East Taranaki Environment Trust’s Purangi Kiwi Project provides a place for kiwi to thrive in our community. The Trust was established in 2005 by a group of landowners who wanted to reverse the declining number of kiwis in the area. Since then, the Trust has been growing and protecting the kiwi population at the Purangi-based project that is located approximately 40 kilometres outside of Inglewood.
The Purangi Kiwi Project now covers 13,000 hectares and is home to over 500 pair of Western brown kiwi. Our goal is to increase the population to over 1000 pair by 2020. The Project is one of the largest community environment schemes in New Zealand.
We offer a range of sponsorship opportunities for small to large businesses and welcome individual donations. All funds help us to keep the environment safe for kiwi and allow them to breed and grow their numbers in a natural environment. We also have many volunteer opportunities for ongoing or one-off activities.
Our advocacy efforts aim to increase the interaction between people and kiwi, engage people in the kiwi struggle through education and allow people the opportunity to be up close and personal with a live kiwi. We want the wider community to experience the emotional high of being with our national iconic bird and share our pride in keeping kiwi in Taranaki.