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Welcome to the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust

The Whakatāne district is abundant with indigenous wildlife.  Kiwi, our iconic national birdliterally live in our back yards.  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.  The Whakatāne Kiwi Project, with help from partner organisations, aims to protect our national namesake including managing pest control in the local reserves and ‘chick pinging’

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.  Read more about future plans

 Healthy Forest, Healthy Kiwi, Healthy Community