Kiwi Coast Attracts Additional Funding

(Published on 9th February 2017)

NZ Landcare Trust's community driven Kiwi Coast project has attracted $40,000 from the Department of Conservation Community Fund. Conservation Minister Maggie Barry made the announcement last week, highlighting how the work of the Kiwi Coast aligns with the governments 'Battle for our Birds' initiative.

"The Kiwi Coast project plans to create New Zealand’s first kiwi corridor along Northland’s East coast. It will connect two separate high density kiwi populations at Tutukaka and Whangarei Heads where Northland Brown kiwi numbers are stable and steadily increasing,” Ms Barry said.

NZ Landcare Trust Biodiversity Coordinator and project manager for the Kiwi Coast project Ngaire Tyson highlighted the incredible contribution made by the various communities and groups that support Kiwi Coast.

"The funding will go directly to supporting on-the-ground community-led kiwi recovery projects. Pest control forms an important part of the work carried out here. Between them, the groups involved with Kiwi Coast have removed in excess of 113,000 animal pests over the last three years, making a big difference to the survival rates of young kiwi," Ngaire said.

The collaborative Kiwi Coast initiative now involves 82 identified community groups, projects, iwi/hapu, forestry companies, government agencies and organisations, and extends over 200km from Mangawhai to the Aupouri peninsula in the Far North. 

Ngaire added “Together we are creating New Zealand’s first kiwi corridor. There are no predator proof fences – the increasing numbers of kiwi are free to roam and explore Northland’s stunning landscape."

“The NZ Landcare Trust has been working with communities in Northland for 20 years now. We need to ensure the good work being done on the ground can continue, so that taonga species like kiwi can continue to thrive,“ Ngaire said.

In line with project objectives, priority has been given to reducing threats to kiwi survival, and linking up Landcare Groups to create landscape scale collaborative predator trapping networks.  The Kiwi Coast assists strategic groups with the deployment of new predator traps, more time spent on trap servicing and holding events and workshops to engage people in caring for kiwi protection and improving dog control. A total of 120,293 ha are now under active pest control along the Kiwi Coast.

The Department of Conservation Community Fund was established in March 2014 and is directed at practical, on-the-ground projects. These projects will maintain and restore the diversity of our natural heritage and enable more people to participate in recreation, enjoy and learn from our historic places, and engage with and value the benefits of conservation.

 

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