Our business groups are managed by Deputy Director-Generals who, with the Director-General, form our senior leadership team.

Partnerships Group

Kay Booth.
Kay Booth

Deputy Director-General: Dr Kay Booth 

The Partnerships Group is responsible for achieving conservation growth through large scale, high impact partnerships.

It works on projects across the country where there is an opportunity to create significant conservation growth.

The Partnerships Group has four Partnership Directors (located in Auckland, Hamilton, Nelson and Dunedin) along with three Wellington based Partnership Directors who specialise in business, community engagement and support. 

It includes the International unit which represents New Zealand on international conservation issues. 

Operations Group

Deputy Director-General: Michael Slater

The Operations Group is organised into eight regions across New Zealand. Map of operations regions (PNG, 49K)

Michael Slater.
Michael Slater

Each region is led by an Operations Director based in Whangarei, Hamilton, Taupo, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Nelson, Hokitika and Invercargill.

The group looks after everything we manage locally including:

  • pest control and threatened species management
  • recreation work, ie tracks, camps and reserves
  • visitor centres
  • commercial opportunities and wildlife and collection permits
  • Resource Management Act, statutory land management and management planning
  • local community engagement including community conservation,  education, events and media
  • strategic iwi relationships including Treaty settlements.

The Operations Group also includes planning, permissions and land teams, engineers, Pou Tairangahau, fire and compliance work. 

Mervyn English.
Mervyn English

Strategy and People Group

Deputy Director-General: Mervyn English

The Strategy and People Group's key functional areas are:

  • organisational development
  • customer engagement (communications and marketing)
  • human resources
  • governance/monitoring
  • strategy and support
  • Treaty negotiatons.

Biodiversity Group

Martin Kessick.
Martin Kessick

Deputy Directory-General: Martin Kessick

The Biodiversity Group builds our scientific and technical knowledge and provides technical advice and support to apply that knowledge to conservation.

The group's key functional areas are:

  • aquatic
  • terrestrial ecosystems
  • threats
  • planning and support
  • Threatened Species Ambassador.

Policy and Visitors Group

Bruce Parkes.
Bruce Parkes

Deputy Director-General: Bruce Parkes

The Policy and Visitors Group develops sound conservation policy to protect our nature, and help create a national network of science and research capability that will drive conservation knowledge and innovation.

The group's key functional areas are:

  • Government Services
  • policy
  • recreation, tourism and heritage.

Corporate Services Group

Christeen Mackenzie.
Christeen Mackenzie

Deputy Director-General: Christeen Mackenzie

The Corporate Services Group ensures we have the business systems, tools and support we need to achieve our missions and objectives.

The group’s key functional areas are:

  • business and investment
  • business assurance
  • information systems and services
  • business shared services
  • legal services
  • outcomes management
  • administration.

Kāhui Kaupapa Atawhai

Deputy Director-General: Tata Lawton

Kāhui Kaupapa Atawhai ensures we fulfil our responsibilities to Māori under the Conservation Act; manages our funding teams; and monitors the activities of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. 

Tata Lawton.
Tata Lawton

Te Tohu Huarahi (Future direction/strategic positioning): Leads the integration of Kaupapa Māori in DOC as essential to conservation management and works to position us to meet our responsibilities to Māori under the Conservation Act.

Te Putahitanga (Strategic partnerships): Coordinates our connection with whanau, hapū and iwi with the Pou Tairangahau network. Works closely with the our Policy Negotiation Unit regarding the Treaty settlement process.  

Te Kotahitanga (Strategic cultural capability): Leads projects and processes to build our cultural awareness and cultural capability to enable us to work effectively in a Māori dimension.

Whenua Muna (Non-departmental funds): This grouping comprises the Ngā Whenua Rāhui and the Mātauranga Kura Taiao Fund. Also part of this group is Pūtea Urutapu which is the Nature Heritage Fund and Biodiversity, Condition and Advice Fund as well as the Terresterial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information Systems Fund.

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