Department of Conservation

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  • 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.

  • DOC disappointed by senseless shooting of protected falcon

    A DOC Hawke’s Bay ranger was called out to pick up a shot karearea/New Zealand falcon from a farm in Maraekakaho.

  • Budget backs nature

    New Zealand’s distinctive native plants, wildlife and natural landscapes will benefit from a funding boost for DOC, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

  • Tongariro National Park Management Plan partial review approved

    The New Zealand Conservation Authority has approved amendments to the Tongariro National Park Management Plan to allow for mountain biking.

  • Taupo Fishery Photo Competition winners

    Four lucky photographers have won a Taupo Region Fishing Licence of their choice in a DOC competition which closed on Friday 11 May.

  • DOC goes to great heights for seed collection

    Whangārei DOC staff are dangling from cliff edges and climbing trees to safeguard the threatened rātā vine species, carmine rātā, from myrtle rust.

  • Okura Bush Walkway temporarily closed

    DOC is temporarily closing the walkway through Okura Bush Scenic Reserve, on Auckland’s North Shore.

  • Protecting our mounga enables toutouwai to return

    One of the world’s most intensive rat and small rodent trapping networks is providing a safe haven for wildlife on Mt Taranaki, resulting in the release of more toutouwai / North Island robin back to mountain.

  • Earthmoving contractor working on Motutapu

    An earthmoving contractor will be working on Motutapu Island for the next four weeks repairing slip damage caused by Cyclone Debbie, just over a year ago.

  • Pāteke population in Abel Tasman about to soar

    The Abel Tasman National Park has been given the tick of approval as a home for pāteke, with the population of rare native ducks about to increase dramatically.

  • Argentine ants threaten Kāpiti Island

    DOC is responding to the discovery of Argentine ants at the mainland visitor departure point for the Kapiti Island Nature Reserve.

  • Historic Arrowtown and Kawarau bridge’s new Landmarks status

    Join the celebrations on 24 April for historic Arrowtown and the famous bungy bridge’s new Landmarks status.

  • Kiwi Forever conservation and cultural programme

    ‘Kiwi Forever’ an enduring legacy conservation and cultural programme was held recently in the Tongariro district.

  • Kidnapped snail shipped home

    An endangered giant land snail mistakenly kidnapped by trampers from Kahurangi National Park is being returned home by DOC.

  • Fish friendly guidelines landed

    Freshwater fish will have a better chance of survival under guidelines launched by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.

  • Wild horses re-homed

    170 Kaimanawa wild horses have been successfully re-homed following the weekend’s muster from the Waiouru Military Training Area.

  • 99 new kōrure welcomed to Poutiri Ao ō Tāne whanau

    The local collaborative ecological restoration project Poutiri Ao ō Tāne welcomed almost 100 new members to its whānau.

  • Whitebaiter nets fine for regulations breach

    DOC has prosecuted a Porangahau man for two breaches of the Whitebait Fishing Regulations.

  • Do you know the difference between males and females?

    Kiwi 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.

  • Fines for fishing in Canterbury marine reserve

    DOC 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.

  • First new NZ sea lion breeding colony in more than 150 years

    For 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.

  • Support for Taranaki Crossing experience

    An 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.

  • New approach to manage myrtle rust

    The 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.

  • Unable to save Okuru pilot whales

    A 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.

  • Investigation into dead shellfish at marine reserve

    The 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.

  • Rollout of innovative Kauri dieback cleaning stations

    The 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.

  • Illegal fishing offenders plead guilty

    Two Havelock North men have pleaded guilty to fishing in the Te Angiangi marine reserve. They have each paid $750 in restitution.

  • It takes a community to raise a whio

    Today marks the start of Whio Awareness Month, where we celebrate all the hard work that goes into making a brighter future for whio.

  • Mt Karioi tracks closed following myrtle rust find

    DOC 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.

  • DOC responding to possible stoat sighting on Motuihe Island

    DOC is responding to a possible sighting of a stoat on pest-free Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf.