Nic Toki gives a presentation
Image: Brad Boniface ©


See what Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki has been up to lately with these blog posts and media releases.

Blog posts

In the media

Claims that native species can co-exist with pests are irresponsible

Videos: Nic speaks to TVNZ1's Breakfast about claims made by Jamie Steer
Nic explains that halting pest control would mean 'game over' for the things New Zealanders treasure the most.

Predator Free 2050

Nicola speaks with the AM Show about bringing back our native wildlife through a predator free New Zealand.

Saving the orange-fronted parakeets

Video: Richie McCaw steps in to help orange-fronted parakeets
Nicola catches up with Richie McCaw and his company Christchurch Helicopters has partnered with DOC, giving their time and helicopters to fly the orange-fronted parakeets/kākāriki karaka.

Akaroa Seafari – Blackcat Cruises

Photo gallery: Images from the Winter Seafari
Black Cat Cruises (Akaroa Harbour Tours) invited me to join their “Winter Seafari” to help raise awareness about Hector’s dolphins and other threatened species.

ABC Radio National Drive Show about possums 

Interview: Animal rights group criticise New Zealand’s war against possums
I spoke in a live interview on Australia’s national radio show on possum control in New Zealand, the quest for a predator free country, and the importance of animal welfare in carrying out pest control. 

Jane Goodall Institute opening

Article: Love lifts us up: Nicola Toki fangirls out meeting Jane Goodall in NZ
After being invited to attend the launch of the NZ Jane Goodall Institute, I was asked by the editors of the Spinoff website to write my thoughts on that experience, which I also used to discuss the challenge of engaging New Zealanders in conservation.  

Saving threatened species in New Zealand and Australia

DOC Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki and Australian Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews are working together to save our threatened species.

Saving species isn't easy. It requires choices like using baiting compounds such as 1080 to eradicate feral predators. But our animals deserve our support. And our scientists can show us how to save them safely, effectively and justifiably.

Conservation Week 2016

Video: Auckland Zoo to host creepy-crawly close-ups for Conservation Week
Nicola will be among a team which will host "close up" weta encounters at Auckland Zoo next month for Conservation Week.

Predator Free 2050

Video: Predator Free Picton, on Seven Sharp
Picton is setting its sights on being New Zealand's first predator free town. Nicola puts out the challenge to other New Zealand towns.

Takahē release with Auckland Zoo

Kuīni, a feisty young takahē and its mate Anzac start a new life on Rotoroa Island. Nicola went along to see the pair being released.

Royal cam

Nicola chats to Rawdon on TV ONE's Breakfast show about 'Royal cam' and our Name the chick competition:

Nesting Dunedin albatross couple go live on webcam, on Checkpoint with John Campbell
The "royalcam" live stream has been set up to watch the northern royal albatross nesting at the Pukekura/Taiaroa Head. Nic was there for the official launch.

It's a bird's life: The fluff, the feathers and the feeding
We've recently set up a livestream of the albatross colony on Otago Peninsula to give the public a live feed of the latest hatchlings' live feed. Nic was there for the official launch.

Sea lion discovery

Brand new sea lion pup discovered on Otago Peninsula
A DOC team discovered the new species, and have warned it needs to be protected.

Abel Tasman Great Walk

Hamilton students win great walk experience
Nicola joined the Hamilton school children as they set off on one of New Zealand's great walks for Conservation Week.

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