The Kiwi could soon be hospitable over the Wellington backyards if the ambitious project to kill its predecessors is successful.
Capital Kivi Group wants to identify 4,400 traps to eradicate stoats, ferrets and weasels over the next three years.
Twenty thousand acres of state and private land from the South-West corner of Wellington, to Porirva in the north, will be erected with traps.
The first trap was first installed at Terawhiti Station in Makar.
Pauls Varde, the founder of Capital Kiwis, said he wanted to have a Wild Kiwi in Velington to see the local bird locals.
"More tourists than locals have encountered kiwi … [Most of us have probably seen them] a zoo in a nighthouse or on a coastal island, or we could link it to the rear blocks or the distant national park, and that's not really right about our relationship with our taunks. "
Kiwi (file image).
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He said they would expect a kiwi to grow in Wellington if they got rid of some of the main predators.
"Habitat [in Makara] is pretty sweet about kiwi … it's the space that we believe can be a safe place to live a kiwi. "
Local resident Ted Smith, who is 90 years old, helped identify the first trap.
"We have noticed a big increase in the lives of birds here, especially tui and wood pigeon. We want some of these powerful kiwis that can come back and make it home."
Paul Ward said that the project has attracted $ 3 million. The netbook includes DOC 250 and Goodnature A24, which rebuilds itself and transmits information.