Stage two - returning kiwi to the wild
Step one - establishing a permanent population

Kiwi in burrow

Kiwi that are placed in kōhanga will make it their home, establish their own territories and find mates.  These original kiwi are known as the founder population.

A kiwi pair found in a burrow together

It’s an exciting day when kiwi conservationists find a pair in a burrow together!

Kiwi begin to breed from around three years old so by 2025, the founders should be well established and breeding. The founders’ offspring will remain in the kōhanga until they reach around 1kg in weight, which is when they are better able to defend themselves in the wild.

=> Step two – translocation.