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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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New co-ordinator
29th February, 2012

Inger Perkins

Inger Perkins has taken over from Robyn as co-ordinator.  You can contact her on
Robyn will continue to do the communications work for the Trust, you can contact her on


Penguinville at Driftwood and Sand Festival
16th February, 2012

Penguinville on Hokitika’s beach was a popular part of the Driftwood and Sand Festival.  It featured in this short video by Dave Kwant at West Coast Film.

Penguin Trust at Fox River Market
10th February, 2012

Valda and Jess at the Fox River Market

The Penguin Trust’s stall at February’s Fox River Market was popular with locals and tourists. The new penguin t-shirts were running hot with lots sold. We still have most sizes if you would like a t-shirt – they are $25 and can be purchased through  Thanks to Valda, Jess and Kerry-Jayne who looked after the stall and passed on lots of information about penguins to visitors.

Penguin Trust’s research on RNZ’s Our Changing World
10th February, 2012

In January the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust’s work was featured in a Radio New Zealand documentary.  It focused on the Trust’s research which has found on the West Coast the greatest threat to penguin mortality is cars and dogs rather than stoats.  To listen to the documentary click here.