Kiwi in our backyards
With help from the community, the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust and the Whakatāne Kiwi Project, kiwi in the Whakatāne district are thriving. In fact, Whakatāne is now officially recognised as the ‘Kiwi Capital of the World™’!
This wasn’t always the case: in 1999, a handful of North Island brown kiwi were discovered in the Ōhope Scenic Reserve. Incredibly, these kiwi had survived despite the absence of predator control in the area. Incredible because unprotected kiwi chicks have a less than six percent chance of survival. Only ten years later, as a result of the hard work and determination of many community-minded people, the 100th kiwi chick was released into the reserve. Easter 2013 marked another special milestone when the 200th chick was celebrated during a public blessing.