Adopt or Sponsor a Kiwi or Kokako

Since 2005, East Taranaki Environment Trust has been growing the kiwi population in Taranaki and we are now including kokako conservation in our plans.

Our kiwi conservation project in Purangi in East Taranaki is a success story and has become a national stronghold for the future of the North Island Western Brown Kiwi. Over 13,000 hectares is now home to over 500 pair of kiwi and our on-going predator control allows the population to continue to increase. This is one of the largest volunteer driven environment schemes in New Zealand.

We know people are keen to support our iconic kiwi and kokako. We have two options where Businesses and individuals can help protect and keep kiwi and kokako in Taranaki. You can either adopt one of these beautiful birds then follow its progress; or you can contribute towards one under the sponsor option where you share a bird.

Adopting a bird is a unique way to help preserve our Taranaki wildlife and share the project with your family, friends, employees, customers and other stakeholders.

Kokako

Kokako have been absent from the Taranaki forests for a couple of decades. We have been working hard on pest control to allow for the return of these amazing birds.

Our plan is to reintroduce a total of 40 Kokako to Taranaki within our project area. To catch, transport and release a Kokako costs between $1,500 and $2500 per bird. Please help us.

Adopt an Animal

This is a multi year relationship where you can help protect and keep kiwi and kokako in Taranaki by adopting one of these beautiful birds. We have a number of kiwi with transmitters attached who you can adopt, or perhaps you would like to name your bird.

Adopt a Kiwi


Be part of a kiwi’s journey – from egg to breeding adult.
This is a multi-year sponsorship: $5,000 in year one; and $2,000 in subsequent years (minimum term of four years). This kiwi would not be available for others to support. 

Funding supports the comprehensive management of breeding, releasing and monitoring a kiwi as it grows into adulthood. For this sponsorship you will:

  • be invited to help with the release of “your” bird;
  • have the opportunity to work with us to name “your” bird (the name is subject to our approval);
  • have the opportunity to visit and monitor the birds in summer;
  • receive an annual update specific to your kiwi about its health and transmitter information;
  • be recognised for your sponsorship on our website (via name or logo); and
  • receive our quarterly newsletter, updates and information about upcoming events.

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Adopt a Kokako

This is a limited opportunity sponsorship to bring a total of 40 kokako to Taranaki. It is a multi-year “adopt” sponsorship: $2,000 in year one this includes the first year of monitoring; and $1,000 in subsequent years which helps with the pest control to protect the bird (minimum term of four years or $5,000 total).

For this sponsorship you will:

  • be invited to help with the release of “your” bird;
  • have the opportunity to work with us to name “your” bird;
  • have the opportunity to visit and monitor the birds in summer;
  • be recognised for your sponsorship on our website (via name or logo); and
  • receive our quarterly newsletter, updates and information about upcoming events.

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Sponsor an Animal

These birds and truly magnificent and they need our help to survive and thrive in Taranaki. By supporting one of our birds, you are making a real difference. Click on the kiwi to take you to the selection page where you can choose your kiwi.  You will receive a letter and certificate and acknowledging your sponsorship with a photo of your sponsored kiwi.