Saving a national icon: Preliminary estimation of the additional cost of achieving kiwi population stability or 2% growth (Landcare Research)
The report lays out the current situation for kiwi and discusses what is needed to achieve growth for all kiwi taxa. It shows that where work is being done to manage kiwi habitat, kiwi are growing in numbers.
Importantly, it recognises the incredible effort of the community in protecting kiwi and acknowledges that this will continue to be vital in the pursuit of a 2% increase in kiwi populations. Around $7 million of community effort is contributed each year by the dedicated volunteers around the country.
Kiwi Recovery Plan 2008–2018
The Kiwi (Apteryx spp.) Recovery Plan 2008–2018 is produced by the Department of Conservation as the foundation document for kiwi recovery in New Zealand. It covers all five formally described species, including the six distinct forms for brown kiwi and tokoeka.
The long-term goal has remained largely unchanged since the first kiwi recovery plan was written in 1991: ‘To restore and, wherever possible, enhance the abundance, distribution and genetic diversity of all kiwi taxa’.
The plan covers kiwi management, research, and community relations and engagement. There are 41 objectives and 92 prioritised actions. Progress will be reviewed after 5 years, in 2013.
Download the Kiwi Recovery Plan 2008-2018 (PDF: 686K) to find out more.
Kiwi Best Practice Manual
Published in 2003, this manual aims to help establish nationwide consistency in the way kiwi are managed and researched, based on the best available techniques for both wild and captive kiwi. It also advocates for continuous improvement.
The Kiwi Best Practice Manual is a companion to the Kiwi Recovery Plan 2008–2018 and the Kiwi Captive Management Plan.
It was was prepared by Hugh Robertson and Rogan Colbourne, with contributions from John McLennan, Lance Dew, Jonathan Miles, Ray Pierce, Daryl Olsen, Ian Flux, John Cheyne and Murray Potter.
Taxon plans are coming soon. Over time, separate taxon plans will be written for each of the five formally recognised kiwi species and their subspecies. These will set goals and describe in detail the management and research actions required to achieve and maintain them. A link will be provided to each taxon plan as it becomes available.
Completed plans include:
Captive Management Plan
The Captive Management Plan for Kiwi 2010 – 2015 has been produced by Suzy Barlow, Captive Kiwi Coordinator; Kiwi Recovery Group in association with Zoological Aquarium Association (ZAA NZ) and the New Zealand captive management community.
The plan illustrates the key issues, goals and resultant activities that are needed to deliver a viable and sustainable captive kiwi population well into the future.
This husbandry manual has been prepared for all institutions holding Brown kiwi, Apteryx mantelli, in captivity. It reflects the collective experience of many individuals and organisations that have held kiwi in captivity over the past four decades, and seeks to document current best practice in husbandry of captive kiwi.
Download the Brown Kiwi Husbandry Manual (Version 3 Updated 2015) to find out more.
The Zoo Aquarium Association Australasia has put together a document looking at the advocacy messaging for kiwi in human care.
Kiwi Island Strategy