Taiao Ora Tangata Ora

Northland hui

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, kia ora mai tātau katoa.

Kaitiakitanga is integral to the spiritual, cultural, and social life of tangata whenua. The health of the people reflects the health of the whenua, as the health of the whenua reflects the health of the people. Mātauranga, steeped in an intimate knowledge of Te Ao Tūroa and deep connection to place, has guided environmental practice for generations.

The modern world has many challenges. We look to our trusted voices to provide the trusted information needed to move forward. The lived experience of kaimahi who look after the whenua, the memories of those who have grown up in the bush help fill our kete. Wānanga bring us together to learn, build whanaungatanga, and support each other.

This mahi can’t be done on an empty belly. We must find ways to build sustainable projects and Māori businesses working in te taiao. Rangatahi are vital to the future, but this goes beyond access to training. Pathways leading to rewarding employment are key.

The burden of restoring te taiao and returning to a time of abundance cannot fall on mana whenua alone. He waka eke noa – we are all in this together. Relationships with agencies, community projects, and organisations like Save the Kiwi are built on respect for people at place. The tikanga and kawa that ensure things are done correctly should guide our actions.

Save the Kiwi is committed to supporting Māori leadership in kiwi and wider mahi to restore the health of whenua. Strong relationships with mana whenua directly contribute to the strategic direction of our kaupapa and the success of our work. Understanding the needs and narratives of mana whenua builds a strong foundation that supports increased participation and leadership in te taiao spaces.

Mauri Ora.

Man holds North Island brown kiwi in forest

Meet the Māori engagement team 

Morgan Cox

Morgan Cox

Pou Uruao a Motu
Māori Engagement Coordinator

Ora Barlow

Ora Barlow-Tukaki

Pou Uruao a Motu 
Māori Engagement Coordinator

Wiremu Wharepapa

Pou Uruao
Hāpu Activator, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui 

Kiwi advocacy


We’re all in this together. Save the Kiwi works to raise awareness about the plight of the kiwi and what is being done to help via social media, regular newsletters, and media publicity. (Photo credit: Jenny Feaver)

Predator Control - Ferret

Predator control

Stoats, ferrets, rats, dogs, and other predators are the greatest risk to the kiwi population. Find out more about predators, the harm they cause to our native taonga, and what we can do to help.


Kiwi avoidance dog training

Kiwi avoidance training

Dogs are the biggest threat to adult kiwi. Learn about a method that can successfully teach dogs how to avoid kiwi when they come across them in the wild.


Kiwi egg handling

Operation Nest Egg

Operation Nest Egg is a national kiwi breeding programme which grows kiwi numbers much faster than they could in the wild. Find out more about what and who is involved. (Photo credit: Jenny Feaver)


Kohanga Kiwi

Kōhanga Kiwi

Kōhanga Kiwi is a ground-breaking strategy that both preserves current numbers of kiwi and increases them. Learn about this world-leading conservation initiative.


Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow

Gallagher Kiwi Burrow

The Gallagher Kiwi Burrow (formerly known as the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow) is Save the Kiwi’s kiwi incubation, hatching, and brooding facility. Learn about the facility and the chicks that temporarily call this facility home.



Whānau, hapū, iwi & kiwi

Kaitiakitanga is integral to the spiritual, cultural, and social life of tangata whenua. Find out how Save the Kiwi is committed to supporting Māori leadership in kiwi and wider efforts to restore the health of the whenua. 


Jobs for Nature

Jobs for Nature

In 2020, Save the Kiwi was awarded Jobs for Nature funding which was redistributed to various kiwi conservation projects. Find out about these projects and the environmental gains they’re seeing. (Photo credit: Jenny Feaver)


Kiwi research


An enormous amount of research about the kiwi population has been undertaken over the years. Learn about the research behind Save the Kiwi’s vision.