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Kiwis for kiwi - Kōhanga kiwi

This is possible because, within a kōhanga kiwi, the kiwi have bred and survived so well, the areas, usually islands or fenced sites, have reached their carrying capacity and new homes have to be found for young birds to avoid pressure for food and territories.

Kōhanga kiwi birds supplement existing wild populations, or are used to establish entirely new wild populations in places where kiwi would once have roamed. The potential for kōhanga kiwi to boost kiwi populations in habitat which is being protected but has a low density of kiwi is great, which is why they will play a key part in achieving a 2% growth in kiwi populations over the next few years.

Brown kiwi

Several kōhanga kiwi populations exist or are planned for brown kiwi. These include:

Rowi

Kōhanga kiwi populations are being established for rowi, on Mana Island off the Wellington coast, and on Motuara Island in the Marlborough Sounds.

Haast tokoeka

Kōhanga kiwi populations have been established for Haast tokoeka on some small island populations and a fenced sanctuary built near Dunedin—in the Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Little spotted kiwi

Kapiti Island is the main kōhanga for little spotted kiwi and is one of the first in the country. Birds are regularly moved off the island, which is at, or close to, its carrying capacity. About 200 birds have been moved to other islands or to Zealandia, in Wellington. The Department of Conservation plans to swap birds between these populations to maintain genetic diversity.