For a new Zealander, not Kiwi, just a bird. The flightless animal with the fur-like, grey-brown feathers are the trademark of the Pacific state.

the Kiwi is popularly called the currency, the new Zealand Dollar. And Kiwis are the inhabitants of the island state’s call loving yourself. However, the chubby bird is threatened. A cause of invasive predators. One hundred years ago there were in the country, millions of night-active birds. Today, there are estimates that just about 68,000. Most of them live far away from people in nature reserves or in Zoos. A majority of new Zealanders has never seen a wild Kiwi.

Paul Ward wants to change that. As the driving force behind the Initiative “Capital Kiwi” he wants to bring, within ten years, the high-pitched call of a bird in the backyards of the capital city of Wellington, and the animals there and protect where people live. “It is not acceptable that more foreign tourists have seen a Kiwi than people, are named after him,” says the 43-year-old screenwriter.

Capital Kiwi wants to locate the birds to 23,000 hectares of Land, stretching from the suburbs to the West coast and so the relation of the people to the animals strengths. So that the Kiwis can leave, but must first soften their enemies: weasels and ferrets, for example, were once brought here, to the previously exposed rabbits Mr.

This should be placed in the next three years, thousands of Traps. The meat-eating are distributed to the mammals, wants to bring the Ministry of the environment Kiwis there, in the hope that the birds will multiply. “Unprotected only four to five per cent of the kiwi to survive currently the Chicks to adulthood,” explains Ward.

an average 27 kiwi are killed daily by predators, informed the Organisation Kiwis for Kiwi on its website and warns: “If this continues, could the disappearance of the Kiwi during our life time from the mainland.” To prevent this from happening, bringing your organization to the birds by community initiatives to the people, says Michelle Impey: “to bring The Kiwi to the place where the (human) Kiwis live, puts you in a better awareness.”

Despite government support in the millions of the inhabitants of Wellington’s self-lend a hand: school children, trail runners and mountain bikers need to keep the Traps for weasels and ferrets in the eye. In the capital city alone there are already more than 70 groups that take care of the fighting. Across the country more and more. One of the first to set up at the beginning of November a case, the 90-year-old Ted Smith. “We would be idiots if we would allow the Kiwi to become extinct,” he says.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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