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3 February, 2016

Beach to become public land if appeal succeeds

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says a privately-owned beach will become part of the Abel Tasman National Park if an online crowdfunding campaign to buy it succeeds.

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2 February, 2016

World Wetlands Day celebrated

World Wetlands Day is a chance for New Zealanders to find out more about some of the country’s most important natural treasures, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry and Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner say.

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12 January, 2016

Recreational fishing parks proposed in Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds as part of Marine Protected Area reform

The Government has today launched a consultation document on a new Marine Protected Areas Act to replace the Marine Reserves Act 1971 that includes proposals for recreational fishing parks in the inner Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds.

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18 December, 2015

Upgraded Hooker Valley track opens

A newly completed upgrade of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park’s popular Hooker Valley track makes it easier for visitors to experience the spectacle of New Zealand’s highest mountains, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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18 December, 2015

Takahē release shows success of Recovery Programme

Ten young takahē released in the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland are the latest success for the species’ ongoing recovery programme, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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16 December, 2015

Additional Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel members appointed

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced the appointment of three additional members to the Auckland Unitary Plan independent hearings panel.

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13 December, 2015

Chinese kauri dieback partnership welcomed

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed a new partnership which will help inform Chinese New Zealanders and Chinese tourists about the threat of kauri dieback disease.

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11 December, 2015

Project Taranaki Mounga investment welcomed

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has welcomed the launch of Project Taranaki Mounga, a major new partnership which has the potential to change the face of conservation in New Zealand.

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10 December, 2015

The Someday Awards an inspiration

Conservation and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated the young winners of the 9th annual The Outlook for Someday film challenge.

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6 December, 2015

Nature Heritage Fund Turns 25

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner has this weekend celebrated the Nature Heritage Fund’s significant contribution to conservation over the past 25 years, at a special ceremony held at Hakatere, Ashburton Lakes, in Canterbury.

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5 December, 2015

Te Urewera launches Statement of Priorities

The Crown and Ngāi Tuhoe welcome the launch of Te Urewera’s inaugural Statement of Priorities in Taneatua today.

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2 December, 2015

Expanded powers for DOC rangers under new bill

Protection of New Zealand’s vulnerable native wildlife from smuggling, poaching and hunting will be modernised and improved by a bill introduced to Parliament today, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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22 November, 2015

Fiordland partnership to protect birds and wetlands

Rare native birds and threatened wetlands in Fiordland National Park will be protected by a new partnership between the Department of Conservation and Transpower, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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19 November, 2015

Abel Tasman forest block protected

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the Nature Heritage Fund is investing $235,000 to purchase 124 hectares of forested karst landscape on the western flank of the Abel Tasman National Park.

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17 November, 2015

Awards celebrate seabird protection

Outstanding advocacy for protection of New Zealand’s seabirds by the fishing industry has been recognised tonight at the Seabird Smart Awards, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say.

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17 November, 2015

Potential pest plague being monitored

The Department of Conservation will be ready to meet a potential plague of rats and stoats threatening vulnerable native species next year, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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9 November, 2015

Fur seals protected in Abel Tasman National Park

Two islands in Abel Tasman National Park will become specially protected areas to protect breeding colonies of New Zealand fur seals, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has announced.

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6 November, 2015

Warawara Forest pest control good sign for Northland

A successful, community-backed 1080 operation in Northland’s Warawara Forest points the way forward for more effective pest control in the region, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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6 November, 2015

Good to Grow Partnership announced

Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today signed an agreement which will see offenders engaged in conservation work and learning new skills at the same time.

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5 November, 2015

Conservation innovation award for wasp bait

An award-winning New Zealand-designed wasp bait could make a significant difference in the fight against the costly pests, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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2 November, 2015

Promoting good mental and environmental health

Helping promote good mental health and protect New Zealand’s precious natural environment is the goal of a new agreement announced today by Conservation Minister Maggie Barry.

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2 November, 2015

Conservation Week 2015: Healthy Nature, Healthy People

Conservation Week 2015 is a chance to get active outdoors and look after New Zealand’s natural world, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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28 October, 2015

Minister encouraged by moves towards migratory bird protection with China

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says progress on red knot protection in China is a significant step towards safeguarding the bird’s migration routes.

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23 October, 2015

White kakabeak returns from brink of extinction

The return of a rare native plant which has been brought back from extinction in the wild is a significant achievement for plant protection in New Zealand, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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21 October, 2015

Report reinforces importance of biodiversity

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the Environment Aotearoa report released today has given New Zealand a measurable and robust benchmark for environmental performance and conservation goals.

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15 October, 2015

Largest ever kiwi return to Okarito

The return of 50 juvenile kiwi to the Okarito forest on the West Coast is an excellent sign for recovery efforts, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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11 October, 2015

Central Otago and Southland conservation grants announced

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner says conservation projects throughout Central Otago and Southland, including reforestation, pest control and preservation of the endangered galaxiid fish family, will all receive a boost from the Community Conservation Partnership Fund (CCPF).

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8 October, 2015

Funding for Otago forests, birds and wetlands

A range of conservation projects, including coastal forests, wetland restoration and pest control across Otago, will benefit from the latest round of Community Conservation Partnership Fund (CCPF) grants, says Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner.

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4 October, 2015

Conservation funds for birds, bats and wetlands

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today announced Community Conservation Partnership Fund (CCPF) grants for projects in the Nelson and Marlborough regions, with support for conservation of long-tailed bats and native birds, and restoration of local wetlands.

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27 September, 2015

Kiwi projects receive $226,000

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has announced new funding for three groups with exciting plans to help New Zealand’s national bird thrive in the wild.

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