Whakātane Kiwi Project
In 1999, a few North Island brown kiwi were found unexpectedly in the Ōhope Scenic Reserve. It is incredible these kiwi survived, as only five percent of kiwi chicks survive in the wild in the absence of managed predator control.
The discovery of these kiwi prompted the development of the Whakatāne Kiwi Project, a partnership between the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (then Environment Bay of Plenty) and the Department of Conservation, in conjunction with Te Runanga o Ngāti Awa. Since then, the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust and the Whakatāne District Council have also become partners in the project.
The objective of the Whakatāne Kiwi Project is to carry out the serious effort required to re-establish a thriving kiwi population in the area. The success of the Project is now recognised both nationally and internationally, and the annual pest control programme is helping other bird population to rapidly increase.