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The Westland Petrel – Close Up
26th September, 2012

Yesterday on TVNZ’s Close Up programme, the Trust’s media adviser, Robyn Janes, returned to a previous role as reporter for Close up and brought New Zealanders a glimpse of the Westland Petrel.  View the short film here: Private life of the Westland Petrel on Close Up

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Kaniere School tracks penguins
25th September, 2012

Kaniere School children point to penguin footprints on Hokitika beachKaniere School children enjoyed a field trip to the beach on the northern edge of Hokitika recently, to discover who or what was using it. They found lots of penguin tracks and other bird and animal footprints, as well as plenty of evidence of humans.

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Penguin help recognised
15th September, 2012

Mike Slater, Conservator, presents Kim McPherson with the Conservation Award on behalf of Hokitika Scouts.The work of the Hokitika Scouts with the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust was acknowledged with a West Coast Conservation Award, presented on Thursday.  They have been supporting the work of the Trust since 2010 through participation in the annual census.  This led them to see the problems faced by penguins as nest areas were being trampled by cattle and habitat had been cleared for development. Read more


Early results from Annual Census
13th August, 2012

Penguin Census August 2012A huge thank you to all those who took part in the annual west coast penguin survey.  From Haast to Karamea, the results are coming in.  A rough analysis indicates that the number of surveys finding more prints than last year was about the same number as those that found fewer prints.  A couple remained the same.  Read more


Trust Chair wins prestigious award
26th July, 2012

The Ornithological Society of New Zealand presented one of two Robert Falla Memorial Awards to Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, at the Penguin Symposium in Oamaru on 12th July 2012.  The award acknowledged the work of Kerry-Jayne Wilson in the field of ornithology and her contributions to the work of the society over many years.
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Little Blue Penguin Census 1-5 August
22nd July, 2012

Fern Collings Davis points out penguin tracks

The Trust’s annual penguin survey takes place between 1st and 5th August.  From north of Karamea to south of Haast, we need you to help us learn where little blue penguins are, and year on year surveys give us an indication not only of presence/absence but also declines in populations.  Read more


Beware Donation Phone Scam
8th July, 2012

The Trust has been advised that someone, probably from the Westport area, has been phoning Westport numbers saying they are from the Penguin Trust, and soliciting donations for the penguins.  The West Coast Penguin Trust would welcome donations (see our Contacts page for details) but the Trust is not seeking and will never solicit donations by phone or door to door calling.  Please do not give money or credit card details to anyone requesting money to help the penguins.  If this happens, please advise the police immediately.  This is a scam and has no connection to or approval from the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust.


The darkest night – colony wiped out by dogs
27th June, 2012

DOC Ranger, Nicky Armstrong, with five of the dead penguins (Photo: DOC)

The West Coast Blue Penguin Trust is devastated after dogs have annihilated a Westport blue penguin colony killing 15 penguins in a matter of days.
The dead penguins were found by members of the public and the Trust’s ranger at the lighthouse end of the Cape Foulwind track.  The deaths are being investigated by the Department of Conservation and local dog control officers.    Read more


Perfect planting for penguins!
21st June, 2012

A wonderful turnout on a cold Sunday morning ensured planting of flax, cabbage trees and broad leaf plants by Hokitika scouts (including Jacob Macpherson and Cade McInnes, left), their parents and leaders, members of Forest & Bird and supporters of the Trust as part of this habitat restoration project.

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Trust wins top conservation award
9th June, 2012

Trust wins Green Ribbon awardIt’s a winning year for the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust , which was named winner of the ‘protecting our coasts and oceans’ category of the prestigious Green Ribbon Awards 2012.  The Ministry for the Environment awards were presented at Parliament on Tuesday and Inger Perkins attended the event on behalf of the Trust, receiving the award from the Minister, Hon Amy Adams and MP Jonathan Young.

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