Thames Coast Kiwi Care

Tukua te kiwi kia tupu, tukua te kiwi kia ora

Helping Wild Kiwi Thrive

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To hear kiwi calling from our back yards once again.


We have created this website to inform people about what it takes to protect our icon - the kiwi.

We want to share our success and progress; and we want to raise awareness about the icon New Zealander's connect with.

Come with us on our journey to grow the small population of Coromandel brown kiwi at Te Mata on the Thames Coast, Coromandel.

Kiwi calling.mp3

Listen to the call of kiwi

The first call is a female followed by a male.

Notice the very stark difference between the two.

You can help Kiwi by making a DONATION

The Thames Coast community are working towards sustaining and growing a small population of Coromandel brown kiwi on the Thames Coast by protecting juvenile kiwi from predators. This long term project will also enhance other bird populations.

A grid of over 700 DOC200 and DOC250 + 20 SA2 Cat traps as well as 2 traplines of Squawk Squad Goodnature A24's have been installed over 4,000ha. The traps are targeting stoats, weasels and feral cats. These traps are visited and cleaned approximately 18 times a year by a band of committed volunteers. The community hope that the call of the kiwi will one day be common-place again.

This is one of the Ruru calls often mistaken for a kiwi (cree)

Ruru cree.mp3

This also is a Ruru - mewing

Ruru mewing.mp3