Much of kiwi conservation work is done by volunteers, private land owners and community and iwi led projects and it is these organisations that have benefited from this year’s Kiwis for kiwi funding round.
Executive director of Kiwis for kiwi, Michelle Impey, says Save Kiwi Month is a great time to celebrate the efforts of community-led kiwi protection projects, many of which have been working for decades to create safe areas for kiwi to live and breed.
“These grants are critical for the ongoing efforts of those at the coalface of kiwi conservation and we need to support these people if we are going to reach our goal of reversing the two percent decline of all four regional populations of North Island brown kiwi by 2025.
“We know that where work is being done to manage kiwi habitats, kiwi numbers are growing,” said Ms Impey.
This year Kiwis for kiwi received 42 funding applications and distributed $500,977. The funds are contributing to predator control, Operation Nest Egg, translocations, advocacy, administration and avoidance training for dogs.
Regional summary of funding
Coromandel Brown $92,876
Eastern brown $57,960
Great Spotted Kiwi $59,000
Little Spotted Kiwi $7,000
Northland Brown $112,321
Western Brown $97,300
National/multiple species $62,000
TOTAL FUNDING $500,977