About kiwi

Learn more about the kiwi, the national icon of New Zealand.

What makes kiwi special?

Kiwi are our national icon and they:

  • are endangered and found only in New Zealand

  • are birds but can’t fly although they do have tiny wings

  • they defend themselves with sharp claws on their feet.

How many kiwi are left?


Although there are estimated to be 20,000 North Island Brown Kiwi remaining in the wild in the North Island, they are now extinct south of Hawke’s Bay.

Kaweka kiwi

What’s killing our kiwi?


95% of kiwi chicks are killed, mainly by stoats and dogs.

Predator trapping

What's ECOED doing?


We've constructed a 40ha pest-free kiwi crèche at Lake Opouahi Scenic Reserve. We remove chicks from the wild and take them to the kiwi crèche where they can grow up in a safe environment. Once they are able to defend themselves we then return them to the wild.

Kiwi crèche


For more information about kiwi and kiwi projects, check out Kiwis for Kiwi.

Kiwis for Kiwi

North Island Brown Kiwi