2010 media releases

Christmas comes early for kākāpō

Date:  22 December 2010
Christmas has come early for kākāpō this year as the Animal Health Board (AHB) has funded the purchase of a generator to be used during the breeding season on Anchor Island.

Southland Conservation Board appointments 2010 announcement

Date:  23 December 2010
Minister of Conservation Hon Kate Wilkinson today announced the appointments to the Southland Conservation Board.

Monitoring report confirms why Milford is so special

Date:  30 September 2010
Results of a perception survey have confirmed the widely held belief that viewing the natural scenery and landscape is the most valued opportunity among visitors to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi.

Fiordland youths growing vegetables for takahē

Date:  20 August 2010
Planting a school garden may seem far removed from saving endangered birds, but children in Fiordland are confident it will soon have them playing a vital role in takahē conservation.

Kid run over by kiwi

Date:  19 August 2010
St Thomas’ School of Winton got more than they bargained for on their recent camp at the Deep Cove Hostel in Doubtful Sound.

DOC reviewing helicopter transport procedures

Date:  23 July 2010
DOC is considering changes to its procedures after an investigation into an incident where rat bait fell from a helicopter operating on a remote Fiordland island last month.

Monitoring indicates no trace of poison in lake

Date:  16 July 2010
Water quality monitoring results released to the Department of Conservation have shown no trace of the rat poison which fell into a large lake on Anchor Island in Fiordland eleven days ago.

Investigation into Fiordland rat bait incident

Date:  25 June 2010
DOC has launched an investigation after a pod containing rat poison fell from a helicopter operating on a remote Fiordland Island yesterday.

DVD '1080: Good News for Conservation' available to the public

Date:  17 June 2010
A new short DVD developed by DOC '1080: Good News for Conservation' is now available to the public in the lead up to the 1080 possum control in the Waitutu area of Fiordland National Park.

Restoration work begins on pioneering bridge

Date:  16 May 2010
Tutoko Suspension Bridge on the Milford Road made news last month as the finish line of the annual naked tunnel run. it is making news again as the site of one of the largest hertitage projects undertaken in Fiordland.

Fiordland Rivers at highest recorded levels - trampers being evacuated

Date:  26 April 2010
DOC is currently evacuating trampers from the Milford and Routeburn Tracks in Fiordland National Park.

Innovative DOC design provides alternative possum control method

Date:  17 March 2010
An innovative possum proof gate designed by the Department of Conservation will be used as another method of possum control in the Waitutu Forest.

Major boost planned for Fiordland’s endangered pateke population

Date:  05 March 2010
The trial release of twenty pateke/brown teal into Fiordland last year has proven so successful that forty more birds will be transferred there this month.

Grand Dame missed from Te Anau Wildlife Park

Date:  26 February 2010
Alpine, one of the first birds in the takahē recovery programme and the longest surviving bird, has died.

Te Anau residents witness bats on their doorstep

Date:  16 February 2010
Department of Conservation Rangers in Te Anau are more than a little excited by the recent confirmed sighting of long-tailed bats feeding by a street lamp in a residential area of Te Anau Township.

Construction underway on MacKinnon Pass shelter

Date:  15 February 2010
Work begun this month on the removal of the existing MacKinnon Pass shelter, which had deteriorated having stood 25 years of the worst weather Fiordland could throw at it. In its place, a new shelter will be constructed, due to be completed by May 2010.