Up to 70 weka on the Open Bay Islands off Haast on the South Island's West Coast could be killed to save other native species, including a leech and lizards.
Being a protected species, you would think our celebrity bird would be better off bred in captivity.
Finance Minister Bill English today criticised Radio New Zealand and the Department of Conservation over how they had reacted to spending constraints saying they had put forward unacceptable ways of cutting costs in order to get support.
The Hawea Community Association (HCA), angry about the fouling of rest areas by freedom campers, has decided to take action to keep campervans out of several lakeside rest areas around Lake Hawea.
Concern an invasion of rats on Ulva Island, in Stewart Island's Paterson Inlet, could threaten its endangered bird population has led the Department of Conservation to ask boat users to check their vessels before visiting the protected sanctuary.
Sixteen stolen jewelled geckos were returned to their homes on Otago Peninsula earlier this year thanks to University of Otago masters student Carey Knox, a finalist in the Coastal Otago Conservation Awards. He talks to Rebecca Fox about his work identifying the threatened species.
Department of Conservation (Doc) fire investigators from Queenstown, Alexandra and Dunedin are keeping an open mind on the cause of the large vegetation fire near Queenstown that posed a potential risk to homes on Tuesday.
Otago's colony of endangered New Zealand sea lions appears to be moving further afield to give birth, with the discovery of a sea lion and her pup on one of Dunedin's northern beaches.
In the past year alone, up to 200 protected and endangered jewelled geckos, worth about $1.8 million on the black market, could have been taken illegally from spots on Otago Peninsula.
Dog walkers, trail bikers and 4WD motorists will be warned to keep clear of Tucker Beach by the Department of Conservation (Doc) while a "nationally vulnerable" native bird species nests.
To protect nesting yellow-eyed penguins, the Boulder Beach Conservation Area will again be closed to the public for three months.
Spare dollars may be few and far between amid the global financial crisis, but it has not stopped the Newton family from going on a holiday during the summer break.
More than 1000 submissions on the $150 million Milford Dart Tunnel had been received by the Department of Conservation (Doc) by noon yesterday, five hours before submissions closed.
The Fernhill Loop Track, in the Ben Lomond Reserve, looks likely to be closed, following a report to the Queenstown Lakes District Council community services committee from district forester Briana Pringle.
Lovers Leap, a G-string and a young seal all add up to one of Department of Conservation marine ranger Jim Fyfe's better work stories.
The Department of Conservation (Doc) has appointed Jess Clark as co-ordinator for Project Gold to support community restoration of kowhai woodland throughout Otago.
Associate Conservation Minister Peter Dunne does not regard heli-hunting in the conservation estate as a major part of controlling introduced animals.
New Zealand is home to some of the world's rarest marine mammals, yet there are concerns about the level of funding for research to help protect them. Rebecca Fox talks to scientists and the Department of Conservation about the fine balance between protecting species and funding.
Cycle trails are becoming increasingly common around the country and Central Otago is no exception. Inland Otago Conservation Awards winner Clutha Gold Trail Charitable Trust's chairman Rod Peirce talks about constructing the 73km-long trail from Roxburgh to Lawrence.