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Kiwis for kiwi - Kiwi Awards
We held our inaugural Kiwi Awards as part of our national kiwi hui on the 7th of June. The event was an opportunity to acknowledge and thank the kiwi conservation projects and individuals that are the backbone of community and iwi conservation across Aotearoa.
We had 5 award categories open for nomination. In many of these categories it was a very tightly contested, the Tohu Tiketike -Kiwi Project of the Year for example there was only 2 points in it.
Below are the winners of the inaugural Kiwi Awards

Awards Categories

  1. Tohu Tiketike – Kiwi Project of the Year – Friends of Flora

  2.  Tohu Mana Tiaki – Arapata Reuben (Ngāi Tahu)

  3. Community corporate sponsor of the Year:  Pacific Collections (Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust)

  4. Good Egg awards – volunteer of the year awards for each of the kiwi species/taxa

    • Northland – Kevin and Gill Adshead
    • Coromandel – Lettecia Williams
    • Eastern – Sheryl Petersen
    • Western – Darren Peters
    • Roroa (great spotted kiwi) – Robin and Sandy Toy
    • Tokoeka – the entire team at Stewart Island Rakiura Community Environment Trust
  5. Kiwi Conservation Image of the year – Tie between Ruedi Mosimann & Tara Swan

A special lifetime achievement award was also awarded on the night.

Wendy Sporle was honoured with this special award

For the last 30 years Wendy has dedicated her life to empowering communities to protect kiwi. Providing support at a strategic and hands on level. It is safe to say that kiwi conservation in this country would not have the community involvement it has if it was not for Wendy’s guidance.

Thank you Wendy