Native Affairs – Kiwi Care

By Iulia Leilua
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

The call of the Kiwi is being heard more and more in the 7.5 thousand hectare forest of Omataroa near Te Teko.  

It's thanks to an an iwi-driven conservation project that started releasing Kiwi chicks back into the wild eight years ago.  The Māori forest owners - the Omataroa Rangitaiki No 2 Trust - now have 40 kiwi living in the forest.

But as Iulia Leilua reports, predators make it a struggle for them to survive without their iwi kaitiaki.