Next Event: Illustrated talks, St Johns Rooms, Hokitika, 9th May
6.00pm: Update and the future of the Trust’s projects
7.30pm: Kerry-Kayne Wilson presents her Adventures in Antarctica

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

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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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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