The Capital Kiwi Project is a partnership between the local community, iwi and landowners committed to restoring a wild kiwi population in Wellington.

It is made possible with foundation funding from Predator Free 2050 and support from a range of other supporters.

To create a new habitat for wild kiwi, the Capital Kiwi Project has established and maintained the largest community-owned stoat trapping network in the country. More than 4,500 traps spread over 24,000 hectares – the size of the Abel Tasman National Park – of mainly privately-owned land has reduced predator numbers to levels that enable our namesake and taonga to thrive.

The project’s Predator Free commitment is to eliminate stoats entirely from the southwest core of the project area.

As of June 2023, 63 wild kiwi have been successfully introduced into the scrub-covered hills to the south-west of our Capital City. Hundreds more will follow.

Extinct in Wellington for well over 100 years, our goal is that many Wellingtonians bordering our parks and wilderness areas will shortly go to sleep hearing our wild kiwi calling at night. We’re well on the way towards that vision.

Launched August 1, 2018
PF2050Ltd investment $1.95 million
Total project investment $3.5 million
Funding commitment Five years
Project lead Capital Kiwi Trust
Māori partners Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Taranaki Whanui
Collaborators Predator Free Wellington - Wellington Airport, Zealandia, Papa Taiao, Victoria University, Manaaki Whenua. 32 backyard trapping groups active across 44 suburbs and 32 schools participating in the pilot schools programme. Capital Kiwi -Wellington Community Trust, Kiwis for Kiwi, Department of Conservation
Ambition 30,000 ha
Design Stoat eradication in in the Wellington hills from the edge of the city with the buffer extending towards Porirua enabling the return of kiwi to the capital’s hills.