If you live somewhere near wild kiwi and the birds are not being managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) or an existing community-led kiwi care group, you may like to set one up.
A very good place to start
Talk to DOC
Talk with people at your local DOC office. Contact details for every DOC office in New Zealand is on the DOC website.
Finding funding will probably be a top priority. A good place to begin is to apply to The Kiwi Trust. Applications open in early April each year – read more about which projects received funding for the 2016/17 year.
Funding may also be available through:
- Lottery Grants administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.
- The sustainable management fund administered by the Ministry for the Environment. This is for community groups, iwi, businesses and local government agencies taking practical actions to produce long-term environmental benefits.
The NZ Landcare Trust has a lot of experience in helping groups successfully apply forgrants from DOC, the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Setting up and running groups
A tool kit about how to set up and run community projects and groups is available at CommunityNet Aotearoa. This tool kit was created by the Department of Internal Affairs.
Information about kiwi
You will find a huge range of information and resources on this website. And you will find it very helpful to sign up as a ‘Kiwi Practitioner’. It’s free, anyone can join, you get entry to a world of information and you can ask questions and network with like-minded kiwi conservationists.