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Kerry-Jayne Wilson MNZM
31st December, 2018

Kerry-Jayne Wilson June 2018The West Coast Penguin Trust is delighted and hugely proud to share the news that our Chair and Scientist, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, has been awarded MNZM – Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit – in the New Year’s Honours for services to seabird conservation.

“No one achieves anything alone – seabird work is a very collegial environment. I work with the West Coast Penguin Trust, the Australasian Seabird Group and many other colleagues” she said. Read more

Community Conservation Symposium a huge success
16th October, 2018

Kerry-Jayne Wilson gets the symposium started June 2018The West Coast Penguin Trust presented the “Community Conservation Symposium – How, what and why for conservation on the West Coast” on 14-15 June 2018.  With 119 participants for the conference day and 65 joining field trips on day two, numbers were much greater than expected and the whole event was a huge success.

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Dog aversion training offered
11th September, 2018

Dogs and their owners are being invited to participate in penguin and weka avoidance training in Hokitika as a part of Conservation Week on the 22 and 23 September.

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The Great Annual Blue Penguin Count is coming!
7th September, 2018

The Great Annual Blue Penguin Count, 10-15 October this year, is fun, hugely useful and a great way to get involved!

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Tawaki – marathon penguins
31st August, 2018

We are celebrating with The Tawaki Project the release of a research paper reporting the marathon swims made by Fiordland crested penguins (tawaki) after raising chicks and before returning to moult.  

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Penguins are advocates for conservation
7th June, 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
31st May, 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!
30th May, 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
9th May, 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 …
29th April, 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