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Minister visits Auckland Islands – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 27th, 2017.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has just returned from a four-day trip to the Auckland Islands on the HMNZS Otago. On the trip, Barry announced that the Department of Conservation (DOC) was celebrating a 14 per cent increase in sea lion pups this year, following years of declining births on the subantarctic Auckland Islands. She said […]

Govt plan to boost kiwi – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 4th, 2016.

The Government has announced a plan to boost wild kiwi numbers to more than 100,000 by 2030 – about 30,000 more than current numbers. Conservation Minister Maggie Barry announced the draft plan on Monday and will now seek feedback from iwi partners and other stakeholders. The plan has three high-level goals: growing populations, maintaining genetic […]

Predator-free continues to nab headlines – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 8th, 2016.

Two weeks after an announcement that the Government would aim to make New Zealand “predator free” by 2050, conservation news continues to grab headlines in NZ media. Today’s Catalyst – Fairfax Media’s science page – hosted two predator-free stories. Environmental scientist Dr Jamie Steer wrote in an opinion piece that the “militant” stance implicit in […]

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