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On the Thames Coast, around 20 years ago, vigilant locals knew that the local kiwi population was on the verge of collapse. Thames Coast Kiwi Care was formed in 2006 with the mission: “To protect and enhance kiwi populations on the Thames Coast”.

We wanted to ‘hear kiwi calling from backyards again’. This has become a reality as Te Mātā locals are regularly hearing kiwi calling and there has been an increase in sightings over the past few years.

We now have around 250 kiwi in our recovery area!

This is an incredible achievement by our community, with essentially ten times the 2006 kiwi population now present locally.

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Our Effort
Kiwi resident
Hectares protected
Volunteer hours per year

Trapping is crucial for protecting and enhancing the local kiwi population.

TCKC operates a comprehensive grid of traps targeting stoats, weasels, ferrets & feral cats over thousands of hectares. A team of committed volunteer trappers clear, service, and re-bait the traps 16 times per year.

Traps deployed
Volunteer trappers
Project Area Trapping Data

This map represents real-time trapping data from our project area, including the count of total predators removed.  An outer hexagon represents trap density for the area, and the the inner hexagon represents catches. The more red the colour, the higher the density / catches.

Touch a hexagon for breakdown numbers per trap.

Thanks to Groundtruth and Trap.NZ for this amazing resource!

Project area trapping data map legend

Kiwi are prolific breeders given the chance.  If New Zealand had its predator problem under control, we’d be knee deep in kiwi!


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Koru the kiwi's annual trip down from Moehau Environment Group to Steampunk the Thames with TCKC ⚙️ Koru was as HOT 🥵 as ever this year! ... See MoreSee Less
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A massive shout-out & thanks to HG Leach & Co. Ltd for donating & delivering this load of metal on behalf of TCKC to one of our major landowners. The Bedford family has allowed TCKC trappers access through their farm to the central area of our project for many, many years. It is due to the ongoing support of landowners like the Bedfords, Ropers next door, Mana Whenua, and many other landowners in the area that allows TCKC to continue our mahi & we are very grateful to all of them. The Bedfords are super happy with this lovely big metal pile that will contribute to the upkeep of their road and our trappers are able to continue to access their traplines to help kiwi, so it's a win-win!Thanks again HG Leach & Co for this awesome community support.🙌 ... See MoreSee Less
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Photo wall
Beautiful juvenile kiwi
TCKC Coordinator Sheena Beaton demonstrates predator traps
Scanning for kiwi transponders
Kiwi chick Ngawari Tiwhiri
Sheena Beaton and Neil John, Ollie the kiwi's release 2021
Early trap line deployment, 2006.
Eggs mustered as part of Operation Nest Egg
Trailcam photo of wild kiwi, Te Mata.
Bob Carr and Robert Mannes, trapline working bee
Coordinator Sheena Beaton in kiwi costume
TCKC Fundraiser 2017
Kiwi chick weighed, Operation Nest Egg, 2020.
WIld kiwi print in the mud
Coordinator Sheena Beaton gives a presentation to local community