In 2001 the kiwi count at Whenuakite was 29, this increased to 68 in 2005 and in 2010 a count revealed that there were 98 birds, 70 of which are estimated to be breeding birds. This has proven to be the best result for an area monitored through New Zealand and owes it success mainly to a combination of predator trap lines and 1080 drops in the area. This could also account for an increase in other bird species in the area. It has been noted that the numbers of Kereru (NZ Wood Pigeon), Tui and Bell birds have also increased. Kaka sightings have also increased. A contractor is employed 30 hours a week to check trap lines. Trapping has caught over 1000 stoats, ferrets, weasels, feral cats and rats. The cost to support this is funding from the Department od Conservation and business groups such as BNZ Waikato.
The Hot Water Beach Association also donated to the Whenuakite Kiwi Care Group. If you would like to donate please click the kiwi below. Any amount would be appreciated.