Kiwi have likely been extinct in Wellington for over 150 years, and the Capital Kiwi Project has been working in partnership with Wellington City Council to prepare for their return.
The Capital Kiwi Project has deployed the country’s largest community-owned network of 4,500 traps covering 24,000 hectares of Wellington’s western hills – an area bigger than Abel Tasman National Park. The network has removed thousands of predators from the landscape.
Most of the adult North Island brown kiwi that have been released are not monitored or tracked. This is part of the commitment to building a wild, free-ranging kiwi population on Wellington’s back doorstep. Another 200 kiwi will be released over the coming years.
The homecoming kiwi that are monitored are thriving: pairing up and putting on weight. Here’s how you can support to look after them as they continue to move.