The Taranaki Kiwi Trust is proof that great things can come from humble beginnings.
Following concerns expressed about the plight of kiwi in Taranaki a series of meetings were held by representative members of interested parties, including the Taranaki/Whanganui Conservation Board, Department of Conservation, Taranaki Regional Council, local branches of the Royal Forest and Bird Society of New Zealand, the Ornithological Society of New Zealand and members of the public. In response to this the Taranaki Kiwi Trust was formed in 2001. In 2002, just eight traps were set on the north-eastern slopes of Taranaki’s classic volcanic dome in a bid to help protect local brown kiwi from the jaws and paws of animal pests, the Trust now boasts more than 1500 traps spread throughout the region. The Trust has eight volunteer board members, five contractors and more than 50 volunteers participating in the their projects.
The Trust works with groups and individuals throughout all of Taranaki – Tongaporutu to Waverley, and from the coast, up Mt Taranaki to the Eastern Hill country. TKT is unique they don’t own specific blocks of land and we don’t confine their work to any one land tenure, public or private. This approach lets the trust work right across the region with numerous communities, operating a number of programmes that complement each other, all aimed at improving kiwi numbers.
The Mission Statement / long-term overall goal of the Trust is:
“To promote and facilitate the restoration and protection of sustainable populations of kiwi in Taranaki”
The Vision of the Trust is that:
‘The continued existence of kiwi as an integral part of the ecosystems in Taranaki’
To achieve the above long-term goal the Trust has two aims:
- To increase awareness of kiwi
- To protect kiwi through active conservation programmes
Size of area under protection
Animal pests are trapped on 15,000 hectares in Taranaki.
The Trust’s biggest challenge is keeping the good ideas in balance with its ability to achieve them, recruiting and training volunteers and creating funding streams not associated with grants.
Since it began in 2001, the Trust has developed a strong identity in Taranaki and has won huge community support for its projects:
- Community and business sponsored trap lines in Egmont National Park
- Taranaki Kiwi Kohanga partnership with Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust
- Community Trapping Project expanded to 12,000ha of predator trapping on 28 private properties
- An education programme for primary schools
Who to Contact
If you would like to volunteer to help the Taranaki Kiwi Trust, make a donation, or just want some more information, contact the Trust Manager Celine Filbee:
Phone: 0274 540 591
Postal address: Taranaki Kiwi Trust, P O Box 308, Stratford 4352