Camp Kiwi is a proposed camping complex aimed at providing a low impact, educational insight into the life of kiwi. The project is managed by the Blue Orb Charitable Trust, who want to create this environmental and cultural facility and utilise new wireless based technology. Through Camp Kiwi, the Blue Orb Charitable Trust aims to give more New Zealanders and overseas visitors the opportunity to see kiwi in their natural environment.
The Camp Kiwi site is based in the Department of Conservation (DOC) Scenic Reserve at Whangaruru North Head, 75km from Whangarei, and mainly coastal forest. Kiwi call surveys already indicate relatively healthy numbers of brown kiwi in the area. Predator and pest control is currently undertaken by DOC and the local community, but there is a need to increase the natural habitat for the kiwi.
Camp Kiwi was the lucky recipient of 2,000 trees, donated by Trees That Count, as part of an initiative with Z service stations nationwide. For a 24 hour period in July 2017, Z contributed 6 cents from every litre of fuel sold, to Trees That Count.
A Camp Kiwi spokesperson said “from the partnership between Z and Trees That Count, we were thrilled to be able to plant an additional 1,000 natives there this year, and have been offered a further 1,000 next year." Half the trees were planted and staked on 26 August 2017, with the help of 20 volunteers. The volunteers were supported with plenty of baking and cooked food for their busy Winter Planting Day.
Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, says the company is working with Trees That Count because of the direct impact trees have on absorbing carbon dioxide. “Z is committed to leading the transition to a lower carbon future but every single Kiwi can do their bit if we are to limit the effects of climate change on our planet.”