Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018


Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..


The Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is the central government organisation charged with conserving the natural and historic heritage of New Zealand on behalf of and for the benefit of present and future New Zealanders.

Its mission is "to conserve New Zealand's natural and historic heritage for all to enjoy now and in the future".

The Department's responsibilities are encapsulated in the Department's Maori name - Te Papa Atawhai; Te papa signifies a box or container (for the taonga or treasures) and atawhai the act of caring, nurturing or preserving.

The Department manages or administers on behalf of New Zealanders: 

  • national parks and forest parks
  • reserves and conservation areas
  • protected indigenous forests
  • protected inland waters and wild and scenic rivers
  • indigenous/native wildlife
  • non-commercial freshwater fisheries
  • historic places on conservation land
  • marine reserves and protecting marine mammals offshore islands set aside for conservation
    For information about pests on or not on islands and how to avoid introducing them, click here.

Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand

The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand is New Zealand's largest national conservation organisation. The Society's mission is to preserve and protect the native plants and animals and natural features of New Zealand.

Forest and Bird is active on a wide range of conservation and environmental issues. These include the protection of native forests, tussock grasslands, wetlands, coastlines, and marine ecosystems, energy and resource conservation, sustainable fisheries and sustainable land management.

Hihi Recovery Group

The Online Resource for Hihi Research and Conservation.  This website houses long term demographic data of hihi for the research team and provides an up to date summary of research for hihi managers.

Ark in the Park

Ark in the Park is a partnership between Forest and Bird and the Auckland Regional Council. It is a conservation project in northern New Zealand rain forest, at the Cascade Kauri Park in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. By controlling non-native pests and predators, we help restore the ecology of the area to its natural state.

Kiwi Recovery Programme

Saving our national bird is a full time occupation. The kiwi is canny, strong and stroppy, but it's vanishing from New Zealand at a rate of 5.8 percent every year.

In 1991 the Bank of New Zealand became a partner in the Kiwi Recovery Programme with the Department of Conservation and Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society because we wanted to do something about this decline.

Kakapo Recovery Team

The National Kakapo Team presently has ten staff, all employed by DOC They are responsible for the day-to-day management of kakapo.

Six of the staff maintain a continual presence on the kakapo islands in a revolving roster. The other four staff have specialist skills and shuttle between the islands and the Department of Conservation's Biodiversity Unit in Wellington.

The National Kakapo Team is advised by the Kakapo Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, which is a group of independent experts in the various fields of species conservation. 

Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

The Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre offers a unique opportunity to see examples of New Zealand's threatened and endangered wildlife and learn about wildlife conservation.

Mount Bruce plays a central role in the survival of many threatened species through its captive breeding programmes, research and public education.

Takahe Recovery Programme

This DOC website has news and information about the National Programme for Takahe recovery.

Ornithological Society of New Zealand

Founded in 1939 the OSNZ was incorporated in 1953 and now has about 1000 financial members world-wide. A feature of OSNZ is the diversity of its membership, which ranges from professional ornithologists and government institutions in New Zealand and overseas through secondary and tertiary students and experienced amateur observers to learners and beginners. No special qualifications are required for admission and membership is open to all who are interested in birds. 

Miranda Shorebird Centre

The Miranda Naturalists' Trust was formed to encourage people to visit the coastline and appreciate its wide range of flora and fauna. The Trust encourages research and other educational activities. The Trust is involved with studying bird migration.

The Trust owns and operates the Miranda Shorebird Centre which offers a range of events and education programmes through the year.

Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

Imagine a secret valley only 2km from the city centre, 252 ha of native forest ringing with the songs of our rare native birds. This is also a place for people.

The Sanctuary enables New Zealanders of all ages to experience and learn from our precious natural heritage in an easily accessible location. School parties can learn about the valley and its ecological and human history.

Karori Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected natural area where the bio-diversity of a square mile of forest is being restored.

A predator-proof fence, specifically designed to exclude 14 species of non-native mammals ranging from possums to mice encircles the 8.6km perimeter.

The Sanctuary is at present in a degraded state. Flora now missing from the site or rare - including large podocarp species such as rimu and totara - will be re-established.

Many species of threatened native wildlife will be re-introduced. The little spotted kiwi - one of our rarer kiwi - has already been released.

New Zealand Brown Teal Online

This site provides information about New Zealand's critically endangered Brown Teal, what is being done to help conserve and manage it, and who is involved. The information and work programmes covered in this site are part of Recovery Efforts and long-term commitment to conserve this unique species as part of our natural heritage.

Friends of Mana Island Inc.

The Friends of Mana Island Incorporated was formed in 1999 to provide support for the Restoration Plan prepared by the Department of Conservation (DoC) in 1987.

The Plan calls for a 20 year planting program to restore the vegetation and habitat of the Island to a similar environment to that existing prior to human intervention on the Island.

Matakohe / Limestone Island

Motu Matakohe, also known as Limestone Island, is a 37ha (100 acre) island just off the suburb of Onerahi in the upper reaches of Whangarei Harbour, Northland, New Zealand. Only five minutes boat ride from Whangarei city (pop. 40,000), community input has steadily increased over the years and transformed the island. Efforts are coordinated by a group of enthusiasts, the Friends of Matakohe – Limestone Island Society (FOMLIS).