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  • Predator free starts in your own backyard this Conservation Week

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is encouraging New Zealanders to get out and enjoy their own backyards and make a difference locally during Conservation Week which starts today. “Take a look around you and see how you can help protect and nurture our unique wildlife.  Perhaps install a rat, stoat or possum trap or join volunteers who’re already working with DOC and community groups on the War on Weeds or to achieve the goal of Predator Free NZ by 2050,” Ms Barry says. ...

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  • Canterbury predator-free efforts acknowledged

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry and Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner have presented traps to two community groups at a Predator Free 2050 event in Christchurch today. The Little River Trap Library and Lyttelton Primary School were given more than 50 traps and bait worth about $8000 for their work to control rats, possums and stoats on Banks Peninsula and in Lyttelton, funded through the DOC Predator Free Rangers Enabling Fund of $300,000. ...

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  • Great Short and Great Day Walks announced

    Paula Bennett | Conservation

    Some of New Zealand’s finest tracks are set to become part of a new network of Great Short and Great Day walks, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry have announced. “We’re bringing new facilities and a new, higher profile to some of the best walking experiences New Zealand has to offer as part of Budget 2017’s $76m investment in DOC’s infrastructure,” Mrs Bennett says. ...

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  • Land corridor connects Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks

    Nicky Wagner | Conservation

    Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks are now connected by a 169-hectare block of land purchased by the Nature Heritage Fund, Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner announced today. The land, purchased for $275,000, has high ecological value and will be added to Abel Tasman National Park. ...

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  • Where should the next Great Walks be?

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has today started the process of finding out from New Zealanders where they want DOCs next Great Walks to be. “DOC is adding two new Great Walks to its existing 9 multi-day hikes to cater to the increasing number of visitors who want to connect with nature and walk through our stunning natural landscapes,” Ms Barry says. ...

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  • QEII Trust members reappointed

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced the re-appointment of two members of the Queen Elizabeth ll National Trust. “I’m delighted Chairperson James Guild (MNZA) and Director Bruce Wills have agreed to stay on the board and continue the excellent work underway as the Trust celebrates its 40th anniversary,” Ms Barry says. “Both men will serve another 3-year term and use their considerable skills and experience to ensure the Trust continues to win support from landowners willing to covenant their land for future generations. ...

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  • Eco-sanctuary to be created on Farewell Spit

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced an eco-sanctuary will be created on Farewell Spit in a partnership between DOC and natural health and wellness retailer HealthPost. Ms Barry says Collingwood-based HealthPost aims to raise $100,000 a year to fund ecosystem restoration and native species protection on Farewell Spit and adjoining public conservation land. ...

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  • World's rarest wading bird released in Mackenzie Basin

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    51 black stilt, the world’s rarest wading bird, are being released at Mount Gerald station in the Mackenzie basin today. Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the birds will add to the 60 released into the Tasman valley earlier this month, significantly boosting the wild population.  ...

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  • North Head/Maungauika to be predator free

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says Maungauika/North Head on Auckland’s North Shore Devonport Peninsula is to become predator free, a first step towards a predator free Auckland. Making the announcement today at the historic DOC managed reserve, Ms Barry says the initial target is rats. ...

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  • Appointments to National Pacific Radio Trust

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister, Maggie Barry and Pacific Peoples Minister Alfred Ngaro have today announced several appointments to the Board of the National Pacific Radio Trust. From 1 August the Board will have a new Chair and Treasurer, and two new Board members. “The National Pacific Radio Trust is responsible for maintaining the national Pacific Radio Network which exists to empower, encourage and nurture Pacific cultural identity and economic prosperity in New Zealand and to celebrate the Pacific spirit,” Ms Barry says. ...

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  • Battle for our Birds 2017 underway

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says this year’s Battle for our Birds pest control operations are now underway to protect our most vulnerable native wildlife from the scourge of rats and stoats fuelled by widespread forest seeding. “Work at 34 sites covering more than 800,000 hectares of high value conservation land has begun and DOC field staff are monitoring another seven sites to see if rodents are at damaging levels,” Ms Barry says. ...

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  • Minister pays tribute to DOC rangers

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has paid tribute to the work of Department of Conservation rangers as part of events to mark World Ranger Day today. “DOC has more than a thousand rangers working across the country from the sub-tropical Raoul Island to the subantarctic islands.  They’re out there year round, in all conditions, working hard to safeguard our unique wildlife and special places on behalf of all New Zealanders,” Ms Barry says. ...

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  • Predator-free momentum grows in Porirua

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated the sixth Porirua suburb to join the predator free movement, boosting the number of city residents actively trapping rats to more than 500. “Today Titahi Bay joins the fold and adds its efforts to the hundreds of Porirua residents who’ve already joined the Predator Free 2050 cause and been converted to rat killers over the past year,” Ms Barry says. ...

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  • New environment strategy to engage and inspire

    Nicky Wagner | Conservation

    Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today launched a new strategy and action plan to better equip New Zealanders, especially children and young people, with the knowledge, skills and motivation to tackle environmental issues. Mātauranga Whakauka Taio – Environment Education for Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan sets out how government agencies will work together over the next 10 years to better support the delivery of environmental education. ...

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  • New Zealand congratulated on Predator Free campaign

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the Predator Free 2050 project is making good progress on the first anniversary of its announcement at Zealandia in Wellington. “Today marks one year since the Government committed to our ambitious, world-leading plan to eradicate possums, rats and stoats from New Zealand by 2050,” Ms Barry says. The Minister returned to Zealandia today to show British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson what New Zealand used to look and sound like before the arrival of introduced vermin. ...

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  • New appointments for Nature Heritage Fund Committee

    Nicky Wagner | Conservation

    Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today announced three appointments and two reappointments to the Nature Heritage Fund Committee. Jan Riddell (Winton) and Dr Gerry McSweeney (South Westland) have been reappointed to the Committee for two years. “As a Committee member since 2001, Ms Riddell brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to table, so it’s my pleasure to announce she has also been appointed Chairperson,” Ms Wagner says. ...

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  • DOC plans for Auckland Islands predator eradication

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    The Department of Conservation is progressing plans to eradicate introduced predators on the Auckland Islands in the Subantarctic, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says. A specialist team has been established to develop a feasibility study for the total eradication of pigs, cats and mice from 50,000 hectare Auckland Island, the largest in the Subantarctic, which lies 465km south of Bluff. ...

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  • Contaminated West Coast mines remediated

    Nick Smith | Conservation

    The top two most contaminated sites in New Zealand have been successfully remediated, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said today. “The Prohibition and Alexander mines on the West Coast topped a list of the most contaminated sites in New Zealand,” Dr Smith says. “They have been cleaned up during the past 18 months in projects jointly funded by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Ministry for the Environment’s Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund. The two projects cost $3.6 million to complete. ...

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  • Wilding conifer work plan announced

    Nathan Guy | Conservation

    Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry have announced the Government will control the spread of wilding conifers over an additional five priority areas this year in Canterbury, Otago and Southland. The five new areas, covering 371,000 hectares of affected land, add to the 1 million-plus hectares of successful control delivered last year across 14 priority areas. ...

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  • “Know your business”, Dunne tells deerstalkers

    Peter Dunne | Conservation

    This year’s Conference theme is “Growing the Business”, with a focus on how the Deerstalkers Association can grow and therefore have more influence on decisions affecting the wider hunting community. Mr Dunne told delegates he welcomed and encouraged this focus. ”Deerstalkers are a significant part of the hunting community, and therefore should play a major part in issues like hunter safety and education, and firearms licensing and control. ...

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  • West Coast to diversify its visitor experience

    Paula Bennett | Conservation

    The Government is contributing up to $3.2 million to help grow the West Coast visitor economy, Tourism Minister Paula Bennett, Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry announced today. “Growing the West Coast visitor economy is a priority of the action plan. The region has significant potential to increase the appeal of its natural and heritage assets, adventure-based attractions, and cycling and walking trails,” says Mrs Bennett. ...

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  • Predator Free 2050 arsenal to expand

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Predator Free 2050’s arsenal is set to expand with funding for three projects to control stoats and rats. “The funding gives that extra push to promising projects already in the pipeline to help make them safer, more cost effective or to enlarge their scale,” Ms Barry says. “We know new tools and technology are needed to win the war against invasive predators, so we’ve funded the newly-formed company Predator Free 2050 Ltd to support breakthrough scientific research.” ...

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  • Government to consider Ruahine land swap decision

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    The Government will consider the implications of today’s Supreme Court decision on conservation land swaps, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says. “The 84-page decision deals with a number of very complex issues with far reaching implications which will take some time to work through,” Minister Barry says. “The appeal to the Supreme Court was not about whether the Ruataniwha Dam should go ahead – it was about obtaining clarity after differing  and split decisions from the High Court and the Court of Appeal.” ...

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  • New plan to protect sea lions

    Nathan Guy | Conservation

    A new Threat Management Plan released today will help protect endangered New Zealand sea lions, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say. The New Zealand sea lion/rāpoka Threat Management Plan sets out a five-year programme of engagement, targeted research, direct mitigation, and regular monitoring at all known breeding sites. ...

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  • Historic Wellington buildings transfer

    Maggie Barry | Arts, Culture and Heritage

    Two historic Wellington buildings are being transferred from DOC into the care of Heritage New Zealand from tomorrow. Conservation and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says Turnbull House and the Old Government Buildings are among 7 sites to be transferred in June or July. “While these two Wellington buildings currently sit within the DOC portfolio it makes sense for them to be vested with Heritage New Zealand which has long-standing experience in looking after urban buildings of historic interest to New Zealanders,” Ms Barry says. ...

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  • War on Weeds gets half million regional boost

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says almost $500,000 extra will be spent on regional projects that target the country’s worst weeds. ...

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  • Predator-free Eastbourne supported

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    The Government has granted a Wellington community group nearly $35,000 to help it deal with predators, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry and Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. The grant, provided through the Community Environment Fund, is for the Mainland Island Restoration Operation (MIRO) to run an Educating Residents About Trapping project. ...

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  • New black stilt aviary in the Mackenzie Basin

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says a new breeding aviary for the world’s rarest wading bird, the black stilt, is about to be built in the Mackenzie Basin near Twizel. “DOC’s captive breeding programme is a key component in the bird’s recovery and the department had been working intensively hatching and rearing chicks in aviaries before releasing them in to the wild.  A snow storm two years ago destroyed one aviary and seriously damaged another,” Ms Barry says. ...

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  • Volunteers thanked for conservation work

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has thanked the thousands of volunteers who’re part of the Predator Free 2050 movement and help DOC protect our threatened species. “New Zealanders are among the most generous people in the world when it comes to volunteering and lending a helping hand. More conservation work is being done now than at any time in our history and volunteers are a significant part of conservation success stories,” Ms Barry says. ...

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  • Key appointments for Predator Free 2050

    Maggie Barry | Conservation

    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed two crucial appointments on the road to Predator Free 2050 and the implementation of the New Zealand Threatened Species Strategy. “Experienced entrepreneur Ed Chignell is Predator Free 2050 Ltd’s new CEO. He has a proven track record as a whole-hearted leader with strong commercial and strategic nous, and the board is confident he has the commitment and the ability to develop the powerful strategic partnerships needed to make Predator Free 2050 a reality,” Ms Barry says. ...

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