Our project at Purangi in East Taranaki covers 13,000 hectares and is home to 3500 to 4000 western brown kiwi with over 880 breeding pairs. Our ongoing predator control allows the population to continue to increase.
This is a success story turning a declining population into one which is growing and is a national stronghold for the future of the North Island Western Brown Kiwi. We are unashamedly parochial, as a community we feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for our kiwi and are proud to be called a kiwi.
We need to continue to protect and enhance our terrestrial environment for the long term survival of our kiwi. They are the indicator species for our other native species. Our vision is 1,000 pair by 2020. We are now on track to re-introduce Kokako to flourish beside our kiwi population in autumn 2018. This is a community driven project, we rely on fundraising and donations to enable us to continue the pest control.
We want our wider community to see our kiwi, to be part of the kiwi story. Our advocacy role will see an increase of interaction between people and kiwi; to engage people in the kiwi struggle and to share with them being up close and personal with live kiwi. We want the wider community to have the opportunity to see and touch kiwi so they too can experience the emotional high of being with our national iconic bird.
Our field centre at Purangi which is 40km inland from Inglewood. we have developed 2 fantastic walks. Come and experience walking through farmland, beside a meandering creek, admire majestic Rimu trees. Bring lunch and spend the day in the forest, or enjoy the shorter walk.
There is always something happening in our project area. We have regular volunteer events such as helping with our guided walks, helping with the school programme, putting up acoustic listeners for bats, building the wetland and soon learning to monitor kokako. Join us for fun and to support our kiwi.
This is an exciting space to be in. Our work ranges from “kids and kiwis” with our annual Sparky the kiwi visit, our wetlands and our long tail bat education units to provide authentic learning for students. This is complemented by our work with schools as they grow their “community service” programmes using our pool of retired people who work alongside of the students to give them practical skills, such as building boardwalks, track development and fencing on site withon our project area.
KOKAKO ARE COMING .....
WE RELY ON YOUR DONATIONS
Other Ways You Can Help
This is an opportunity for your company to contribute to a well-established incredibly successful Project and be recognised for responsible stewardship of New Zealand and its iconic species. (in particular the kiwi). The kiwi protection part of our project does not have sponsorship help. It’s who we are “kiwis” and they need our help to provide them with a place to thrive. You can help us to help them. Please contact us for information.
Our budget does not stretch to everything we need. You can help our project, our volunteers and contractors by helping us to purchase key items for in the field work. Fonterra Grass Roots has supported by supplying shovels, spades, lopers, gloves. You can help too.
Our vision is to have everyone in our community proudly support our conservation work and display their association with us to their customers, clients, friends and family. Become a Member and provide a kiwi with a safe home and protected environment all year long with a monthly donation.