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#RoyalCam gets up close with nesting albatross

John Kerr posted in on January 26th, 2016.

A family of Northern royal albatross nesting on the Otago Peninsula have become internet stars thanks to a 24-7 live web cam set up by the Department of Conservation. The Department launched the #royalcam at Taiaroa Head — the world’s only mainland Albatross colony — today. The camera is trained on the nest of a […]

Smart spending for ‘flagship’ species – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 25th, 2015.

Smart spending of private conservation funding for individual ‘charismatic’ species can significantly benefit other species, say the authors of a new study. In New Zealand, the Department of Conservation (DOC) runs a National Partnership sponsorship programme, allowing companies to sponsor an individual, iconic ‘flagship’ species such as the kiwi, kakapo or takahe. Some experts have […]

NZ birds and 1080 – 3rd Degree

Laura Goodall posted in on December 5th, 2014.

The media attention is back on the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) biggest ever aerial 1080 drop in an effort to battle rats and stoats, a major threat to New Zealand’s native bird species. In the latest episode of TV3’s current affairs show 3rd Degree, Samantha Hayes speaks to the DOC’s Graeme Elliot and Landcare Research’s Dr Janine Duckworth to find […]

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Increased DOC predator control in the news

John Kerr posted in on September 10th, 2014.

The media attention is back on pests such as rats and stoats as the Department of Conservation (DOC) gears up for one the largest predator control operations ever attempted in New Zealand. Aerial 1080 drops will be getting underway in Kahurangi National Park later this month, as part of a national effort to combat soaring […]

Scientists study southern killer whale stranding

John Kerr posted in on February 13th, 2014.

Nine orca have died after becoming stranded on a Southland Beach early Wednesday morning. The Department of Conservation says the stranding, which included one calf, was approximately five per cent of the national population. Their full release is available here. The rare Blue Cliffs beach stranding–near Tuatapere in Southland–is only the third mass beaching of […]

1080 and the Battle for Our Birds – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 30th, 2014.

The Government is launching New Zealand’s largest-ever species protection programme, increasing the use of aerial 1080 to control pests and protect native wildlife. Minister for the Environment Dr Nick Smith announced details of the ‘Battle for Our Birds‘ programme this week. The programme will increase pest control in 35 forests to protect 12 native species, […]

Govt prepares for plague of rats and stoats

John Kerr posted in on January 30th, 2014.

New Zealand’s forests are set to be the battleground for a war between introduced predators and the Department of Conservation. A larger than usual flowering and seeding of beech trees – known as a mast year – is expected to boost the number of rats and stoats in New Zealand’s forests. The coming plague of […]

Govt must ‘sort out’ conservation land in limbo – PCE

John Kerr posted in on August 21st, 2013.

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright,  is calling on the government to “sort out” land classed as ‘stewardship land’ —  a poorly protected category of conservation land in New Zealand. Dr Wright has expressed her concerns in a new report, Investigating the future of conservation: The case of stewardship land, which was released […]

Longfin eels – PCE calls for commercial fishing moratorium

Dacia Herbulock posted in on April 17th, 2013.

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright has launched a new report, On a pathway to extinction? An investigation into the status and management of the longfin eel. Commercial fishing of native freshwater eels is currently permitted under the quota management system, despite mounting concerns that the iconic endemic longfin eel may be headed […]

Scientists protest DOC cuts

John Kerr posted in on December 7th, 2011.

In an open letter to the Conservation Minister, a group of over 100 New Zealand scientists have expressed their “collective dismay” at the restructuring of the Department of Conservation. The letter, released today, called for the government to commit to a well-funded Department of Conservation. It was sent  in response to the government’s announcement that […]

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