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23 January

Fire risk triggers partial closure of Matiu/Somes Island

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.

21 January

Volunteer on Te Paateka/Maud Island

A great opportunity to live and work with DOC rangers on Maud Island. The island is a Scientific Reserve with native frogs, giant weta and skinks. Volunteers can enjoy the advantages of island life, including snorkelling and working with boats.

20 January

New guidelines being developed in response to Ombudsman’s Routeburn opinion

The Department of Conservation is developing new guidelines for handling applications for commercial concessions in national parks, in response to an opinion released in December 2014 by the Ombudsman.

20 January

Whitebaiters prosecuted for breaches of the regulations

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.

16 January

Output Plan for the year 1 July 2013 - 30 June 2014

Read the Output Plan between the Minister of Conservation and Director-General of Conservation for the year 1 July 2013 - 30 June 2014.

15 January

Behind the Scenes: Conservation in Fiordland Summer 2014

Read issue 12, Summer 2014 edition of Behind the Scenes. It includes articles about exploring Highway 94, restoring Resolution Island, takahē in the Murchison Mountains, history in the making in Hollyford valley, black-fronted tern population research, out and about in the sounds, and more.

15 January

Tides reveal ancient treasure

An old anchor briefly discovered on Moutohora Whale Island may have been part of historic sulphur mining activities.

15 January

War on wilding conifers in the Mackenzie

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

13 January

DOC staff under fire from dry weather

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.

13 January

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

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.

13 January

New partnership to support Queen Charlotte Track

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced a new Yealands Family Wines partnership with the Department of Conservation.

13 January

Intention to grant a lease concession to Great Barrier Island Community Health Trust

Submissions close: Wednesday 18 March 2015
The Minister of Conservation gives notice of his intention to grant a 30 year concession under section 17Q of the Conservation Act 1987 to The Great Barrier Island Community Health Trust.

12 January

Event registration for World Wetlands Day 2015

Register your event to be listed for World Wetlands Day 2015.

12 January

Balancing green time with screen time

Motivate your kids to get outside. Here's an easy and fun way to keep track of how much time your kids are spending outdoors versus indoors, watching TV or on the computer.

12 January

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