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17 November 2021
The Hakarimata Summit Track, one of the Waikato’s most popular walking tracks, reopens today as the region moves back to COVID-19 Alert Level 2.
29 September 2021
Female kākā are making a comeback in the King Country as the native birds’ population continues to grow.
12 August 2021
The 2021 whitebaiting season is about to kick off in the Waikato on 15 August with new regulations in place to help ensure a healthy future for the fishery.
28 July 2021
Feral goats across a swathe of the central North Island are the target of a new hunting competition launched by DOC and New Zealand Deerstalkers Association (NZDA).
22 July 2021
DOC rangers and visiting researchers have been crawling around a wetland on their hands and knees to discover how a rare and threatened orchid reproduces.
21 July 2021
Seven thousand native plants grown at Waikeria Prison have been donated to DOC and planted in internationally significant Whangamarino wetland in the Waikato this month.
21 June 2021
A new barrier has been installed at Waikato’s Lake Ruatuna to prevent the spread of the invasive pest fish koi carp.
26 May 2021
Visitors to Te Kuiti’s Mangaokewa Reserve are being urged to report fly tipping, vandalism and suspicious behaviour as damage and dumping continue at a site sacred to local hapū.
11 May 2021
A survey of rare plants has been completed at Waikato’s internationally significant Whangamarino Wetland, with excitement over the rediscovery of a seldom-found carnivorous species.
20 April 2021
The annual Pureora Hunting Competition culminated with the event’s prizegiving, a bull roaring competition and stories of the ones that got away.
15 April 2021
The southern section of the Hakarimata Walkway, one of Waikato’s popular tracks in the Hakarimata Ranges, is set to reopen to the public on Saturday 17 April following major track restoration work over the past 10 weeks.
15 April 2021
A group of rare Mahoenui giant wētā has a new home after a successful translocation to the Ōtorohanga Kiwi House this week.
08 April 2021
The 2021 kōkako nesting season has come to an end and there are high hopes for another 20 or more fledglings in Pirongia Forest Park.
29 March 2021
A 30-year veteran of New Zealand’s hunting scene will oversee judging in the annual Pureora Forest Park Hunting Competition this year.
16 March 2021
The newest trampers hut in Waikato’s Pirongia Forest Park is now bookable online.
11 March 2021
Boaties enjoying the ocean off the Waikato’s west coast are being urged to report sightings of the Māui dolphin, as a survey to determine the population of the rare mammals continues.
16 February 2021
A trial underway on the edge of the North Island’s Pureora Forest is exploring how New Zealand’s native bats/pekapeka respond to different types of artificial light.
05 February 2021
Office of the Minister of Conservation
A Waitomo-based Jobs for Nature project will keep up to ten people employed in the village as the tourism sector recovers post Covid-19 Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says.
02 February 2021
Two tracks in Waikato’s popular Hakarimata Ranges are in line for upgrades starting in February.
26 January 2021
Visitors to Te Toto Gorge, a picturesque, and culturally significant site, just south of Raglan, are being urged to report people rubbish dumping.
19 January 2021
Diverse native wildlife on Mount Pirongia can flourish this summer, thanks to a successful pest control operation, says DOC.
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