Tagged: DoC

De-extinction dilemma: Bring back the moa or save the kiwi? - News

John Kerr Feb 28, 2017

Adding previously-extinct species to our conservation checklist will strain already tight conservation budgets, say a team of New Zealand and Australian scientists. Little Bush Moa, Anomalopteryx didiformis. © Te Papa. De-extinction – resurrecting extinct species with the help of modern technology – has been largely confined to the realms of sci-fi. But now technology is catching up with the fantasy. Read More

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

Part 8: Solving the biodiversity crisis - The Nature of Things

Marie Brown Mar 18, 2016

Over the past several weeks I’ve unpacked the essence of Vanishing Nature, pointing out where the fundamental drivers of the loss of nature appear throughout our economy and institutions. The worrisome state of our national conservation agency (DOC) is a manifestation of politically sanctioned agency capture promoting low priority to safeguarding nature over competing government … Read More

Part 3: A wounded gatekeeper – what’s up, DOC? - The Nature of Things

Marie Brown Feb 12, 2016

Many countries don’t have a centralised conservation agency like New Zealand has, but do these gatekeepers have the backing to stem environmental degradation and biodiversity loss? Last week I set out the three fundamental drivers of biodiversity loss: Market failure for biodiversity Regulatory failure due to agency capture and the power of private interests Perverse incentives that lead politicians … Read More

Conservation and management of New Zealand whitebait species - Waiology

Waiology Aug 29, 2013

By Jane Goodman A bucketful of Giant kokopu (Photo: Emily Funnell).New Zealand’s whitebait fishery consists of the young of five migratory galaxiid species – inanga (Galaxias maculatus), koaro (Galaxias brevipinnis), banded kokopu (Galaxias fasciatus), giant kokopu (Galaxias argenteus) and shortjaw kokopu (Galaxias postvectis). Smelt (Retropinna retropinna) are also present in catches from some rivers along with the young … Read More

Leave fossil fuels undisturbed. - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Aug 09, 2011

A recent Forest and Bird Newsletter contrasted the anticipated loss of 100 jobs in the Department of Conservation with the announced doubling of the number of people employed in the Ministry of Economic Development’s unit aimed at expanding the oil and minerals industries. The newsletter comments that some of those who will lose their jobs [...] … Read More

Gambling with nature’s tolerance - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 11, 2010

Al Morrison, the director general of New Zealand’s Department of Conservation — the government body that manages about one-third of the country’s land area, from World Heritage temperate rainforest in the south to kauri forests in the north (not to mention running world-class efforts to conserve endangered native species such as the kakapo and tuatara) [...] … Read More