The Kiwi Coast is a collaborative initiative that links over 200 community-led conservation projects, iwi and hapū, schools, forestry companies, government agencies and organisations in the shared vision of restoring the health of our native forests, helping native wildlife thrive and increasing Northland kiwi numbers.
The vision of Kiwi Coast is one of thriving native forests and wildlife, with kiwi, safely roaming throughout Northland, nurtured and cared for by Northlanders. Together, we are creating New Zealand’s first modern day kiwi corridor.
Animal Pest Control
A key focus of Kiwi Coast is supporting the removal of introduced animal pests that defoliate forests, compete with native wildlife for resources, destroy nests, wetlands and forest floors and predate on vulnerable native species to the point of extinction.
Over the last decade Kiwi Coast has focused on enabling effective hapū and community-led pest control – building skills, linking projects and assisting with regional monitoring and data collation to demonstrate the results achieved.
For the past ten years Kiwi Coast has collated annual trap catch data from all the projects involved to demonstrate the collective impact being achieved across Northland.
Thousands of animal pests are removed from the Kiwi Coast every year by all the groups and project involved making our forests healthier and our native wildlife safer. Unlike other parts of New Zealand, kiwi are on the increase on the Kiwi Coast thanks to the hard work of everyone involved.
Trap catch data collated across all the groups and projects show that 708,536 animal pests were removed from the Kiwi Coast between 2013 – 2022.
In 2022, 116,952 animal pests were cleared from Northland – that’s around 2,250 pests every week!
To participate in the Kiwi Coast Shared Animal Pest Control Results simply fill in this form in January each year.
Kiwi Coast Background
In many parts of New Zealand, kiwi continue to decline unless they are behind predator proof fences, on offshore islands, or within fiercely defended ‘sanctuaries’. In Northland it is a different story. Here, some managed populations of the Northland brown kiwi are not only stable, but actually increasing. This is largely due to the efforts of community-led conservation projects, working in partnership with government agencies, other organisations and private landowners to carry out predator control, release kiwi back into the wild and advocate for responsible dog control.
Now that some initiatives have successfully ‘saved’ the kiwi in their locality, a new opportunity has arisen. Juvenile kiwi are on the move out of intensively trapped areas into unsafe territory. Kiwi are not surviving outside of the protected areas. There is an increasing sense of urgency from landowners that something must be done.
The concept of creating collaborative predator controlled zones or “kiwi corridors” where kiwi can live, roam and thrive in safety has steadily gained momentum over recent years, to the point where it has developed into a shared vision called the Kiwi Coast.
While the focus of Kiwi Coast is on kiwi, noticeably, there has also been a multiplier effect. Once groups gain confidence and skills from kiwi recovery based pest control and monitoring, they quickly turn their attention to other biodiversity restoration goals.
While kiwi often remain the iconic goal, groups are also involved in a multitude of other activities such as pateke recovery, forest health, weed control, kauri dieback prevention, reintroductions of threatened species such as robins, forest fencing and riparian planting, etc.
The ‘can-do’, action-on-the-ground, community led style of the Kiwi Coast has engaged the hearts and minds of many Northlanders, inspiring and motivating more and more communities and hapu to get involved and look after “their patch” and “their kiwi”.
Kiwi Coast Goals
The Kiwi Coast recognises the considerable community-led conservation work already being undertaken in Northland. Working together under a broad, shared vision, the Kiwi Coast aims to multiply the effectiveness of existing efforts and maximise conservation gains.
To enable and engage Northlander’s in caring for
To provide education, mentoring and support for
To celebrate the presence of Northland brown kiwi
in Northland as a taonga.
To increase kiwi numbers through predator
reduction and good dog control.
To facilitate the safe movement of kiwi throughout
the Kiwi Coast.
To encourage kaitiakitanga / stewardship to protect
and nurture kiwi for future generations.
Over the last 20 years agencies and organisations including the NZ Landcare Trust, Northland Regional Council, QEII National Trust, Department of Conservation and Kiwis for Kiwi Trust have strongly supported and championed community and hapū led pest control and kiwi recovery in Northland.
Kiwi Coast emerged from this strong foundation, taking the next step of linking individual projects to create continuous trapping networks and operate at a landscape scale unrivalled in New Zealand.
In 2017, Kiwi Coast formed a charitable trust and took the next step of consolidating its strong working relationship with the Northland Regional Council (NRC) into a partnership. Working together, Kiwi Coast and NRC can ensure gains made to date are not lost and the momentum can successfully continue. Working in unity will also allow both Kiwi Coast and NRC to leverage further
funding and implement a strategically coordinated regional approach.