2014 media releases



Knocking the wind out of local wasps in Ruapehu

Date:  17 November 2014
A new local initiative to reduce the number of wasps in the Ohakune, Owhango, Raurimu, Whakapapa, National Park and Raetihi areas is about to get underway.

Tongariro Taupō conservation efforts rewarded

Date:  10 November 2014
The Tongariro Taupō community celebrated conservation and those individuals and groups recognised as outstanding in acting for nature on Friday night at the new DOC Taupō office.

Rotorua's Conservation Week like no other

Date:  30 October 2014
Plans are being put in place for Rotorua residents to receive a Conservation Week experience very different to previous years according to Partnerships Ranger Caraline Abbott.

‘Ghost’ whio returns to Whakapapanui Stream

Date:  29 October 2014
A ‘ghost’ whio that hatched on the Whakapapanui Stream in Tongariro National Park two seasons ago appears to have returned to the stream near Whakapapa Village with a mate this time.

Signed Memorandum of Understanding signals start of a new relationship

Date:  12 September 2014
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Owhango Residents and Ratepayers Incorporated Society (ORRIS), the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Ruapehu District Council (RDC).

Tongariro Forest Conservation Area pest control operation completed

Date:  05 September 2014
The Department of Conservation completed a pest control operation across Tongariro Forest last week. The operation, in conjunction with TBfree New Zealand, will protect some of New Zealand’s most endangered species and help prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

Win for South Taupō Wetland

Date:  29 August 2014
Seven kahikatea were planted to celebrate a multi-organisation partnership led by Project Tongariro receiving a grant for restoration and preservation work at Te Mātāpuna wetland.

New Taupō DOC office opening

Date:  08 August 2014
Partnerships will be celebrated this weekend with the opening of the new Taupō community conservation complex.

Reserves not for off road antics

Date:  31 July 2014
The Department of Conservation is disappointed to see the increase of irresponsible off road vehicle use at the Whakaipō Bay Recreation Reserve in Taupō.

DOC concern over kiwi death

Date:  28 July 2014
Goff, a male kiwi, was found dead last week in Tongariro Forest, within the core area of the Tongariro Forest Kiwi sanctuary.

'Battle for our Birds' gets go ahead

Date:  13 July 2014
Source:  Office of the Minister of Conservation
New Zealand's largest-ever pest control programme has been given the go ahead to protect native wildlife like kiwi from a confirmed plague of rats and stoats, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today in Maruia.

Weedbusters community tool kit for Taupō Turangi

Date:  26 June 2014
Fighting weeds just got easier for the Taupō Turangi communities with a Weedbusters community tool kit available for loan.

Kaimanawa horse muster completed for 2014

Date:  30 May 2014
The biannual Kaimanawa horse muster has been successfully completed, with the operation coming to a close on Thursday 29 May with the muster of 172 horses.

DOC's new Taupō Office

Date:  30 April 2014
The Department of Conservation's new regional office and community house complex is due to be completed sometime in late July.

A splash of colour for Huka Falls kiosk

Date:  17 April 2014
A fresh colour and fresh coat of paint for the volunteer kiosk at the Huka Falls car park came about thanks to Dulux donated paint and painters, and locals volunteering their time.

DOC thanks quick fire respondents

Date:  03 April 2014
Early detection and rapid response to fires on Central North Island DOC land by adjoining rural fire authorities, has prevented large fires in the current extreme fire conditions.

Captive bred whio to be released back into wild

Date:  12 March 2014
The Battle for our Birds continues with the release of more than 40 captive bred whio back into the wild over the next week.

National battle to protect whio ramps up

Date:  28 February 2014
The Whio Forever partnership is adding another tool to its arsenal of protection this year with funding to build a new whio rearing facility at the Tongariro National Trout Centre near Turangi.

Brown is the new green

Date:  11 February 2014
Brown foliage marks the success of the recent round of poisoning of juvenile wilding pines on the Tongariro River.

Four wheelers trim track back

Date:  04 February 2014
Trimming three kilometres of the 42 Traverse track of weeds and bush clears the way for multi-users of the popular recreation track in the Tongariro Forest.

Reflection on the Mahi Aroha summer programme

Date:  31 January 2014
The 50th anniversary of the Tongariro summer programme, rebranded as Mahi Aroha: Doing it for Conservation, has now come to a close, leaving great memories and inspiring people to get back out and continue to enjoy the natural treasures of the Central North Island.