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Date: 02 August 2017An awesome volunteer weekend has been completed on Mahurangi Island.
Date: 14 July 2017DOC staff and volunteers recently spent a great day out planting over 300 native trees in the Kauaeranga Valley.
Date: 23 June 2017Runner Jean Beaumont will tackle an invasive weed on Colonial Knob during National Vounteer Week.
Date: 22 June 2017This Volunteer Week our Hawke’s Bay staff would like to thank their many dedicated and hard-working volunteers.
Date: 22 June 2017One of our regular volunteers Jo Fearn helped out with a recent kiwi call survey. Read about her three night adventure on Moehau mountain.
Date: 19 June 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation Minister Maggie Barry has thanked conservation volunteers for their work.
Date: 05 June 2017Source: Office of the Minister of ConservationConservation workers and volunteers have been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Date: 29 May 2017Source: Waikato Conservation BoardThe Waikato Conservation Board is concerned about ongoing vandalism to bait stations and trap line markers in Pureora Forest Park.
Date: 25 May 2017Over the past two years staff and students at the Coromandel Outdoor Language Centre have removed over 150 pests from the beautiful Waitaia Track.
Date: 17 May 2017Conservation Volunteers and DOC want to inspire more volunteers to help our threatened species.
Date: 10 May 2017A community project in Mercury Bay, Coromandel has been recognised with an award from the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network.
Date: 04 May 2017Another successful northern New Zealand dotterel breeding season has flashed by on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Date: 24 March 2017Volunteers around Taupo gather to celebrate predator trapping.
Date: 23 March 2017Volunteer Jo Fern describes her experience looking for Argentine ants on Great Mercury Island.
Date: 06 March 2017Almost 300 km of Tasman Bay beaches are cleaner after 4.77 tonnes of rubbish were removed on Saturday.
Date: 12 December 2016Last month our Wellington rangers got a welcome helping hand from ten young international volunteers.
Date: 01 December 2016Having made the brave step to quit her job after 11 years as a physiotherapist, Sarah Wood was keen to contribute to conservation. DOC ranger Danielle Hart signed her up as a volunteer and the next week Sarah was part of a 13-person team, on her way to Great Mercury Island!
Date: 23 November 2016Volunteers whose hard work and vision have transformed DOC's Uretiti Beach Campsite have been recognised with an award.
Date: 10 October 2016Source: Michael Wilson, NZDAEade Memorial Hut in the Godley Valley, originally built in 1963, was long overdue for some TLC. Volunteers from the New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association recently got stuck in, bringing the hut up to date.
Date: 07 October 2016Source: Craig Benbow, NZDAThanks to members of the New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association, eight historically significant back country huts and bivs in Canterbury have received a welcome upgrade.
Date: 16 September 2016This Conservation Week New Zealanders are being encouraged to ‘join the team’ and pitch in with local conservation efforts. Someone who does more than pitch in is 71 year old ‘weed leader’ Ken Samson.
Date: 06 September 2016The Hahei Ratepayers Group teamed up with DOC rangers to help protect our native birdlife. Pre-monitoring has been completed and the results are in!
Date: 01 September 2016Coastal Scientist Jim Dahm, Otama residents, DOC staff and volunteers met onsite to share knowledge at Otama Dune Day.
Date: 19 August 2016A short video about hihi conservation and the central role that Tiritiri Matangi Island has played in the return of hihi to parts of their former range.
Date: 05 August 2016The Hahei Ratepayers Group have teamed up with Whitianga based DOC rangers to protect and support the native birdlife.
Date: 22 June 2016Every year DOC awards scholarships to young people for Outward Bound adventure courses. Read about the young conservationists about to embark on their adventure.
Date: 02 June 2016Genesis Energy team up with the Motuihe Restoration Trust to restore Taraire Bush on Motuihe Island located in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf.
Date: 06 October 2015Planting trees in their own backyard has turned into something much bigger for a Waikato couple.
Date: 21 July 2015Do you ever wonder what creatures live beneath the leaf litter or what micro-organisms are swimming in your stream? Well, now you can find out at the Open Lab.
Date: 17 July 2015Members of the Cambridge Tramping club recently gathered early on a Saturday morning carrying loppers, saws and spades instead of their usual walking poles.
Date: 26 June 2015Dunedin’s Silver Peaks tracks are in top shape for trampers thanks to the efforts of a small group of dedicated volunteers.
Date: 24 June 2015Partnerships Ranger Charles Barrie shares his experience working with volunteer groups, young and old.
Date: 23 June 2015Volunteering works! Just check out the difference volunteers have made to Whangarei Heads, in the north of New Zealand.
Date: 23 June 2015Hugh Willoughby's family remembers him with a story about what conditions were like for early kākāpō volunteers.
Date: 22 June 2015You'll find 'Menz Sheds' dotted all around New Zealand. Just out of Dunedin, the blokes from the Taieri shed have been doing some valuable work for the local DOC office.
Date: 28 April 2015Last month a special event was held on Matiu/Somes Island to thank all the groups of volunteers that help on the island.
Date: 28 April 2015Sarah Congdon shares her experiences as 'Mother Duck' in the whio crèche at the Tongariro National Trout Centre.
Date: 17 April 2015Finding unusual plants, or hearing a strange new bird call, has been a regular occurrence for the Nukuhou Saltmarsh Care Group but an Easter Sunday surprise was something entirely different.
Date: 11 April 2015A highlight of volunteering on Motuihe Island was finding a new tuatara burrow.
Date: 15 April 2015The much-loved Flora Hut in Kahurangi National Park is warmer and looking fresh after a spruce up by the Nelson Tramping Club.
Date: 23 March 2015Showcasing the work of Friends of Flora, while capturing some stunning imagery of Kahurangi National Park and its inhabitants.
Date: 10 March 2015Kathleen and Peter from the United Kingdom prove you’re never too old to volunteer.
Date: 28 February 2015DOC staff and volunteers from both Napier and Palmerston North have spent two days digging burrows for petrels at Matau a Maui in the Hawke's Bay.
Date: 06 January 2015The first volunteer hut rangers for 2015 arrived at the Round the Mountain huts today.
Date: 05 November 2014The Department of Conservation Coastal Otago Conservation Awards have been announced. Find out what groups and individuals have been recognised for their efforts this year.
Date: 31 October 2014Volunteers with the Motuihe Trust have been busy making nest boxes for the endangered saddleback that live on Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
Date: 03 September 2014A group of students from Tauranga Waldorf School have put their baking skills to good use in an effort to raise money for DOC’s work with Māui dolphins.
Date: 15 August 2014Last Sunday saw the 5th annual community planting day at A’ Deane’s Bush in Central Hawke’s Bay.
Date: 06 August 2014Last week 43 Opua Primary School students from years 6 – 8 went to sea on the Project Island Song floating classroom.
Date: 03 July 201480 intermediate students have been awarded a $1,000 charity cheque from DOC Taupō and Weedbusters.
Date: 23 June 2014In the North West corner of the South Island, an ambitious project to revive an old gold miners’ track is being driven by a massive contribution from volunteers.
Date: 20 June 2014Take a look at the work of the Tamahunga Trappers, on the southeastern slopes of Mt Tamahunga, overlooking Omaha in North Auckland.
Date: 19 June 2014At Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre volunteers of all ages are essential to the smooth running of this successful wildlife conservation programme.
Date: 18 June 2014Conservation volunteering is not just about getting outdoors (although this is great fun). Our amazing volunteer Jasmine Chin does her bit for hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin conservation from her own home!
Date: 17 June 2014Volunteers involved with the Ki Uta Ki Tai programme make a huge contribution to conservation on the Otago coast.
Date: 16 June 2014Volunteers on the Chatham Islands have the experience of a life-time, staying and working on isolated, entry-restricted nature reserves.
Date: 30 May 2014Recent planting days at the Athenree Wetlands have been a huge success thanks to the many volunteers who came along and planted native flaxes and plants around the developing wetland.
Date: 29 May 2014DOC volunteer Graeme Harford has recently completed his 21st year as a voluntary hut warden at Mt Aspiring Hut in the Tititea/Mt Aspiring National Park.
Date: 23 May 2014Students celebrated International Biological Diversity Day yesterday by making carrying boxes for the translocation of North Island robin/toutouwai.
Date: 05 May 2014The first ever Nina Valley Ecoblitz took place in March. With over 100 field activities and workshops, participants discovered and documented native species of Nina Valley.
Date: 27 March 201413-year-old Edward Moody, who has only ever wanted to be in Hollywood, is now thinking a marine biologist or conservationist might be his calling…
Date: 10 December 2013Matawai School recently completed a small planting in their local Motu Scenic Reserve.