Metal NZ Kiwi Bird Artwork raises funds to help save the Coromandel Brown Kiwi

New Zealand artists Ninette Kruger and Anna Mollekin are both passionate about conservation and protecting our natural environment.

They have collaborated to create a bespoke pewter Kiwi artwork.

Through the sale of this piece , we were able to donate $400 to the Moehau Environment Group Kiwi Sanctuary in the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand.

According to The Department of Conservation, there are only about 68,000 Kiwi birds left in New Zealand...

We're losing 2% of our unmanaged kiwi every year (around 20 per week…).

The main culprits are stoats and cats which kill 70% of kiwi chicks. If nothing is done, Kiwi birds face extinction in the wild within 30 years.

Raising funds for this amazing charity assisted them in installing more traps for predator control, giving our precious Kiwi a better chance of survival.

One of a kind Pewter Kiwi Bird Art Fundraiser

Handcrafted by Tauranga metal Artist, Ninette Kruger,
this bespoke pewter Kiwi Bird Metal Artwork is the only one of its kind.

Crafted from imported pewter sheet, Ninette transferred Anna Mollekin's "Kiwi's Lace" drawing onto the pewter before hand-embossing each detail and bringing it to life as a 3-dimensional metal artwork.

Artists Anna and Ninette have donated 10% of the proceeds to the Kiwi Sanctuary to help save the precious Coromandel Brown Kiwi.

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New Zealand artists Ninette Kruger & Anna Mollekin use their art to help protect the Coromandel Brown Kiwi

What makes the Brown Kiwi Unique and special

Interesting Facts

  • Brown Kiwis are flightless birds
  • They are nocturnal
  • Feed on worms, insects, spiders, crustaceans, berries, leaving sign of deep probe holes in the soil.
  • They lay 1-2 eggs in burrow or beneath tree and the male kiwi then incubates the eggs for up to 80 days!.
  • Research has demonstrated that 95% of North Island brown kiwi young will not survive to maturity in the absence of pest animal control.
  • North Island brown kiwi males weigh 2 kg, females 2.7 kg.
  • North Island brown kiwi males give distinctive “kiwi” whistle repeated 15-25 times, while females have a hoarse cry, also repeated, but only 10-20 times.

Listen to the Kiwi Call sound recordings here:

Kiwi: Male North Island brown kiwi song (MP3, 558K)
00:35 – Male brown kiwi calling his mate.
Kiwi: Female North Island brown kiwi song (MP3, 2252K)
02:24 – Female brown kiwi calling her mate.

It is incredibly special to hear these wonderful bird calls in the wild, and I will do anything in my power to protect them so that my son can enjoy these night sounds for years to come

New Zealand Geographic

See The Coromandel Brown Kiwi in Action

Kiwi Bird Mum preens her young chick


See how Ninette embossed this metal Kiwi bird

A glimspe behind the scenes to see how Ninette created this pewter Kiwi artwork

Contemporary metal Kiwi Bird Wall Decor

Ninette specializes in creating original contemporary pewter and metal artworks for modern interiors.

Her signature style is framing these unique metal pieces in high-end black frames, that make the metal design detail pop.

These timeless silver and copper metal artworks add a touch of contemporary sophistication to interior spaces.

Bespoke, original., one-of-a-kind metal art, handcrafted in New Zealand for art collectors who value nature and conservation.

New Zealand Contemporary artist, Anna Mollekin on the inspiration

behind her "Kiwi's Lace" drawing

Close-up of the detail and texture

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Artwork Information

‘Kiwi’s Lace’ is an original, handcrafted artwork and was embossed on pewter sheet.

The copper highlights were achieved by adding copper patina, which reacts to the copper content in pewter and turns the pewter a beautiful copper colour.

This piece measure 50x50cm and was framed onto 100% cotton. museum-grade black mattboard, with Italian Bellini Moulding frame.

The owner of this artwork will receive a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by both Anna Mollekin who drew the design, and Ninette Kruger who embossed it onto metal sheet

One of a Kind Collector's Kiwi Artwork

For the discerning buyer, this piece will add a touch of contemporary style to your interior décor.

This piece has now found its forever home

Donate Directly to the Kiwi Sanctuary

Moehau Environment Group is helping to save Coromandel Brown kiwi.

Nationally, Kiwi are in trouble. The main culprits are stoats and cats which kill 70% of kiwi chicks. If nothing is done, Kiwi face extinction in the wild within 30 years. Yet here on the Coromandel, kiwi populations are flourishing due to intensive predator control efforts.

Our Kiwi Sanctuary has 920 traps spread over 10,400 hectares. Since establishment in 2005 we have caught over 1750 stoats, 815 weasels, 12,800 rats, 270 hedgehogs and 35 feral cats, making a huge difference to the breeding success of resident Kiwi. Traps are baited with donated eggs or salted rabbit meat, and are currently checked 12 times a year.

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