Department of Conservation

Find teaching resources for learning in nature here.


We are the government agency charged with conserving New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage.

Our purpose is Papatūānuku Thrives.

Our work is guided by Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, which outlines our purpose, roles, behaviours, principles and outcomes. See Our purpose and outcomes.

Our outcomes are:

  • Te ora o Papatūānuku | Healthy nature
  • Te ora o te Hapori | Thriving communities
  • Te hunga Atawhai | People who care