Primary students on kiwi-saving mission

SND12-wk2-Sponsoring Kiwi-Cuddles 300x225Determined to help save our native kiwi a group of young Warkworth Primary School students designed a website and set about fundraising.

The six and seven year-olds filled the website with hand-drawn pictures and letters and also made videos, all calling for donations to help save New Zealand’s kiwi. 

Teacher Jo Gormly says the kids have absolutely amazed her with their enthusiasm and passion.

“They’ve come up with some imaginative ideas along the way, including saving the kiwi from possum by putting rotten eggs in Kiwi nests to trick them!

“With a bit of investigating they then discovered that you can look after eggs in incubators and thought that sounded like a way better idea, so they set out to raise the $1200 it costs to look after a kiwi chick.”

Ms Gormly used to work at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua, where Kiwi Encounter New Zealand’s largest hatchery of Brown Kiwi is housed, so she approached the park about the children’s idea. Of course it was received with great enthusiasm and with fundraising complete they are now the proud sponsors of new arrival, Cuddles.

Cuddles is from the Coromandel and is now in an outside aviary and steadily gaining weight. He/she now weighs 559g – stacking on an impressive 73g in a week!

If you would like to sponsor a kiwi, visit for more details.

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