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Interpretation handbook & standard



The DOC Interpretation handbook and standard is a 'how to' guide developed for DOC staff, volunteers and concessionaires involved in interpretation.


Crafting interpretive media requires the elements of research, knowledge, vision, project management and experience to come together in a mix of science and art.

This handbook is designed to assist DOC staff and others translating the conservation vision into action by developing effective messages and stories about New Zealand’s natural and cultural inheritance and its preservation. It provides best practice guidance about communicating clearly, planning interpretation, and guided and self-guided techniques.

Printed copies

At present the Interpretation handbook and standard is out of print.


Whare Kaupapa Atawhai / Conservation House
Phone:   +64 4 471 0726
Fax:   +64 4 381 3057
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Wellington 6011
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
Wellington 6143