2015 media releases



Whales re-buried at Ohope

Date:  30 January 2015
Recent high tides and heavy seas resulted in Department of Conservation staff having to re-bury a number of whales on Ohope Beach yesterday (subs - Thursday).

Youth wetland photos could win world travel

Date:  30 January 2015
Young people from 15 to 24 are in with a chance to win international travel by entering the World Wetlands Day youth photo competition.

Wellington green gecko breeding on Matiu Somes

Date:  30 January 2015
A photo of a young green gecko has helped confirm that a breeding population has established on Maitu Somes Island.

Pike families’ proposals for Great Walk and Park extension welcomed

Date:  29 January 2015
Source:  Office of the Minister of Conservation
Proposals by the Pike River Families Group Committee for the Pike River mine site and the surrounding area to be added to the Paparoa National Park and for the establishment of a new Great Walk between the mine site and Punakaiki have been welcomed by the Government, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith said today.

Mouse blitz on Antipodes Island rescheduled

Date:  29 January 2015
The project had been in planning with winter 2015 as a target date but has been delayed for a year until winter 2016. The eradication must take place in the winter when mice numbers are at their lowest and food resources are scarce.

Thermal imaging camera provides invaluable data on day four of the Flock Hill fire

Date:  29 January 2015
Once again temperatures increased this afternoon as fire crews continued to work to ‘black out’ around the edge of the fire area at Flock Hill and control flare ups in hot conditions today.

Molesworth Road to close early due to fire danger

Date:  28 January 2015
Due to extreme fire danger, the Acheron Road through Molesworth Station will be closed to vehicles from 7pm Wednesday 4 February.

Flock Hill fire update

Date:  28 January 2015
Update: Favourable weather conditions aided fire crews to halt the spread of the large wild fire today at Flock Hill near Craigieburn Forest Park in Canterbury.

DOC to develop new guidelines

Date:  21 January 2015
The Department of Conservation says it is taking steps to ensure a more consistent approach to its handling of applications for commercial concessions in national parks in response to an opinion released last month by the Ombudsman.

Fire risk triggers partial closure of Matiu/Somes Island

Date:  20 January 2015
Heightened fire risk resulting from a dry, hot start to summer has triggered the restriction of public access to Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington harbour as of 31 January 2015.

Whitebaiters prosecuted for breaches of the regulations

Date:  20 January 2015
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is pleased with the prosecution of two whitebaiters in the Wairoa District Court on January 12 2015 for breaches of the Whitebait Fishing Regulations.

Tides reveal ancient treasure

Date:  15 January 2015
An old anchor briefly discovered on Moutohora Whale Island may have been part of historic sulphur mining activities.

War on wilding conifers in the Mackenzie

Date:  15 January 2015
As part of its war on wilding conifers in the Mackenzie Basin, the Department of Conservation is undertaking extensive pine and larch.

DOC staff under fire from dry weather

Date:  13 January 2015
Spreading the network of pest control traps and bait-stations has taken a backseat for conservation rangers who have been diverted to fight far more imminent threats.

Set netting care urged after Hector’s dolphin deaths in Tasman Bay

Date:  13 January 2015
The Department of Conservation is urging fishers to take care using set nets in Tasman and Golden bays after two endangered Hector’s dolphins were found dead in Tasman Bay in recent days, one in a set net.

New partnership to support Queen Charlotte Track

Date:  13 January 2015
Source:  Office of the Minister of Conservation
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced a new Yealands Family Wines partnership with the Department of Conservation.