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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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March 12th, 2018

Parua Bay Community Welcomes Kiwi

Sunday 11th of March marked a special day for Parua Bay Community,

4 wild kiwi were released onto Ross family land at the back of the Parau Bay Community centre, 400 people attended the kiwi release and got to see kiwi up close.

Kiwi ‘Ross’ meets Murdoch Ross -Landowner 

Kiwi ‘Mokopuna’ with Todd Hamilton

Todd Hamilton (Backyard Kiwi Project) explained kiwi physiology, psychology and sociology. He talked about the risks and threats facing kiwi in the 21st century.

Most important we learnt:

Ground dwelling kiwi smell like a puppy

That our pet dogs LOVE the smell of kiwi

Any dog can kill a kiwi  –  even a shake by a curious puppy!

What we can do?

Keep or dogs in at night

Take the lead in areas where kiwi live

We heard about community pest control efforts in this area and the professional stoat trapping across the district. If you are a local and want to find out more about pest control in you backyard , contact us at


Todd Talk biology, psychology, threats and risks

Jennifer Ross Landowner  sharing some history

Special thanks to Caroline Mardon for photographs


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