Department of Conservation (DOC)

DOC’s vision is:

New Zealand is the greatest
living space on Earth.
Kāore he wāhi i tua atu i a Aotearoa,
hei wahi noho i te ao
  • By ‘living space’ we’re talking about our physical environment and the people, plants and animals that it supports.
  • By ‘greatest’ we mean New Zealand being the best it can be – a country that prospers socially, economically and environmentally.

Our vision is bigger than DOC and bigger even than conservation. We want it to be a stretch and to be something everyone wants to sign up to, so we can all work together to achieve it.

We’re doing our part to make New Zealand the greatest living space on Earth by looking after our environment so all of us can enjoy it and get the benefits from it that we need for our health and well-being and our wealth. This includes things like: clean air to breathe; fresh water to drink and to run our industries; healthy soils to grow our food; places where we can find adventure and solitude, and much more.

DOC’s purpose is:

  • Conservation leadership for a prosperous New Zealand.
  • By ‘prosperous New Zealand’ we mean a country that is flourishing socially, economically and environmentally.

DOC’s outcome is:

  • New Zealanders gain environmental, social and economic benefits from healthy functioning ecosystems, recreation opportunities and living our history.


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