The Blue Penguin (Korora)

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

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Latest news

Education resource launched today
November 28th, 2014

Kristine Hickford receives the first copy of the education resource as Zoe and Inger look on reducedA dream for years, the seed of the idea germinated 30 months ago and today we launched the magnificent “Blue Penguins and Other Seabirds” education resource.

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GivingTuesday comes to NZ
November 20th, 2014

Giving Tuesday global logoThe Trust has been focussed on research and practical projects but now needs your help to maintain its work to better understand and protect penguins on the West Coast, and you can help this #GivingTuesday!

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Will you be an annual supporter or a life member?
November 11th, 2014

penguin love cartoon picBecome a supporter of the West Coast Penguin Trust today and your contribution will make a big difference.

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Vote for Tawaki!
November 7th, 2014

Fiordland Crested Penguin, Jan 2006, Taumaka Island (Inger Perkins) 30pcThe first Seabird of the year poll is underway and the Trust is campaign manager for the Fiordland crested penguin or tawaki!

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First Tawaki Results
October 24th, 2014

Fiordland crested penguins, Jan 2006, Open Bay Island Inger (low res)Following a quick scan of the images from WCPT cameras within the Fiordland crested penguin (tawaki) nesting area at Jackson Head, it seems that there are plenty of possums and rats about.

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New Fiordland crested penguin project funded and underway
September 17th, 2014

Fiordland-crested-penguin - KJWThe West Coast Penguin Trust has just embarked on an exciting new project to establish the predators that are contributing to the decline of the threatened Fiordland crested penguins.

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Annual Blue Penguin Census, 11-15 Sept
September 7th, 2014

footprint photoThe blue penguin census is a great opportunity to get out onto your local beach and get to know it a little better! 

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Trust celebrates fence closing
August 26th, 2014

Mayor Garry Howard closes the fenceThe West Coast Penguin Trust celebrated the symbolic closing of its 2.6km penguin protection fence on Friday with great pride.

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Bugman supports local conservation groups
August 19th, 2014

Ruud Kleinpaste (DOC photo)Bugman, Ruud Kleinpaste will be guest speaker as the West Coast Penguin Trust joins other community conservation groups at two events to showcase their projects on 30th and 31st August.

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Everyone’s invited to the fence closing ceremony
August 7th, 2014

West Coast and Coast RoadThe long awaited 2.6km penguin protection fence will be formally ‘closed’ in a ceremony on 22nd August and everyone’s invited.

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Healthpost contribute to the health of the Trust
July 30th, 2014

HealthPost LogoHealthPost selected the West Coast Penguin Trust as May’s charity and we were overwhelmed with the generous donation of over $8500 towards the penguin fence.  Read more



Penguin fence progressing
June 26th, 2014

Graham Clement and Matt Charteris 26 JUne 2014This morning, Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, called by to inspect the Pahuatane penguin fence and was pleased at the progress being made and impressed by the professional job being done. Read more



Penguin proof fence construction begins
May 18th, 2014

Penguin proof fence - Maccaferri plastic netting (reduced)After years of planning and talks, construction of a fence which will cover 2.3km of the Coast Road started last week on a corner that has claimed the lives of dozens of blue penguins. Read more



Penguin habitat improved
April 5th, 2014

Ursina Perry (pippin) and Rhiannon Cutter (guide) help re-plant penguin habitat - squareThe West Coast Blue Penguin Trust’s restoration project, on the north edge of Hokitika, received a boost this morning as an enthusiastic group planted around 250 native plants to create penguin habitat and shelter. 

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Penguin proof fence is about to become a reality
March 31st, 2014

Checking the Pahautane site before work starts - Reuben, Dermot (Opus) and John (fencer) 31 March 2014  cropped for webThe Trust has been working towards the installation of a fence along sections of State Highway 6 where penguin mortality has been disastrous in recent years and, with great support from Holcim NZ, Maccaferri NZ, Resene and many donations from supporters, work is finally set to commence next week.

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Arki loves “Pegwigns”
March 9th, 2014

Penguin pictureTrust Education project leader, Zoe Watson, recently presented a class session at Kokatahi School and received wonderful thank you letters from some of the children.

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Come and connect with penguin projects
February 19th, 2014

penguin sign coast roadLRThe Trust’s quarterly meeting for Supporters is taking a fresh approach this Sunday afternoon in presenting an update on all current projects and inviting input.  The agenda is more focussed on the work of the Trust rather than its business and we’d love you to join us in Ngakawau Hall at 2pm to and stay for afternoon tea. Read more



Penguins galore in Ngakawau
February 11th, 2014

Ngakawau HallThe Trust will be visiting Ngakawau, 30km north of Westport, on Sunday 23rd February and you’re invited.  All those with an interest in penguins and coastal wildlife will be in for a treat.

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Return from Antarctica to face the press
January 25th, 2014

Kerry-Jayne Wilson has returned to Hobart from her epic research adventure to Antarctica.  Questions have been asked about the cost of the rescue from the ice and Kerry-Jayne was among those meeting the press when they reached dry land after two months at sea.  Read her update here: Seventh report – back in Hobart

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Penguinville draws to a close
January 25th, 2014

DSCF2395 Georgia penguin paintingHeaps of children have been down to Hokitika beach over the past week to be creative and learn about penguins.  The event continues today (Saturday 25th) and wraps up on Sunday with prizegiving at 2pm. Read more





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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
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