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Thanks to an active intervention program, at Whangarei Heads we really do have kiwi in our backyard.

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Annual kiwi call count

During the Annual Kiwi Call Count, kiwi calls are recorded and collated giving us useful data on the local kiwi population.

Every year, hundreds of volunteers throughout New Zealand brave the chilly nights of autumn, sit in the dark, and listen for kiwi calls. They must listen at these ‘stations’ for 2 hours each night, for a total of four nights during the annual kiwi call count. This usually occurs during May or June, depending on when the dark phase of the moon takes place at the peak of the kiwi mating season.

Listening stations are assigned and are revisited every year, in order to document differences in the number of calls that are heard from year to year.

All the hard work that goes into kiwi recovery at Whangarei Heads is effective.
Overall the listening in 2017 shows  an approximate kiwi population of 880 compared with 810 last season and 80 back in 2001.



At the Whangarei Heads, more than 25 enthusiasts brave the cold and the dark every year. Take a look at the table below for 2016, to see how often they call at different listening stations throughout the Heads.

If you’ve got good hearing and a bit of patience and don’t mind the cold – this could be just the job for you!

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