Conservation Week, Kauri Dieback Meeting & Arthur Hinds Student Scholarship

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Support Conservation Week

If groups or individuals are keen to support "Conservation Week", DOC can provide key artwork, messages, posters, hashtags,  list events on our website; and possibly share content on our social media channels.  We hope they will come on board and help us to spread our message while telling their story.

Conservation Week is Calling 2018 Information for Partners .pptx

Please see the attached file above for more info.

Jane Hughes

DDI: +64 7 838 5695; VPN: 6495; M: 027 536 6872



Kauri Dieback Public Meeting

The Kauri Dieback Programme invites you to a public meeting about the National Pest Management Plan for kauri. This plan will set out rules under the Biosecurity Act 1993 for more consistent and effective management of kauri dieback disease nationally. We want your input to ensure we’ve got the right plan to protect kauri into the future.

Public meetings

Here are the locations, times and venues for public meetings we’d like to see you at.





Kokako Lodge

235 Falls Road


Saturday 1 September

6.30pm to 9.00pm


Thames War Memorial Hall

Corner of Mary and Queen Streets

Sunday 2 September

6.30pm to 9.00pm


Waikato Regional Council offices

401 Grey Street

Monday 3 September

6.30pm to 9.00pm


Katikati War Memorial Hall

Main Road

Tuesday 4 September

6.30pm to 9.00pm

Why are we asking you to get involved?

We think you have an interest in strengthening protection for kauri. And protecting kauri requires a collective effort.

We received lots of excellent ideas and feedback for the future management of kauri dieback disease in the first consultation round. But we need you to tell us if we’re on the right track and have reflected these ideas in the refreshed strategy and the National Pest Management Plan. We’d also like you to tell us what you think of our ideas for the management agency (the organisation) that will implement the plan.

 How to get involved

The second round of consultation is open from 20 August to 10 September 2018. If you can’t make a public meeting, or even if you do, you can still make a submission. The information we want your feedback on will be live on our website on 20 August 2018, when the consultation is open. We’ll let you know when it’s ready.

For more information about the consultations this year and to download a poster promoting them that you can share, You can also email us at if you have any questions.


Arthur Hinds Student Scholarship

The Arthur Hinds Student Scholarship has been launched, in recognition of Arthur’s legacy, passion and dedication to conservation and his years of contribution to Waikato and Coromandel communities.

I encourage you to share this scholarship with your networks and any tertiary student that has a connection to the Coromandel area, and currently studying natural resource management-related programmes – this scholarship is based at the Whitianga office and will be working with the Coromandel DOC staff over summer periods. Arthur was passionate about conservation and supporting young people’s learning about it. 

For more information on the scholarship, follow the link below. 

DOC Website:

Biodiversity Forum Newsletter Item Request

Posted 14 days ago    0 comments

Kia ora koutou,

The days are getting longer, it will soon be spring and it’s time again for the Biodiversity Forum Newsletter. I am requesting items for a September edition to be emailed in by the 31st of August.

Items should be 150 words max and include a photo.


Look forward to receiving your articles,


Raglan Event Report

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Kia ora,

Attached below is the Report from the 2018 Raglan forum event, which highlighted some of the fantastic projects and supportive community in that part of the region.

Raglan Event Report 2018.pdf

Photo: Landcare Trust
Photo: Landcare Trust

Kiwibank Predator Free Communities Funding Open + Raglan Chronicle Forum Event Article

Posted 1 month, 23 days ago    0 comments

Kia ora raa, 

Hope your your all keeping cosy on these cool nights and are able to get out and enjoy a bit of warming winter sun on beautiful days like today!

The next round of funding for the Kiwibank Predator Free Community programme is now open. You have until 11:59pm Sunday 15th July 2018 to submit an application. Results will be announced on Tuesday 31st July 2018


Click here and go to page 11 to view an article written in last weeks Raglan Chronicle regarding the Forum event held there in May. The article highlights the importance of developing and maintaining a community culture which values the health of it's natural environmment - including their fellow humans.

Photo Credit: Landcare Trust
Full event report to be released shorly...

Waikato Biodiversity Forum June Newsletter

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Kia ora,

Attached is the June edition of the Biodiversity Forum Newsletter. Thanks to all the contributors. Enjoy the read!

Waikato Biodiversity Forum Newsletter June 2018 Number 58.pdf

Tradescantia Biocontrol Article + Opportunity to Contribute to future of Kauri

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It was with great pleasure that I accepted the 2018 CAWS Early Career Weed Scientist Travel Award 
to visit fellow researchers, land managers and community members in New Zealand to workshop 
biological control protocols for the groundcover herbaceous weed wandering trad (Tradescantia 
fluminensis, Fig. 1a) infected with the yellow leaf spot fungus Kordyana brasiliensis (Fig. 1b). 

Kia ora,

The attached article highlights some exciting happenings around the collaborative biocontrol happening in Waikato and nationwide, through coordinated efforts.

Gooden_CAWS Travel report_18.6.2018.pdf

Below is a forward from the Kauri Dieback Programme Governance Group and Head of Biosecurity New Zealand; .



Tēnā koe 

New Zealand's iconic kauri trees remain at risk from the spread of kauri dieback disease. 

At the end of last year, the Government clearly signalled the need to deliver stronger protection for kauri, including the development of a National Pest Management Plan. The Kauri Dieback Programme Governance Group is progressing this work and has set up the Accelerating Protection for Kauri project to do this.  Now there’s an opportunity for everyone with an interest in kauri to contribute. 

To gather ideas and get your thoughts on ways to protect kauri there’ll be three rounds of consultation. Right now the details are still being worked on. But we can tell you the first round will be about refreshing the direction for managing kauri dieback disease. In later rounds we’ll ask you what the National Pest Management Plan could look like and ways to action it. We’re doing this over time so everyone who wants to has a chance to have their say. 

We’ll visit the following areas for hui on the first round of consultation. There’ll be a mix of marae and community venues during the day and in the evening, open to everyone: 


Monday 2 July 



Tuesday 3 July 



Wednesday 4 July 



Thursday 5 July and Friday 6 July 


We’ll be back in touch soon with more detail about the times, venues and agenda. In the meantime, please make a note of these dates and pass this information to your members or communities who may be interested in contributing to the future of kauri. 

If you can’t make the hui, there are other ways to have your say. We’ll tell you more about those in our next email. 

For any questions please reply to we’ll get back to you.

Newsletter Reminder

Posted 2 months, 16 days ago    0 comments

Kia ora koutou,

There is still time to get articles in for the Biodiversity Forum Newsletter! Please email me items by the 10th of June (end of this week). They should be around 150 words and include a photo.


Thanks :)

Biodiversity Forum Newsletter Item Request

Posted 3 months, 2 days ago    0 comments

Kia ora koutou,

It’s time again for the Biodiversity Forum Newsletter. I am requesting items for a June edition to be emailed in by the 10th of June.

Items should be 150 words max and include a photo.


Ngaa mihi,

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