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About nine community-led kiwi groups are under way in the wider Auckland region. We have introductions to five of them.

Kiwi species

At Tawharanui, they are working to help save the brown kiwi – specifically the form known as Northland brown kiwi. From 2009, Motuihe will have little spotted kiwi.

Kiwi sanctuaries and mainland islands

Two of the five kiwi sanctuaries managed by the Department of Conservation are close to Auckland – near to Whangarei and on Coromandel Peninsula.

The closest of the Department’s six mainland islands is Trounson Kauri Park, where introduced pests are intensively managed to help protect Northland brown kiwi.

Seeing kiwi

In Auckland, captive kiwi can be seen at Auckland Zoo.

The nearest places you may see wild kiwi are on the above mentioned islands and restoration projects as well as Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf, and the Aroha Island Ecological Centre in Kerikeri.

Marunui Conservation »

In 1987 Marunui Conservation Limited was set up by renowned ecologist Teddy Goldsmith and his wife Katherine with over 400 hectares of indigenous forest now protected.

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Mataia Restoration Project »

In 2006, Gill and Kevin Adshead established the Mataia Restoration project with the aim of re-establishing the ecological values of the area.

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Motuihe Island Trust »

The past of Motuihe island includes three Maori pa, a human quarantine station, WWII prisoner of war camp, and a children’s health camp.

Motutapu Restoration Trust »

Just 30 minutes from downtown Auckland lies Motutapu Island. Joined to Rangitoto by a short bridge, Motutapu is one of the oldest landforms in the Hauraki Gulf.

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Tawharanui Open Sanctuary »

The removal of animal pests has in Tawharanui Regional Park allowed the reintroduction of native species, including 40 brown kiwi.