HOW TO SUPPORT PROJECT KIWI
Project Kiwi relies entirely on public support together with grants from conservation supporting organisations, commercial income opportunities and occasional sponsorship. With its expanding responsibilities and leadership in the field of kiwi conservation, the Trust needs to be well funded and have longer term financial security.
We look on all our supporters as the Project Kiwi family. We need one off donations of any size plus the support of those willing to commit to a three year programme.
Help us secure a place for kiwi in the future.
HOW TO HELP KIWI
AND OTHER NATIVE BIRDS OF NEW ZEALAND
There are simple things you can do to help kiwi thrive.
Cats & kiwi are not friends.
Don't own a cat if you live in or on the fringe of a forest or bush block.
Feed your cat well & keep it in at night.
If you must own a cat, feed it well so it doesn't hunt for food, and keep it in at night. They are nocturnal hunters.
De-sex your cat.
Have your cat de-sexed and make sure unwanted kittens are not left to fend for themselves. Domestic cats are perfectly capable of surviving in the wild because of their natural hunting instincts and excellent night vision, hearing and sense of smell.
Dogs and kiwi are not friends.
If you own a dog, keep it tied up at night. If you live in or on the fringe of a forest or bush block keep your dog within your fenced property. Have it avian averted annually, register your interest at your local DOC office.
Exercise your dog away from kiwi.
Exercise your dog in designated areas.
Do not take your dog into forest where kiwi live.
If you own a dog, don't assume "my dog wouldn't do that". Remember that a dog is a dog, and there are some things that dogs just DO out of instinct.
Trap for possums and rats.
Trap for possums and rats in your garden. Project Kiwi Trust challenges every New Zealand household to purchase one possum trap or rat trap, to set it up in their backyard and use it. For tips on trapping and other useful information, click here.
Offer a bounty of a couple of dollars for each hedgehog or rabbit that is delivered to you dead.
Trap for magpies if you have them. They are highly territorial and act as 'airborne bullies' to our native birds.
Clean up beaches.
Pick up any nylon you see on the beach. This can tangle around seabirds feet.
Look out for New Zealand dotterel when you go to the beach over summer, and respect their need for space. (Known dotterel breeding beaches often have keep off areas).
Donate money to your local conservation project. They need it.