2014 media releases

Southern giant petrel spotted on the East Coast

Date:  04 December 2014
DOC was pleased at the sighting of a southern giant petrel from the Antarctic Peninsula at Hicks Bay, East Cape last month.

Waihirere Domain to benefit from conservation funding

Date:  03 December 2014
Conservation funding will help volunteers continue the ongoing conservation and protection of Waihirere Domain in Gisborne.

Boat hire ends on Lake Waikareiti

Date:  18 November 2014
The hire of rowboats for use on Lake Waikareiti in Te Urewera has been stopped following a Department of Conservation review of a recent search and rescue operation involving the boats.

Conservation funding to restore natural habitat on the East Coast

Date:  12 September 2014
A collective of six marae on the East Coast is to receive funding to help restore ecosystems within their hapu.

Public reminded to keep dogs under control after death of seal on Gisborne beach

Date:  05 September 2014
The Department of Conservation is reminding owners to control their dogs after a New Zealand fur seal pup died from a dog attack on a Gisborne beach this week.

East Coast hunters reminded permits are online

Date:  28 August 2014
Recreational hunting is an excellent way to get into the outdoors and to reduce the number of pigs, deer, feral cattle and goats on public conservation land. Hunters are reminded before they head out they can apply for a permit “online”.

Board appointed for new era for Te Urewera

Date:  24 July 2014
Source:  Joint media release from the office of the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and the office of the Minister for Conservation
The Crown and Ngāi Tūhoe have announced the appointment of the inaugural members of Te Urewera Board.

Tūhoe claims settlement and Te Urewera bills passed

Date:  24 July 2014
Source:  Office of the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
The House sat under extended hours this morning to pass the third readings of the Tūhoe Claims Settlement Bill and the Te Urewera Bill.

'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.

New conservation fund to boost local projects

Date:  04 April 2014
The new Community Conservation Partnership Fund is a much needed boost to on-the-ground projects. DOC is holding a funding workshop in Gisborne on Tuesday 15 April to assist community groups complete their applications.

‘Encouraging’ blue duck numbers in inland Hawke’s Bay

Date:  23 March 2014
Endangered whio, or blue duck, continue to thrive in the mountainous rivers and streams of inland Hawke’s Bay, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Conservation.

Zero tolerance to dumping in public reserves

Date:  18 March 2014
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is right behind the crackdown on rubbish dumping in the East Coast region and strongly supports plans to catch or trace offenders.

East Coast kiwi returns home

Date:  24 February 2014
The kiwi injured in a possum trap a month ago was released at Opato in the Waioeka Gorge near Gisborne last week. The kiwi was released in a Punga forested gully and hung around for a few minutes sniffing the ground and ignoring staff then disappeared into nearby punga fronds.

Injured East Coast kiwi being treated at Massey University

Date:  22 January 2014
An injured kiwi, handed in to the Department of Conservation (DOC) in Gisborne by a member of the public, has been transferred to Wildbase at Massey University for treatment.