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Book launch – West Coast Walking: A Naturalist’s Guide
21st March, 2013

West Coast Walking: A Naturalist's GuideTrust 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

A few days left to vote for us!
17th March, 2013
Trust Ranger, Reuben Lane, with burrow scope

Trust Ranger, Reuben Lane, at work

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!

Vote for the Trust to win a car for three years
27th February, 2013

Reuben with sign2Please 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.



First Annual Supporters add to summer donations
16th February, 2013

Penguinville brought in donationsThe 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

Popular workshop and talk in Punakaiki
11th February, 2013

Reuben Lane presents a trapping workshop at the Pancake Rocks Cafe, PunakaikiTrust Ranger, Reuben Lane, hadn’t expected the small crowd that turned up to learn about trapping at Punakaiki on Friday. Read more

Meet the Trust in Punakaiki
20th January, 2013

Reuben Lane trapping workshopThe 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

Weather and action heats up for Penguinville
15th January, 2013

Driftwood and Sand festival at Hokitikaand for the Driftwood & Sand festival on Hokitika’s beach, 21-27 January.

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Urban penguins not surviving in Hokitika
6th January, 2013

juvenile penguin - died 6 hours later 28 Dec 12Sadly two little blue penguins from the north end of Hokitika’s town beach didn’t make it to the new year. 

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Penguinville is coming
7th December, 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.

A penguin burrow at penguinville

Juveniles are out exploring
25th November, 2012

A report came in to the DOC hotline today about a penguin trapped in a hole in a garden in Hokitika.  Read more