How we’re saving kiwi - Header Image

The work being done to save kiwi has many facets, involves many people, and is under way from the top of the North to the tip of the South Island, including on many offshore islands.

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai.
By many, by thousands, the work will be accomplished.

All of it is aimed at not just reversing the decline in numbers of kiwi, but to provide the conditions needed for them to grow and flourish.

We are in partnership with the Department of Conservation, striving to achieve a growth rate in kiwi numbers of 2% per annum, per species. Kiwis for kiwi’s focus is on working with the 100+ community- and Māori-led kiwi conservation groups, which concentrates our work to be mostly on the North Island as that’s where habitat is most accessible, and where there’s most community involvement.

In 2017, we launched Saving the Kiwi – an evidence-based strategy centred around a period of rapid growth of kiwi numbers using Operation Nest Egg™ and kiwi kōhanga, followed by a comprehensive programme of releasing kiwi back into the wild. This project, along with continued support of pest and predator control in kiwi habitat; programmes such as training dogs to avoid kiwi; the production of best practice guidelines, such as those written for the forestry industry; and support for research to help protect kiwi more effectively and efficiently, will help ensure that kiwi numbers grow, and that they are protected and safe for generations to come.

We do all this by working with businesses, landowners and passionate Kiwis around the country, raising money to ensure this crucial work is done to protect our taonga. We’d love you to join us and become one of the many special Kiwis for kiwi. Find out more about how your support can help save kiwi here.

Find out more about the different programmes we use to do this

Predator control & monitoring - teaser image

Predator control & monitoring »

A lot of work is done to control introduced predators as these can devastate kiwi populations.

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Research »

Research, science and technical information are the foundation for all kiwi conservation work.

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Advocacy »

Advocacy and education are key activities for The Kiwi Trust.

Habitat protection - teaser image

Habitat protection »

Kiwi can live in many habitats, as long as predators are controlled, and there’s shelter and food.

Operation Nest Egg - teaser image

Operation Nest Egg »

Operation Nest Egg quickly builds kiwi numbers in populations vulnerable to extinction.

Kōhanga kiwi - teaser image

Kōhanga kiwi »

‘Kōhanga kiwi’ are predator-free sites, usually islands or fenced sites, where kiwi can live and breed in safety.

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Avoidance training for dogs »

Dogs are a major killer of kiwi. They can be trained to avoid kiwi.