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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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Leading Light!
19th May, 2012

The West Coast Blue Penguin Trust was named as the winner of the Solid Energy – West Coast Leading Light Community / Charity Organisation Award at a glittering awards event last night at Shantytown.
Watch the great little Trust video made by West Coast Film for the Awards night here
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Green Ribbon Awards finalist!
17th May, 2012

Environment Minister Amy Adams has today announced that the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust is among 35 finalists for the 2012 Green Ribbon Awards, which honour outstanding contributions to protecting New Zealand’s environment.

“The awards reflect the broad range of environmental challenges that New Zealand faces and the actions being taken to address them,” Ms Adams says.

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Trust named as Business Excellence Awards finalist
22nd April, 2012

The West Coast Blue Penguin Trust has been named as a finalist for the second time in the West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.  Run by Development West Coast and in its second year, the awards have received a larger number of entries than last year.  CEO John Chang said “It is a wonderful achievement to be named a finalist, given the high calibre of entries.”  
The Trust was nominated for the Solid Energy Leading Light Community-Charity Organisation award and the winner will be announced on 18 May.

Trust visits Karamea
25th March, 2012

The Trust recently travelled up to Karamea to offer meetings, talks and workshops for interested local people.  Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, and Trust Ranger, Reuben Lane presented illustrated talks about west coast seabirds and the work of the Trust.  A Supporters’ Meeting was held to discuss the work of the Trust and relevant local issues and then Reuben presented a trapping workshop, sharing his extensive skills in predator control.
While in Karamea, Reuben also made presentations to primary school children, fascinating them with his predator skins and skulls, film of blue penguins and his vast knowledge of the birds and their habits.


Penguin proof fence for Punakaiki
14th March, 2012

Volunteers begin building the fence

The West Coast Blue Penguin Trust and New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) are to build a penguin proof fence south of Punakaiki in an effort to stop blue penguins being killed on SH6.

Blue Penguins are a protected species and detailed monitoring by the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust has found road kill is the single biggest cause of death in the local blue penguin population.

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Renowned photographer new patron
9th March, 2012

Craig Potton loves the West Coast

Acclaimed photographer and conservationist Craig Potton is the new patron of the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust.

Mr Potton is New Zealand’s pre-eminent landscape photographer, a passionate conservationist and presenter of television series Wild Coasts and Rivers.

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