Tagged: Department of Conservation

Govt asks: ‘Conservation science – are we doing it right?’ - News

John Kerr Jul 18, 2016

The Government funds millions of dollars’ worth of conservation and environment research each year – and it needs your help to make sure that research is heading in the right direction. A planned conservation and environment science ‘roadmap’ will lay out the Government’s research priorities of for the next 20 years. The Department of Conservation (DOC) and Ministry for the Environment (MfE) have jointly … Read More

Shifting pest control to our backyards - Guest Work

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Mar 11, 2016

It was a photo op that no media could turn up. Pictures of adorably fluffy kōkako chicks hatched this season in the Hunua Ranges thanks to a 1080 blitz on predators. The news stories followed a report released by the Auckland Council following last year’s 1080 operation in the ranges near Auckland. The 1150-hectare Kōkako Management Area was set up … Read More

Part 7 – Community conservation won’t save biodiversity - The Nature of Things

Marie Brown Mar 11, 2016

Community conservation is a real jewel in the crown of New Zealand’s conservation effort. Many thousands of kiwis fight for kiwis every weekend: trapping, weeding, building tracks, running tours and building community links to nature. Community groups, iwi organisations, private sector inputs, the philanthropic sector and landowners toil admirably. But this won’t save biodiversity. Community … Read More

Antipodean wandering albatross continues to dive - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 01, 2016

Numbers of the Antipodean wandering albatross have continued to fall, according to New Zealand researchers who visit the birds’ main breeding island every summer. The population has been monitored since 1994 and in a brief report to New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) in December, scientists Graeme Elliott and Kath Walker warned that the population has continued to … Read More

The Department of Conservation’s role in water governance - Waiology

Waiology Mar 08, 2013

By Rosemary Miller The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) vision is to foster a healthy, functioning environment today and for future generations. This includes New Zealand freshwaters. So where does DOC fit into the overall picture of water governance in New Zealand? Firstly, DOC has specific freshwater functions as set out in the Conservation Act Legislation: To preserve … Read More

Ramsar wetlands in NZ: Why are they important and where are we going? - Waiology

Waiology Feb 05, 2013

By Hugh Robertson The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is a global environmental treaty that “provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources”. The Ramsar Convention was established in 1971, in the city of Ramsar, Iran. Awarua wetland Ramsar site, Southland. Source: DOC.New Zealand became … Read More

Excavations at First Mission Station (1814) and Prehistoric Garden Island - Digging the Dirt

Brigid Gallagher Feb 22, 2012

A very important part of being an archaeologist is to leave the theory books at the desk, and go out into the field.  Whilst grounded in science, archaeology is underpinned by an understanding or a willingness to understand and appreciate culture, society and politics of past human inhabitants.  Archaeological fieldwork and excavation is integral as it provides the raw data for analysis,  but the process itself requires time to gain … Read More