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

Deputy Director-Generals report to Director-General, Penny Nelson

Policy and Visitors Group

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:

  • heritage and visitors
  • policy
  • pricing and economics

Partnerships Group

Acting Deputy Director-General: Bruce Parkes

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.

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

Operations Group

Acting Deputy Director-General: Henry Weston

Each region is led by an Operations Director based in Whangārei, 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. 

Public Affairs Group

Deputy Director-General: Sia Aston

This group incorporates DOC’s communications and government services functions.

These critical functions help shape the external face of DOC, enhance and protect our reputation, and build trust with stakeholders and New Zealanders.

Biodiversity Group

Deputy Director-General: Marie Long

The Biodiversity Group builds our scientific and technical knowledge and applies it to conservation. It works to inspire people to connect with and care for New Zealand's natural environment.

The group's key functional areas are:

  • aquatic
  • terrestrial ecosystems
  • threats
  • planning and support

People Group

Deputy Director-General: Ginny Baddeley

The People Group's key functional areas are:

  • organisational development
  • human resources
  • health and safety. 

Corporate Services Group

Acting Deputy Director-General: Steve Taylor

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: Michelle Hippolite

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.

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 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 Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information Systems Fund.

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