Story: Kiwi

Distribution of kiwi populations, 2015

Before people arrived, New Zealand was a land of trees and kiwi numbered in the millions. Now they remain only in isolated patches. In 2015 there were around 300 Haast tokoeka (a variety of the southern tokoeka) and about 250 rowi living at Ōkārito. The little spotted kiwi survived only on offshore islands and at Zealandia (formerly the Karori Sanctuary) in Wellington.

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Source: Derek Grzelewski, ‘Kiwi: icon in trouble.’ New Zealand Geographic 45 (January–March 2000): 66–96

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Jock Phillips, 'Kiwi - Kiwi species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 15 May 2015