Save Kiwi Week

Department of Conservation —  14/10/2013

Today kicks off the inaugural Save Kiwi Week, a week to raise both awareness and funds to protect our iconic national bird.

A young rowi kiwi amongst the bush. Photo: Ian Gill.

Okarito South Island brown kiwi (rowi)

You might think that we are doing a pretty good job protecting our national bird. But in reality, 2% of our kiwi population disappears every year. At this rate, we risk kiwi disappearing from the mainland in our lifetime!

Save Kiwi Week runs from 14th-20th of October and is organised by Kiwis for kiwi which is an independent charity that works in partnership with DOC to help fund kiwi conservation work around New Zealand. Their aim for Save Kiwi Week is to raise $100,000 to protect 1,000 kiwis in the wild in October.


Help save kiwi this October 14-20th

There are lots of community activities planned across New Zealand this week, as well as great TradeMe auctions for ‘once in a lifetime’ kiwi experiences and a chance to release a kiwi into the wild with Sir Graham Henry.

Anyone can get involved – including individuals, schools and businesses – and there are fun easy-to-use toolkits filled with activities and fundraising ideas on the Kiwis for kiwi website.

Get involved in the inaugural Save Kiwi Week and together we can help keep our iconic kiwi alive.

Watch a video about communities protecting kiwi:

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    I’m a teacher in a class of four year olds which is called the ‘Kiwi class’. Recently the children have been investigating the lives of Kiwis and it is astounding how dedicated they are to doing all they can to protect and care for these unique New Zealanders.Young children have enormous love for living creatures and are incessantly interested in how they live and grow. Their research is inspiring and they use all the resources and opportunities available to them to learn about kiwis and how to care for them. They made the Kiwi a forest and worked out what it would like to eat, with their teachers’ help they have been fund raising to sponsor a kiwi.In voicing their words to the kiwi they said “I hope you have a beautiful forest” “I love you” “You have got beautiful fur”… When children are made aware of the realities facing the New Zealand landscape they will lead the way in conservation and purposeful scientific research. Initiatives such as ‘save the kiwi week’ help us make changes before its too late.