26 May 2013

Kiwi brought to Kaipara

5:50 am on 26 May 2013

Kiwi are on the Auckland mainland for the first time in more than 50 years.

Fourteen Northland Brown kiwi from Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf are now setting up burrows at a new site near Kaipara.

They will have 400 hectares to roam on, after a farm couple restored a third of their land to bush and added pest and predator controls.

Kiwis for Kiwi executive director Michelle Impey, says while it often moves kiwi to private land, this project is rare because it involves returning kiwi to an area they were wiped out from decades ago.