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1 July, 2015

West Coast wetlands protected by Nature Heritage Fund

A significant wetland on the West Coast home to rare birds and plants will be preserved for the public thanks to the Nature Heritage Fund, Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner says.

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28 June, 2015

Appointments to Conservation Boards made

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today announced 41 appointments to the 14 Conservation Boards across New Zealand.

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21 June, 2015

Young and old volunteering for conservation

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner says Volunteer Week is a chance to celebrate the fact that people at all stages of their life are stepping up to volunteer their time to preserve New Zealand’s natural heritage.

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16 June, 2015

New Marine protected areas for West Coast

Three new marine protected areas (MPAs) have been announced for the West Coast today by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry.

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5 June, 2015

Kauri dieback donation welcomed

A generous donation towards protecting our native kauri tree from the ravages of kauri dieback disease has been welcomed by Conservation Minister Maggie Barry.

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4 June, 2015

Winners of 2015 Green Ribbon Awards announced

Project Janszoon has named as the recipient of the Supreme Award at this year’s Green Ribbon Awards, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry announced at the ceremony held at Parliament tonight.

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4 June, 2015

Budget 2015: Saving our kiwi

A fresh approach to saving the kiwi from extinction has been launched today thanks to a new $11.2 million investment from Budget 2015, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

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3 June, 2015

Finalists announced for 2015 Green Ribbon Awards

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced the finalists for the 2015 Green Ribbon Awards, which will this year mark 25 years of honouring New Zealand’s environmental leaders.

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21 May, 2015

$11.2m to secure the future of the kiwi

New Zealand’s most famous bird, the kiwi, will receive $11.2 million of operating funding over the next four years in an effort to arrest its serious ongoing decline in the wild.

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12 May, 2015

Dunne to review unsafe and illegal gun use

Associate Conservation Minister Peter Dunne is urging the hunting community to keep gun safety at the forefront of their minds following two tragic fatal incidents during the weekend. The first involving a teen in the Bay of Plenty and the second a young man in the Central North Island were both the result of the (accidental) discharge of their weapons.

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7 May, 2015

Ambassador brings new focus to threatened species

New Zealand’s vulnerable native species will now have another strong voice for their protection with the announcement of the country’s first Threatened Species Ambassador.

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23 April, 2015

Akaroa harbour lands preserved for public

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is pleased to announce two key remnants of the native landscape of the Banks Peninsula will now be open for public access.

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22 April, 2015

Battle For Our Birds a great success

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the success of the Battle For Our Birds programme is a welcome victory for endangered native species.

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18 April, 2015

Jewelled geckos returned to New Zealand

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner says the return of two illicitly taken native jewelled geckos to New Zealand shores sends a clear message that wildlife crime will not be tolerated.

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12 April, 2015

Securing Glenfern Sanctuary’s future

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has announced the Government will contribute towards a joint bid to buy Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island for the nation.

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10 April, 2015

Aotea Conservation Park opened

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will today open the new Aotea Conservation Park on Great Barrier Island, the first such park in the Auckland region.

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31 March, 2015

New steps against kauri dieback

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced the Albany Scenic Reserve in Auckland will be closed until further notice to prevent the spread of kauri dieback.

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15 March, 2015

Great response to Conservation Board call

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the interest shown in community conservation through the large number of nominations for Conservation Boards in 2015.

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11 March, 2015

Statement on the Titirangi kauri tree

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has said she is concerned that a mature kauri tree is under threat.

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7 March, 2015

Largest ever private land protection announced

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says today’s opening of the Mahu Whenua covenants under New Zealand's largest ever private land protection agreement, is a significant gift to the nation.

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5 March, 2015

Nominations open for 25th annual Green Ribbon awards

The Green Ribbon Awards, which honour New Zealand's environmental leaders, are to be a joint endeavour for the first time between the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation, Ministers Dr Nick Smith and Maggie Barry announced today.

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3 March, 2015

Think twice before buying wildlife products

Associate Minister of Conservation Nicky Wagner is reminding all travellers that wildlife crime is serious and they should think twice before purchasing any wildlife products or souvenirs overseas.

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3 March, 2015

Bumper tuatara season on Little Barrier Island

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is pleased to announce a bumper crop of tuatara eggs on Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island this breeding season.

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23 February, 2015

Minister announces conservation fund open

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has today announced the Department of Conservation’s 2015 Community Conservation Partnerships Fund is open for submissions.

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10 February, 2015

Minister congratulates Project Crimson

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has congratulated Project Crimson for their achievements over the past 25 years in saving pohutukawa and rata trees and helping them flourish.

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2 February, 2015

Communities celebrate World Wetlands Day

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulated community groups on their work to preserve New Zealand’s wetlands and encouraged New Zealanders to celebrate World Wetlands Day.

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22 January, 2015

Community brings fairy prions to Mana Island

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the successful introduction of 100 fairy prion chicks to Mana Island and congratulated those involved with the community partnership project.

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13 January, 2015

New partnership to support Queen Charlotte Track

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today announced a new Yealands Family Wines partnership with the Department of Conservation that will provide more than $100,000 over three years for conservation initiatives on and around the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds.

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8 January, 2015

Last call for Conservation Board nominations

Associate Minister of Conservation, Hon Nicky Wagner today encouraged New Zealanders passionate about conservation to seek nomination for conservation boards, before nominations close on 20 January.

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21 December, 2014

Minister welcomes opening of Heritage Park

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry today welcomed the opening of Rangihoua Heritage Park in Northland as a special cultural and historical asset to be enjoyed by all New Zealanders.

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