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Miracle penguin
24th August, 2013

Injured penguin found on Revell Street, nursed back to health by Sonya Hughes and released 21 Aug 13Despite 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.

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Trust volunteers recognised
13th August, 2013

Trustpower Community Awards LogoThe 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.

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It’s nearly census time
8th August, 2013

Fern Collings Davis September 2011 105 for web smallThe 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)

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Coastal erosion threatens West Coast penguin habitat
19th July, 2013

dune erosion and penguin footprints July 2013 HokitikaMassive coastal erosion up and down the West Coast is dramatically reducing the habitat of little blue penguins and obstructing the rare birds’ access to their burrows.

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Trust looks beyond penguins to seabirds
3rd July, 2013

 Fiordland Crested PenguinThe 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)

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Soggy dogs’ breakfast
26th June, 2013

Cruise the dog at the Dogs BreakfastMost dog owners in Hokitika received the message about keeping dogs under control in order to share the beach with penguins but they missed out on a fabulous breakfast!

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Off to the lands of the penguins
15th June, 2013

Kerry-Jayne Wilson, one of the expedition leadersTrust 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.

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Dogs’ Breakfast for Hokitika
12th June, 2013

Dog's BreakfastDog 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


MNZM for Trust Patron
8th June, 2013

Craig PottonCraig 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


Dog attacks at Karoro, Greymouth
29th May, 2013

Grey Star photo with Brad Edwards and dead penguinA 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