50 years ago Warwick Wilson bought 400 hectares of bushland on the Kuaotunu Peninsula in the Coromandel - the plan was to clear the native bush and graze 3-thousand sheep. But he didn't. And over the next few decades came to learn about the inhabitants of the bush on his land, including the endangered brown kiwi.
He went on to become a founding member of Project Kiwi, a community project to protect the North Island brown kiwi that is about to celebrate its 20th birthday.
The trust commissioned Sue Hoffart to write the book, Project Kiwi, which centres around Warwick Wilson and his efforts to protect our native icon. He joins Jesse in the Auckland studio.
Images from Project Kiwi by Sue Hoffart: