Can you imagine a New Zealand without the kiwi? Neither can we.
ABOUT KIWIS FOR KIWI
Kiwis for kiwi is the national kiwi charity that, in partnership with the Department of Conservation, works alongside community, iwi and hāpu-led kiwi conservation projects all over New Zealand protect the kiwi population and take our national icon from endangered to everywhere.
First established in 1991 as the Kiwi Recovery Group, Kiwis for kiwi is an independent trust that provides nationwide leadership and support via a partnership with the Department of Conservation. Kiwis for kiwi distributes funding and provides support for community-, whānau -, hapū- and iwi-led kiwi conservation groups that work to eradicate predators from the kiwi’s natural habitat. Kiwis for kiwi also manages several kiwi incubation and crèching facilities as part of their own kiwi conservation strategy.
ABOUT THE KIWIS FOR KIWI ENDOWMENT FUND
Many Kiwis are passionate about Aotearoa and preserving our natural environment. Kiwis for kiwi is proud to announce the launch of an endowment fund which will give those people the opportunity to make a tangible difference to the future of the kiwi.
The Kiwis for kiwi Endowment Fund will be managed by Jarden, New Zealand’s leading investment and advisory group. Former New Zealand prime ministers and the fund’s ambassadors the Rt Hon. Sir John Key and the Rt Hon. Helen Clark are coming together to raise awareness of the plight of the kiwi and encourage prospective donors to contribute to the fund.
The purpose of the fund is to future-proof the work that Kiwis for kiwi and their partners and projects do all over the country. Over the next five years, Kiwis for kiwi has been entrusted with a substantial amount of government funding as part of the COVID Response and Recovery Fund. This Jobs for Nature funding will create hundreds of jobs, eradicate predators from hundreds of thousands of hectares of New Zealand forest, and help to further increase the kiwi population.
In five years, when this funding stops, Kiwis for kiwi wants to ensure that the momentum that will be generated through Jobs for Nature can continue – that the hard work that has been put in now doesn’t go to waste in the future.
The Kiwis for kiwi Endowment Fund will ensure that predator control, training, the development of more kōhanga sites and incubation and crèching facilities, and other kiwi conservation initiatives will be guaranteed long into the future.
KIWIS FOR KIWI AT WORK
Protecting kiwi where they live
Stoats, ferrets, rats, dogs, and feral cats kill kiwi. In fact, stoats are the main reason why 95% of kiwi hatched in the wild die before they reach breeding age in areas where predator control is not present. Much of Kiwis for kiwi’s work focuses on predator control, including trap setting and monitoring, and avoidance training so dogs learn to avoid kiwi.
Growing kiwi for release into safe places in the wild
Specialist workers and their kiwi-certified dogs find wild kiwi and attach transmitters to their legs. Teams track and monitor them then lift their eggs and deliver them to incubation facilities to hatch. These chicks are released into predator-free kōhanga facilities (usually islands or fenced sanctuaries). As these birds find mates and start breeding themselves, young kiwi that hatch in the kōhanga will be relocated to start new populations or bolster existing wild ones where predator control is taking place.
Kete mātauranga: Supporting Tangata Whenua
Kiwis for kiwi works alongside whānau, hapū and iwi groups all over Aotearoa to develop meaningful partnerships and share collective knowledge and skills of te taiao (the environment).
Looking to the future: More Kiwis saving kiwi
Kiwis for kiwi provides information and training to people who want to learn more about kiwi conservation and do their bit to save the kiwi. They also provide practical educational materials for teachers to use in the classroom.