The Kiwi Coast is an collaborative initiative that links over 80 community-led conservation projects, iwi and hapu, forestry companies, government agencies and organisations in the shared vision of increasing kiwi numbers along Northland’s east coast.
The value of working together is evident in the annual collation of animal pest control results from all those involved. View our groups map and directory…
Our Vision: To support and connect community-led kiwi recovery along the east coast of Northland.
Annual Pest Control Results
Thousands of animal pests are removed from the Kiwi Coast every year by all the groups and project involved making our forests healthier and our native wildlife safer. Unlike other parts of New Zealand, kiwi are on the increase on the Kiwi Coast thanks to the hard work of everyone involved.
Trap catch data collated across all the groups and projects show that 169,731 animal pests were removed from the Kiwi Coast between 2013 – 2016.
In 2016, 56,629 animal pests were destroyed on the Kiwi Coast – that’s over 1,000 pests per week!
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To participate in the Kiwi Coast Shared Animal Pest Control Results simply fill in this form in January each year.
Kiwi Coast Background
In many parts of New Zealand, kiwi continue to decline unless they are behind predator proof fences, on offshore islands, or within fiercely defended ‘sanctuaries’. Along the eastern coastline of Northland it is a different story. Here, some managed populations of the Northland brown kiwi are not only stable, but actually increasing. This is largely due to the efforts of community-led conservation projects, working in partnership with government agencies, other organisations and private landowners to carry out predator control, release kiwi back into the wild and advocate for responsible dog control.
Now that some initiatives have successfully ‘saved’ the kiwi in their locality, a new opportunity has arisen. Juvenile kiwi are on the move out of intensively trapped areas into unsafe territory. Kiwi are not surviving outside of the protected areas. There is an increasing sense of urgency from landowners that something must be done.
The concept of a kiwi corridor along the eastern coastline of Whangarei has steadily gained momentum over recent years, to the point where it has developed into a shared vision called the Kiwi Coast.
The Kiwi Coast is deliberately being promoted as a ‘kiwi saving’ project. However, while a key focus will be on protecting kiwi and their habitat, it is expected that the actions undertaken such as pest control, community engagement, and dog control advocacy will also benefit the wider biodiversity values of the area, including a range of threatened flora and fauna. In terms of capturing landholder interest and inspiring active involvement it is also perhaps easier to envisage a vulnerable kiwi moving through a large landscape and needing protection from predators, than a kauri snail or a bird in flight.
Kiwi Coast Goals
The Kiwi Coast recognises the considerable community-led conservation work already being undertaken along the eastern coastline of Northland. It seeks to support the work already underway, inspire new projects to begin and utilise some of the new resources being brought into the region by Reconnecting Northland. Working together under a broad, shared vision, the Kiwi Coast aims to multiply the effectiveness of existing efforts and maximise conservation gains.
The goals of the Kiwi Coast are:
- To support the recovery of local kiwi populations along the east coast of Northland
- To celebrate the presence of Northland brown kiwi in Northland as a taonga
- To reduce pests that threaten kiwi
- To facilitate the safe movement of kiwi and other native species throughout the Kiwi Coast
- To encourage the restoration of the ecological health and integrity of kiwi habitats, including native forest, scrublands, streams, dune lands and wetlands
- To encourage the natural return and spread of lost species such as kaka, kakariki and bellbird / korimako, some of which visit, but no longer reside in the area
- To encourage people to engage in kaitiakitanga / stewardship to protect and nurture Northlands’ biodiversity for future generations.
The Kiwi Coast is the founding pilot project of Reconnecting Northland, which is a large scale, collaborative ecological restoration programme.
It aims to restore a range of natural processes and ecosystems throughout the region, while also building environmental, social, cultural and economic resilience.