Les Moran, DOC Technical Advisor (Ecology), with kiwiPHOTO: Sabine Bernert ©
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Date: 22 November 2017The community in Greymouth and Hokitika decided to celebrate Conservation Week in true West Coast style by building DOC150 traps to target pests and protect native birds in their backyards.
Date: 20 November 2017The Te Haua Uru track near Dargaville is sporting a significant new viewing platform, as part of the ongoing fight to protect our native kauri trees.
Date: 15 November 2017Lou talks about the Waikereru Ecosanctuary, why we do Battle for our Birds, kākāpō research, hut restoration work and DOC's Memorandum of Understanding with regional councils.
Date: 08 November 2017As the partnership between Fulton Hogan and the Takahē Recovery Programme moves into its second year, Fulton Hogan staff and families have continued to get involved in takahē conservation work and champion the cause.
Date: 27 October 2017Watch a video about Miriam and Woody and learn about what it takes to be a DOC Conservation Dog team.
Date: 27 October 2017Lou welcomes the incoming Minister of Conservation and talks about Conservation Week, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the Hollyford Conservation Trust, sustainable wealth creation and the opening of the Tāmaki Makaurau Visitor Centre.
Date: 10 October 2017Read an update on what's happening with the construction of New Zealand's 10th Great Walk.
Date: 06 October 2017Kuaka (godwits) are Arctic shorebirds that fly all the way from Alaska to enjoy the New Zealand summer. The first few have begun arriving at the Manawatu Estuary - a happy sign that summer is coming!
Date: 05 October 2017Our Director-General Lou Sanson talks about Ngāi Tahu, the South Australia Government Park Co-management Forum, the Eglinton campervan park and the new Tuatara Encounter at Franz Josef.
Date: 02 October 2017Habitat Heroes donate their winnings to conservation efforts in Tairua.
Date: 27 September 2017Kiwi innovators with game-changing ideas and solutions for New Zealand's greatest environmental challenges are being encouraged to enter the WWF-New Zealand 2017 Conservation Innovation Awards.
Date: 26 September 2017The public toilets at Mimiwhangata Coastal Park near Whangarei have received a new coat of paint thanks to 11 of our ‘Volunteer Wednesday’ painters and Dulux.
Date: 22 September 2017Brent Beaven, Programme Manager for Predator Free 2050, reflects on what’s been achieved so far and what's needed to ensure the success of this ambitious goal to rid New Zealand of possums, rats and stoats.
Date: 20 September 2017Our Director-General Lou Sanson talks about the myrtle rust response, celebrating Women of Influence, Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage Area, the Alpine Fault and Predator Free 2050.
Date: 14 September 2017Local conservation hero Kim Lawry and his language students volunteer to maintain the Waitaia Track in the Coromandel.
Date: 05 September 2017A small patch of Southland is another step closer to stopping predators in their tracks thanks to a combined effort by the Omaui Landcare Charitable Trust, Environment Southland and DOC.
Date: 04 September 2017Our Director-General Lou Sanson talks about Treaty settlements, the Birds of a Feather fundraiser, the Mackenzie Basin vision, West Coast economic development, biosecurity, and our rare snails.
Date: 04 September 2017The rain held out on Sunday with a fantastic turn out for the annual community planting day at Whakaipō Bay.
Date: 04 August 2017The Whanganui office recently farewelled Myles Genbitsky and Justin Rihia who together have given an astounding 55 years of service to DOC.
Date: 04 August 2017Watch a video about the predator control work the Aorangi Restoration Trust has been doing in the Wairarapa.
Date: 02 August 2017An awesome volunteer weekend has been completed on Mahurangi Island.
Date: 02 August 2017New Zealand Post have issued a series of stamps that focus on five native birds that have been brought back from the brink of extinction.
Date: 02 August 2017Be prepared for avalanches in Nelson Lakes National Park.
Date: 31 July 2017Our Director-General Lou Sanson announces the Stephen O’Dea Development Award winner and talks about World Ranger Day, DOC’s emergency responses, and visits from Ambassadors
Date: 26 July 2017Some of our youngest conservation volunteers are now equipped to play an important role when it comes to First Aid emergencies.
Date: 26 July 2017Two of DOC Whangarei’s most valuable volunteers were recently recognised for their efforts as the longest-serving members of the local 'Volunteer Wednesday' programme.
Date: 21 July 2017Our Director-General Lou Sanson talks about: DOC and Tūhoe win IPANZ award, Fire and Emergency New Zealand agreement launched, Aucklanders kill stoats in Fiordland, Antipodean wandering albatross in crisis and Hihi Recovery Group success.
Date: 14 July 2017DOC staff and volunteers recently spent a great day out planting over 300 native trees in the Kauaeranga Valley.
Date: 05 July 2017Our Director-General Lou Sanson talks about Pest Free Auckland, Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park, our partnerships with Kiwibank and Global Wildlife, and DOC on Facebook.
Date: 22 June 2017One of our regular volunteers Jo Fearn helped out with a recent kiwi call survey. Read about her three night adventure on Moehau mountain.
Date: 22 June 2017Our Director-General Lou Sanson talks about the Loder Cup and the Green Ribbon Awards, the Fairfax Wasp Campaign, rare plants, shore plovers and Fieldays.
Date: 12 June 2017Coromandel Community Ranger Alaine Holdom talks about a new mobile app that's designed to improve data collection of trapping networks across the country.
Date: 09 June 2017Our Director-General Lou Sanson talks about the Queen’s Birthday Honours, the new Deputy Director-General Biodiversity role, his recent visit to the West Coast, Great Walks and pāteke.
Date: 25 May 2017Over the past two years staff and students at the Coromandel Outdoor Language Centre have removed over 150 pests from the beautiful Waitaia Track.
Date: 22 May 2017Fulton Hogan are celebrating the growing success of their partnership with the Takahē Recovery Programme.
Date: 10 May 2017A community project in Mercury Bay, Coromandel has been recognised with an award from the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network.
Date: 04 May 2017Another successful northern New Zealand dotterel breeding season has flashed by on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Date: 12 April 2017Specially-trained dogs have been unleashed on Auckland’s islands to guard our unique native birds against predators.
Date: 11 April 2017Read about the 2016 winners who are making a difference to the environment.
Date: 23 March 2017Volunteer Jo Fern describes her experience looking for Argentine ants on Great Mercury Island.
Date: 20 March 2017Coromandel Dunes are no longer a safe place for weeds. Last month 75 Weed Warriors were unleashed onto Otama Dune system. With cries of "this means war!" they undertook a search and destroy mission.
Date: 15 March 2017Watch a video about our whio creche (also known as the whio 'bootcamp' or hardening facility) where young whio go to grow stronger and get used to fast flowing water.
Date: 15 March 2017We work every day to ensure the survival of our special birds. Here’s a story about our work with Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary and with predator control in Tongariro National Park.
Date: 06 March 2017The weather forecast was patchy but this didn’t stop 40 hardy Whataroa School students and community members getting out into the shores of Ōkārito Estuary last Friday to learn about what lives in the mud.
Date: 03 March 2017People are surprised to learn they can’t bring sea shells or coral into New Zealand.
Date: 01 March 2017We are improving the way information about pesticide use on land administered by DOC is made available to the public.
Date: 14 February 2017Last year our Port Jackson Campground became one of 10 new Kiwi Guardian sites scattered around New Zealand.
Date: 20 January 2017The Coromandel Islands are a vital safe haven for our nature. DOC ranger Rob Chappell talks about working on the islands, the impressive Mercury Island tusked wētā and the role the islands play in a Predator Free 2050.
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