Living in a kiwi zone?

    Here's some stuff we all should know...

    Just five percent

    In areas with no pest control, just five percent of kiwi chicks make it to adulthood

    Northland kiwi aren't long lived

    In Northland, the average life expectancy of an adult kiwi is just 13 years compared to nearly 50 years in other parts of the country

    Control our dogs so that they never meet a kiwi

    One dog left to roam can wipe out an entire local kiwi population. Dogs kill adult birds - the breeding population. They're part of why Northland kiwi have a life expectancy of just 13 years.

    Cats can kill kiwi chicks

    Cats can kill kiwi chicks and other native species. Living in a kiwi zone, here's some things we can do: Keep them in at night | Feed them well | When our cats die, consider not replacing them

    Cars kill kiwi

    At night driving peninsula roads, lets all go slower, it may save a kiwi's life. Kiwi killed on our 10km stretch of roading: 2021 - 4 | 2020 - 5 | 2019 - 7 | 2018 - 6

    Stoats kill young kiwi

    In areas where they aren't controlled, stoats kill more than 50% of all kiwi chicks. They also take a big toll on other native birds, weta and lizards.

    Possums don't just eat foliage

    Possums prey on native bird's eggs and chicks. This one is about to tuck into a kereru egg. They also compete with kiwi for burrows.

    Rats are bad news

    Rats and mice are food for kiwi's predators and their presence helps to keep populations high. Ship rats are climbers and eat native birds eggs and chicks. They eat insects and the fruit and seeds that feed birds and allow the forest to regenerate.

    Kiwi beach party

    If your dog starts barking at an upturned dinghy on the beach lead him/her away quietly. There's a chance it's a kiwi resting up under there. It happened at Opito Bay recently, not the first time...

    Living in a kiwi zone

    Please take a minute to go through the slideshow above, essential information for all of us living in a kiwi zone.

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