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Patrick van Diepen was only four weeks on the job as DOC ranger for Motuihe Island/Te Motu-a-Ihenga in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park/Ko te Pātaka kai o Tīkapa Moana, when he had to quickly make the decision whether he wanted to, or even could, stay on the island during lockdown.

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This past summer the wingbeats and calls of adult tītī (Cook’s petrel) and kōrure (mottled petrel) filled the night air at Maungaharuru – ‘mountain that rumbles and roars’ – as they returned to New Zealand’s most inland seabird translocation site.

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The variety of life on Earth has its very own day – International Day for Biological Diversity. Here at DOC, we would happily celebrate biodiversity every day of the year. It’s a great opportunity to highlight the intrinsic value of our natural world and its interconnectedness.

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