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.

Mole cricket.
New Zealand mole cricket
Image: George Gibbs | DOC

New Zealand mole cricket

Mole crickets are found around the world, but ours is unusual in having no wings. Robustly built with strong jaws for chewing and powerful front legs, mole crickets use their front legs to dig underground tunnels. Unlike crickets, their rear legs are not enlarged as they burrow not jump.

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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