Sponsor - Taranaki Kiwi Trust

Support Taranaki Kiwi Trust

We are providing an opportunity to help boost a kiwi population on Mount Taranaki.

Taranaki Kiwi Trust is working with the Department of Conservation to re-establish a kiwi population in Egmont National Park on Mt Taranaki. As part of this we are providing the opportunity for people to help boost a kiwi population on Mount Taranaki. We are providing the opportunity for people to help boost a kiwi population on Mount Taranaki. There are 3 sponsorship packages available. (As examples they could be suitable for a family group or for staff or members of your organization). These will help cover the of raising a chick from egg to release weight.

$450 - Take part in a kiwi egg lift

What you get

  • An invitation for a small group to take part in an expedition to help lift a clutch of kiwi eggs in the wild. (1-4 people only) This will involve walking into the bush in the back hill country, accompanied by the kiwi ranger to the nest site of the kiwi.
  • You will likely be able to see inside a burrow and view the eggs in situ before they are carefully lifted out.
  • Plenty of opportunity to talk to the kiwi ranger and learn more about these fascinating endangered birds. 
  • The opportunity to drive the eggs up to Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua, and see how they process the eggs for further incubation. 
  • To name one of the eggs or chicks.
  • We will provide you with a certificate and photo after the event for your office, classroom or living room wall.
  • You will receive newsletters to keep you updated on the progress of the project.
  • Acknowledgement in our next newsletter.

Egg lifts take place during the breeding season September to February. 

$600 - Release a kiwi into the wild

$600 is the cost of hatching and crèching one kiwi at Kiwi Encounter for four to six months, until it is large enough to fend off predators like stoats.

What you get

  • An invitation for a group (your family, or from your organisation of 1 – 6 people) to take part in the release of your sponsored juvenile kiwi. This will involve walking quietly into the bush of Egmont National Park with your group, accompanied by a kiwi ranger, carrying the kiwi in a transport box to the release site. 
  • Here you will have the opportunity to take a close look at your kiwi, and take some photos in a private setting.
  • Plenty of opportunity to talk to the kiwi ranger and learn more about these fascinating endangered birds.
  • Time to relax and chat over afternoon tea once out of the bush.
  • We will provide you with a certificate and photo after the event for your office, classroom or living room wall.
  • You will receive newsletters to keep you updated on the progress of the project.
  • Acknowledgement in our next newsletter.

Kiwi releases can be at any time of the year.

$450 Sponsor a transmitter

Transmitters are very smart devices, which are attached to the kiwis' leg. They provide valuable information about the kiwi movements.

What you get

  • An invitation for a 1-4 people to be part of a kiwi health check of a kiwi in the wild. This will involve walking into the bush with a kiwi ranger to track and find the kiwi. The ultimate treasure hunt – treading quietly in the bush and full of anticipation of what we may find! 
  • Once found and caught you will have the opportunity to take a close look at the kiwi, and take some photos. 
  • You will be able to watch or maybe take part as the kiwi ranger changes the transmitter and carefully weighs and checks the health of the kiwi, before releasing it again back to its burrow. 
  • Plenty of opportunity to talk to the kiwi ranger and learn more about these fascinating endangered birds.
  • Time to relax and chat over a cup of tea once out of the bush.
  • We will provide you with a certificate and photo for your classroom or living room wall.
  • Regular newsletters to keep you updated on the progress of the project.
  • Acknowledgement in our next newsletter.
  • Please note that these are wild birds and sometimes we are not able to catch them on the day and a second trip maybe required. 

Changing transmitters usually occurs during April, May and June for adults, but any time of the year for juveniles.

Please note that timing for egg lifts and releases are determined by the kiwi's needs – but we will try and give you as much notice as possible. Terrain varies for each nest site but we will try to match one to suit your abilities.

For more information and to confirm your sponsorship please contact:

Michelle Bird
Trust Manager
Taranaki Kiwi Trust
michelle@taranakikiwi.org.nz
022 424 1933

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