You can start saving kiwi in your area right now. There are many resources available to help you and people to give you a hand to get started!
It is a simple formula: fewer predators = more kiwi. Stoats ferrets and dogs are the main kiwi predators. Stoats kill 95% of kiwi chicks before they reach their first birthday. By trapping animal pests we can reduce predators and create healthy forests so kiwi can thrive. Talk to the Kiwi Coast or the NRC Biosecurity Team about how to control animal pests on your property, the best traps to use to keep kiwi safe and obtain the funding and resources you need to get started.
- Download Northland Pest Control Guidelines
- National Pest Control Agencies information and publications
- DOC Info on Threats to Kiwi
- How to Trap Safely in Kiwi Areas
Most adult kiwi deaths in Northland are caused by dogs. This reduces the average kiwi lifespan from over 60 to just 14 years. To protect kiwi simply avoid taking your dog into kiwi areas, and tie up your dog at night and when you leave your property. All wandering dogs are a threat to kiwi and other wildlife. If you see a wandering dog a kiwi area call Animal Control on 0800 362 468.
Kiwi Coast also runs free ‘Know Your Dog’ Workshops for pet and lifestyle dog owners! Run by retired vet and Kiwi Conservation Dog Handler, Lesley Baigent, these workshops are aimed at helping dog owners and Understanding the Awesome Animal and the End of the Lead.
To find our more or book a workshop for your area contact Lesley Baigent.
Talk to your neighbours, start your own community-led group or join an existing project.
- Find out about existing community groups and projects in your area
- Find out how to start your own community-led project
- List your group or project here…
- Signup to our email newsletter to find out about events and news
- Contact Ngaire the Kiwi Coast Coordinator to get advice and help
Kiwi call to one another to signify their territory and to talk or look for mates.
By listening to their calls, we can monitor where they are, and how many there are. The best time to listen is the breeding season around autumn.
Do you hear kiwi in your area?
Do you know what kiwi calls sounds like?
- Listen to Female Kiwi...
- Listen to Male Kiwi...
Other Birds you might hear at night
Kiwi Call Count survey
Contact DOC or the Kiwi Coast Coordinator to find out about volunteering to listen to kiwi in your area.