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Season Two at the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow is underway with the arrival of a kiwi chick who will be known as “Whetū”.

We’ve got a great team of staff and we’ve expanded our capacity via the installation of additional brooder space from a specially-designed shipping container positioned alongside the Burrow.

Last season the drought significantly impacted numbers. Let’s hope the kiwi population bounces back this season. We’ll update our numbers as we go so you can see how many chicks we are delivering to save havens.

Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow Construction

Saving the Kiwi - Kohanga Strategy Explained

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.

These guys are amazing