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Kiwis helping kiwi: Sian Potier

It’s a big job saving a species, and one that couldn’t be done without the support of volunteers. Through our partnership with Kiwis for kiwi, we’ve seen first-hand how the dedication of everyday Kiwis is making a real difference. This National Volunteer Week we meet some of the people giving their time to help kiwi.

Taranaki Kiwi Trust volunteer Sian Potier holds Koko the kiwi

Taranaki Kiwi Trust volunteer Sian Potier holds Koko the kiwi

Sian Potier, Taranaki Kiwi Trust

Sian became involved in kiwi conservation in 2011 and has worked with the Taranaki Kiwi Trust since 2016 where she set up, and continues to manage, the largest kiwi monitoring project ever carried out on Mt Taranaki.

Sian’s work has covered all aspects of kiwi conservation from kiwi survey work to Operation Nest Egg to the protection of existing kiwi populations through predator control. Over the last four years, Sian’s spent a lot of time following kiwi around in Egmont National Park in an attempt to better understanding their behaviour. In doing this, Sian has trained a group of dedicated volunteers to use telemetry gear and an aerial tracking system which enables kiwis with transmitters to be checked from the sky. 

What motivates you to volunteer?

My biggest motivation is knowing I am doing my bit to help prevent our iconic kiwi from going extinct. There is still so much to learn about kiwi and the more we know the more we can do to help protect them. 

What’s the most challenging aspect?

Going out to catch a kiwi is not as easy and pleasant as you might think. The terrain and vegetation can often be very challenging. It is often ridiculously steep and slippery with vegetation so thick it can be hard to move around.

What’s your volunteering highlight?

Being involved in kiwi releases is a highlight for me, I enjoy seeing people's reactions when they see a kiwi for the first time. I also enjoy sharing my knowledge and helping to motivate others to get involved.

For more information on the work to save kiwi, visit kiwisforkiwi.org