Lead the Way encourages dog owners to become wildlife wise and know how to act to protect coastal wildlife.
This programme uses highly trained dogs and their handlers to detect New Zealand’s protected species or unwanted pests.
With reports of fur seals and penguins being harassed by dogs, Science Advisor Laura Boren is working to find a balance between protecting wildlife and allowing dog owners the ability to exercise their pups.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.