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Return from Antarctica to face the press
25th January, 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

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Penguinville draws to a close
25th January, 2014

DSCF2395 Georgia penguin paintingHeaps 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

Exciting new programme for Penguinville 2014
14th January, 2014

Penguinville brought in donationsPenguinville 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.

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Productive research trip draws to a close
13th January, 2014

220px-Aurora_Australis_and_penguinsKerryJayne Wilson reports that the ship, the Aurora Australis (photo from, 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.

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Helicopter and crane rescue from the ice
5th January, 2014

Rescue Helicopter - AntarcticaTrust 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

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Trust Chair and other scientists trapped in ice
26th December, 2013

Akademik Shokalskiy stuck in iceKerry-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

Penguin Art Installation at Hokitika’s Driftwood & Sand
19th December, 2013

Abby on beach

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

Finding the balance – have your say on the RPS
15th December, 2013

WCRC have your say graphicThe 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

Report from the Sub-Antarctic
7th December, 2013

Sub antarctic route mapKerry-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.

National Radio – Insight Programme
25th November, 2013

Radion NZ's Philippa TolleyDuring 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: