2014 media releases



'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.