2014 media releases

First Battle for our Birds operation underway

Date:  17 August 2014
The Department of Conservation’s Battle for our Birds pest control programme to protect native wildlife from rats and stoats this spring has started today with an operation in the Iris Burn valley in Fiordland National Park.

'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.

Fiordland Link monorail declined

Date:  29 May 2014
Source:  Office of the Minister of Conservation
The application by Riverstone Holdings Limited to build and operate a $240 million monorail in Fiordland has been declined by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith.

Endangered southern Tokoeka kiwi found dead in Otaki

Date:  27 May 2014
Department of Conservation staff are puzzled as to how a nationally endangered kiwi of South Island origin came to be found dead in the North Island town of Otaki.

Historic Southland viaducts saved in funding deal

Date:  22 February 2014
Source:  Office of the Minister of Conservation
Four giant timber viaducts built nearly a century ago in the rugged Waitutu Forest on the south coast of the Fiordland National Park are to be restored in an agreement between the DOC, the Southland District Council and the Port Craig Viaduct Trust.

Celebrate Children's Day in nature

Date:  14 February 2014
Visit Ivon Wilson Park in Te Anau on Sunday 2 March and celebrate national Children's Day with the biggest ever 'Play Date with Nature' and fun for the whole family.