New Zealanders have been called 'Kiwis' since the nickname was bestowed by Australian soldiers in the First World War.
Today a lot of dedicated people help to prevent kiwi from becoming extinct. There are five species of kiwi, and all are endangered.
The brown kiwi is one of our most common kiwi species; however, the population is steadly declining by about 2–3% a year.
The giant among kiwi, this species lives only in the northern South Island.
The smallest and once the commonest kiwi is vulnerable to stoats at all stages of its life.
There is one natural population of about 350 rowi in Ōkarito forest and surrounds in South Westland
Tokoeka – literally meaning 'weka with a walking stick' (Ngai Tahu) - has three geographically and genetically distinct forms: Haast, Fiordland, and Rakiura (Stewart Island).
Kiwi are related to a group of birds called ratites. The closest relatives to kiwi today are emus and cassowaries in Australia, but also the now-extinct moa of New Zealand.
Learn about DOC's strategy for recovery of kiwi populations.
Discover videos, read blog posts by DOC staff, and check out the latest news about kiwi and DOC's work with this iconic species.
The Northland brown kiwi is a variety of brown kiwi. It faces the special challenges, especially from dogs - but you can make a difference.