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