Giant wētā on Pig Island
PHOTO: Sabine Bernert © 


Nicola Toki is DOC's Threatened Species Ambassador. Her role is to raise awareness and inspire action for our threatened native plants and animals.


Telling the stories of New Zealand's native wildlife is Nicola's passion. She loves getting people as excited about giant wētā as they are about kiwi or kākāpō.

Get to know Nicola and see she what she's been up to lately. Find out why some of our species are at risk and learn about the not-so-cuddly critters that need our attention with Critter of the Week.

Nicola is speaking at the 'Crazy and ambitious - This is not your usual national science conference' at Te Papa in Wellington 8-10 May 2017. 

Find out more and register for the conference.




Critter of the Week

Every Friday Nicola chats to Jesse Mulligan from Radio New Zealand about the not-so-cuddly critters that need our attention.

Spirit liverwort (Frullania Wairua).
Spirit liverwort
Image: Jeremy Rolfe | DOC

Spirit liverwort (Frullania Wairua)

Spirit liverwort is only known from the canopy twigs of rata moehau, itself a seriously threatened species. 

It's so small you’d be excused for missing it. The tiny plants grow meshed within the white, flakey bark of rata moehau.

At first glance look like tiny reddish cotton-threads, but looking under a microscope soon reveals the hidden beauty of the species. 

Learn more on Critter of the Week.

Earlier Critter of the Week chats

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The Threatened Species Ambassador is supported by Air New Zealand, as part of their partnership with DOC.


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