Three of the fatalities occurred on Ngunguru Road near the Hugh Crawford reserve the other near the lookout between Ngunguru and Tutukaka. DOC Ranger Ayla Wiles says motorists in the area should drive carefully and be cautious of any animal on the road. With intensive ongoing predator trapping and better public awareness around dog control kiwi populations in these areas have been increasing.
To help increase awareness to motorists in the area Kiwi Coast are installing a new billboard to alert drivers to the presence of kiwi on the road.
Taheke Landcare Group are also concerned about the potential of kiwi deaths on the road, with a newly released 13-year old kiwi “Takoha” tracked by radio transmitter spending a lot of her time on the roadside between Tahere Road and Smith Road.
If you come across an injured kiwi please call 0800 DOC HOT