Far North residents have grave concerns for the plight of the brown kiwi population as the drought shows no sign of abating.
During dry periods, the endangered species of bird leaves the bush in search of water, exposing it to the dangers of cats and dogs.
Kerikeri resident Jill Smith says the hard ground also affects their ability to dig for food.
She says the nocturnal birds are so hungry and thirsty, they are venturing into residential areas during daylight - especially when people have watered their lawns.
Ms Smith says she has even heard reports of kiwi being found inside people's houses as they look for food, and the best thing to do is leave out a shallow dish of water for them.