The Blue Penguin (Korora) and Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki)

The blue penguin is the world’s smallest penguin at just 35-43cm tall, and weighs a little over 1kg.  It is found in many places around New Zealand and Australia and is a protected native species. 

The second penguin on the West Coast is the Fiordland crested penguin or tawaki, which is listed as Nationally Endangered and is likely to be the second rarest penguin in the world and probably the most enigmatic and least understood. Read more about our tawaki project here.

The blue penguin population is declining throughout New Zealand. On the West Coast it is estimated blue penguins only number in the high hundreds to low thousands.  Blue penguins need our protection from coastal development, predators, dogs and traffic and we’re working on these issues with your help … and you can help right now with a donation: givealittle 150

Blue penguin annual life cycle

Annual Cycle

 

The West Coast Penguin Trust

The West Coast Penguin Trust is a charitable trust.  Its aim is to conserve the blue penguins, Fiordland crested penguins, other threatened seabirds and their habitat on the West Coast.  The Trust raises funds, conducts research and implements practical projects relating to penguins in particular, as well as to other birds subject to similar threats.


Latest news

Penguins are advocates for conservation
June 7th, 2018

Lucy Waller, Education RangerWest Coast Penguin Trust Ranger, Lucy Waller, makes the case for penguins, loving them, conserving them and presenting them to children as a gateway to more conservation conversations. 

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A busy year for the Trust
May 31st, 2018

The Trust produces an Annual Report to update supporters and sponsors about all the work we do.  From penguins to petrels and trapping to tamariki, in the year to 31st March 2018 we have been busy!

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Fantastic Field Trips for the Symposium!
May 30th, 2018

Motukiekie rocks by Darren J BennettThere are three field trips on offer on Friday 15th June as part of the Community Conservation Symposium, with a choice of morning trips to Cobden (restoration project and trapping workshop) or to Moonlight (kiwi crèche) and, in the afternoon, up the Coast Road to discover a variety of community conservation projects.

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Superb speakers for Symposium
May 9th, 2018

Kevin HagueWe are delighted and excited to have a fantastic line up of speakers for the Community Conservation Symposium on 14th June at Shantytown and would like to introduce the first three.

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Tawaki: Trust four year study concludes …
April 29th, 2018

The West Coast Penguin Trust’s four-year study of the threats predators pose to Fiordland crested penguins (tawaki) concludes that control of stoats appears to be required in some years, in some colonies.  Read more



World Penguin Day, 25 April 2018
April 20th, 2018

blue penguin on nestWorld Penguin Day is an opportunity, shared around the world, to celebrate penguins.  In New Zealand and Australia, the date is shared with a far more important day of remembrance as it falls on 25th April, Anzac Day.  But we can still spare a thought for the penguins… Read more



Fiordland crested penguin talk on YouTube
March 2nd, 2018

Tawaki - by Robin LongTrustee and Tawaki Ranger, Robin Long, gave an illustrated talk at Westland District Library recently and it’s now available to view and listen to at your leisure on YouTube.

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Community Conservation Symposium June 2018 – programme announced
February 14th, 2018

CCS_logo9We are delighted and excited to announce the programme for the Community Conservation Symposium, presented by the West Coast Penguin Trust in Greymouth (Shantytown) on 14th June with local field trips on 15th June 2018.

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Westland petrel threats better understood
January 9th, 2018

Westland petrel. Photo: Rod MorrisThe threats to Westland petrels are many and diverse, not least among them being the tiny breeding area.

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Subantarctic island seabird survey published
December 18th, 2017

Subantarctic skua nesting on Ewing Island 2013-14 AAE - KJ WilsonSubantarctic island seabirds were monitored on an expedition four years ago and the findings, showing some decline, have just been published.

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Family Spheniscidae
Maori Name Korora
Scientific Name Eudyptula minor
Common Names Little Penguin, Blue Penguin, Little Blue Penguin, Fairy Penguin
Colour Slate blue plumage; white chin, throat and shirt front; blue-grey flippers
Standing height 35-43cm
Flipper length 11-13cm
Weight Avg. 1100-1200g
Breeding range New Zealand, Chatham Islands, Southern Australia

Brief introduction to the work of the Trust

 

 

 

 

 

Green Ribbon Award Winners logoLeading LIght Business Awards Category Winner 2012

Leading Light 2015_Badges_winner

image from leading light video 2015

Brief video updating the work of the Trust for the Leading Light Awards, 2015


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