Stage two - returning kiwi to the wild
Step one - establishing a permanent population
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.
Just like their parents, they will have transmitters attached to them so that we can track and monitor their progress. They’ll have regular health check ups and we’ll keep an eye out for when they begin to pair up.
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.