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Four community-led kiwi groups are under way in the Bay of Plenty

This site introduces three of those groups:

Kiwi species

These groups are working to help save the brown kiwi – specifically the form known as eastern brown kiwi.

Kiwi sanctuaries and mainland islands

Two of the five kiwi sanctuaries managed by the Department of Conservation are close to the Bay of Plenty – Moehau and Tongariro.

As well, two of the Department’s six mainland islands are close to the Bay of Plenty, Northern Te Urewera and Boundary Stream. In mainland islands, introduced pests are intensively managed to help protect kiwi.

Seeing kiwi

In the Bay of Plenty, captive kiwi can be seen in Rotorua, at Rainbow Springs and at the Te Puia – New Zealand Māori Arts and Craft Institute.

You may also see kiwi if you volunteer to help the local kiwi groups.

Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust - teaser image

Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust »

When the forest flourishes the people flourish

Whakatane Kiwi Trust - teaser image

Whakatane Kiwi Trust »

Targeted pest control and Operation Nest Egg™ have gone a long way towards achieving a self-sustaining wild brown kiwi population.

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Omataroa Kiwi Project »

The Omataroa Kiwi Project is on Māori land in the hills behind Awakeri and Te Teko near Whakatane.