Can you imagine Aotearoa without the kiwi? Neither can we.

Ko te putake nui, ki a whakaora i te Kiwi. Awhina mai. Hono ki te take tumata nui, ki a hoki te kiwi ki te wao tapu nui a Tāne.

Save the Kiwi is on a mission to rebuild the kiwi population – but we need your help. Join the cause to return kiwi to where they used to live … before it’s too late.

Kiwi Conservation Funding Grants

Since 2002, Save the Kiwi has allocated millions of dollars in conservation funding from The Kiwi Trust. Applications for funding grants for 2023/24 are now open.

Cyclone Gabrielle: Kiwi conservation update

Cyclone Gabrielle and other recent weather events have impacted some kiwi conservation and predator control projects throughout the North Island.

Chasing Zero with John Bissell

Chasing Zero with John Bissell is a how-to video series that aims to turn trappers into predator hunters.

Kiwi Forever

Sign up for this free teaching resource packed full of fun and educational activities aligned with Levels 1-4 of the New Zealand curriculum.

Kiwi avoidance training for dogs

Ko te kuri, te kararehe e kaha whakapatu ana i te kiwi. He raru nui, ina ka patua i te Kiwi kotahi noa iho. Ko te ‘Whakangungu Whakakore’ he hōtaka, ki a kore e whara, e mate ana rānei te Kiwi.

Dogs are a major threat to adult kiwi. The death of just one kiwi can have massive repercussions on the recovery of a kiwi population. Kiwi Avoidance Training is a programme that can minimise the threat of dogs injuring or killing a kiwi.

Ki te kore tātau e tiaki i te Kiwi, ka ngaro atu i te wao tapu nui a tāne. Hono ki te take tumata nui, ki a hoki te kiwi ki te wao tapu nui a Tāne.

The kiwi could disappear from our forests if we don’t work to save it now. Join the cause to save the kiwi.

Aotearoa used to be home to

of kiwi

Today, approximately

kiwi remain

That number declines by


every year

Of the kiwi that hatch in the wild,


are killed before they reach adulthood


kiwi are killed every week

If we were to do nothing,

kiwi could be left in the wild in a few generations

Kiwi used to thrive in Aotearoa for millennia and numbered in their millions, their piercing calls filling the inky night. But in just a few hundred years, widespread clearing of forest and introduced predators have seen kiwi numbers crash. Our forests, once loud with bird call, are falling silent. Today, stoats, ferrets, dogs, and other predators pose a great danger to this unique bird.

In areas where there is predator control, the rate of decline is slowing and some populations are even increasing. But much of the forest across Aotearoa remains unmanaged and kiwi remain at significant risk due to predators.

Awhina mai ki a hoki te kiwi ki te wao tapu nui a Tāne
Help return kiwi to where they used to live

Donations over $5 are tax-deductable in Aotearoa. Thank you for supporting kiwi conservation.

Ngā whāinga hei tiaki i te kiwi
Behind the mission to save the kiwi

Establishing kiwi population

How we’re saving the kiwi

Save the Kiwi works alongside whānau, hapū, iwi, conservation groups, communities, organisations, and the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai to reverse the decline of the national kiwi population and create more kiwi-safe habitat all over Aotearoa. We work to raise awareness of the plight of the kiwi, how important this taonga is to all New Zealanders’ identities, and what people can do to help.


North Island Brown Kiwi

Learn about kiwi: Te manu huna a Tāne

The kiwi has become New Zealand’s national icon and is instantly recognisable all over the world. But how much do you know about this bird? Not only does it lay an enormous egg and has an unusual bill, it is also vitally important in te ao Māori. 


How you can help

The kiwi needs our help – and anyone can join the mission. Whether you want to ensure your dog never meets a kiwi in the wild, find out more about predator control measures you could do in your area, raise money to support the cause, purchase products that will help us do more of what we do, or donate your time or money to the mission, there’s something for everyone.



Whānau, hapū, iwi & kiwi

Kaitiakitanga is integral to the spiritual, cultural, and social life of tangata whenua. Save the Kiwi is committed to supporting mana whenua leadership in kiwi and wider te taiao efforts. Strong relationships with mana whenua directly contribute to the strategic direction of our kaupapa and our organisation as a whole.


Nga mahi hou
Learn more about our latest work

Tame Malcolm

Tame Malcolm is a descendant of Te Arawa Whānui and Ngāti Ruanui. He has a Bachelor of Science (Materials and Processing), Masters in Business, and numerous other biodiversity-related qualifications. Tame has worked for Puna Consultants Ltd, Animal Health Board, the Department of Conservation, and Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regional Councils, and has recently been appointed the Deputy Director-General of Treaty Relations at the Department of Conservation. 

Born and raised in Rotorua, Tame considers himself fortunate to have been raised learning te reo me ōna tikanga. He has always had a strong interest in protecting the environment and has spent his whole working life in pest control. More recently, his experience has seen him involved in research and as a technical advisor for entities including iwi and government agencies.

Hunga tautoko
Meet our sponsorship whānau

These awesome organisations have already joined the cause to save the kiwi.

Crombie Lockwood
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First Mortgage Trust logo
Rheem logo
The Hatchery
Part Time Rangers
Comvita logo
Signature Homes
Royal Wolf logo
Four Winds Foundation
Millennium logo
Kuwi the kiwi
Wairakei Golf Sanctuary

Awhina mai ki a hoki te kiwi ki te wao tapu nui a Tāne
Help return kiwi to where they used to live

Donations over $5 are tax-deductable in Aotearoa. Thank you for supporting kiwi conservation.