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Crombie Lockwood and Kiwis for kiwi

Kiwi chick held in two hands - Kiwis for kiwi

Crombie Lockwood and Kiwis for kiwi 

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).

The Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow  

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 Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow is helping Kiwis for kiwi to increase the survival rate of our kiwi population.

Kiwi Burrow opening - and first kiwi release

The Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow opened in October 2019 at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary. 

Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow

The Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow opened in October 2019.

Carl O'Shea and Michelle Impey

Our CEO Carl O'Shea, and Michelle Impey of Kiwis for kiwi delivered the first kiwi eggs to the Burrow.

CEO Carl O'Shea holds kiwi eggs in carry case

The first eggs to be collected and transferred for incubation and hatching came from Mt Messenger, Taranaki.

First kiwi hatched at the Kiwi Burrow

"Fenwick" was the first kiwi hatched in the Crombie Lockwood Kiwi Burrow, on 1 November 2019. 

Kiwi is released into grounds of Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary

Fenwick was released in December 2019 into the grounds of Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary.