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August 2015

Recent additions to the DOC website and conservation blog

Conservation blog

A behind-the-scenes look at DOC's conservation work:

Whopper of a workload in Whanganui
There's been no shortage of work for DOC rangers in Whanganui recently. Partnerships Ranger Les Judd tells us about the floods, slips and predator work going on in and around the River City.

Takahē match-making at Burwood
Ranger Anja Koehler helps play 'match-maker' to some of the takahē living at the Burwood rearing facility near Te Anau.

D-G Direct: An update from Lou Sanson
Our Director-General has been busy. He tells us about the Kākāpō Ball; a generous donor with a deep love of nature; a 21st birthday and more.

People at DOC

The challenges, highlights, and personalities of the people who work at DOC.


Get to know some of our special native animals up close and personal – become a wildlife volunteer!

There's a range of activities available, from minding dotterel in Coromandel to searching for yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho nests on Otago Peninsula, or surveying the rare mōhua/yellowhead in the Catlins.

Meet new people and enjoy New Zealand's beautiful outdoors, all while getting stuck into some great conservation work.

Find other volunteer activities in your region.

Conservation Week 2015 

Conservation Week is coming up in November. We'll be hosting events all round the country, and running some great competitions for schools and families.

Habitat Heroes competition
A competition that encourages students to explore a local place and think about how they can make a difference. Create a class of Habitat Heroes and be in to win.

DOC's National Geocaching Challenge
The challenge kicks off in early September – sign up to get a reminder. You could become the Geocaching Challenge Champion, and win some great prizes.

Our work

Black stilt release boosts numbers in the wild
DOC is set to release nearly 100 young black stilt/kakī into the wild at sites in Canterbury's Mackenzie basin after a record chick-rearing season.

UrbanNature campaign launched in Dunedin
Interpretive panels have been unveiled along Portsmouth Drive in Dunedin, encouraging people to pay attention to the seasonal events and nature within the city.


Threatened Species Ambassador appointed
Nicola Toki has been announced as New Zealand's first Threatened Species Ambassador. Nicola will be working to build partnerships and encourage New Zealanders to become involved in conservation.

Whitebaiters reminded to follow the rules as season begins
The whitebait fishing season is now open everywhere, except for the West Coast where it opens on 1 September. View whitebaiting regulations and tips.

Successful prosecution for illegal removal of trees
Following a recent prosecution in the Wairoa District Court, DOC is warning the public not to remove trees on public conservation land.

Alaskan study tour for DOC award winner
Fiordland District Conservation Services Manager, Grant Tremain has been awarded the Stephen O'Dea Developmental Award on World Ranger Day.

One year anniversary and a giant step forward for Te Urewera
DOC and Tūhoe take a giant step forward in both relationship and on the ground operations, signing a series of staff secondments to Tūhoe-Te Uru Taumatua.

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