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.




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.

Kawakawa looper caterpillar.
Kawakawa looper caterpillar
Image: Phil Bendle | Creative Commons

Kawakawa looper catepillar and moth

11 August 2017

Ever wondered what makes those holes in the leaves of the kawakawa shrub? 

The kawakawa looper moth is found throughout New Zealand. The caterpillar chews its way out of the egg. It feeds on young leaves of its favoured host plant, kawakawa, and other native trees and shrubs.

Kawakawa looper 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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