Get information on our purpose and outcomes - including our intermediate outcomes and stretch goals.


Papatūānuku Thrives.


Our work is guided by Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, which outlines out purpose, roles, behaviours, principles and outcomes. You can see more detail about this below.

Our outcomes are:

  • Te ora o Papatūānuku | Healthy nature
  • Te hunga Atawhai | People who care
  • Te ora o te Hapori | Thriving communities


Intermediate outcomes – 25-year targets

We measure our progress towards our long-term goals by using a logic model and intermediate outcomes. The intermediate outcomes around which our conservation work is organised, are: 

  1. The diversity of our natural heritage is maintained and restored .
  2. Our history is brought to life and protected.
  3. Whānau, hapū and iwi are able to practise their responsibilities as kaitiaki of natural and cultural resources on public conservation lands and waters.
  4. New Zealand’s unique environment and heritage is a foundation for our economic, social and cultural success.
  5. New Zealanders and international visitors are enriched by their connection to New Zealand’s nature and heritage.
  6. New Zealanders and international visitors contribute to conservation.

Stretch goals – 10-year targets

To focus our effort and move towards our vision, DOC has developed a set of ten stretch goals. Stretch goals are challenging goals that ultimately require us to work with our Treaty partner and others to achieve them. They include clear targets to enable us to achieve our intermediate outcomes.

  • 50% of New Zealand’s natural ecosystems are benefiting from pest management.
  • 90% of our threatened species across New Zealand’s ecosystems are managed to enhance their populations.
  • 50 freshwater ecosystems are restored from the mountains to the sea.
  • A nationwide network of marine protected areas is in place, representing New Zealand’s marine ecosystems.
  • The stories of 50 historic Icon Sites are told and protected.
  • Whānau, hapū and iwi are able to practise their responsibilities as kaitiaki of natural and cultural resources on public conservation lands and waters.
  • 90% of New Zealanders think the impacts of visitors on public conservation lands and waters are very well managed.
  • 90% of New Zealanders’ lives are enriched through connection to our nature and heritage.
  • 90% of visitors rate their experiences on public conservation lands and waters as exceptional.


  • 50% of international holiday visitors come to New Zealand to connect with our natural places.

This stretch goal is considered to be achieved, because we know that the majority of international visitors say they come to New Zealand because of the natural attractions.

Our roles

  1. Care for the land, the waters, our native species and our heritage
  2. Tell the stories of our nature and our history
  3. Partner with whānau, hapū and iwi, and collaborate with others
  4. Advocate for nature, and be a regulator
  5. Foster recreation in nature

Our principles

Within our operating model, our decision-making principles are:

  • elevating principles of the Treaty and fulfilling our Treaty Partner Relationships
  • holding well-being and safety at our heart
  • working together with others
  • leaving the world a better place

Our behaviours

  • Whakatīnanatia | We deliver
  • Atawhaitia a Papatūānuku | We love nature
  • Whakawhānaungatanga | We build relationships
  • Whakaauaha | We innovate

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