Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai.
By many, by thousands, the work will be accomplished.
Saving the Kiwi is only possible with the collaboration of a diverse range of people, groups and organisations. Within Kiwis for kiwi, trustee Dr John McLennan QSM has been our technical lead for the strategy. We have an experienced team of regional coordinators, Claire Travers, a kiwi husbandry expert, and Morgan Cox, our Kaitautoko Kaupapa Kiwi iwi liaison, as well as our team in the office who are focused on managing the project and securing the investment needed for it. You can meet the team here.
DOC is a key partner in the goal to increase kiwi numbers by 2% per year across all species. While Kiwis for kiwi focuses predominantly on working with the community and North Island brown kiwi, DOC works on landscape-scale projects, which also support the growth of other species. As the Government agency responsible for protecting native species, we also work with DOC to implement best practice when working with kiwi.
As kaitiaki (guardians) of our natural environment, iwi play a critical role in kiwi conservation. They both protect kiwi habitat on iwi land with pest and predator control programmes, and ensure a continuous chain of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) for kiwi as they are moved from the jurisdiction of one iwi to another. You can find out more about how we work with tangata whenua here.
We are also working with the 100+ community- and Māori-led kiwi conservation groups. They are run mostly by volunteers, who dedicate thousands of hours every year to keeping our native species safe. The contribution of these volunteers should not be underestimated – without them, kiwi would be in a much worse situation. These groups are making sure that we have thousands of hectares of safe habitat for kiwi to live in. Further information about some of these amazing groups can be found here.
Last, but certainly not least, are the businesses and individuals who are supporting the project financially. We’ve come a long way in the past 20 years but we have to keep going to continue to keep kiwi safe and ensure they survive for generations to come. This is only possible with the help of generous donors from all walks of life, and all corners of the world.
It’s an exciting time for kiwi conservation and we’d love you to join us by supporting the work we’re doing. You can make a donation here, or by getting in touch with Ross Halpin on (+64) 21 65 80 53 or at email@example.com about partnership opportunities. Thank you.