Posts tagged "Department of Conservation"

Aerial 1080 drop planned for head of Lake Wakatipu

[18 July / The Country] A 19,000ha piece of land at Lake Wakatipu is set to have an aerial drop of 1080 in an attempt to control rat numbers as they increase due to the beech forest ‘mega mast’. Department of Conservation (DoC) said up to 15,000 seeds were falling per square metre in the...

Plague warning: Maps reveal extent of ‘mega mast’

[1 July/The Country] Official maps released have revealed the vast swathe of New Zealand wilderness under threat from a plague-fuelling “mega mast”  and officials reported response plans can’t be scaled up. Forest & Bird are warning a nationwide rat plague will only about to get worse, and has appealed to the Government and Councils to...

Whitebaiters want commercial sales banned to protect fishery

[17 May/Stuff NZ] Almost 3,000 people have responded to a Department of Conservation survey on whitebait management with 90 percent responding that changes needed to be made to make the fishery more sustainable. Many called for a ban on the commercial sale of the fish, as well as the introduction of licenses, a catch limit...

Bye-bye boat visits when marine farms get sensor-ed

[21 April/Stuff NZ] Plans are in place to put a sensor on each of the 600 marine farms in the Marlborough Sounds. The sensors are being implemented for live environmental data to be available for the Marlborough District Council ensuring farms stay compliant and regulators can operate remotely. Sensors would also be attached to harbourmaster...

Department of Conservation and Northland Regional Council declare war on koi carp and rudd

[30 April/The Country] Both the Department of Conservation and the Northland Regional Council have announced that they will tackle populations of koi carp and rudd and are asking the public to tell them where they are living. Pest fish upset the balance in freshwater systems and affect ecological, cultural and recreational values. Both koi carp...

Doc urges Hawke’s bay residents to check for myrtle rust in gardens

[24 April/NZ Herald] The Department of Conservation is urging Hawke’s Bay residents to be on the lookout for myrtle rust. Myrtle rust is a fungal disease which has the potential to decimate myrtle species found in New Zealand. The disease generally attacks soft new growth such as shoots, buds and flowers. The pest has the...

Take nothing but memories, leave no geotags says Leave No Trace outdoor ethics

[28 March/The Country] Department of Conservation has teamed up with Leave No Trace New Zealand to launch a new environmental campaign educating the public on seven outdoor ethics. The campaign is demonstrated in short videos, with two currently having been released and the rest to be published in the following weeks. The scheme comes into...

Avocado growers in Environment Court water fight over wetland’s aquifer source

[10 December/Stuff] The Department of Conservation (DOC) is appealing a resource consent granted by the Northland Regional Council (NRC) allowing 17 avocado growers to take over two million cubic metres of groundwater a year from the Aupouri aquifer in the Environment Court this week. The growers plan to plant over 600 hectares of avocados, and...

DoC orders ‘extraordinary’ independent review into 1080 drop that killed cows

[28 September/The Country] A review has been initiated by the Department of Conservation after a 1080 drop was initiated, resulting in the death of cows. It said the step was to provide public confidence in its operations. Eight cows were found dead following the drop. Two cows were confirmed to have ingested the poison. DoC...

New whitebait season gets underway as pressures mount

[15 August/Stuff] As the New Zealand whitebait season starts, there is growing concern about stock levels. Conservation advocacy groups renewed warnings about the low state of whitebait stocks and renewed pleas for a ban on commercial whitebaiting. A report by the Department of Conservation revealed that at least three of the five native species were...

Future of hunting statutory body under review

[14 August/Radio NZ] The future of the Game Animal Council was uncertain with the Minster of Conservation putting it under review. It was a statutory body established in 2013 and had been allocated $600,000 from the Department of Conservation. Its goal is to improve the management of deer, chamois, tahr and wild pigs on conservation...

Largest boost to DOC since 2002 leaves Green Party smiling

[17 May/Stuff] The Department of Conservation will receive a $181.6 million funding boost over four years. The funds will largely go towards predator control and biodiversity initiatives, and also maintaining parks and paths. $81.6 of the funding is for landscape-predator control which enables DOC to undertake sustained control over 1.8 million hectares. Conservation Minister, Eugenie...

DOC to work with iwi over wild pig problem

[6 May/Radio NZ] The Department of Conservation said it would consult with its iwi partners on what to do about wild pigs in a Northland kauri forest. Conservationists noticed the extensive pig damage in the remote Warawara and Herekino forests. The forests contained some of the largest stands of ancient kauri in the north. DOC’s...

Eel could be back in the menu as ‘clean’ meat

[26 April/NZ Farmer] Mahurangi Technical Institute Founder, Paul Decker, said cellular agriculture is an exciting technology that is worth pursuing. The technology sees animal meat able to be grown in fermentation tanks rather than raising animals for slaughter. A single gram of cells taken from a live animal can be grown to produce 10,000 kilograms...

Crowdfunding project assists Ocean Beach stream planting

[3 November/New Zealand Herald] In the latest stage of an ongoing project to improve the Waipuka Stream at Ocean Beach, a section of the stream identified as a spawning site for native fish has been fenced off. The project is led by an innovative partnership between landowners, the estate of Pukepuke Tangiora, and the Million...

Department of Conservation slams illegal release of deer

[26 October/New Zealand Herald] A group of anti-1080 protesters has illegally released a herd of sika deer into North Taranaki forests. The Department of Conservation (DOC) strongly condemned their actions. DOC rushed into the area after an anonymous tip-off and had since worked hard to remove the deer, destroying five so far. DOC’s Director-General Lou...

Tourism is all take and no give, research finds

[7 August/ Farmers Weekly] Victoria University research has found tourism contributed less than 3.5 percent of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) budget while DOC spent 34 percent of its budgetary allocations on recreational expenses including tourist facilities and services and managing tourism concessions. Victoria’s School of Government Senior Lecturer Dr Valentina Dinica said DOC is...