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About four community-led kiwi groups are under way along the East Coast.

This site introduces two 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

Of the five kiwi sanctuaries managed by the Department of Conservation, the one closest to the East Coast is at Tongariro.

Two of the Department’s six mainland islands are near the East Coast area – Northern Te Urewera and Boundary Stream. These are places where introduced pests are intensively managed to help protect kiwi.

Seeing kiwi

The closest place to see captive kiwi in the East Coast region is the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier.

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

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Lake Waikaremoana »

Trapping predators is at the core of the Waikaremoana Kiwi Project, with the team trapping stoats, ferrets, cats, and dealing with wild pigs.

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Whinray »

The Whinray Ecological Charitable Trust is helping to stop the decline in brown kiwi numbers in the Gisborne-East Coast area of the North Island.