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November 25th, 2013
During the Conservation Inc community conservation conference in Dunedin last month, Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson was one of those interviewed for yesterday’s Radio New Zealand Insight programme, presented by Philippa Tolley. The subject was “Changes at DOC” and you can listen here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight
November 6th, 2013
We have always wanted to expand our work to include other West Coast seabirds in particular Tawaki (Fiordland crested penguin), and that looks likely to happen next year. We are currently working with DOC to develop a multi-party partnership focused on Tawaki conservation.
November 6th, 2013
Blue penguin numbers seem to be declining on the West Coast according to the results of the eighth annual survey. Where the same stretches of beach have been surveyed in both 2012 and 2013, penguin tracks counted were down from 397 to 338 this year. Weeks of stormy weather led to a worse than average season for penguins in 2011, and a lower penguin count in that year.
October 31st, 2013
WCBPT Trustees attended the “Conservation Inc.” Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust Conference in Dunedin on 17-18 October. This 25th anniversary conference asked the question “What’s ahead for community-based conservation in New Zealand?
October 31st, 2013
In a first for the West Coast, the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust has undertaken a pilot programme to see where little blue penguins go to find food.
The study will use Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) tracking technology to monitor the penguins as they head out into the Tasman Sea to find food for their chicks. Eight tiny GPS units were attached to blue penguins at Charleston in October and their foraging journeys can now be mapped.
September 19th, 2013
Update on breeding season by Blue Penguin Trust Media Liaison Anna Hollings
Friday the thirteenth seemed like a very auspicious day to go out with Reuben on his nest checking rounds at Charleston, and we were certainly lucky with the weather. It was a beautiful sunny day and I even managed to get some good photos of adult penguins sitting on their nests that weren’t too dark and blurry.
September 4th, 2013
A heart breaking sight greeted Blue Penguin Trust supporter and Fox River resident, Fiona McDonald last Sunday, yet another blue penguin road death. To make matters worse, this penguin was one of just six counted in the area as part of the 2013 Blue Penguin census. Fiona picked up no less than three penguins killed on this stretch of the coast road last month, adding to the sad statistics for penguin road deaths.
August 28th, 2013
Kaniere School students have been studying penguins and decided everyone else should know about them too.
August 24th, 2013
Despite being feisty at the top, a little blue penguin that was found in Hokitika on Monday had a damaged bottom half and looked unlikely to survive the night.
August 13th, 2013
The volunteers who have created, developed, driven and supported the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust were acknowledged this evening when they won the Heritage and Environment Award at the Grey District Trustpower Community Awards.
August 8th, 2013
The annual West Coast blue penguin census will take place between 22 and 26 August and we’d like you to be part of it! (Photo: Fern Collings Davis of Hokitika Scouts points out penguin tracks)
July 19th, 2013
July 3rd, 2013
The Trust recently produced a smart new leaflet about West Coast Seabirds, introducing visitors and locals alike to the seabirds they might get a glimpse of on or close to our coast. (Photo by Kerry-Jayne Wilson)
June 26th, 2013
June 15th, 2013
Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson has been selected to sail off to the lands of penguins this summer, as one of the leaders on an expedition to commemorate the original Australasian Antarctic Expedition 100 years ago.
June 12th, 2013
Dog owners and their dogs are invited for breakfast on Sunday morning to find out how dogs and penguins can share the beach safely. Read more
June 8th, 2013
Craig Potton, Patron of the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust, became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit when the Queen’s Birthday honours were announced a few days ago. Read more
May 29th, 2013
A penguin found yesterday had been mauled to death by a dog and two others were killed in the past fortnight in the same area. [Photo: Grey Star] Read more
May 22nd, 2013
A Trust survey of an inshore island at Cape Foulwind, near Westport, has led to the surprise discovery of what appears to be the largest West Coast seabird colony between Cook Strait and Fiordland. (Photo: Fairy Prion by ZooPro) Read more
May 19th, 2013
The Trust’s AGM will take place at 10am on Friday 24th May at Greymouth District Council chambers, followed by a supporters meeting. Read more
April 29th, 2013
As part of the Cobden Wetland restoration (Northern Breakwater) project, DOC has been working to restore wetland habitat. You are invited to join local DOC staff at 10am on Friday 10th May to help planting and join in a BBQ afterwards. Read more
April 24th, 2013
April 10th, 2013
The West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail will bypass a thriving penguin colony at Camerons near Greymouth. Read more
April 3rd, 2013
The West Coast Blue Penguin Trust believes the Government has not gone far enough to protect marine eco-systems on the West Coast. Read more
March 27th, 2013
To all the 130 supporters who voted for the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust in the Toyota car give away campaign on facebook – a very big THANK YOU! Unfortunately we weren’t one of the 25 winners, coming in at a very creditable 66th out of 517 nominated charities. Read more
March 21st, 2013
Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson’s long awaited guide to accessible nature on the West Coast will be launched Wednesday 27th March at 6pm in the Carnegie Gallery, Hokitika – and you’re invited! Read more
March 17th, 2013
Voting on facebook closes on 24th March and we’re a bit behind on 56th place. The top 25 charities win a car for their work for three years, so if you haven’t already voted for us, please do now and ask your facebook friends to vote too!
Jump onto facebook then Click here to vote - thank you!
February 27th, 2013
Please help the Trust win the use of a Toyota Corolla for three years by following this link to vote for us
Votes need to be registered by Sunday 24 March – don’t forget you must be logged into Facebook at the time and please share with your friends so they vote too.
February 16th, 2013
The Trust’s new Annual Supporter option, launched in the recent Summer Newsletter, is off to an impressive start with nearly $500 raised in donations already. On top of that, donations collected at sites and events in recent weeks, as well as takings and donations from Driftwood & Sand and Penguinville in Hokitika, totalled around $900. Read more
February 11th, 2013
Trust Ranger, Reuben Lane, hadn’t expected the small crowd that turned up to learn about trapping at Punakaiki on Friday. Read more
January 20th, 2013
The WC Blue Penguin Trust will be in Punakaiki on 8 February for a supporter meeting (10am), trapping workshop (7pm) and illustrated talk (8pm), all of which are open to interested locals and visitors and free of charge. Read more
January 15th, 2013
January 6th, 2013
December 7th, 2012
Popular Penguinville is returning to Hokitika beach as part of Hokitika’s Driftwood & Sand Festival. Over the last three years hundreds of children have enjoyed making elaborate penguin houses at Penguinville. This year the festival will run from 21 to 27 January 2012. Ranger Reuben Lane will also be back running his penguin painting workshop.
November 25th, 2012
A report came in to the DOC hotline today about a penguin trapped in a hole in a garden in Hokitika. Read more
November 13th, 2012
October 24th, 2012
Would you like to be welcomed to your computer by a little blue penguin or two? The Trust has made some wonderful images available for you to download as desktop images here.
October 7th, 2012
September 26th, 2012
Yesterday on TVNZ’s Close Up programme, the Trust’s media adviser, Robyn Janes, returned to a previous role as reporter for Close up and brought New Zealanders a glimpse of the Westland Petrel. View the short film here: Private life of the Westland Petrel on Close Up
September 25th, 2012
Kaniere School children enjoyed a field trip to the beach on the northern edge of Hokitika recently, to discover who or what was using it. They found lots of penguin tracks and other bird and animal footprints, as well as plenty of evidence of humans.