2014 media releases



Molesworth Road to close early due to fire danger

Date:  28 January 2015
Due to extreme fire danger, the Acheron Road through Molesworth Station will be closed to vehicles from 7pm Wednesday 4 February.

Flock Hill fire update

Date:  28 January 2015
Update: Favourable weather conditions aided fire crews to halt the spread of the large wild fire today at Flock Hill near Craigieburn Forest Park in Canterbury.

DOC to develop new guidelines

Date:  21 January 2015
The Department of Conservation says it is taking steps to ensure a more consistent approach to its handling of applications for commercial concessions in national parks in response to an opinion released last month by the Ombudsman.

Fire risk triggers partial closure of Matiu/Somes Island

Date:  20 January 2015
Heightened fire risk resulting from a dry, hot start to summer has triggered the restriction of public access to Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington harbour as of 31 January 2015.

Whitebaiters prosecuted for breaches of the regulations

Date:  20 January 2015
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is pleased with the prosecution of two whitebaiters in the Wairoa District Court on January 12 2015 for breaches of the Whitebait Fishing Regulations.

Tides reveal ancient treasure

Date:  15 January 2015
An old anchor briefly discovered on Moutohora Whale Island may have been part of historic sulphur mining activities.

War on wilding conifers in the Mackenzie

Date:  15 January 2015
As part of its war on wilding conifers in the Mackenzie Basin, the Department of Conservation is undertaking extensive pine and larch.

DOC staff under fire from dry weather

Date:  13 January 2015
Spreading the network of pest control traps and bait-stations has taken a backseat for conservation rangers who have been diverted to fight far more imminent threats.

Set netting care urged after Hector’s dolphin deaths in Tasman Bay

Date:  13 January 2015
The Department of Conservation is urging fishers to take care using set nets in Tasman and Golden bays after two endangered Hector’s dolphins were found dead in Tasman Bay in recent days, one in a set net.

New partnership to support Queen Charlotte Track

Date:  13 January 2015
Source:  Office of the Minister of Conservation
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced a new Yealands Family Wines partnership with the Department of Conservation.