2010 media releases
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Christmas comes early for kākāpō
22 December 2010
Christmas has come early for kākāpō this year as the Animal Health Board (AHB) has funded the purchase of a generator to be used during the breeding season on Anchor Island.
Southland Conservation Board appointments 2010 announcement
23 December 2010
Minister of Conservation Hon Kate Wilkinson today announced the appointments to the Southland Conservation Board.
Have yourself a merry kākāpō Christmas…
13 December 2010
If you are looking for the Christmas gift that keeps on giving, head along to a Paperplus store to buy a copy of Kākāpō, Rescued from the brink of extinction.
Minister joins expedition to Subantarctic Islands
06 December 2010
Source: Office of The Minister of Conservation
Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson will accompany a research team to New Zealand’s remote Subantarctic Islands today as part of the joint Navy and Department of Conservation expedition, Operation Endurance.
Stewart Island heritage brought to life in new book
25 November 2010
Over 700 years since people first set foot on Stewart Island, local history came alive on Thursday night to the sound of rollicking folk songs, as the launch of a new book honouring the island’s heritage was celebrated.
Four months jail for attack on leopard seal
12 November 2010
A 20 year old Southland man was sentenced in the Invercargill District Court today to four months jail for his role in an attack on a leopard seal. McKenzie was one of three men involved in the attack in Te Waewae Bay, Southland in October 2009.
Kākāpō transfer signifies success of breeding programme
01 November 2010
In preparation for the 2010/11 breeding season, seven male kākāpō were successfully transferred from Codfish Island/Whenua Hou to a remote predator-free island.
Southland’s opportunity to see green feathered stars on the big screen
08 October 2010
When you combine action, romance and a unique New Zealand landscape with an inspiring story of survival, it is no wonder The Unnatural History of the Kākāpō is an award winning film and next week Southlanders will have the opportunity to see it on the big screen.
New look Rakiura Track set to go online
28 September 2010
The Rakiura Track on Stewart Island/Rakiura is set to join the rest of the country’s Great Walks on the Department of Conservation (DOC) online visitor booking system from 4 October 2010.
Conservation awards celebrate Southland’s conservation champions
15 September 2010
Developing innovative pest control methods, researching and monitoring native species and introduced pests are just a few of the projects being undertaken by the recipients of this year’s Southland Conservation Awards.
Introducing the new face of Meet the Locals and a special green-feathered guest
10 September 2010
Two new faces will take to the screen as they make their debut appearance on TVNZ’s Meet the Locals special Conservation Week episode on Monday.
Island romance for takahē
03 September 2010
Otako and Blitzen, two male takahē from Burwood Bush are now the new ‘bachelors’ checking out prospective female birds on Kapiti.
DOC volunteer project enables teacher to give back to students
21 June 2010
Primary school teacher Christine Longbottom was hosted by DOC’s Curio Bay Summer Warden programme so she can focus on her fellowship study on the survival of threatened bird populations.
Repeated acts of vandalism at historic picnic area frustrate DOC
12 May 2010
Repeated acts of vandalism at the Pourakino Picnic Area-Mores Top Mill site near Otautau could lead to DOC removing its facilities and resources from the area.
Stunning Southland marine photos on show
03 May 2010
Stunning photos of the Southland coast and marine life are on display as part of the DOC Sea Week Fish for the Future marine photo competition held in early March.
Local wetland benefits from Catchment Care project
01 April 2010
Volunteers are working with DOC and the Waituna Landcare Group to help restore an area of the internationally important Waituna/Awarua wetland complex in a new initiative called "Catchment Care".
Grand Dame missed from Te Anau Wildlife Park
26 February 2010
Alpine, one of the first birds in the takahē recovery programme and the longest surviving bird, has died.
Burwood takahē breeding facility bursting at the seams
23 February 2010
The road to recovery for the critically endangered takahē just got a little easier. At least 21 chicks hatched on predator free island sanctuaries.
New Zealand’s newest bird named after vessel that nearly destroyed it
16 February 2010
A bird not known to exist until 1997 has at last got its own scientific name.