2014 media releases



Kaiwhakauka Track closure

Date:  15 December 2014
DOC is advising cyclists that the Kaiwhakauka Track, a side track of the Mountains to Sea cycle track, is temporarily closed after a bridge collapse on Friday.

Palmerston North student wins outdoor whio adventure

Date:  09 December 2014
Palmerston North student Sarah Ridsdale has won the Genesis Energy Whio Ranger Conservation Week competition. Sarah and her Dad will spend four days in the Central North Island with the DOC whio recovery team.

Stoat or ferret behind little penguin deaths

Date:  05 November 2014
The results from autopsies have found that the lethal wounds on 29 little penguins, found dead along the coast at Doctors Point near Dunedin, were caused by mustelid jaws.

$208,000 for conservation of wetlands

Date:  26 August 2014
Source:  Office of the Minister of Conservation
The Government is to provide a $208,000 Community Conservation Partnership Fund grant over three years to Project Tongariro to advance the restoration and preservation of the largest wetland in the Taupō basin, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today at a community event in Turangi.

'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.

Blessing opens new hut

Date:  25 June 2014
A brand new hut at Maropea Forks in the Ruahine Ranges is now available for use following a blessing by by Ngati Hinemanu me Ngati Paki recently.

Rifleman birds heard again at A’Deane’s Bush

Date:  31 March 2014
A’Deane’s Bush in the Central Hawkes Bay is now home to a population of the threatened native species titipounamu (rifleman).

New Zealand Army and the Department of Conservation join forces

Date:  07 March 2014
Building work began yesterday in an exciting partnership between the Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Defence Force. New Zealand Army engineers and builders are constructing a new hut at Maropea Forks in the Western Ruahine Forest Park.