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We've partnered with Kiwis for kiwi, the national charity working to ensure the survival of our most iconic bird.
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 Taupo, the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow opened in October 2019, and is equipped to rescue more than 200 eggs each hatching season (September – April).
125 chicks have hatched and 114 kiwi have been released since the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow has been in operation. 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.
The Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow’s inaugural season began in October 2019, and the very first chick “Fenwick” hatched on 1 November 2019. With much of the North Island experiencing a summer drought, the number of kiwi eggs in the wild was greatly impacted, and just 23 kiwi were hatched.
The second hatching season kicked off in September 2020 with the arrival of “Whetū,” named after much deliberation by staff from Crombie Lockwood. With better weather conditions, and good fortune from Mother Nature, it was a very busy season with 102 kiwi hatched.
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.
We post regular updates about the Kiwi Burrow on our Facebook page.