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Whakatāne Kiwi Trust

Background

The Whakatāne Kiwi Trust was set up in 2006 as a charitable trust to promote and protect kiwi in the Whakatāne area.  The Whakatāne Kiwi Trust is one of the partners in the Whakatāne Kiwi Project, alongside the Department of Conservation, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the Whakatāne District Council and Te Runanga o Ngāti Awa.

About the Trust

The Whakatāne Kiwi Trust aims to promote the protection of kiwi and other indigenous species in the Whakatāne area, through advocacy, education and fundraising.  Its mission statement is:

Healthy Forest, Healthy Kiwi, Healthy Community

The Whakatāne Kiwi Trust vision is to see:

Kiwi thrive and prosper in the Whakatāne district through public support and landowner co-operation.

Funding is a challenge for the Trust and its goal is to raise more funds from investments, external funders, sponsors and donations.

The objectives of the Trust are:

  • Implementation of the Whakatāne Kiwi Management Plan, and the Whakatāne-Ōhope Sites Biodiversity Management Plan.
  • Facilitation of community education and advocacy for kiwi conservation.
  • Encouraging and assisting land owners and land managers in the long term protection and survival of kiwi.
  • Encouraging and promoting volunteer involvement in the conservation of kiwi and other indigenous species.
  • Encouraging and facilitating relevant scientific research.
  • Advocating for environmental protection and biodiversity management.