Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is delighted to be working alongside the Trust throughout this very worthwhile project; we're only too happy to provide advice, in-kind support and some expedition funding.

“[The Trust’s] vision for our Subantarctic islands demonstrates that there's a very real role for New Zealanders in the guardianship, understanding and on-going protection of our southern most islands.” - Andy Roberts, Southern Islands Area Manager

The Department of Conservation's challenge is to manage natural and historic heritage assets for the greatest benefit and enjoyment of all New Zealanders, by conserving, advocating and promoting natural and historic heritage so that its values are passed on undiminished to future generations.

The department's responsibilities are encapsulated in its Maori name - Te Papa Atawhai. Te papa signifies a box or container (for the taonga or treasures) and atawhai - the act of caring, nurturing or preserving.