Read DOC's vision, purpose and outcome.
Conservation work is an investment in New Zealand’s prosperity because our environment plays a central role in our health and well-being, and wealth.
DOC’s responsibilities are captured in its Māori name Te Papa Atawhai. Te papa signifies a box or container (for taonga/treasures) and atawhai is the act of caring, nurturing or preserving.
DOC’s legislative mandate is the Conservation Act 1987 and other key statutes such as the National Parks Act 1980 and Reserves Act 1977.
DOC turned 20 years old on 1 April 2007. Read a short history of the Department.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) turned 25 years old in April 2012. To mark the anniversary an exhibition took place in the foyer of DOC's national office in Wellington. For those who missed the exhibition, it is available for download as a document.