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Welcome to New Zealands Plant Portal. DOC News June 18 2007
What's Up @ DOC? Department of Conservation
Recent additions to the Department of Conservation website

Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area
The 2.6 million hectare Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area encompasses Westland Tai Poutini, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks.

Approved new Matauranga Kura Taiao projects
Find out about new Matauranga Kura Taiao projects that have been approved by the Minister of Conservation.

Approved new Nga Whenua Rahui projects
Learn about the new Nga Whenua Rahui projects that have been approved by the Minister of Conservation.

Conservation Week school activities
Teachers can use these class activities to make students think about what being in the outdoors means to them, and to plan a trip to a local DOC walk, track or reserve.

Southland winter talks
Check out the winter talks programme of events taking place in Te Anau and Invercargill this winter.

Waewaetorea Island planting
The ongoing reforestation project in the eastern Bay of Islands aims to create a corridor for fauna to link the north facing and south facing catchments of the island.

Waitawheta hut warden
DOC requires volunteers to hut warden at the Waitawheta Hut in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park.


Kapiti Island fire investigation underway
An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire that destroyed a ranger’s house on Kapiti Island.

Kapiti Island fire quickly brought under control
A fire that broke out in a ranger’s house on Kapiti Island has been brought under control and staff on the island are safe..

Mice eradication to make Abel Tasman islands predator-free
DOC is to eradicate mice on three Abel Tasman National Park islands so they can become predator-free sanctuaries for native species.

Off-track driving at Cloudy Bay threatens existence of rare, jumping moth
Drivers of four-wheel drive vehicles on the Cloudy Bay foreshore are being asked to keep to existing vehicle tracks to avoid damaging the habitat of a rare, tiny, jumping moth that lives nowhere else.

World Heritage convenes in New Zealand
For the first time New Zealand is hosting the World Heritage Committee’s annual meeting.

It’s white! there's no rust!
The light may not be on, but the Cape Brett Lighthouse is again a shining beacon in the Bay of Islands after an eight-week make-over.

Sightings may help solve southern right whales mystery
The recent sightings of southern right whales off the Southland coast marks the start of the winter breeding migration for the endangered species seeking sheltered waters close to the country’s shore lines.

Waitangi kiwi safe after logging
An intensive monitoring programme involving patient loggers, DOC staff and a specially-trained dog has kept two pairs of North Island brown kiwi safe during logging in the Waitangi Endowment Forest.

Fee Increase for Waikaremoana Great Walk
Visitors to the Waikaremoana Great Walk will pay increased fees for the use of huts and campsites on the track.

Facelift for old Government Buildings
Ten years after the restoration of Wellington’s grand old lady of the public service, the wooden Government Buildings is looking sprightly after a receiving the full facial treatment.

Grahame Sydney landscapes protected forever
The 9,165 hectare Michael Peak Station in Central Otago has been purchased for a conservation park.

Funding secured to investigate Stewart Island pest eradication
The Stewart Island/Rakiura Community and Environment Trust has secured funding from the Tindall Foundation to investigate the possibility of eradicating Stewart Island’s rat and feral cat population.

Takahe leave island for mountain homeland
Three takahe are today being taken from Tiritiri Matangi destined for the Murchison Mountains in Fiordland, in a move aimed at increasing the takahe population as a whole.

Help sought to track southern right whales
The appearance of a southern right whale in Wellington Harbour has coincided with a call for public support to help track their whereabouts.

Survival of native birds and plants depends on 1080, ERMA told as hearings close
“We have argued from the outset that the benefits of continuing to use 1080 far outweigh the adverse effects and associated risks,” said DOC general manager John Ombler.

Get to know the wild neighbours
Wellington's south coast residents are invited to meet some of their more elusive neighbours, and learn of plans to enhance their well being.

A world first - Chatham Island taiko fledge from predator-proof site
All eight chicks produced this year by the critically endangered Chatham Island taiko have successfully fledged from a predator-free site, to where they will hopefully return to breed.

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