Conservation

Close up of a kiwi bird a flightless bird endemic to New Zealand.

As first of 4400 traps set, advocates envision kiwi roaming through Wellington backyards

An ambitious project to kill their predators is underway in the capital.

Kauri dieback: Waitakere Ranges tracks that should be closed still open

A conservation group's audit has found serious shortcomings in Auckland Council's attempts to fight kauri dieback in the Waitakere Ranges.

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A cosy fire and modern facilities are hoped to attract a new generation of tampers.

A flushing loo is hoped to entice new trampers into the bush

DOC's newest hut is officially opened on Quail Island, near Christchurch.

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Dog owners in Franz Josef, however, say there are few places in the area to walk their pets.

Plan to allow pets into national park angers environmentalists

Forest and Bird says DOC's planned rule change in Westland sets a dangerous precedent.

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They’re frustrated with what they say is a lack of Government action.

DOC to close 21 tracks to stop spread of kauri dieback

The tracks are located Kaitaia, the Kauri Coast, Whangārei, on Aotea/Great Barrier Island, in Hauraki, Waikato, and Tauranga.

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Officials say tahr numbers have to be limited to protect the landscape.

DOC to begin tahr control to reduce population numbers by 10,000 in South Island

Mobs of tahr can damage, and potentially wipe out, the native plants they feed on.

There is an estimated 63 Maui dolphins left in the world.

Net - not blood poisoning - may have killed rare, pregnant dolphin, expert says

The critically-endangered Māui dolphin was found washed up north of Raglan Harbour last month.

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The Avon Heathcote Estuary has joined an exclusive list of wetlands called the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Network, which is home to birds such as the bar-tailed godwit.

Christchurch estuary receives international recognition for role in life of migrating birds

The Avon Heathcote Estuary has joined an exclusive list of wetlands.

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Samson is back to his cheeky self, after he was badly injured in a bird survey.

Samson the Fiordland kea 'looking really alert' as he returns to the wild, nine months after concussion

Samson is back to his cheeky self after he was badly injured during a bird survey.

Photo-taking tourist narrowly avoids charging sea lion near Dunedin, prompting stern warning from DOC

The 400kg males can deliver a bite up to seven times more powerful than a dog, and can move surprisingly fast over the sand.

Dunedin gets $4.3 million funding to help rid city of pests that threaten native wildlife

The funding is part of the five-year, $15 million Predator Free Dunedin project.

University of Otago team films regenerating southern right whale population off Auckland Islands

"It’s one of the few instances around in conservation in which a species has managed to hang on and begin to slowly claw its way back from the brink."

Fears chemical pollution could wipe out half the world's different killer whale groups

The main threat to killer whales comes from polychlorinated biphenyls, commonly referred to as PCBs, a study has found.

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It’s applied for a grant from the Provincial Growth Fund.

Mackenzie District pleading for financial help to cope with influx of tourists

The stunning views see 4000 people visit Tekapo every day.

One of the most powerful Australian birds of prey the Wedge Tailed Eagle is a magnificent creature. This particular eagle was located around Alice Springs where they fly freely along the thermals generated by the West Macdonnel Ranges

New Zealand man jailed over deadly poisoning of 406 Australian eagles in Victoria

Murray James Silvester, a 59-year-old farm worker, pleaded guilty

Graffiti painted on the Oamaru town sign.

Oamaru residents 'disgusted' by anti-1080 vandalism to town's welcome sign

Photos posted to Facebook show the stone monument with the words "f*ck 1080" written in graffiti.

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Seven Sharp’s Lucas de Jong visited the mammal at the zoo.

Young NZ fur seal found with fishing line round neck is treated at Auckland Zoo

The seal was found slumped on a rock ledge at Piha and rangers thought it was dead.

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An encounter with one of the birds on the Heaphy Track got us thinking.

What to do and what not to do if you come across a kiwi in the wild

A rare daytime encounter with a kiwi on the Heaphy Track got TVNZ1's Seven Sharp thinking.

Watch: Great spotted kiwi charges hikers in rare daytime encounter on Heaphy Track

The family who took the footage think the native bird was defending its nest.

Photos: NZDF spot over 100 whales during census of NZ's southern right whales

The census found the nationally vulnerable population is recovering from whaling and other threats.

Waiheke Island / Auckland

Government sets goal of making Auckland's Waiheke Island predator free by 2025

A total of $10.9 million is budgeted for the project, launched on the Hauraki Gulf island today.

'Wow what an experience!' Rare Hector's dolphins delight boaties in Golden Bay

A pod of three Hector's dolphins swam in front of the boat, thrilling those on board.

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They’ve been seen swimming up a town culvert near Nelson to see if conservation efforts are working

Fluorescent whitebait unleashed near Nelson in native fish conservation effort

Nearly 75 per cent of NZ freshwater fish species are in decline.

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Department of Conservation staff say in the past month they've had their car tyres slashed and wheel nuts loosened.

Sharp rise in threats to DOC as 1080 protesters hold demonstrations

DOC says it's experienced 17 threats or attacks in the last month alone.

There are just 5000 kaka left in New Zealand, but in Wellington they appear to be flourishing.

DOC joins agencies in fight against 'campaign of disinformation' over 1080

They will be committing to the use of the pesticide to protect native wildlife, DOC said in a statement.

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With plant diseases likely to be affected by climate change, guaranteeing a future for some of New Zealand’s rarest species cannot happen soon enough.

Seed lab using liquid nitrogen to save natives opens in Wellington

The experiment hopes to guarantee a future for some of NZ's rarest species.

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