Location: Opouahi Scenic reserve, 9km inland from Tutira on SH2.
Purpose: The Kiwi Crèche was set up by the Environment, Conservation and Outdoor Education Trust (ECOED) as a haven for kiwi chicks. It is a safe place where they can live and grow until they reach adult body weight and are better prepared to fight off predators (namely stoats). Kiwi raised at the crèche are then released into the Kaweka Forest Park in an effort to boost the numbers of North Island Brown Kiwi living in the wild.
Key dates: Pan Pac has been a sponsor of ECOED’s Kiwi Creche since it was established in 2008. In July 2020, the crèche celebrated the release of its 300th kiwi into the wild.
Pan Pac’s sponsorship: The Kiwi Crèche is a 40ha pest-free area surrounded by a 3.3km pest-proof fence. Pan Pac donates $12,500 per year to ECOED for the maintenance of the crèche and the pest-proof fence.
This partnership is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 15 – Life on Land