The Department of Conservation is the central Government agency charged with caring for New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage for the benefit of future and present generations.
Among its varied roles, the Department manages:
– national parks and forest parks
– reserves and conservation areas
– protected indigenous forests
– protected inland waters and wild and scenic rivers
– native wildlife
– non-commercial freshwater fisheries
– historic places on conservation land
– marine reserves, marine mammals and offshore islands set aside for conservation
The Kākāpō Recovery Programme is managed by the Department of Conservation through its responsibility for native species under the Wildlife Act 1953, and is one of a large number of species recovery programmes actively managed by the Department. For more information see the Department of Conservation web site.