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June 2015

Recent additions to the DOC website and conservation blog

Conservation blog

A behind-the-scenes look at DOC's conservation work:

Counting penguins on Antipodes
Senior Biodiversity Ranger Jo Hiscock has been down in the Antipodes Islands to check how the penguins' populations are doing.

Murder most foul at Maungatapu
Jackie Breen from DOC's Heritage Team tells us about the dark history of Albion Square Historic Reserve's quaint Fire Engine House.

D-G Direct: An update from Lou Sanson
Catch up with the recent highlights and happenings of DOC Director-General, Lou Sanson.

People at DOC

The challenges, highlights, and personalities of the people who work at DOC.

National Volunteer Week

To celebrate National Volunteer Week we're honouring the selfless souls who volunteer for conservation with a series of volunteer spotlights:

Volunteering on Kāpiti Island
GIS Consultant Anne Harper recently escaped the city, spending a month volunteering in paradise.

Nelson Tasman volunteers
Ever wondered what it's like to volunteer with DOC? Ranger Sally Legget tells us what volunteers have been getting up to in Motueka and Takaka.

Volunteering across generations
Partnerships Ranger Charles Barrie shares his experience working with volunteer groups, young and old.

Read more volunteer storiesSee latest volunteer listings | Browse by type of activity


East Coast: Join a community effort to restore Te Wherowhero Lagoon during June and July.

Taupo: Head along to the Whakaipō Bay community planting day or enter the annual Taupo fishery licence competition.

Fiordland: Celebrate Matariki (Māori New Year) with a night time nature walk along the Kepler Track, hosted by DOC rangers.

Wild weather

Recent storm events have led to the closures of some DOC tracks and facilities. Remember to always check the alerts in your region before venturing outdoors.

If you're in the Whanganui region, be aware that all tracks, huts and campsites are closed while staff carry out inspections to assess the damage.

For those in Dunedin storms have also caused damage to some tracks and facilities, so take care if you're heading out on DOC tracks.


Taupo Fishery: new season, new system
A new online licensing system will make it easier to get out on the water when the Taupo fishing season kicks off 1 July.

Hauraki Gulf attractions scoop Trip Advisor awards
Four top Auckland attractions have been awarded Certificates of Excellence in Trip Advisor's latest awards.

Backcountry hut and track upgrade in full swing
Trampers, hunters and mountain bikers are doing up dozens of huts and tracks with the help of the government's community conservation fund.

Success for wasp control pilot programme
A pilot programme to control wasps on conservation land during the summer season has led to a significant reduction in wasp activity at the pilot sites.

DOC partners recognised at Green Ribbon awards
DOC is delighted that three of its conservation partners have been recognised for their outstanding achievements, at this year's Green Ribbon environmental awards.

Whale watching in Cook Strait
A DOC research team will be scanning the Cook Strait sea with their sights set on whales as the annual whale survey gets underway this month.

Maui Watch newsletter: Winter 2015
Read about the sightings process, learn how you can help if you are a cat owner, and watch some awesome video footage.

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