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August 26th, 2014
The West Coast Penguin Trust celebrated the symbolic closing of its 2.6km penguin protection fence on Friday with great pride.
August 19th, 2014
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.
August 7th, 2014
The long awaited 2.6km penguin protection fence will be formally ‘closed’ in a ceremony on 22nd August and everyone’s invited.
July 30th, 2014
HealthPost 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
June 26th, 2014
This 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
May 18th, 2014
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
April 5th, 2014
The 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.
March 31st, 2014
The 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.
March 9th, 2014
February 19th, 2014
The 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
February 11th, 2014
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
January 25th, 2014
Heaps 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
January 14th, 2014
Penguinville gets underway from 1pm Monday 20th to noon Sunday 26th January for the creation of fun penguin houses on Hokitika beach. This year, exciting new art and craft activities from Clare and games from Zoe will also be available Wednesday to Friday for children.
January 13th, 2014
KerryJayne Wilson reports that the ship, the Aurora Australis (photo from digplanet.com), will set sail for Hobart soon, leaving Antarctica behind. “This is one of the most productive research expeditions I have had the privilege to take part in” she writes.
January 5th, 2014
Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, along with other scientists and passengers, have been rescued from their research ship after 10 days trapped by ice in Antarctica. Read her update from the Australian ship, the Aurora Australis, here: 5 Jan 2014 rescue update
December 26th, 2013
Kerry-Jayne Wilson is among the team of scientists, other passengers and crew aboard the ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy trapped in ice in Antarctica. The Captain issued a distress call yesterday and icebreakers are on their way to rescue the ship. Kerry-Jayne sent her latest news on Christmas Eve. (updated 30 Dec) Read more
December 19th, 2013
The West Coast Blue Penguin Trust is planning for a bigger and better Penguinville experience during the Driftwood and Sand Festival 20-26th of January 2014. Come along towards the end of the Summer holidays and check out all the fun penguin activities we will have on offer. Read more
December 15th, 2013
The West Coast Blue Penguin Trust was created in 2006 by West Coasters concerned at the level of seemingly unfettered coastal development. Now, there is more understanding of the coastal environment and seabird habitat by local authorities, developers and the general public. However, concern is being expressed by environmentalists as the West Coast Regional Council is proposing more use and development of the Coast’s natural resources in its Regional Policy Statement Review discussion document. Read more
December 7th, 2013
Kerry-Jayne Wilson has just sent her report on Leg 1 of the Spirit of Mawson expedition. She has been flat out doing bird counts with no time for blogging but you can read her report here: First Leg – A return to the Sub Antarctics.
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