Tag Archives: Kiwi

How to Raise the Rarest Kiwi

How to Raise the Rarest Kiwi

“When I first see the kiwi chick, I briefly wonder if I’m actually looking at a real animal. It’s a grapefruit-sized sphere of fluff with an adorably short version of an adult’s long beak,”…

Masking Tape Saves Endangered Kiwi

Masking Tape Saves Endangered Kiwi

“Using nothing but tape, a fragment of shell and MacGyver-like ingenuity, nature park worker Claire Travers patched up a badly damaged egg sufficiently for the baby kiwi to survive,” as reported in an article…

New Zealand’s Plan to Save The Kiwi

New Zealand’s Plan to Save The Kiwi

“Some 100,000 wild kiwi could be roaming New Zealand in less than 15 years, according to a new government plan,” reports the BBC. “The Kiwi Recovery Plan 2017-2027 by the Department…

How NZ’s Glaciers Shaped the Origin of the Kiwi Bird

How NZ’s Glaciers Shaped the Origin of the Kiwi Bird

When the kiwi arrived in New Zealand several million years ago “it found few threats and plenty of opportunities.” “In the absence of mammals, its descendants gradually lost the ability to fly, as island…

Rare Kiwi Hatches at US Biology Institute

Rare Kiwi Hatches at US Biology Institute

A brown kiwi – a rare flightless New Zealand bird, has hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia, as reported in The Washington Post. When the chick’s parents Ngati Hine Rua…

Kiwi Chick Hatches At Auckland Zoo

Kiwi Chick Hatches At Auckland Zoo

Three’s a charm! Auckland Zoo welcomed third Kiwi chick hatched in a season. This gorgeous wee chick will eventually be released to Rotoroa Island.

Kiwi DNA Study Reveals Bird Lost Colour Vision

Kiwi DNA Study Reveals Bird Lost Colour Vision

Scientists at the University of Leipzig in Germany say they have sequenced the genome of the brown kiwi for the first time, revealing that the shy, flightless bird likely lost its ability to see…

Don’t Let Our Kids Grow Up Without Kiwi

Don’t Let Our Kids Grow Up Without Kiwi

To help save kiwi for the next generation, “Kiwis for Kiwi” launched an annual fundraising campaign, Save Kiwi Month 2014. In this video, Kiwis for kiwi is looking at…

NZ Government Pledges Millions to save the Kiwi

NZ Government Pledges Millions to save the Kiwi

Following warnings that New Zealand’s national bird could become extinct, the government has set aside NZ$11.2m ($8.3m; £5.3m) to stop the constant decline of kiwi numbers. “The aim of the investment is to turn the…

White Kiwi Chicks Hatch near Wellington

White Kiwi Chicks Hatch near Wellington

Two rare white kiwi chicks have hatched at Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre 125km north of Wellington. Together with their three older siblings the kiwi chicks are likely to be the only white kiwis…

The Z-Nail Gang Official Trailer

The Z-Nail Gang Official Trailer

Inspired by actual (and unbelievably crazy) events that took place in the Coromandel during the 1980s, The Z-Nail gang is an inspiring story that leads its audience on a…

The Kiwi Bird

The Kiwi Bird

Watch a short clip about the Kiwi from the documentary series Mutant Planet. The series is about the magic of evolution and the forces of nature have together…

Mitre 10 – Sandpit Ad Outtakes

Mitre 10 – Sandpit Ad Outtakes

Take a look at the outtakes of a cute ad from Mitre 10 sandpit commercial depicting the Kiwi / Aussie relationship . Mitre 10: DIY it’s in our DNA….

Kiwi’s Ancestors Now Said to Hail from Madagascar

Kiwi’s Ancestors Now Said to Hail from Madagascar

New evidence shows that if the emu was the kiwi’s cousin, then Madagascar’s elephant bird was it’s sibling. Speculation continues as to the origins of New Zealand’s diminutive kiwi, new research now links the bird…

Tip Top Trumpet – The Luckiest People in the World

Tip Top Trumpet – The Luckiest People in the World

What Kiwi doesn’t love their Tip Top Ice cream? Take a stroll down memory lane with Tip Tops Trumpet commercial and get your old childhood taste-buds going. You can’t…

Old Spice New Zealand

Old Spice New Zealand

What does it take to be a kiwi man? Kiwi men are men of action. They were the first to climb Mount Everest, the first to split atoms and…

19th Century Plate Depicts Extraordinary Set of Birds

19th Century Plate Depicts Extraordinary Set of Birds

“No country on the globe can offer such an extraordinary set of birds as are here depicted,” wrote British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace of “the peculiar Ornithology of New Zealand” in The Geographical Distribution…

Flying Australian Kiwis Could Put Paid to Moa Ancestry

Flying Australian Kiwis Could Put Paid to Moa Ancestry

New fossil research suggests the flightless kiwi and emu share a common ancestor able to fly, which travelled over to New Zealand from Australia millions of years ago. Experts have long assumed that the kiwi…

Manukura: The White Kiwi

Manukura: The White Kiwi

Take a look at this adorable white kiwi chick, Manukura (meaning ‘of chiefly status’). The kiwi was born at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, north of Masteron. Manukura…

Telstra-CEO Explains his Trans-Tasman Upbringing

Telstra-CEO Explains his Trans-Tasman Upbringing

Born in Australia and raised in New Zealand, Telstra CEO David Thodey is a product of both countries – a real Trans-Tasman hybrid. Speaking at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle luncheon in Sydney, Thodey explained…

Finding the Famous Five

Finding the Famous Five

When he was last in New Zealand British zoologist Mark Carwardine spent two weeks travelling the length and breadth of the country, “in search of an outlandish menagerie of animals known as the ‘Small…

Memorable Boy Grows On You

Memorable Boy Grows On You

“Next year’s Oscars, if they were to include the just-for-fun idea of outstanding performance by a setting, should have a nominee in Boy,” The New York Times movie critic David DeWitt expounds. “This movie from New Zealand,…

Why Kiwis Get Stroppy

Why Kiwis Get Stroppy

Manukura the six-month-old white kiwi “appears to have regained her mojo after a heart scare during surgery to remove a stone from her gizzard.” “You try to grab her and she kind of karate…

Fluffy Emblem of Hope

Fluffy Emblem of Hope

An expectant silence hangs over the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Sanctuary as hundreds of spectators await a glimpse of a rare white kiwi, a bird held sacred by Maori, describes The…

In search of the real deal

In search of the real deal

“When you’re a New Zealander, or ‘Kiwi’, as they like to call themselves, you seem to take that rite-of-passage world trip for a year or two — sleeping in hostels and living out of…

Hatchery to Home

Hatchery to Home

In the last eight years, 89 chicks have been returned to the wild by the Whakatane Kiwi Project, and on a recent holiday to New Zealand, Vancouver-based freelancer Jennifer Laidlaw joins a crowd of…

Surprising Fruit

Surprising Fruit

A feijoa shaped like New Zealand’s national bird, the kiwi has been bought by a Christchurch businessman for $1000 who says he will preserve the quirky fruit. Auckland woman Shavon Green found the freak-of-nature…

Ratting Out the Weasels

Ratting Out the Weasels

Stoats, which were first introduced to New Zealand in the 19th century to combat the spread of the rabbit, have  decimated the kiwi population reducing little spotted kiwi and Rowi or Okarito brown kiwi…

Critical Condition

Critical Condition

Three birds have joined ranks of the critically endangered, after an assessment by a panel of experts analysing data on 428 native birds. The grey duck, the eastern rock hopper penguin, and the grey-headed…

Aiding an Avian Identity

Aiding an Avian Identity

Though the battle to save New Zealand’s famous national symbol the kiwi is “conceded unwinnable on some fronts”; the bird’s existence is mounting with the help of Zealandia, Wellington’s Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, which expects…

Kiwi Hatched in US

Kiwi Hatched in US

Washington DC’s Smithsonian National Zoo has successfully hatched a rare North Island Brown kiwi, their third since 1975. The Smithsonian is one of only four zoos outside New Zealand to successfully breed the…

OE to Go UN

OE to Go UN

Kiwis will have plenty of fellow travellers when they travel to the UK for the two year woring holiday scheme. In the past, 96% of applicants came from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa,…

Kiwi on Top

Kiwi on Top

Apparel gives German tennis player edge by-proxy. Nicolas Kiefer walked into the interview room Wednesday wearing a blue floppy hat with the word KIWI embroidered across the top. Kiefer, 23, is German. “It’s my own…

Foreign Bird

Foreign Bird

When’s a kiwi not a kiwi? When it’s really an escaped Australian …