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The National Kiwi Trust

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The National Kiwi Trust was established in April 2006 as a means to obtain funding to provide sustainability and growth to the development of the Save the Kiwi Program. Rainbow Springs has already contributed more than 2.5 million dollars to this very important cause.

Rainbow Springs became involved in the Operation Nest Egg programme (O.N.E) in 1995 when we received our first egg from the Tongariro Forest Kiwi Sanctuary. Our work since 1995 has helped the North Island population of the Brown kiwi considerably. We now receive eggs from 13 sanctuaries and reserves around the North Island and are the leading kiwi hatchery in the country. From our beginnings with one egg hatched as part of the Department of Conservation Operation Nest Egg initiative, we have now hatched over 1500 eggs at the Kiwi Encounter facility.

Our expert husbandry staff are now assisting with protocols for the Department of Conservation and other institutions. We are considered to be leading the country in terms of research and scientific data collation.

We are justifiably proud of our achievements and funding of the National Kiwi Trust is vital to ensure its survival and success. Each chick on the Operation Nest Egg programme stays with us at Kiwi Encounter for an average of four to six months. The cost to fund this program for one year is estimated to be over $400,000.00.

Public admissions help raise awareness, and with funding through sponsorship and subsidisation by Rainbow Springs, helps ensure our ability to research, house and feed these precious birds so that we can continue to play our vital role in their survival.