2015: A year in photos

Department of Conservation —  30/12/2015

As 2015 comes to an end, we look back at some of the top images featured on our blog this year.

January – Bollons Island is mouse free.

DOC's Mitch Bartlett on Bollons Island.

DOC’s Mitch Bartlett searching for mice signs on Bollons Island. Photo by Hannah Edmonds.

On an earlier visit, staff were able to confirm that Bollons Island, the second largest island of the Antipodes group, is mouse free.

 

February – Dive into the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve.

Verco's nudibranch/Tambja verconis, Poor Knights Marine Reserve. Photo: Debbie Freeman.

Verco’s nudibranch/Tambja verconis, Poor Knights Marine Reserve. Photo: Debbie Freeman.

Just north of Auckland, off the east coast, the Poor Knights Islands are an internationally renowned dive site and one of New Zealand’s ten Coastal Gem marine reserves.

March: The great Fiordland whio race.

Andrew Smart releasing rubber whio/blue duck. Photo: Barry Harcourt.

Andrew Smart releasing rubber whio/blue duck. Photo: Barry Harcourt.

150 rubber whio/blue ducks were released on to the Upukerora River, in Te Anau, for the Great Fiordland Whio Race. The race was part of the Fiordland whio family fun day, celebrating Whio Awareness Month.

April: Hamilton’s frog.

Critically endangered Hamilton's frog. Photo copyright Sabine Bernert.

Critically endangered Hamilton’s frog. Photo copyright Sabine Bernert.

 

The Hamilton’s frog is one of the world’s most endangered.Takapourewa / Stephens Island is Marlborough’s most remote DOC outpost and one of the only places in the world where you’ll find Hamilton’s frog. This beautiful image was taken by Sabine Bernert.

May: Prince Harry visits Ulva Island.

Prince Harry enjoys the beaches with DOC ranger's Brent and Kate.

Prince Harry enjoys Ulva Island’s pristine golden beaches with DOC manager Brent Beaven and ranger Kate Richardson.

 

Prince Harry got close to some of New Zealand’s rarest birdlife on Ulva Island / Te Wharawhara, off Stewart Island / Rakiura, during his visit earlier this year.

June: Chatham Island’s brown skua.

A pair of brown skua in the Chatham Islands.

 

An image of a brown skua/hākoakoa pair at sunrise on Rangatira/South-East Island in the Chatham Islands. The Chatham Islands are one of the the main breeding grounds for the native brown skua. Photo by Leon Berard | CC BY-NC 2.0

July: The Puawananga vine.

The Puawananga vine, used by Māui to climb to the heavens to collect the baskets of knowledge.

The Puawananga vine, used by Māui to climb to the heavens to collect the baskets of knowledge.

The puawānanga (white clematis, clematis paniculata) derives from pua = bloom and wānanga = obtain knowledge. This climbing vine takes its name from the story of Māui who climbed to the heavens to obtain knowledge for humankind. The Puawananga vine featured on our blog for Maori Language Week.

August: DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador.

Nicola Toki - Threatened Species Ambassador. Photo: Wellington Zoo

Nicola Toki – Threatened Species Ambassador. Photo: Wellington Zoo

In August, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry announced Nicola Toki as New Zealand’s first Threatened Species Ambassador. Self-confessed nature nerd Nicola Toki is pictured holding Flip Flop the little spotted kiwi. Photo courtesy of Wellington Zoo.

September: The War on Weeds

Weeding on Maud Island (Te Hoiere).

Weeding on Maud Island (Te Hoiere).

Volunteers got stuck in to remove weeds like old man’s beard (Clematis vitalba) on Maud Island (Te Hoiere) in the Marlborough Sounds.

October: Working with Maui dolphin

Māui dolphin survey, west Coast of the North Island. Photo: Martin Stanley.

Māui dolphin survey, west Coast of the North Island. Photo: Martin Stanley.

DOC Intern Lindsay Wickman shared her experience working with Maui dolphin. With an estimated 55 individuals remaining, Māui dolphin conservation is a daunting challenge. But DOC staff are working towards a goal: that someday they will once again be found up and down the North Island coastline.

November: Great Walks on Google Maps.

Matt Jenke and the Google Trekker equipment in the mist on the Milford Track. Photo: Peter Hiemstra.

Matt Jenke and the Google Trekker equipment in the mist on the Milford Track. Photo: Peter Hiemstra.

New Zealand’s Great Walks launched on Google Maps. The maps document the awe-inspiring sights of the Rakiura,Milford, Heaphy, Lake Waikaremoana, Routeburn, Kepler and Abel Tasman Coast tracks.

December: Kiwi experience for a Tauranga family.

kiwi-release-wairakei

A Tauranga mum and her three children had the “most amazing day ever” when they released two kiwi chicks at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary in December.

One response to 2015: A year in photos

  1. 

    Happy New Year to everyone at DOC. We know you have your critics but they should follow your blog to know what a great job you all do – actually don’t even need to do that – just open their eyes! Happy New Year to you all.