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23 December

DOC trialling new version of self-set traps

An advanced version of a self-setting stoat trap is being trialled to control rats during a plague event as part of the Department of Conservation's predator control programme.

22 December

New Zealand Ramsar Symposium 2015: our global wetlands

The DOC Arawai Kākāriki Wetland Restoration Programme and the National Wetland Trust are hosting a Ramsar Symposium in Hamilton from 17-19 March 2015.

22 December

Enjoy and look after the dolphins this summer

Seeing dolphins out on the water is one of the highlights of the Bay of Islands, but scientific studies show a decline in the bottlenose dolphins population with many calves not surviving their first year of life. It is important that everybody out and about in a boat helps look after them.

19 December

Say no to freshwater pests in Fiordland

DOC would like to remind park users of the importance of making sure they ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ when entering Fiordland National Park this summer to help prevent the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

19 December

Te Urewera hunting permits available

Hunters are now able to apply for new permits to hunt in Te Urewera.

19 December

Free mapping tools for community groups

19 December 2014
Geospatial Information National Lead Duane Wilkins describes his team’s recent mapping work with a community group – and provides tips on some free geospatial mapping tools.

19 December

Song and dance for our environment

19 December 2014
Ohope Beach School children opened the release of a special CD, 'Bird Song' with a beautifully choreographed dance and song. Heart strings were pulled and parents beamed as the choir gave presentations and spoke of the importance the environment around the school.

19 December

Marine Protected Areas: Tier 1 statistic 2014

Read the 2014 report on the statistics relating to marine protected areas (MPAs) inshore of the outer (12 nautical mile) limit of New Zealand’s Territorial Sea.

19 December

Te Matau a Maui Environmental Restoration

A major partnership of local and national agencies will see more than $6 million invested in conservation in Hawke’s Bay over the next 5 years.

18 December

Rope to help eels enter Lake Tūtira

It may look like a load of old rope, but it’s hoped that a length of mussel spat rope will be the key to repopulating Lake Tūtira with eels.

18 December

Bad behavior earns hunter ban

Five hunters have been trespassed from the Kaweka Forest Park. This follows concerns raised by trampers, about their behavior at Te Puia Lodge in the Kaweka Forest Park over Labour weekend 2014.

18 December

Whio at the trout centre

Take the oppurtunity to see the unique and endangered whio close up in their new 'boot camp'.

17 December

Whirinaki Conservation Management Plan consultation

The Department of Conservation has begun work on developing the Whirinaki Conservation Management Plan. Find out more about the process and how you can get involved.

17 December

Waihi Beach whale stranding ends in death

A three-metre pygmy sperm whale that stranded repeatedly at Waihi Beach on Monday afternoon was euthanised by Department of Conservation staff to minimise its suffering.

17 December

Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve Walks

Just a short drive from Taupo on SH5 witness the resilience of nature and the impact of human endeavour.

16 December

Non-migratory galaxiids

There are 23 species of non-migratory galaxiids recognised in New Zealand. Learn about these fascinating and rare creatures, and find out how you can help save them in your neighbourhood.

16 December

Minister welcomes predator control venture

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed an innovative partnership to dramatically transform the way invasive predators are managed on mainland New Zealand.

16 December

Hector’s dolphins spotted in Palliser Bay

16 December 2014
Sarah Barton has been a regular visitor to Whangaimanui Beach in Palliser Bay for over 19 years. However a recent morning stroll down the beach turned out to be particularly special and memorable occasion.

16 December

Kaiwhakauka Track closure

DOC is advising cyclists that the Kaiwhakauka Track, a side track of the Mountains to Sea cycle track, is temporarily closed after a bridge collapse on Friday.

16 December

Subantarctic Scribe Summer 2014

Find out about the fantastic work being done on the subantarctics, New Zealand’s outstanding national nature reserves and World Heritage sites.

 

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