservation dogs and their handlers in the Marlborough Sounds last week found no predators on island sanctuaries, giving assurance the islands are safe for the endangered native species living there.

  • Yellow-eyed penguin nest numbers down

    Recent yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho nest counts on mainland New Zealand indicate a continued decline in numbers in some areas for this rare taonga species says DOC Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki.

  • Changes to access at Lake Otamangakau

    Anglers will be affected by a plan to reduce vehicle access to Lake Otamangakau near Turangi from December.

  • Bookable beds beckon for Ruahine huts

    DOC is implementing a seasonal booking system for beds at the popular Rangiwahia and Sunrise huts.

  • Operation to protect Northern Ruahine native species now complete

    An aerial pest control operation to protect at-risk native species in the Northern Ruahine Ranges has been completed.

  • Rare tūturuatu washes up in Hawke’s Bay

    One of New Zealand’s rarest animals the tūturuatu or shore plover is now even closer to extinction after one was found dead in Westshore this week.

  • First whio arrival at crèche

    Two whio have become this season's first customers at the Hardening Facility at the Tongariro National Trout Centre.

  • Kahurangi Battle for our Birds pest control completed

    DOC's Battle for our Birds aerial 1080 pest control in western Kahurangi National Park has been completed, making the area’s at-risk native wildlife safer from predators.

  • Roys Peak track to reopen this weekend

    A significant project to upgrade the Roys Peak Track vehicle facilities is almost complete, with the track open to the public again on Saturday 18 November.

  • Research shows most New Zealanders support pest control

    Initial findings from a social research project show that most New Zealanders support the need for pest control.

  • Possible mouse sighting on Tiritiri Matangi

    DOC is responding to a possible mouse sighting on pest-free Tiritiri Matangi island in the Hauraki Gulf.

  • Fires threaten people and wildlife in park

    Three people have been trespassed from the Kaweka Forest Park for illegally lighting fires which threatened not only the campsites, but people and native wildlife.

  • Stranded orca in Marlborough returned to the sea

    An orca stranded on Marfells Beach in Marlborough since yesterday has been successfully refloated this afternoon and was swimming out to sea.

  • Kaikōura’s native species and conservation areas a year on from earthquake

    DOC staff have had a busy year managing the impacts of the November 2016 earthquake on native species and conservation areas and that work continues.

  • Bad behaviour a cause for concern in Fiordland

    A formal complaint has been made against a group of jet boaters at Lake Alabaster Hut on the Hollyford Track.

  • DOC conservation dog finds mouse on truck headed for pest free island

    A DOC conservation dog has sniffed out a mouse on a truck that was being barged to pest free Motuihe island in the Hauraki Gulf.

  • Heavy snow part closes tracks

    A section of the Routeburn Track is closed 8 and 9 November due to heavy spring snow.

  • Whangaehu swing bridge closed for repairs

    The swing bridge on the Round the Mountain Track is closed for repairs from this week until March 2018.

  • DOC helps Lions celebrate 100 years

    DOC today helped a local Lions club celebrate the organisation’s international centenary.

  • Northern Paparoa Battle for our Birds pest control completed

    Pest control to protect vulnerable native species in northern Paparoa National Park has been completed.

  • DOC kicks off Short Walks and Day Hikes

    We are kicking off the promotion of a Short Walks and Day Hikes network, with an event on pest free Rangitoto Island in the Hauraki Gulf, today.

  • DOC condemns illegal release of deer and vandalism

    DOC condemns the actions of irresponsible individuals who have illegally released sika deer into North Taranaki conservation forests in alleged retaliation for DOC’s use of 1080 in the region.

  • Do not disturb – shorebirds nesting!

    As the weather finally warms up, beachgoers are being asked to be mindful of shorebirds beginning to nest on our beaches.

  • Worries over wave of one-legged weka

    Reported sightings of one-legged weka in areas of Fiordland National Park have prompted concerns about incorrect, and illegal, possum trapping.

  • Kererū killed at Park Island

    One of New Zealand’s protected wood pigeons, the kererū, was killed in Napier over the long weekend.

  • Motutapu Island reopening to public

    We are reopening Motutapu Island to the public tomorrow (Saturday 21 October), the first day of Labour Weekend.

  • Takahē population 100 breeding pairs strong

    The official yearly takahē population count is in, with 347 birds recorded throughout the country – a 13 percent increase in the last year.

  • DOC seeks information on kererū shootings

    We are seeking information about four protected kererū found shot dead at the Lake Mangamahoe Wildlife Sanctuary, near New Plymouth.

  • Traps out in Opepe backyard

    A brand new trap network aims to enhance the bush and birdlife at Opepe Historic Reserve.