DOC's work has become fundamental to the way we enjoy and interact with our natural environment, from its visible structures such as huts and bridges, to visitor information and helpful hut wardens. But this experience is nothing if our native species are not protected; for then there would be little natural native environment left to enjoy.
DOC's work isn't just about building bridges, but I'm sure grateful this one was thereMatiu/Somes Island in one of the houses that DOC maintains. We'd seen tuatara, skinks and geckos and bright green kakariki, all safe on this island sanctuary. The island is a perfect example of how DOC can work with dedicated interest groups like Forest and Bird who helped replant the island, and with local iwi who are now involved in governance of the island. As we left the island, a group of kayakers drew up to the beach to have lunch, the ferry delivered hundreds more day trippers, and a small ceremony was taking place to open a new display about the island's history. The harbour was buzzing and the people kept on coming. There's nothing like accessible nature on your doorstep on a sunny weekend.
More visitors arrive on Matiu/Somes on a sunny summer weekend
Blue Duck / Whio; photo copyright Jon Monk
Thanks DOC from a daytripper, tramper, and friend of the blue duck
Appropriately links on this page take you to DOC's helpful and interesting information about Matiu/Somes Island and the blue duck