Kiwi are adaptable birds and can live in a huge variety of places, including rough scrub and farmland, and exotic pine forests.
Farmers and landowners
If you own, manage or farm land, or own a lifestyle block, there are several things you do can help protect wild kiwi.
What farmers can do
- Find out if you have wild kiwi in your area.
- Keep dogs under control day and night. Never let them run loose and unsupervised.
- Impound any dogs that are on your property without permission.
- If you let hunters on your land, make sure their dogs have received kiwi avoidance training.
- Fence stock out of places wild kiwi are known to live in.
- If clearing land, leave escape routes for kiwi.
- If you have cattle stops, pits or holes, provide an escape ramp.
- If you have a swimming pool, make sure its fence will keep kiwi out.
- Keep your cat inside at night, and put a bell collar around its neck.
- Control kiwi predators on your land, such as possums, pigs, wild cats, stoats and ferrets.
- Let neighbours and visitors know that wild kiwi live on your land and what you expect of them and their dogs.
- Consider covenants or other protection for areas of native forest and shrubland. Funding for private landowners is available through the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund. Nga Whenua Rāhui (covenants) are an option for Māori landowners.
- Ask someone from your Department of Conservation Area Office to talk with you and your neighbours about kiwi, and how you can keep them safe.