Kiwi will live almost anywhere – they don’t need pristine native forest, and are also found in scrub, exotic plantation forests, rough farmland and sand dunes, even mangroves. They especially like places with wetland vegetation, and where trees run down to river edges.

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Restoring the balance

Published in 2004, by the Department of Conservation in Northland, Restoring the balance covers what landowners can do to help protect biodiversity values on their land. It provides a one-stop-shop of practical ideas, tools and actions to help landowners identify their property’s natural values and the threats they may face, and decide what management techniques they may want to apply.

Options for legal protection

Legal protection ensures that your conservation achievements will continue, usually forever. It also means you can ask agencies, such as the Nature Heritage Fund, QEII National Trust, local authorities or Ngā Whenua Rāhui (for Māori land), to help with funding for survey, legal and fencing costs.

As part of its publication – Protecting and restoring our natural heritage: A practical guide – the Department of Conservation explains some of the legal protection options available – many can be tailored to suit the wishes of the landholder.

Managing your bush block

Greater Wellington Regional Council has published a resource called Managing your bush block: A guide to looking after indigenous forest remnants in the Wellington region. It provides tips and techniques of managing bush blocks, small patches of native forest or scrub.