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Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 14:27:35 +1300

What's Up DOC? website newsletter


What's Up DOC?

Recent additions to the Department of Conservation website

Sirocco the kakapo
A kakapo who thinks he's human; Sirocco is a conservation ambassador and a media superstar.

Sirocco the kakapo conservation superstar
View the YouTube video that everyone is talking about where Sirocco gets “up close and personal” with presenters Mark Cawardine and Stephen Fry, and access his Facebook and Twitter pages.

Posts about Sirocco on the Conservation Blog
The online world is pretty new to DOC staff, but we saw how quickly things can blow up – in a remarkable and positive way!

More kakapo pages

Kakapo conservation
Large, flightless and nocturnal, the kakapo is an eccentric parrot which can live for decades.

Kakapo videos from Meet the Locals
Watch videos about kakapo (including one of Sirocco) from the Meet the Locals series.

Kakapo ranger diaries
Read diary entries from rangers caring for kakapo on remote southern islands.

Get involved

Conservation Blog
Our blog tells behind-the-scenes stories about the different ways DOC staff get involved in conservation. We’d love you to read the posts and add your comments.

Conservation Week special
Join Nic Vallance and the team as they explore some of New Zealand's natural heritage including Kaimanawa wild horses, kakapo and the Kiwi Conservation Camp.

Show us your photos
Share your volunteer experience with the world by adding your Flickr photos to the Getting Involved in Conservation group.

Raoul Island diaries
Read what it's like to live and work on Raoul Island from some of the DOC workers stationed there.

Whanganui River Week 1-8 November 2009
Get out there and connect with the Whanganui River.

Karioi Maunga Restoration Project
This Raglan project aims to eradicate introduced pests and restore native flora and fauna on the Maunga.

Karori Sanctuary Trust
This trust has an extraordinary 500-year vision - to restore a 225ha area of forest and wetland in Wellington city to the way it was before humans arrived.

Photo galleries

O Tu Wharekai
Photos from around the O Tu Wharekai / Ashburton Lakes region.

Waiorongomai Valley
View photos of the restoration of gold-mining relics in the Bay of Plenty’s Wairongomai Valley.

Preservation Inlet
View photos of a trip to Fiordland’s Preservation Inlet.


Free Meet the Locals education resource for NZ schools
New Zealand teachers can register for a free DVD of selected Meet the Locals episodes for a limited time.

Harbours, bays and estuaries teaching resource
Students can learn about cockles, snapper and whitebait (galaxiids), some of the fascinating fish and shellfish that depend on New Zealand’s estuaries.

Yellow-eyed penguin's backyard
This new online science and technology school project starts in October.


Maps - get the right map for your trip
Find out what maps are available and where to buy them so you can adequately plan for your trip.

New Zealand’s new maps
New Zealand has moved to the Top50 series new mapping system. If you use maps make sure you make the move too.

Central North Island Rail Trail Cycleway
Find out about a new cycleway being developed in Pureora Forest Park.

Backcountry huts removed and not available for accommodation
Get a list of DOC huts that have been removed and those not available for accommodation. These huts may still appear on maps and in other visitor information.

Mountain bikers code and track grading system
Information on both the mountain bikers code of conduct and the grades of mountain bike rides that DOC uses, including a factsheet and graphics.

Historic Koru Pa
Many battles were fought at Koru Pa but only one was ever lost. Feel the spirits of the warriors at one of the most atmospheric pa sites in Taranaki.

Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve
Fort Takapuna offers a glimpse of New Zealand's 19th and 20th Century military history.

Recreation brochures

Tongariro Northern Circuit brochure
Information you need to know before heading out on the Tongariro Northern Circuit track.

Around the Mountain Circuit brochure
Information about Mt Taranaki’s the Around the Mountain Circuit.

Hunting in Wellington Forest Parks brochure
Hunting is encouraged in the forest parks to help control deer, goats and pigs which harm native plants and wildlife.

Ahuriri Conservation Park brochure
This park contains over 49,000 hectares of rugged mountain country, wetlands, tussocklands and beech/tawhai forest between Lakes Ohau and Hawea.

Ruataniwha Conservation Park brochure
This south Canterbury park has over 36,000 hectares of rugged mountain country, tussocklands, beech forest and rivers.


Silver Peaks use survey
Have your say about current and future recreation in Silver Peaks, near Dunedin.

Kauri National Park proposal
This is an investigation into the establishment of a Kauri National Park in Northland.

Coastal protection awareness survey
Share your knowledge of the Manawatu coastal environment and the values you place on them. Submissions close today.

Canterbury CMS review on hold
The review of the Canterbury Conservation Management Strategy is on hold until 2010.


DOC's Annual Report for year ended 30 June 2009
This is a report on the operations of the Department of Conservation.

Science and technical publications
View the most recent list of DOC science and technical publications.

Good as Gold October 2009
This newsletter keeps you in touch with what's happening in Otago conservation.

Conservation Board annual reports
View the latest annual reports for individual conservation boards.

Conservation publications

Gardening for geckos and skinks
Factsheets explaining how to provide habitat in your garden for lizards, common and Wellington green geckos, and common and ornate skinks.

Wellington marine information CD
A wealth of information about Wellington’s marine environment is on this interactive web-based CD.

Working with wetlands in Hawke's Bay and the East Coast
This multi-agency guide offers a step-by-step process to help Hawke's Bay landowners create and restore wetlands.

O Tu Wharekai wetland factsheet
This Canterbury wetland is one of the best examples of an unspoiled, intact, inter-montane wetland system remaining in New Zealand.


$3 million for conservation projects
Funding grants totalling over $3 million dollars have been allocated for more than 70 conservation projects across 23 thousand hectares of private land.

New Kauri National Park for Northland
The New Zealand Conservation Authority is investigating the creation of a new National Park in Northland.

Didymo found in the Upper Rangitata
Didymo is in Canterbury’s Upper Rangitata River.

Funding allocation boosts community conservation projects
Local community restoration groups are winners as $600,000 is invested in native planting projects as a result of Community Conservation Fund allocations.

DOC concerned about public safety with Moko
An issue with a swimmer not being able to get back inshore while playing with Moko the bottlenose dolphin earlier this year has prompted a warning from DOC staff.

One lucky kiwi chick
Cute as a button and lucky to be alive, a Haast Tokoeka kiwi chick has cheated certain death thanks to an intricate operation.

Leaving on a jet plane
Ten kokako flew to the southern part of the South Island in a less than conventional manner after boarding an Air New Zealand flight.

DOC questions poison claims
DOC is urging Waiheke Island environmental group Ocean Aware to have samples of marine birds, oysters and dog vomit independently tested.

Dolphins test negative for domoic acid
Independent laboratory tests on dolphins that died recently in the Hauraki Gulf have come back negative for demoic acid.

DOC and local designers come up with home-grown trap
A ground-breaking, New Zealand-designed self-setting trap is about to enter the pest control battle, providing urgently-needed support for endangered birds such as kiwi.

More news

Questions and answers on the DOC website
Find answers to the questions DOC is most frequently asked.

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