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23 December 2019
The track to the Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauwae-a-Māui Gannet Reserve will remain closed over Christmas while the results of a risk analysis report are fully reviewed.
13 September 2019
One of Hawke’s Bay’s smallest birds, the tūturiwhatu / banded dotterel, needs extra awareness during their most vulnerable time of year.
10 September 2019
A Hector’s dolphin has been spotted in Napier waters and the DOC is encouraging the public to report any further sightings of this rare, small dolphin.
08 August 2019
The Department of Conservation (DOC) says an increase in fur seals/kekeno being seen around Hawke’s Bay shores this season is an excellent sign for seal populations around New Zealand, but beachgoers should give them space.
01 July 2019
Recent reports of unpermitted drone use over Mangatutu Hot Springs in the Kaweka Forest Park have raised safety concerns.
28 May 2019
A Hastings man has been delivered a prison sentence for taking kina and pūpū (common cat’s eye) from Te Angiangi Marine Reserve in Hawke’s Bay.
26 February 2019
DOC is working closely with Hastings District Council who are managing the response to the landslides at Cape Kidnappers.
30 January 2019
DOC is concerned about the potential smuggling of little blue penguin/kororā in Hawkes Bay, after receiving information about the capture and removal of two birds from a burrow at Perfume Point in Napier.
24 January 2019
DOC is working closely with the Hastings District Council, NZ Police and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council who are managing the emergency response to the slip at Cape Kidnappers.
18 January 2019
Waitangi the tītī/Cook’s petrel has returned to his nesting site at Poutiri Ao ō Tāne for a second year, and this time has brought friends with him.