Safely packaging a kiwi egg to be transported to a hatching facility.

Kiwis for kiwi is proud to have allocated more than $600,000 to community-led and Māori-led kiwi protection projects across Aotearoa this year. In many cases, this funding is going to support their on going work to protect kiwi in their community.

Additional funding will be invested this year as we implement our national five year strategy, announced February 2017.
This funding is available in large part from the Save our Iconic Kiwi fund from Central Government and also from individual donors and corporate supporters.


Organisation Project Species Purpose Grant
Kiwi Encounter The National Kiwi Trust National The National Kiwi Trust operates Kiwi Encounter onsite at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua. The facility is purpose built for incubation, hatching and raising of kiwi chicks. This funding is to support their usual operations and can be used in whichever they deem most appropriate and beneficial.

Pūkaha Mount Bruce Board Pūkaha Kiwi Programme Pūkaha is a 942ha reserve located at the Northern boundary of the Wairarapa Region. The Forest Restoration programme covers both the 942ha reserve as well as the surrounding 2,600ha of neighboring farmland. Operated as a partnership between local iwi, DOC & the Pūkaha Mount Bruce Board. This funding is to support their predator control ($5,000) and to support their Operation Nest Egg work ($20,000). We appreciate the support and willingness to work with Kiwis for kiwi.
$ 25,000
Project Kiwi Trust Project Kiwi Trust - Kuaotunu Peninsula Coromandel North Island brown kiwi The National Kiwi Trust operates Kiwi Encounter onsite at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua. The facility is purpose built for incubation, hatching and raising of kiwi chicks. This funding is to support their usual operations and can be used in whichever they deem most appropriate and beneficial.
$ 25,000
Whenuakiwi Trust t/a Whenuakite Kiwi Care Group Fund Operations Manager & Track Maintenance Whenuakite Kiwi Care Group has been operating since the year 2000 on 2600 ha of private land and 930 ha of Public Conservation land. Undertaking predator control targeting all introduced predators. Funding provided this year will support a operations manager, track maintenance and their Call Count Monitoring programme
Moehau Environment Group MEG Kiwi Sanctuary Moehau Environment Group undertakes landscape-scale mustelid trapping in 9,910ha of kiwi habitat, primarily on private land. The funding provided this year is to support the project
Mahakirau Forest Estate Society Incorporated (MFESI) Mahakirau Forest Estate (MFE) - Step Change Stoat Programme 2018 Mahakirau Forest Estate (MFE) is an Internationally Significant Natural Area strategically located near the IUCN I rated Manaia Forest Sanctuary. It is home to several species of highly threatened fauna including internationally identified conservation priorities including Archey's frog; the newly discovered Coromandel Striped gecko; and the almost extinct Helm's butterfly.
$ 13,000
Kapowai Kiwi Group Pest control - mustelids The core area of the project includes two Significant Natural Areas ranking of national importance by the Waikato Regional Council. A predator control contractor services 250 stoat traps and 80 bait stations in the area plus maintains the tracks covering a trapping footprint of over 3,000 hectares of steep regenerating and mature native forest. The funding is to support their predator control
$ 7,366
Thames Coast Kiwi Care TCKC expansion project Thames Coast Kiwi Care works in partnership with private land owners and DOC to oversee an extensive trapping program targeting mustelids for kiwi protection along the Thames Coast and inwards towards the central Coromandel range. This funding is to support the non-Operation Nest Egg components of their project, including predator control, administration and Health and Safety
Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust Maungataniwha and Pohokura Kiwi Projects Eastern North Island brown kiwi The Maungataniwha Kiwi Project commenced in 2006. It has produced over 320 juvenile kiwi for release. Currently over 200 of these have been returned to the Maungataniwha Native Forest. Pair numbers have risen from 60-65 pair to around 120 pair. Funding this year is to support their continued monitoring of kiwi in the project
$ 28,000
ECOED (Environment Conservation and Outdoor Education Trust) Save Our Kiwi Hawke's Bay ECOED is the largest community led conservation project in Hawke's Bay, encompassing 15000ha of mountain beech forest as well as 40ha of predator-free creche site. Annual volunteer contribution exceeds 4200 hours. This funding is to support the support fence repair, installing additional traps and maintaining males on transmitters for their project. $ 28,900
Whakatāne Kiwi Trust Whakatāne Kiwi Project The Whakatāne Kiwi Trust promotes, supports and manages community based biodiversity projects in the Whakatāne area to facilitate the growth of sustainable populations of kiwi and other indigenous species. Funding provided is to support their trapping and avoidance training sessions.

$ 19,800
Omataroa Rangitaiki No2 Charitable Trust Omataroa Kiwi Project Omataroa occupies a 7,777 ha area consisting of approximately 7100 ha of exotic production forest, and a further 546 hectares of indigenous forest. It is Maori Trust land with 7000 shareholders. This funding is to support their predator control programme.

$ 14,000
Cape Sanctuary Cape Sanctuary- Kohanga Kiwi Project This funding is to support a short term, research initiative to compare the fitness of Operation Nest Egg creched chicks vs those hatched naturally in the sanctuary.
$ 20,000
Kiwiscentric Kiwi Monitoring Surveys in the Paparoa Range, Part two Roroa/ Great Spotted Kiwi This funding is to support this great spotted kiwi monitoring plan . $20,000
The Paparoa Wildlife Trust Paparoa roroa Project This funding is to support their call count survey.

Kerikeri - Puketotara Landcare Group Kerikeri - Puketotara Catchment CPCA - Mustelid Trapping Northland North Island brown kiwi Puketotara Kiwicare Group began in 2012 covering 1800 ha, it is now known Kerikeri-Puketotara Catchment CPCA covering a total 5,743 ha. They provide an Integrated Pest Management Plan to protect an estimated 280-300 kiwi. This funding is to support their trapping programme
Puketi Forest Trust Oho Mai Puketi – Kiwi Recovery In the 13.5 years since the Puketi Forest Trust was established they have set up ten trap-lines to control stoats and feral cats on 5,500 hectares in Puketi Forest and one in the 82 hectare Puketi Scenic Reserve. This funding is to support their predator control programme.

Whangarei Heads Landcare Forum – Backyard Kiwi (WHLF-BYK), Bream Head Conservation Trust (BHCT), Tutukaka Landcare Coalition (TLC), Tanekaha CPCA (TCPCA) and Pataua North Landcare (PNL). Whangarei Kiwi Corridor Kiwis for Kiwi ONE release programme for community engagement Three community-led Northland brown kiwi strongholds (WHLF -Backyard Kiwi, Tutukaka Landcare Coalition, and the Bream Head Conservation Trust) continue to work together to coordinate a joint ONE programme. This funding is to support their Operation Nest Egg programme.

Friends of Matakohe Limestone Island Matakohe-Limestone Island Kiwi Crèche Matakohe-Limestone Island is a 38 hectare restoration island located in the upper Whangarei Harbour. Te Parawhau have mana whenua over the island It has been managed as a community project by the Friends of Matakohe - Limestone Island Society (FOMLI) for over 20 years, and been a kiwi creche for over 10 year. The funding is for trap maintenance, kiwi transfers, bait, buffer trapping and for buffer trapping boat costs.

$ 10,163
Mahinepua Radar Hill Landcare Group Inc Mahinepua Radar Hill Habitat Restoration Project MRHLG is a registered charity manages 1133.22 ha of private & public land in 3 Scenic Reserves. The goals of the group are 1)to restore, protect and enhance the habitat of native birds (especially Kiwi & Kukupa), plants & animals through control/elimination of predatory & introduced plants & animals 2)to raise community awareness & enlist their help in sustainable management of the land & rare and endangered species.This funding is to support their predator control.

$ 8,000
Waimate North Landcare Trust Inc Waimate North Landcare Predator Control Programme By widespread pest and predator control, community engagement and education and volunteer efforts, Waimate North Landcare Trust strives to promote and facilitate the preservation of all classes of natural ecosystems in an area of 9400 ha located in the Waitangi River catchment in the Bay of Islands. This funding is to support their trapping programme.
$ 21,168
Blue Orb Charitable Trust Kiwi Life Predator Control Kiwi Life is an iwi/community-led collaborative initiative with the aim of establishing a financially self-sustaining environmental/cultural education facility and restoration venture to inspire a greater connection to biodiversity through educational experiences to raise awareness of social, cultural and ecological values of kiwi and other taonga.

$ 4,305
Kaipara Forest Conservation Trust Help For Houto Kaipara Forest Conservation Trust was set up initially to control pest species in the Southern Houto Forest and then to expand into the Northern Houto Forest. However pre trapping monitoring discovered a previously unknown small remnant population of kiwi within both forests and on surrounding farmland. This funding is to support their predator control programme.
$ 6,528
Russell Landcare Trust Russell Kiwi Protection Russell Peninsula is a stronghold of kiwi and NI weka. Our long-term goal is 500 pairs of kiwi breeding on the 3400ha peninsula. In 2015 Russell Kiwi Protection (RKP) was initiated to protect kiwi on private and public land. Currently, we and another contractor control stoats on 2000ha. This funding is to support their trapping programme.
$ 11,055
Te Puke Ki Waitangi Kaitiaki Taonga Trust Iwi Kiwi Iwi kiwi aims to coordinate all efforts to help kiwis within our area of action and to provide a vehicle for funding and economic and social development. This funding is to support their pest control

Hupara District Landcare Group Incorporated Kiwis for kiwi Funding Application 2017 This funding is to support Hupara District Landcare Group Incorporated's predator control work. $5,950
Tawapou Farm Tawapou Kiwi Tawapou is a 124ha property been in the family since the mid 1960’s. Some fenced for nearly 50 years. 94% is covenanted with QEII. With pest control carried out over 35 years. The funding is for avoidance training

QEII National Trust Sandy Bay Kiwi The Sandy Bay Kiwi project has grown from a predator control project (2005) within an initial cluster of QEII covenants to a wider landscape scale project within the Sandy Bay catchment and hinterland(c. 640ha). The funding is to support their trap costs and avoidance training
$ 650
3B2 Ahuwhenua Trust Rakaumangamanga brown kiwi hauora The kaimahi/tangata whenua/hapu from Rakaumangamanga and Ipipiri want to monitor the fate of ten nests and chicks over the next three years to find out how our kiwi are doing at Rakaumangamanga. This funding is for the monitoring of those males, knowing the breeding success by having transmitters on males, and to collect further blood samples.
$ 14,600
Whananaki Landcare Professional Trapper Funding Whananaki has established itself as a successful recovery and signification breeding of Pateke from 2003 to present day. In 2015 we identified two remnant Kiwi breeding areas with in our district. The Landcare group was set up with buy in from land owners with the express purpose to protect and enhance this Area & Kiwi population build on the Pateke work. This funding is to support their predator control programme.
$ 16,900
Te Rarawa Anga Mua Te Rarawa Kiwi Advocacy Programme 2019 This funding is to implement some impactful advocacy and engagement in local schools.
Honeymoon Valley Landcare Trust Honeymoon Valley Loop track The Honeymoon Valley Landcare trust plans to extend its integrated predator management program from 500 ha to 2800 ha of the significant natural areas at the headwaters of the Peria river (of which 272 ha is QEII covenanted). This funding is to assist with their predator control, specifically to fund their trapper.

Mataia Restoration Project Kiwi Monitoring at Mataia Restoration Project This funding is to support the monitoring of kiwi on their project. $4,300
Hukerenui CPCA Hukerenui CPCA Hukerenui CPCA has been recently formed and currently covers about 150 ha, expanding to approximately 700ha over the next 5 years. This funding is to support the trapping costs of their project.
Taupo Bay Land and Coastal Group The protection of the resident kiwi population at Taupo bay Taupo Bay Land and Coastal group started in Nov 2017. The group started because Taupo Bay has a remnant population of Kiwi and also nesting Dotterels . There was no control of cats and stoats in this area prior to 2017. This funding is to support their trapper costs. $10,725
Doubtless Bay Landcare Predator Free Doubtless Bay The key focus of this group is the raising awareness of kiwi presence in the area was a key goal as well as establishing a 'trap library' for group members to expand on our approximately 50 Ha currently trapped. This funding is to contribute to signage in the area. $1,000
Whangarei Museum and Heritage Trust Kiwi North - Pedator Control ,Kiwi Advocacy and Community Education The kiwi advocacy work that Kiwi North plans to deliver with local & wider community around dog threat management, predator control best practices, and being an accessible point of contact for formation of new landcare groups, to create a wider buffer safe zone for kiwi in Pukenui. This funding is for that advocacy work. $1,500
Kiwis for kiwi Trapper mentoring for projects $1,000
Capital Kiwi Capital Kiwi dog management Rowi Capital Kiwi is a landscape scale community conservation project to create a population of kiwi in the hill country west of Wellington city. Foundational funding comes from Predator Free 2050 Ltd (one of five inaugural projects), Wellington Community Trust and philanthropic support. This grant is to fund the communications and liaison person role on the condition that their work programme.

Stewart Island Rakiura Community & Environment Trust Stewart Island Tokoeka Advocacy and Protection Tokoeka This funding is to support Stewart Island Rakiura Community & Environment Trust's predator control work.
Pomona Island Charitable Trust Pomona Kohanga kiwi breeding success This grant is to fund project manager, and cameras/cards/batteries for ongoing nesting attempts. $5,200
Mamaku Point Conservation Reserve Kiwi count and research plan This funding is to support the kiwi survey work, to establish how many kiwi are in their project. $2,000
East Taranaki Environment Trust Purangi Kiwi Project Western North Island brown kiwi East Taranaki Environment Trust aims to work towards a long term vision of 1,000 pair by 2020. Their landscape size project has 13,000 hectares under predator control, with a network of 1300 DOC-200 traps. This funding is to contribute to the predator control for their project.

$ 20,000
TKKR -Taranaki Kiwi Trust & Rotokare SRT TKKR - Kohanga Kiwi Ranger & Transmitters This funding is to support the export kiwi from the kohanga site.
$ 10,000
Taranaki Kiwi Trust TKT - Trust Manager and kiwi monitoring This funding is to support your project manager. Kiwis for kiwi recognise that it is necessary to have skilled people in key roles and there is a willingness to engage on a large scale, which we hope will be successful with a skilled manager in place.
Tiaki Te Mauri O Parininihi Trust The Parininihi Project The Tiaki te Mauri O Parininihi Trust has been established to guide and manage the protection of land that was returned to Ngati Tama Iwi (tangata whenua/kaitiaki of Parininihi) in North Taranaki as part of the treaty settlement with the Crown in 2003. This is the only iwi-led conservation project of its kind in Taranaki with the aim to fully protect the 1867 hectare area of rich coastal forest at Parininihi. This funding is to support their trapping programme.
Total Funding Allocated $602,314
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Kiwis for kiwi is proud to have allocated more than $500,000 to community-led and Māori-led kiwi protection projects across Aotearoa this year