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One community-led kiwi group is under way in the Waikato region.

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust

Kiwi species

The Trust is working to help save the brown kiwi – specifically the form known as western brown kiwi.

Kiwi sanctuaries and mainland islands

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

The nearest of the Department’s six mainland islands where kiwi are protected through intense predator management is Boundary Stream, on the eastern flanks of the Maungaharuru Range.

Seeing kiwi

The nearest places to see captive kiwi are at the Auckland Zoo and the Kiwi House in Otorohanga.

You may be able to see kiwi in the wild if you volunteer your time to the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust

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Seven bird species have been re-introduced to Maungatautari, including the Western brown kiwi, all of which are now breeding on the maunga.