2009 media releases

Eggs of critically endangered bird disappear under suspicious circumstances

Date:  21 December 2009
Two New Zealand fairy tern eggs have gone missing from the Mangawhai Wildlife Refuge (Northland) overnight causing DOC wardens to look into different scenarios as to what has caused the disappearance.

Signs of new life at Ipipiri (eastern Bay of Islands)

Date:  30 November 2009
The operation undertaken in June 2009 to eradicate rodents from the islands of Ipipiri (eastern Bay of Islands) is starting to show some signs of success a few months afterward.

Get involved in Maungakaramea Weedbusters

Date:  27 October 2009
Want to do something to protect Northland’s bush from weeds? Raewyn Honeybone has an eye for weeds and the vision to transform Maungakaramea – join her in the work or tell her about weed problems near you.

Lake Omapere’s helping hands

Date:  23 October 2009
More than 20 volunteers braved strong winds to plant over 1000 harakeke/flax and 150 Ti Kouka/cabbage trees on the south shore of Lake Omapere on Sunday 18 October 2009.

Northland Conservation Board appointments

Date:  29 September 2009
Source:  Office of the Minister of Conservation
Associate Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson today announced the appointment of three new members to the Northland Conservation Board.

Project Island Song celebrates achievements and new eco-centre

Date:  15 September 2009
Around 100 people celebrated the opening of an eco-centre to support Project Island Song, and the results of the operation to remove pests from the eastern Bay of Islands islands.

Eastern Bay of Islands now rat-free

Date:  28 August 2009
The islands in the Eastern Bay of Islands are now rat-free islands and open to all - except pests!

DOC Kerikeri Shadehouse volunteers raised 100,000 native plants

Date:  02 September 2009
The DOC Kerikeri Shadehouse volunteers have just celebrated the growing of native plant number 100,000.

Spectacular natural areas under the spotlight within the Kaipara Ecological District (Northland)

Date:  08 July 2009
Some of Northland’s most spectacular natural features are highlighted in a new report on the natural features of the Kaipara Ecological District.

Project Island Song aerial drops completed

Date:  22 June 2009
The Department of Conservation has concluded the second of two aerial drops of rat poison in preparation for Project Island Song, a community-driven initiative to restore native birds and plants to the islands.

Important natural areas identified within the Te Paki Ecological District

Date:  11 June 2009
Find out more about one of the most cultural, spiritual and ecologically significant areas in New Zealand in a new report just published by the Department of Conservation.

Project Island Song rat eradication underway

Date:  03 June 2009
Eradicating rats from Ipipiri in the eastern Bay of Islands has begun with an aerial drop of brodifacoum poison.

Bay of Islands campgrounds closed for forthcoming bait drop

Date:  06 May 2009
DOC campgrounds on Urupukapuka and Moturua Islands in the Eastern Bay of Islands will be closed for at least two months from 4pm Sunday 24 May 2009 in preparation for Project Island Song.

Cranking up on koi carp

Date:  11 March 2009
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is cranking up efforts around Northland to identify and get rid of these tough, persistent pest fish and it needs public help to do so.

Take a look down under during Seaweek

Date:  27 February 2009
It will be heads down, tails up at New Zealand's beaches next week, as thousands of people take part in Seaweek activities all around the country.

Kite-boarding activity in Ruakaka Wildlife Refuge

Date:  17 February 2009
DOC is aware of the kite-boarding activity at Ruakaka Wildlife Refuge and is concerned about the impact on wildlife. DOC has been working toward solutions for the last two years.

Rats discovered on Hen & Chicken Islands Nature Reserve

Date:  12 January 2009
DOC is shocked with the discovery of rats on two Island Nature Reserves near Whangarei.