The programme manages New Zealand dotterel on the Coromandel Peninsula. It is a partnership between DOC, Newmont Waihi Gold and local volunteers.

This intensive management programme (including predator control, banding chicks and monitoring breeding attempts) of New Zealand dotterel was started at Opoutere on the Coromandel Peninsula in 1986.

It is run in partnership with Newmont Waihi Gold (NWG). The work is carried out by DOC, NWG, and local volunteers known as minders.

During the New Zealand dotterel breeding season (September–March), a seasonal full time ranger is employed by DOC (funded by NWG), to provide technical, logistical and operational support to the minder network.

What do minders do?

Minders play a key role in nesting and breeding success. They are the rangers' eyes and ears on the beaches, and provide excellent volunteer support maintaining fences and making regular trips to the nesting sites.

Their role can include:

  • predator trapping
  • monitoring nest sites
  • reporting to the dotterel ranger
  • and often are an advocate for the birds in smaller coastal settlements

Minders are supported by the dotterel ranger and overall New Zealand Dotterel Watch Programme management.

Where do they do it?

Minders usually look after New Zealand dotterel in their own back yards. Covering their local beaches, sandspits and dune systems.

How can I get involved?

DOC staff, NWG staff, minders, and members of the surrounding community are all involved in the programme.

The New Zealand Dotterel Watch Programme requires people who have abundant enthusiasm, are available a couple of hours a day between August and March and live in coastal communities close to prime breeding habitat.


Hayden Smith, Ranger - Biodiversity Marine
Phone: +64 7 869 5261
Mobile: 027 285 6519 

Hauraki Office
Phone:   +64 7 867 9180
Address:   Corner of Pahau and Kirkwood Streets
Thames 3500
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