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Arki loves “Pegwigns”
9th March, 2014

Penguin pictureTrust Education project leader, Zoe Watson, recently presented a class session at Kokatahi School and received wonderful thank you letters from some of the children.

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Come and connect with penguin projects
19th February, 2014

penguin sign coast roadLRThe 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

Penguins galore in Ngakawau
11th February, 2014

Ngakawau HallThe Trust will be visiting Ngakawau, 30km north of Westport, on Sunday 23rd February and you’re invited.  All those with an interest in penguins and coastal wildlife will be in for a treat.

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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