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Kiwis for kiwi - Moehau Kiwi Sanctuary

The Moehau Kiwi Sanctuary protects Coromandel brown kiwi.

The Sanctuary covers approximately 11,000 hectares at the northern tip of Coromandel Peninsula. The sanctuary includes both private and public conservation land on Moehau—an 892-metre high mountain at the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula.

The trouble with dogs

Because dogs are a major threat to adult kiwi, a lot of work is done in local communities to promote training that teaches dogs to avoid kiwi.

As well, a 3-month open season is being trialled for pig hunters who have had their dogs trained to avoid kiwi—the hope is to reduce wild pig numbers without using poisons.

Community support

Three community kiwi conservation groups are involved with the Moehau Kiwi Sanctuary—Project Kiwi, the Moehau Environment Group and the Harautanga Kiwi Project.

An example of progress

The combined Department of Conservation (DOC) and community efforts mean Moehau Kiwi Sanctuary consistently achieves one of the highest kiwi chick survival rates in New Zealand.

From 2001 to 2008, chicks were monitored to assess the effectiveness of predator control. The average percentage of chicks surviving to adulthood was 67%, compared to just 5% in unmanaged sites outside the Sanctuary.

In 2012, DOC staff reported an increase in the Coromandel brown brown kiwi population of 11% a year, and the number of birds have almost doubled in 9 years.