They have been nothing more than a distant memory in the Auckland region for more than half a century, but now, kiwis are set to make a return.
Forty of the birds have been transported to the Tawharanui sanctuary from an outlying island.
When a kiwi is lifted from a box the sound is always the same.
Not from the bird, but from people seeing one close up for the first time – ‘Oooh’ and ‘ahhhhh!’
But our national bird is still in great danger of disappearing forever.
One of the biggest threats has always been dogs.
Back in the 1980s a single dog killed 400 kiwis in Northland.
‘Just one dog, so they can be enormously destructive and adult kiwi just don’t have any defence against dogs,’ says Tim Lovegrove, a National Heritage scientist