2010 media releases

East Coast/Bay of Plenty Conservation Board appointments 2010 announcement

Date:  23 December 2010
Minister of Conservation Hon Kate Wilkinson today announced the appointments to the East Coast/Bay of Plenty Conservation Board.

Information wanted on illegal toxin in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park

Date:  14 December 2010
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is appealing for information about unauthorised toxin baits found in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park near Katikati last week, which have led to the temporary closure of several walking tracks.

Rail heritage re-opens in time for summer visitors

Date:  12 November 2010
The difficult work of restoring the 100-year old Eastern Portal Bridge in Karangahake Gorge is now complete, and the historic railway structure has re-opened to walkers enjoying the magnificent Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway.

100 Year anniversary for local kauri history

Date:  22 September 2010
Saturday October 9th promises to be a special day for anyone visiting the Karangahake Gorge, as the Victoria Battery gold mining site is transformed for 'Log Fest'.

Conservation Week kicks off

Date:  13 September 2010
Conservation Week "kicked off" on Sunday 12 September with events held by the Whinray Ecological Trust (WECT) and the Women's Native Tree Project Trust (WNTPT).

Moko’s death remains a mystery

Date:  15 July 2010
Boat strike and drowning through net entanglement have been ruled out as potential causes of death of the dolphin believed to be Moko.

Marine Reserve fishers netted

Date:  14 July 2010
Four men were fined in the Tauranga District Court today, after DOC staff caught them fishing in the Tuhua (Mayor Island) Marine Reserve in the Bay of Plenty last summer.

Moko to return to Matakana

Date:  14 July 2010
A decision has been made that Moko’s remains will be returned to Matakana Island, and buried on the shore that his body came to rest.

Moko at Massey

Date:  09 July 2010
After a karakia in Rotorua this morning by Pouoto Ngaropo, cultural advisor for Ngati Awa, the dolphin carcass believed to be Moko has arrived safely at Massey University in Palmerston North.

Moko removed from Matakana

Date:  08 July 2010
Tauranga DOC staff removed a dolphin carcass suspected to be that of Moko the friendly bottlenose dolphin, from Matakana Island this afternoon.

Concern grows over Moko interaction

Date:  20 May 2010
Department of Conservation staff are concerned over the recent trend in peoples interactions with Whakatane’s resident marine mammal, Moko the bottlenose dolphin.

UK Burger company gives kiwi a boost

Date:  03 May 2010
A New Zealand inspired burger chain operating in the UK, is the latest addition to the Whakatane Kiwi Trust’s corporate partners.

Historic Karangahake bridge gets a makeover

Date:  30 April 2010
An historic train bridge in Karangahake Gorge is clothed in scaffolding this week, as contractors get to work on a new paint job.

Elusive Mokoia mouse stopped in its tracks

Date:  21 April 2010
It is hoped that the elusive mouse on Mokoia Island that had been evading DOC staff for the past three weeks has finally been caught.

DOC staff smell a rat on Mokoia Island

Date:  06 April 2010
A dead rat in a trap and multiple mice tracks were discovered on the Island during routine monthly checks by DOC staff.

Fish for the future Best Composition competition winners

Date:  31 March 2010
Strong vocal compositions that best captured the theme and included the words "Fish for the Future" were the winners in the Sea Week "Best Composition" announced earlier this month.

Locals show love for Kaituna wetland

Date:  17 February 2010
More than 200 people showed love for Kaituna wetland on 14 February celebrating World Wetlands Day with the official opening of a new kayak trail and unveiling of the 2010 Game Bird Habitat stamp.

Kaimai Catchment Project Commitment

Date:  08 March 2010
The Kaimai catchments will benefit from a community-driven approach to managing its natural resources following the signing of a partnership agreement today by the Department of Conservation, Environment Bay of Plenty and Environment Waikato.

Rat sighting on Tuhua

Date:  08 March 2010
The caretaker on Tuhua (Mayor Island) and (DOC) staff have worked over the weekend to ramp up the island’s rat detection and control system, after a rat was reportedly seen.

Dotterel population threatened

Date:  14 January 2010
The wellbeing of the Northern New Zealand dotterel population at Matakana Island is being threatened by the recklessness of beach patrons.

An exciting turn for the Tarawera Trail

Date:  07 January 2010
Work on the Tarawera Trail track will soon begin as a certificate of compliance from Rotorua District Council gives the go ahead to start building.