DOC rangers will look a little different this summer, after a $4.73m overhaul of the uniform, the first redesign in about 20 years.
The new uniforms will replace those currently worn by DOC’s 1200 rangers over the next three years. It features a new high-vis orange and a new lime and grey colour scheme alongside the traditional DOC green. They also include Māori kowhaiwhai pattern detailing.
The uniforms were designed by DOC ranger Mat Nalder, who previously worked in design and procurement of outdoor gear.
DOC deputy director of operations Mike Slater said the design is more fit-for-purpose, incorporating modern high-performance materials and features.
The redevelopment has taken three years after staff found a previous design was inadequate, but DOC said that feedback was used to create the new and improved outfit.
The main supplier is NZ-based uniform producer Deane Apparel, which also makes uniforms for Air NZ, but items will be made in NZ, China and Malaysia. DOC said it was required to issue a global tender for the work.
The old uniforms will be re-used – the department is investigating donating them or recycling the materials.