The Kiwi Recovery Group was established by the Department of Conservation (DOC) in 1991 to provide high quality technical advice to people working to save kiwi.
It began as a small group of research and operational experts—people more likely to be out in the field saving kiwi than sitting in a meeting room talking about it.
Today the Kiwi Recovery Group is a multi-agency team, less of a doer—more of a coordinator and enabler—and very strategic. The change in how the Kiwi Recovery Group works recognises that:
- much expertise about kiwi ecology and their management needs now sits outside DOC
- because many more people are involved in saving kiwi, networking is vital to share best practices and make sure efforts are coordinated and complementary
- with a lot more happening to save kiwi, clear strategies are needed about where to focus efforts, and where to encourage innovation and research.
DOC continues to administer the Kiwi Recovery Group.
The Kiwi Recovery Plan 2008–2018
An important part of the Kiwi Recover Group’s work has been developing the 10-year Kiwi Recovery Plan 2008–2018. The Plan has national goals, objectives, issues and actions for kiwi, so that everyone working with the birds has a clear understanding of what needs to happen.
Recent advice and information about the Kiwi Recovery Group is available in its newsletter.