Mahli the kakapo on Whenua Hou/Codfish IslandImage: Rachael Sagar ©
Date: 23 December 2015Sue Galloway tells us about the great work being done by the Sinclair Wetlands Trust and some of the challenges they face.
Date: 18 December 2015Volunteers have received their first whio/blue ducks at the Tongariro National Trout Centre this season.
Date: 14 December 2015Source: Project JanszoonProject Janszoon and DOC plan to release up to 100 kākā in the park over the next 5 to 8 years. Watch a video that tells the story of the first four parrots to be released.
Date: 10 December 2015Olive Paterson is the Find a Whio winner for 2015, and will join the Tongariro whio team in January on her whio adventure.
Date: 08 December 2015Source: Conservation blogIt’s been another busy month in the world of threatened species. With 985 threatened species and a further 2700 at risk, it’s no surprise that our work is pretty full on.
Date: 24 November 2015The winner of the Taupo fishing licence competition takes home a great prize.
Date: 16 November 2015Source: Clinton Duffy, Technical Advisor - Marine Fifteen scientists including three from DOC went on the Kermadec Biodiscovery Expedition in 2011. Their findings were published in October 2015, and are available in the Bulletin of Auckland Museum.
Date: 09 November 2015Source: Conservation blogIt’s in her second nature to rave about our wildlife. Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki updates us on her work around the country.
Date: 08 October 2015Powhiri, planting, potting, paw prints and poos – what more do you need for a successful launch of a new conservation education programme?
Date: 06 October 2015Planting trees in their own backyard has turned into something much bigger for a Waikato couple.
Date: 02 October 2015Source: Dr. Jo Peace, Million Dollar Mouse blogDr. Jo Peace, Research Fellow from Auckland University looks at the stomach contents of Antipodes Island mice.
Date: 30 September 2015A 620,000 km2 Ocean Sanctuary will be created in the Kermadec region, one of the most pristine and unique environments on Earth.
Date: 25 September 2015Source: Colin Miskelly, Million Dollar Mouse blogColin Miskelly (Curator of Vertebrates, Te Papa) highlights how little we know about the snipe that inhabit Antipodes Island.
Date: 17 September 2015Source: Bridget Palmer, Partnerships Ranger | Kaitiaki ManutatakiMeet Margaret and Stuart from Cheddar Valley Pottery in Ohope. Combining artistic talent with their love for nature, their pottery is inspired by the flora and fauna in their backyard.
Date: 16 September 2015Source: Trish Grant, Communications AdvisorA DOC team and the Wellington maritime police worked together to help save a young humpback whale that was entangled in a cray pot line.
Date: 16 September 2015DOC, the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter and Forest and Bird celebrated a quarter of a century of the Kākāpō Recovery Programme at Zealandia.
Date: 16 September 2015Chris Baillie tells us about the great work being done by staff and volunteers at the ecosanctuary, and some of the challenges they face.
Date: 10 September 2015Source: Pete McClelland, Million Dollar Mouse blogPete McClelland was the Project Manager for the Campbell Island rat eradication in 2001. Pete shares his story about this significant island eradication.
Date: 10 September 2015In celebration of Ngā Whenua Rāhui's 25th anniversary, Māori and Pākehā conservationists came together for a hui in Gisborne.
Date: 08 September 2015A walk-through whio aviary has just opened at Staglands in Wellington. Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki went along for the official opening.
Date: 24 August 2015Source: Terry Greene, Million Dollar Mouse blogDOC Science Advisor Terry Greene tells us about a fascinating discovery he made on Antipodes Island almost 20 years ago.
Date: 18 August 2015The Chathams has always been known for its very interesting characters and those involved in covenant work with Ngā Whenua Rāhui certainly fit the mould.
Date: 04 August 2015Interpretive panels have been unveiled along Portsmouth Drive as part of the UrbanNature campaign. The panels encourage people to pay attention to the seasonal events and nature within the city.
Date: 30 July 2015Whangarei DOC ranger Rolf Fuchs gives 'Fudge' the kiwi a health check.
Date: 21 July 2015Do you ever wonder what creatures live beneath the leaf litter or what micro-organisms are swimming in your stream? Well, now you can find out at the Open Lab.
Date: 17 July 2015Members of the Cambridge Tramping club recently gathered early on a Saturday morning carrying loppers, saws and spades instead of their usual walking poles.
Date: 10 July 2015Survey leader Nadine Bott captured some exciting footage of whales during the Cook Strait Whale Survey, including video of a baby humpback!
Date: 07 July 2015Winstone Aggregates transferred 23 Ngahere geckos from Belmont Quarry to pest-free Mana Island.
Date: 06 July 2015Two subantarctic fur seals recently stopped for a visit to New Zealand shores, likely to be taking a rest on land while out exploring.
Date: 26 June 2015Dunedin’s Silver Peaks tracks are in top shape for trampers thanks to the efforts of a small group of dedicated volunteers.
Date: 24 June 2015Partnerships Ranger Charles Barrie shares his experience working with volunteer groups, young and old.
Date: 23 June 2015Volunteering works! Just check out the difference volunteers have made to Whangarei Heads, in the north of New Zealand.
Date: 23 June 2015Hugh Willoughby's family remembers him with a story about what conditions were like for early kākāpō volunteers.
Date: 22 June 2015You'll find 'Menz Sheds' dotted all around New Zealand. Just out of Dunedin, the blokes from the Taieri shed have been doing some valuable work for the local DOC office.
Date: 18 June 2015Four top Auckland attractions have been awarded Certificates of Excellence by Trip Advisor.
Date: 18 June 2015A team of Taupo secondary school students are working alongside renowned local carver Delani Brown to create an entrance way carving (pou whakarae) for the DOC office in Taupo.
Date: 11 June 2015Students at Wainuiomata Primary School were lucky enough to be the first-ever school group to visit the restricted Wainuiomata Water Collection Area.
Date: 10 June 2015Te Hakari is one of many dune wetlands on the Horowhenua Coast. Dr Huhana Smith has been one of the awesome forces behind a 15-year struggle to restore the wetland to ecological health.
Date: 09 June 201559 Okarito rowi and 20 Haast tokoeka kiwi chicks have hatched this season at Franz Josef.
Date: 04 June 2015An update from DOC's Danica Stent who is currently attending an Antarctic Treaty Meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Date: 28 May 2015A pair of threatened kākā have been delighting residents in Springfield, Rotorua as they frolic in a large kauri tree.
Date: 28 May 2015Natural History New Zealand has supported the Million Dollar Mouse project by allowing them to share their 1980 documentary about the Antipodes Islands.
Date: 22 May 201520 brown teal/pāteke were released within the safety of a predator proof fence at Lake Opouahi in northern Hawke’s Bay yesterday.
Date: 13 May 2015Mike Mohi joined Ngā Whenua Rāhui in 1991. Through sheer persistence, hard work and good humour, he's since protected over 150,000 hectares of Maori land.
Date: 12 May 2015Recently a DOC and volunteer team of three spent a weekend on Kapiti Island to help restore the weathered whaling try pots displayed at Rangatira Point.
Date: 11 May 2015Working out the lifespan of lizards in the wild isn't easy but, after a decade of visiting the geckos of Motunau Island, we have some fascinating insights.
Date: 29 April 2015DOC scientists Kath Walker and Graeme Elliott visited Antipodes Island earlier this year to continue their work with the Antipodean wandering albatross.
Date: 28 April 2015Last month a special event was held on Matiu/Somes Island to thank all the groups of volunteers that help on the island.
Date: 28 April 2015Sarah Congdon shares her experiences as 'Mother Duck' in the whio crèche at the Tongariro National Trout Centre.
Date: 20 April 2015Our smallest species of kiwi made a return to Fiordland over the weekend. Their arrival completing a century-long round trip.
Date: 21 April 2015Services Ranger David Heller and the Kerikeri crew spent three days last week doing track maintenance on the Cape Brett Track.
Date: 18 April 2015In the lead up to the centenary of the ANZAC Day landings, DOC looks back at the significance that WWI played in New Zealand’s cultural identity.
Date: 17 April 2015Finding unusual plants, or hearing a strange new bird call, has been a regular occurrence for the Nukuhou Saltmarsh Care Group but an Easter Sunday surprise was something entirely different.
Date: 11 April 2015A highlight of volunteering on Motuihe Island was finding a new tuatara burrow.
Date: 23 March 2015Source: Nina MercerSomewhat ironically, the star attraction of Whio Discovery Day, held in Palmerston North on Sunday, was not our critically endangered whio/blue duck, but Fern the conservation dog.
Date: 23 March 2015Showcasing the work of Friends of Flora, while capturing some stunning imagery of Kahurangi National Park and its inhabitants.
Date: 09 March 2015Source: Hannah Hendriks, DOC Marine Conservation TechnicianMāui Dolphin Day, on Sunday 8 March, was a great opportunity for Raglan to celebrate their local taonga.
Date: 18 March 2015The Ngā Whenua Rāhui funding programme has been operating for 25 years, helping protect the natural integrity of Māori land and preserving Mātauranga Māori. Find out how this rather extraordinary committee was set up.
Date: 17 March 2015DOC and the Our Living Water team from Fonterra had a great time sharing what they do in the Miranda / Pūkorokoro region at a community open day on Saturday.
Date: 16 March 2015Source: Kate Hebblethwaite, Partnerships Relationship ManagerTo celebrate Whio Awareness Month in Fiordland, DOC got its ducks in a row for a quacking good day at the races.
Date: 11 March 2015"Ngā Whenua Rāhui exists to protect the natural integrity of Māori land and to preserve Mātauranga Māori, so that the values, stories and history associated with our natural taonga are not lost to the world." — Sir Tumu Te Heuheu, the foundation chair of this Fund.
Date: 10 March 2015Kathleen and Peter from the United Kingdom prove you’re never too old to volunteer.
Date: 04 March 2015Our partners at Air New Zealand have helped to reintroduce three healthy whio/blue ducks back to the Routeburn.
Date: 03 March 2015To celebrate World Wildlife Day on Tuesday, DOC will be out and about at airports around the country raising awareness about wildlife protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Date: 28 February 2015DOC staff and volunteers from both Napier and Palmerston North have spent two days digging burrows for petrels at Matau a Maui in the Hawke's Bay.
Date: 26 February 2015Early indications show we are on track for a significant kākāpō breeding season next year!
Date: 20 February 2015Two years after Roberts Point track was rendered impassable by damage from a major flood, the Roberts Point track in the Franz Josef Glacier Valley has reopened.
Date: 17 February 2015DOC Technical Advisor Brian Rance talks about his recent trip to the Antipodes Islands.
Date: 09 February 2015We Three Go South is the title of a new book by Cynthia Cass featuring the diary of Ethel Richardson who, with her two sisters, made a voyage to the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand in 1890 when they were aged 18 to 24.
Date: 07 February 2015Rangers recently conducted the 25th annual seal pup survey at Cape Foulwind.
Date: 02 February 2015To celebrate World Wetlands Day, learn about DOC’s Arawai Kākāriki wetland programme.
Date: 24 January 2015Confirmed sightings of shore skinks have doubled on Waewaetorea Island in the Bay of Islands.
Date: 22 January 2015Te Anau Wildlife Centre's resident kākā are now proud parents.
Date: 16 January 2015Fox Glacier Guiding, the Helicopter Line and Fox/Franz Heliservices have helped DOC staff give Chancellor Hut on the West Coast a spruce up.
Date: 11 January 2015It was on this day, 169 years ago, that the Northern War came to a close at the Battle of Ruapekapeka.
Date: 06 January 2015The first volunteer hut rangers for 2015 arrived at the Round the Mountain huts today.
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