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On November 1st, 2019 the first kiwi chick, “Fenwick”, hatched at the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow.
Fenwick is from two kiwi who live in the rohe of Ngāti Tama in Taranaki. We don’t know yet, whether Fenwick is a boy or a girl, but for now he/she will live with us, under the kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of Ngāti Tūwharetoa.
Fenwick is the first, but in the years to come, we hope to be able to share with you the stories of hundreds of kiwi chicks who will play a vital role in restoration of the kiwi population.
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What We Do
Kiwi eggs are quite fragile and lots of them fail, i.e. no chick hatches from them. And for those that do hatch in the wild, only one in twenty (20) will survive. Most are killed by predators such as stoats. So we go in and ‘rescue’ the eggs while they are being incubated. We complete that process in the pristine environment of the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow and release the chick to a predator-free environment.
By ‘rescuing’ each egg we increase the chance of survival from 5% to 65%. And then by placing the chick in a predator-free, nutrient-rich environment we further increase their chances of living a full and healthy life.
Kiwi can live for up to 40 years. One of the longest lives of any bird.
How We Do It
Before Aotearoa-New Zealand was inhabited by humans, kiwi numbered in their millions. Now they are numbered in their thousands and still declining. The programme of work that Kiwis for kiwi is leading will reverse this decline in the next ten years. And a critical component of the programme involves hatching chicks and helping them through their first weeks of life at the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow.