2013 media releases
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Funding boost for community conservation efforts
23 December 2013
Source: Office of the Minister of Conservation
Ninety community groups are to receive $3.6 million in Government funding to support conservation projects throughout the country, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.
Te Karaka kids send Waihirere Reserve pests packing
09 December 2013
The kids of Te Karaka Area School are doing their bit to ensure native species are safe by keeping stoat numbers down at Waihirere Domain.
White-fronted tern colony find sanctuary on the East Coast
26 November 2013
The Department of Conservation is excited to see a white-fronted tern colony of 100 pairs nesting on the remains of the historic Tokomaru Bay Wharf.
East Coast kiwi loses battle
17 October 2013
Despite the best efforts of a team at Massey University, the juvenile kiwi known as “Matawai/Motu” injured by a vehicle near Gisborne last week, was euthanased yesterday.
Save Kiwi Week raises awareness of national treasure on the East Coast
14 October 2013
"Save Kiwi" week (14-20 October) starts today, raising awareness of the national treasure on the East Coast and efforts to protect and keep kiwi like "Matawai", injured near Gisborne last week, alive.
Whitebait season starts on 15 August in East Coast and Eastern Bay of Plenty
06 August 2013
The Department of Conservation are reminding the public that the Whitebait Season does not start until 15 August. Some individuals have already started as early as 20 days before season opening in breach of the Whitebait Fishing Regulations.
Illegal koura traps are a threat to Waikaremoana's fragile environment
23 July 2013
Recent finds of home-made traps designed to catch koura (freshwater crayfish) have alarmed the team trying to eradicate the noxious weed, lagarosiphon, from Lake Waikaremoana.
Lake Waikaremoana koura trap discovery is "a big worry"
29 April 2013
DOC divers were concerned to find a koura (freshwater crayfish) trap in the water while they were working on eradicating lagarosiphon (oxygen weed) at Lake Waikaremoana. The potential for such devices to introduce the weed to the area is alarming.
NZ fur seal rescued from entangled fishing gear
11 April 2013
After a NZ fur seal was rescued from entangled fishing gear at Wainui Beach, Gisborne on 10 April 2013, DOC is reminding the public of the dangers marine debris pose to seals.
Geocaching adventure in Whirinaki
03 April 2013
To celebrate Whio Awareness Month which was celebrated in March 2013, a new and exciting geocache challenge awaits those that visit Whirinaki.
Don't pollute the sea, keep it clean for you and me
18 March 2013
A winning statement from 8 year old Imogen Wood of Tolaga Bay Area School, in line with this year's theme "Healthy Seas - Healthy People", one of 245 entries in the annual East Coast and Eastern Bay of Plenty Seaweek Kids Pictures and Stories Competition.
Moutohora (Whale Island) closed
18 March 2013
Due to extreme fire risk, DOC have consulted Te Tapatoru a Toi (Joint Management Committee) and closed Moutohora (Whale Island).
Nga Tapuwae o Toi Walkway tracks closed
15 March 2013
The Eastern Bay of Plenty is now an extreme fire risk. For public safety the Department of Conservation, in conjunction with the Whakatane District Council, have closed the Nga Tapuwae o Toi Walkway tracks through Ohope Scenic Reserve until further notice.
Healthy seas for Seaweek
28 February 2013
Celebrate our connection to the ocean with Seaweek in the Eastern Bay of Plenty from 2-10 March 2013.
Seaweek in the East Coast
27 February 2013
Celebrate our connection to the ocean with Seaweek, from 2-10 March 2013.