Welcome - Haere mai

The Whakatāne Kiwi Trust is a community-led,
registered charity promoting the protection of kiwi
and other indigenous species in the Whakatāne area.


3 November 1939 – 5 July 2019

A true friend to kiwi and respected member of our kiwi whānau has passed.

Ron you kept us grounded and focused on our vision; To see Kiwi thrive
and prosper in the Whakatāne district. We will miss you dearly!

Ron’s family have asked for donations to be made to
the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust in Lieu of flowers.
We all thank you for your support

‘Whakatāne, Kiwi Capital of the World™’

The Whakatāne district is abundant with indigenous wildlife, including the kiwi. Kiwi in New Zealand are a unique and endangered species. It is both unusual and exciting to to have a population of kiwi so close to a major centre, as they are in Whakatāne.

Kiwi, our iconic national bird, literally live in our backyards. Residents and visitors to the area have the unique opportunity to walk into the bush and step into kiwi territory. This exceptional set of circumstances has led to recognition of Whakatāne as the ‘Kiwi Capital of the World™’.

However, without active management this endangered bird and other native species are at risk of declining again towards extinction. In the reserves around Whakatāne an intensive network of bait stations and traps was formed and active kiwi monitoring has been undertaken by volunteers, since the project’s inception in 2001.

The community-led ‘Whakatāne Kiwi Project’ is supported by the Department of Conservation, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the Whakatāne District Council, Te Runanga O Ngati Awa, the Dodds Family Trust and other private landowners.

One of the many rewards which flows from the Whakatāne Kiwi Project is improvement of the local biodiversity as a whole.

With some wonderful success stories to date, the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust and its supporters are looking to expand the scope of the project to help support a self-sustaining kiwi population.

Trappers map

Trappers Map

View the trapping network in the Whakatāne Kiwi Protection Area

Trappers map

Report Kiwi Emergencies

While out walking in the bush or travelling on our roads you may come across an injured or dead kiwi. Please contact us asap.

Trappers map

Report a Kiwi / Robin

If you are in the Whakatāne Kiwi Area and see a kiwi or robin, report it here!

stoat trap

Sponsor a trap

Help Whakatāne Kiwi by sponsoring a stoat trap

The Whakatāne Kiwi Trust gratefully acknowledges the support of our current sponsors and supporters.

Post: Whakatāne Kiwi Trust,  PO Box 186,  Whakatāne 3158,  New Zealand Email: admin@whakatanekiwi.org,nz