Sirocco the kākāpō
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Science Advisor Kath Walker has been studying Powelliphanta snails for nearly four decades and has recently submitted her PhD on this ancient lineage of snail – an awesome achievement to someone so dedicated to these quirky creatures, which are special to some of our most rugged and wild landscapes.
Kiwi populations around the country are declining at an average of 2% a year – a serious situation. It’s mostly due to predation upon kiwi chicks by stoats, cats, dogs and ferrets. The goal for Save Our Iconic Kiwi is to turn this decline around, so that every type of kiwi is increasing in number.
DOC is working on an indigenous freshwater fish amendment bill to halt the decline of our indigenous freshwater fish species.
We want everyone’s opinion on whitebait. We’re collecting views from all over the country from now until 7 January 2019.
It's the only method that can be deployed rapidly to manage a pest boom over vast or rugged terrain. It’s cost effective and presents very little risk to the environment.More
Daphne Hut, a 12 bunk hut on the eastern side of the Ruahine Forest Park, has received a much needed ‘do-up’, thanks to the New Zealand Defence Force.
10 tracks in Tauranga will be temporarily closed while they are upgraded to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. One track will also be temporarily closed in Waikato.
Predator-free Blumine Island/Oruawairua in Queen Charlotte Sound has had extra protection from predators thanks to the assistance of Outward Bound students.
New Zealand and Chile will help protect vulnerable seabirds, including the critically endangered Antipodean albatross.More