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.

Fiordland crested penguin.
Fiordland crested penguin/tawaki
Image: Thomas Mattern | Creative Commons

Fiordland crested penguin/tawaki

This critter is one of our rarest mainland penguins.

Its breeding range extends along coastlines south of Bruce Bay in South Westland, to Fiordland and the islands of Foveaux Strait and Stewart Island.

Learn more on Critter of the Week.

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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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