Ruahine Kiwi is a partnership between ENM’s Manawatū River Source to Sea Collective and Te Kāuru Eastern Manawatū River Hapū Collective with the vision of returning North Island eastern brown kiwi to the southern Ruahine by 2026. We do this through intensive control of mustelids on a landscape scale, with our trap network covering 23,000ha.   We work in strong collaboration with tangata whenua, local farmers and volunteers.  We actively seek to educate and inform individuals and diverse groups of our work and how they can make a positive impact on our rohe.

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You can follow trapping progress by keeping up to date with trapping statistics on the TrapNZ website. 

You can read our March 2024 Newsletter by clicking here. 

The Ruahine Kiwi Project Launch 2022

The project was officially Launched on 24th of February 2022 at an event attended by over 60 members of the environmental and public sector communities. Attendees included local farmers, Department of Conservation staff, environmental volunteers, Federated Farmers representatives, project staff and elected representatives including the Chair of Horizons Regional Councils and media.

The event took place at the Pohangina DoC base 35 minutes from Ashhurst nestled at the base of the Ruahine Ranges. The launch was an important opportunity to talk to involved parties about the project and what it is, celebrate its beginnings and look forward to a future where kiwi are able to be reintroduced to the area by 2026.