Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust
The Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust is a community-based conservation Trust formed in 2002 by Te Puke Forest and Bird and other members of the community concerned at the decline of North Island brown kiwi in the Otanewainuku forest. The Trust operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Conservation (DOC) who administers the land and provides technical advice and guidance on pest control and translocation of birds.
Everyone involved is a volunteer. The Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust works to protect kiwi and other fauna and flora of the forest. Activities range from the more physically demanding, such as maintaining a trap line through the bush and coming to 'workdays', to quieter pursuits such as guiding, fundraising, kiwi listening, helping with mail outs, sausage sizzles or simply sponsoring them.
The Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust contribute to the following programmes, Pest Control, Kiwi Translocation, Kiwi Chick Rearing with Project ONE, Kiwi Listening Surveys, Kokako Translocation, Education and Fundraising.
In 2019 the Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust was funded by the J Abbot and M&L Bellerby Funds, along with its own Community Group Fund.