Experience Pūrangi – East Taranaki Environment Trust
We provide a place for kiwi to thrive. Our project at Pūrangi, East Taranaki is a community initiative, involving the implementation of a suite of pest control and advocacy measures to promote conservation and sustainability in the Pūrangi / Matau and Pouiatoa catchments. Kiwi is our indicator species. We have around 13,000 hectares of land within the project area, which is home to over 4000 kiwi. We are proud to be one of the largest community environment schemes in New Zealand. This is an area of significant habitat of nationally threatened and at risk indigenous species.
Conservation of our heritage
We need to continue to protect and enhance our terrestrial environment for the long term survival of our kiwi. They are the indicator species for our other native species. Our vision was 1,000 pair by 2020; We are thrilled to report that in 2017 it was confirmed our population was around 4000 kiwi and increasing by a rate of 9% per annum. In 2018 the project re-introduced kōkako back into the area to flourish alongside our kiwi population.
We want our wider community to see our kiwi, to be part of the kiwi story. Our advocacy role has seen an increase of interaction between people and kiwi; it has engaged people in the kiwi struggle and has allowed some to be up close and personal with live kiwi. We want the wider community to have the opportunity to see kiwi so they too can experience the emotional high of being with our national iconic bird.
Why kiwi conservation?
Kiwis, it who we are. It’s what we all call ourselves … “kiwis”; and we want to make sure future generations can also be part of the kiwi story. Our main project is our Pūrangi Kiwi conservation project and kiwi has been our focus since inception. When we started the kiwi were quietly becoming extinct in many areas of Taranaki, they needed help. Our area was still a strong hold for the kiwi population and as a community we have taken responsibility for their welfare.
- They represent who we are – Kiwi’s
- They need help from predators
- Kiwi chicks are being killed
- They are iconic
What will happen if we don’t?
This is a success story turning a declining population into one which is growing and is a national stronghold for the future of the North Island Western Brown Kiwi. We are unashamedly parochial, as a community we feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for our kiwi and are proud to be called a kiwi.
If we don’t provide predator control 95% of kiwi chicks will be killed. As the older kiwi die out the population will implode. We will lose our iconic taonga.
- We will lose kiwi in Taranaki
- The adult population is declining by 2% p.a.
- 95% of chicks will be killed
- Kiwi will be extinct in our grandchildren’s lifetime.