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

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





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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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