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Our support made it possible to establish the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow, a dedicated kiwi incubation, hatching and brooding facility designed to help reverse the population decline and save kiwi from extinction.
Located within the grounds of Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary near Taupō, the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow opened in October 2019, and is equipped to rescue more than 200 eggs each hatching season.
Since the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow has been in operation more than 220 kiwi chicks have been hatched and released* into predator-free habitats where they’re able to live with minimal risk and have the best chance to thrive. (*Updated May 2022.) Kiwi hatched at the Burrow are released into new predator-free habitats, where they’re able to live with minimal risk and have the best chance to thrive.
2019 - The Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow opened in October and the first kiwi eggs were collected. In November the very first chick “Fenwick” hatched, named for the Kiwi charity's chairman and environmentalist Sir Rob Fenwick. With much of the North Island experiencing a summer drought, the number of kiwi eggs in the wild was greatly impacted, and just 22 kiwi were hatched.
2020 - The second hatching season kicked off in September 2020 with the arrival of “Whetū,” named by staff from Crombie Lockwood. With better weather conditions, and good fortune from Mother Nature, the season saw a total of 104 kiwi hatched.
2021 - With the first eggs collected late in September after a level 4 lockdown, "Locko" was the first arrival of the season. Kiwis for kiwi changed its name to Save the Kiwi, and in November Crombie Lockwood announced it was renewing the partnership for a further 3 years.
2022 - 98 eggs were hatched in the third season, bringing the total number of kiwi chicks hatched at the Burrow to 224. This included "Parakuihi", a kiwi chick hatched live on Breakfast TV.
In the wild, only 1 in 20 kiwi chicks survive to adulthood because of the threat from predators like rats and stoats. By collecting kiwi eggs from the wild, hatching and caring for them for the first few weeks of their lives, their chance of survival jumps from just 5% to 65%.
Watch to see how the Kiwi Burrow is helping Kiwis for kiwi to increase the survival rate of our kiwi population.
The Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow opened in October 2019 at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary.