Research is a vital component of kiwi recovery. We need to understand what needs to be done to save kiwi—and where, why and how. We also need to understand how to become more effective, efficient and sustainable.
In 1991, when the kiwi’s decline was first recognised, we knew very little. Since then, surveys and monitoring, research, and the development of new technologies have created a large array of information and tools. This data has been used to amend and adapt programmes as we go along, and has been crucial in the development of our Saving the Kiwi strategy.
Who is doing it?
Kiwi research brings together diverse collaborators—including universities, zoos, private companies, the Department of Conservation, iwi, Landcare Research and many community-led kiwi projects.
This cooperation has led to great innovations, such as new technologies to help field workers know exactly when eggs and chicks are ready to be collected for Operation Nest Egg.
Our overarching goal is to restore and, wherever possible, enhance the abundance, distribution and genetic diversity of all kiwi species.
The strategy for achieving this is four-fold:
- to undertake predator control in kiwi habitat;
- to continue using tools such as Operation Nest EggTM to raise chicks in captivity for release when they are ready;
- continue research into genetics, breeding, habitat requirements, monitoring techniques and landscape-scale pest control methods;
- increase help from the community and businesses, especially in areas where kiwi are found on private and production land.