The story behind DOC’s logo, the shield emblem worn proudly by rangers all over New Zealand, is based on the Māori story of creation.
The blue of the DOC logo represents Ranginui, the Sky Father.
The green represents Papatūānuku, the Earth Mother.
The white koru shape represents an unfurling fern frond, symbolising new life, growth, strength and our continuing journey.
The koru also represents Tane, the god of the forest.
The shield shape wraps around these elements, providing protection and care – symbolising DOC’s role as guardians of New Zealand’s nature and conservation areas.
The logo is also symbolic of DOC’s work with others, representing DOC coming together with communities, partners and others to protect our nature.