Department of Conservation

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  • Christchurch Helicopters helps rare parakeet

    A new partnership between DOC and Christchurch Helicopters to help save our rarest forest bird, the orange-fronted parakeet/kākāriki karaka, was announced at an event in Christchurch today.

  • Canterbury businesses recognised for their conservation successes

    DOC has praised Canterbury businesses for getting involved in conservation and helping to make a difference for our native wildlife and habitats.

  • Kiwi chick deaths cause concern

    A spate of kiwi chick deaths has highlighted the need to expand pest control efforts beyond the core Whakatāne Kiwi Project management area.

  • Battle for our Birds in Mt Aspiring National Park

    DOC will start its Battle for our Birds aerial pest control operation in the Matukituki Valley this week to protect vulnerable wildlife from a predator plague fueled by forest seeding.

  • Rare seals visit East Coast beaches

    There have been two unusual and rare visitors to East Coast beaches in the past week. A leopard seal at Tokomaru Bay and a female elephant seal at Wainui beach.

  • Road through Molesworth Station to open from Marlborough only

    The Acheron Road through Molesworth Station will open to the public from the Awatere Valley end in Marlborough at Labour Weekend.

  • Seal pups mauled to death by dogs

    A seal pup/kekeno has been mauled to death at Te Awanga by a dog - the second such attack in as many months.

  • Show your Nelson backyard some love this Conservation Week

    People are invited to an Our Place: Our Nature family event with fun activities in Nelson on Saturday 28 October, being held to celebrate Conservation Week.

  • DOC upgrading tracks to help prevent spread of kauri dieback

    DOC is continuing to upgrade tracks throughout kauri forests in the Hauaraki, Coromandel and Tauranga districts to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback.

  • Love your Southland backyard and make a difference this Conservation Week

    Southlanders of all ages are encouraged to take a look in their backyard this Conservation Week to see how they can help protect and nurture our unique wildlife.

  • More canine commandos enlisted for predator-free battle

    Four puppies are joining the Conservation Dogs Programme to help New Zealand become predator free by 2050.

  • Love your Rotorua backyard and make a difference this Conservation Week

    People of all ages are encouraged to take a look in their backyard this Conservation Week to see how they can help protect and nurture our amazing and unique wildlife.

  • Love your Auckland backyard and make a difference this Conservation Week

    People of all ages are encouraged to take a look in their back yard this Conservation Week to see how they can help protect and nurture our amazing and unique wildlife.

  • Dog mauls seal - appeal for information

    DOC is seeking information from the public about a vicious attack by a dog on a seal on South New Brighton beach in Christchurch today.

  • Show your Wellington backyard some love this Conservation Week

    People of all ages are encouraged to look in their backyard this Conservation Week to see how they can help protect and nurture our amazing and unique wildlife.

  • Hawke’s Bay backyards to go greener this Conservation Week

    People of all ages are encouraged to look in their backyard this Conservation Week to see how they can help protect and nurture our amazing and unique wildlife.

  • Win a whio experience with Whio Boot Camp Challenge

    DOC and Genesis are spreading the word about 'Whio Boot Camp Challenge', a computer game developed to build awareness of whio and the challenges they face in the wild.

  • Rats: a major mischief managed at Bushy Park

    The DOC Community Fund helped save Bushy Park Sanctuary near Whanganui.

  • Melodic mohua on the move

    100 mohua have been translocated from Anchor Island in Dusky Sound to the Eglinton Valley.

  • DOC takes action to improve enjoyment of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    People planning to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing this summer are urged to use a range of shuttle services.

  • No dogs no excuses on Egmont National Park

    DOC is cracking down on dog owners who bring their dogs into Egmont National Park

  • Better wellbeing in the world’s best backyard

    Kiwis are being encouraged to step out into the world’s best backyard and reap the health and wellbeing benefits this Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 October).

  • Love your Whanganui backyard and make a difference this Conservation Week

    People of all ages are encouraged to look in their backyard this Conservation Week to see how they can help protect and nurture our amazing and unique wildlife.

  • Show your Manawatu backyard some love this Conservation Week!

    People of all ages are encouraged to take a look in their backyard this Conservation Week to see how they can help protect and nurture our amazing and unique wildlife.

  • Book-a-bed option to be trialled at popular huts in Makarora Valley

    Overnight visitors to Siberia and Brewster huts will be able to secure beds in advance this summer.

  • Show your Dunedin backyard some love this Conservation Week!

    People of all ages are encouraged to look in their backyard this Conservation Week to see how they can help protect and nurture our amazing and unique wildlife.

  • Whale on ship – Tauranga Harbour

    DOC and Tauranga Moana iwi are working together to dispose of a dead 14 m whale which was carried into Tauranga Harbour on the front of a container vessel.

  • New Great Walks – have your say

    There's a high level of interest in our call to find out from iwi, communities and others where they think New Zealand’s next Great Walks should be.

  • Seals need rest not rescuing

    We are reminding the public to leave seals/kekeno alone to rest at this time of year and not be alarmed if they seem vulnerable or unwell.

  • DOC helping to prevent spread of kauri dieback

    DOC is continuing to upgrade tracks throughout our kauri forests to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.

  • Opoutere trees poisoned

    Pine trees in Opoutere Reserve on the Coromandel Peninsula are being drilled and poisoned.

  • Rāhui at Te Wai ā-moe (crater lake) Mount Ruapehu

    A rāhui (prohibition) has been placed around Te Wai ā-moe (crater lake) on Mount Ruapehu until midnight on 4 October following the tragic discovery of a 39-year-old on 30 September.

  • New outdoor adventure awaits at Smugglers Bay

    Get your tamariki into nature with a brand-new Toyota Kiwi Guardian adventure site launching at Smugglers Bay, Whangarei Heads, on Saturday 14 October.

  • Love your backyard and make a difference this Conservation Week

    Join a free predator control workshop and other events this Conservation Week to help protect and nurture the amazing and unique wildlife on the East Coast.

  • New nature adventures for Wellington kids these school holidays

    It’s now even easier to get Wellington kids into nature with four new Toyota Kiwi Guardian adventure sites launching on the first day of the school holidays, 30 September.

  • DOC calls in police after alleged vehicle tampering

    We have laid complaints with police after several incidents of alleged vehicle tampering in the past few weeks.

  • Getting into nature with Brooklands Zoo

    Outdoor adventures at New Plymouth’s Brookland Zoo are now even more rewarding for Taranaki kids, as they can now earn a medal and a certificate.

  • Web cam albatross farewells the mainland

    Tūmanako, the northern royal albatross/toroa and star of 'Royal Cam', has left Pukekura/Taiaroa Head near Dunedin, to start a new life at sea.

  • Rangers on high alert as fishing season begins

    Rangers are planning a strong presence around Rotorua lakes during this weekend’s fishing season opening, to promote responsible and considerate behaviour throughout the season.

  • Sad end for Dunedin’s leopard seal pup

    A leopard seal pup born on Dunedin’s St Kilda beach yesterday morning has been euthanised after its mother failed to bond and left for the ocean this morning.

  • First West Coast Battle for our Birds operation completed

    Our predator control operation over part of southern Paparoa National Park and adjoining conservation land to protect kiwi, whio and other native wildlife has been completed.

  • New Southern South Island Director

    DOC has appointed Aaron Fleming to the role of Operations Director for Southern South Island.

  • Bay dogs fight for our wildlife

    Four Hawke’s Bay puppies are leaving the kennel to aid DOC in its goal of being predator free.

  • Defence Force taking scientists and supplies to Kermadecs

    Scientific work in the Kermadecs, including studies on whales and the impact of the myrtle rust disease, will get a boost this week.

  • Ngāti Awa wāhine takes conservation leadership role

    Whakatane woman Jade King-Hazel’s adventures in conservation have reached new heights with her becoming DOC's operations manager in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

  • Nelson man sentenced for shooting kea

    DOC welcomes the conviction of a Nelson man for shooting at kea, killing one.

  • Sea lion shot on Catlins beach

    DOC is urging the public to come forward with information after a critically endangered sea lion/rāpoka was shot on a Catlins beach.

  • Offenders sentenced for stealing firewood from public reserves

    Multiple offenders appeared in Rotorua District Court following prosecution for stealing wood from public reserves.

  • Call to arms for a predator-free Palmy

    Manawatu residents were encouraged to join the Predator Free 2050 movement by Conservation Minister Maggie Barry.

  • New pou for Whenua Hou

    The past, present, future and journey of people on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island has been immortalised in the form of three tōtara pou.

  • Whitby wants to be predator-free

    Whitby will launch their the mission to become predator-free with discounted traps for sale on Saturday 16 September.

  • Canterbury predator-free efforts acknowledged

    Two community groups have been acknowledged for their outstanding leadership and dedication to eradicating predators.

  • New Kiwi Guardians medal for Māori Language Week

    DOC's Toyota Kiwi Guardians education programme is getting a new te reo activity in honour of Māori Language Week.

  • Predator Free 2050 Ltd on the hunt to fund bold conservation projects

    Conservation groups committed to broad scale predator eradication are encouraged to lodge an expression of interest for funding and support from Predator Free 2050 Ltd.

  • Minister encourages trap action in Hawke’s Bay

    Killing pests was the hot topic at the Predator Free 2050 event held by DOC in Napier today.

  • Short and day walks announced

    Some of New Zealand’s finest tracks are set to become part of two new track networks (short walks and day walks).

  • Frogs win at Whareorino

    Frogs are the big winners after the 1080 operation in Whareorino.

  • Fire destroys DOC base

    Conservation has taken a hit in Pureora Forest Park with the loss of the field base located on Barryville Road.

  • Beaked whale loses beak – illegal chainsaw removal

    We are appealing for information after a 5-metre Gray’s beaked whale that washed up dead on a Greymouth beach had its beak illegally chain sawed off.

  • Getting kids hooked on nature

    DOC has been working with staff and students from Russell Street School and Milson School in Palmerston North, as part of the movement to make NZ Predator Free by the year 2050.

  • Mana boaties bust Marlborough pests

    A crew from Mana Cruising Club have spent a muddy, wet weekend on a little-known island in the Marlborough Sounds, after reporting for conservation duties.

  • New enclosures for takahē increase programme’s breeding potential

    The upcoming takahē breeding season is more secure than ever thanks to two new purpose-built enclosures.

  • Where should the next Great Walks be?

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has today started the process of finding out from New Zealanders where they want DOCs next Great Walks to be.

  • Rogue rat sparks biosecurity response

    We are asking all boat owners and operators in Fiordland to be predator-aware after a rat was discovered on Resolution Island, Dusky Sound.

  • Planting with Ngā Rauru Kiitahi Iwi

    Ngā Rauru Kiitahi, Castlecliff School, and DOC have planted over 900 trees as part of the Te Kāhui o Rauru Waterways Restoration project.

  • Drivers urged to slow down for kea

    DOC is reminding drivers to keep a close watch out for kea at Arthur’s Pass after two birds were killed.

  • Appointment of positions to Guardians of lakes Manapouri, Monowai and Te Anau

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has announced appointments to the Guardians of lakes Manapouri, Monowai and Te Anau.

  • Hazard on Red Crater, Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    DOC Tongariro District advises hikers to use a guide for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing this winter.

  • Not too late to become a Habitat Hero

    There is still time for primary schools, community groups and early childhood centres to make a difference to their local environment through the Habitat Heroes competition.

  • Help keep Abel Tasman National Park islands predator-free

    DOC is calling for public help to prevent pests reaching Abel Tasman National Park islands.

  • Bad weather and broody birds postpone takahē translocation

    A historic translocation of takahē to the first new wild site outside of Fiordland has been thwarted by bad weather and early breeding.

  • Farewell Spit eco-sanctuary to be a wondrous nature experience

    DOC and HealthPost will collaborate to establish an eco-sanctuary at Farewell Spit and adjoining public conservation land in Golden Bay.

  • Manu on the move

    New Zealand robin/toutouwai and North Island tomtit/miromiro have been translocated within Hawke's Bay.

  • World's rarest wading bird released in Mackenzie Basin

    51 black stilt/kakī are being released at Mount Gerald station in the Mackenzie Basin today.

  • Road kills rowi kiwi

    A rare rowi kiwi has been found dead on a road in North Ōkārito Forest near Franz Josef. A post mortem confirmed that her death was caused by trauma consistent with being hit by a vehicle.

  • Endangered saddleback find new home in Fiordland

    South Island tīeke/saddleback have been introduced to a new intensively-managed island site in Dusky Sound, Fiordland, in a bid to allow the overall tīeke population to expand.