Kiwi: the real story book giveaway

Department of Conservation —  17/12/2012

UPDATE: The competition has now ended. 

Kiwi: the real story made it onto the Listener’s 50 Best Children’s Books of 2012 list, and it’s not hard to see why.  The combination of verse, factual text and beautifully luminous pictures, offers a spellbinding glimpse into the secret night-world of our amazing iconic kiwi bird.

Kiwi: the real story would be an amazing Christmas present for any lucky kiwi kid and, thanks to New Holland Publishers, we’ve got three copies to give away here on the Conservation Blog.

Kiwi: the real story

“Muckracker, stem-shaker
nosy parker, mud-larker, dashing darter
cricket-cruncher, mantis-muncher
eavesdropper, clodhopper, show-stopper!”

Kiwi the eavesdropper.

“These feisty birds have a life and spirit of their own and Kiwi: the real story will be the book to inspire your children to love and protect kiwi long into their lifetimes, ensuring that they will still be in the ‘backyards’ of our grandchildren in years to come.”

Kiwi the snail snatcher and beetle battler.

To be in to win a copy, leave a comment on this post before 12 noon, Thursday 20 December 2012, telling us why you want the book. Three winners will be selected at random and contacted by email.

The giveaway is open to everyone, except employees of the Department of Conservation, New Holland Publishers, and their immediate families; however, we can only ship to New Zealand addresses.

Good luck!

Kiwi: the real story is valued at $29.99 and will be available from good bookstores nationwide.

40 responses to Kiwi: the real story book giveaway


    I love the fluffy kiwis and I’d love this book!

    Gillian Topping 19/12/2012 at 4:27 pm

    Looks like a great book, would love to win it.


    Preeeep! We would love to have this!


    I would love a copy of this because my 8year old son loves all things kiwi and native birds, and I would also read it to my new classes next year!!!


    Here at Maungatautari Ecological Island, we would love to have this book to educate more children about NZ’s wonderful native fauna – especially the kiwi!


    Wow, this book looks lovely, what a treat for Christmas 🙂


    What lovely illustrations! This looks excellent.

    Sharon Sweet 19/12/2012 at 12:36 pm

    Let my legacy, my footprint on Earth be that I made a difference in the salvation of an endangered species of birds; that they continue to not only survive but thrive long after my plea to preserve their existence has been silenced. The Kiwi – five recognised species, two of which are currently vulnerable, one of which is endangered, and one of which is critically endangered. This beautifully illustrated book – please honor me with being given a copy, that I may use it to help educate those who do not know – I will use it to help open the eyes of those who can possibly make difference. Let it be a tool in my arsenal to fight the ignorance that lets entire species slip through our fingers because, too late, we realize what we have done through deforestation or other means. September 1, 1914 at 1pm Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon died at the age of 29 years at the Cincinnati Zoo. He small body was shipped to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. 40 years ago, at the age of 20, I saw her displayed there, a mute testimony to the avarice and thoughtlessness of man. I cried. I also made a promise to her that she did not die in vain, that I will, to my last breath, spread the story of her extinction, that it may never happen to another species again in my lifetime. A lofty goal, but I have spent my life rising to the task. This book you have speaks to me, asks me to include it my library, that, in my hands, it may make a real difference. All I ask is that you consider me for the privilege of spreading the word that needs so desperately to be shouted for all to hear. Thank you, thank you.

    Cazaly Bowden 19/12/2012 at 12:24 pm

    I’d love to give this to one of my new cousins! I <3 Kiwis!


    Kiwis are amazing birds and this book would be a fun way to learn to more facts about the Kiwi.


    This book looks great and a good way to learn about the other side of the world!

    Maribeth armstrong 18/12/2012 at 10:45 am

    The budding ornithologist and entomologist in my house would love this book. Fab book and illustrations.


    Would love to leave this in our B & B for visiting children to read.

    Maria Engberg 18/12/2012 at 10:17 am

    I just love kiwi birds, kakapos, kakarikis, pukekos, takahe, and the others. Have seen a kiwi bird on Kapiti Island and heard one by Nelson lakes. A childrens book would be very appreciated 🙂


    I enjoy all the blogs and find them an ideal way to learn more about this fragile environment we share with all these creatures. I would love to win the book for our fifth generation baby who lives in the Waipoua forest

    Justyna Figas-Skrzypulec 18/12/2012 at 7:22 am

    I live in Poland, Europe, and I don’t know if I will ever be able to visit New Zeland but I am totally keen on your endemic species. I run a scientific popular blog in Polish language (nature, evolution, conservation etc.) and I have already posted much data about kakapo parrots. The book about kiwi birds would be great motivation to post about them 🙂


    This book looks great! I will surely check it out!

    Lisa Griggs 18/12/2012 at 5:35 am

    I love reading all the fantastic interesting information and updates on your website. I know this book would be much loved by my god child who is in love with the wildlife of New Zealand. She loves to tell me all the new things she has learnt and she will enjoy teaching everyone around her all about the kiwi.


    The Kiwi is about as wonderful as a creature can be, and so this book should be given to me! Really I’d read it myself, enjoy the art, then give it to my young niece 🙂

    Anna Tvrdonova 18/12/2012 at 12:15 am

    What an amazing combination of beautiful illustration and story about one of the precious NZ bird! It would be great book to learn english and source of information about NZ wildlife. But what a shame we probably can´t buy it in Czech Republic 🙁

    Malcolm Cliff 17/12/2012 at 10:25 pm

    We are from the UK and recently enjoyed a 3 week holiday in New Zealand. A visit to the Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua where we saw some kiwis was a highlight! We immediately adopted a baby kiwi. The book would be a great way to introduce our granchildren to these very special creatures from the far side of the world!

    Stephanie Hoss 17/12/2012 at 10:15 pm

    I do want the book, because I miss New Zealand desperately!
    It think it will help me to handle the next couple of month, before I go back!


    My little Canadian grandsons are visiting, and we’re teaching them everything we can about their kiwi connection. They’d love this to take home and share with their friends.


    Excellent Christmas present and great way to teach Kids about Kiwis


    What an incredible book! I would love to read this with my children:)

    Luke Mercer 17/12/2012 at 5:48 pm

    Such fantastic artwork. I’d love a copy.


    Show stopping text and illustrations – a lovely looking book. I’d love to give it to my little boy who would love to have a kiwi in his back yard. He spends ages looking for them when we visit Willow Bank Reserve.


    I’m living in Aussie but am a born n bred kiwi chick!! Our house has a number of Kiwiana in it. My 6yr old daughter loves animals and enjoys our kiwiana. Would be such a great book to add to our household and to share the beauty of the Kiwi Bird with our kids! I also am a Teacher Aide so would be great to read this story and show the kids at school a different kind of animal.
    How can you not fall in love with the Kiwi!!!!
    From what I have seen the illustrations are beautful!!!


    Bugger the grandkids, I want it.


    This book is cool I want it formyself to keep forever.


    Wow! What fantastic art, showing the real feisty kiwi of my experience, not the bumbling passive kiwi so often shown. I know a small person I’d love to give this to.


    I run a family Daycare it would be great to add these to my collection of very valuable kiwi books that I buy every time I got to NZ.

    Rochelle Zammit 17/12/2012 at 4:24 pm

    Fantastic illustrations 🙂

    Juanita Purvis 17/12/2012 at 4:17 pm

    Because I’m a kiwikid living in AUSSIE and I love sharing and showing off about our beautiful country…plus kiwi’s are simply stunning….I want my kids to know all about them!

    Jill Gothard 17/12/2012 at 4:15 pm

    Perfect to teach my little Aussie rellies of their most important ‘kiwi’ heritage!


    Would love a copy to gift my niece for Christmas.


    Sounds like a great book. Would love to give a copy to my Primary Teacher daughter to share with her class next year.

    Kristina L. 17/12/2012 at 3:53 pm

    This would be a great book to use in the classroom to learn about NZ and add to the classroom library.

    Steve Cossaboom 17/12/2012 at 3:46 pm

    This would make an excellent Christmas present!

    Josie London 17/12/2012 at 3:46 pm

    I volunteer at an elementary school, and I always try to share information about nature with the children. This would be a great book for story time. If I win one, I can donate it to the school’s library to share with the kids year after year.