Help our Whakatāne kiwi

Whakatāne kiwi rely on help from all sorts of places. You can contribute to the success of the 'Kiwi Capital of the World'™: volunteer, donate, or make a living gift or bequest - every little bit counts!


The Whakatāne Kiwi Project could not exist without help from a group of outstanding volunteers. Different skills, fitness levels and abilities are required so there is something to suit everyone.

Volunteers contribute about 4,000 hours each year and do a range of tasks, including: 

  • Setting and checking trap lines through the reserves and recording and reporting catches.
  • Running regular kiwi aversion training courses for dogs.
  • Assisting the Department of Conservation in bird monitoring and health checks.
  • Taking kiwi listening tours.
  • Helping with kiwi releases.
  • Raising public awareness about Whakatāne kiwi.
  • Fundraising events.

If you are interested in donating your time and skills, please contact us.

As a small acknowledgement, every six months one volunteer is profiled on the website. Read more about our Featured Volunteer.


Your donation can make a huge difference to the activities of the Whakatāne Kiwi Project.

Here are some examples of what your donation may contribute to:

  • Provide kiwi aversion training for one dog: $50.00
  • Purchase one trap: $135.00
  • Kiwi health check: $150.00

Make a donation now!

Living Gifts and Bequests

The Whakatane Kiwi Trust welcomes all donations, including living gifts and bequests. Contribute a living gift or alternatively leave a lasting legacy and make a bequest to the Trust in your will.

Read more about how you can contribute a living gift or make a bequest.