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Penguinville popular
25th January, 2012

James & Emily Chisnall show off their penguin house

Sections are running hot at Penguinville with over 25 groups of children building a penguin “house” in the first three days.

Penguinville is part of the Driftwood and Sand Sculpture Festival.  Children build a penguin house on their own beach section with prizes being awarded on Sunday for Most Natural, Best Construction, and Most Creative.
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Penguin t-shirts for sale
25th January, 2012

Mens t-shirt

The Trust has t-shirts in all sizes (including childrens) for sale.  Contact if you wish to purchase.  $25

Penguinville at Hokitika Beach
22nd January, 2012

Geoff and Jock setting up Penguinville on Sunday

As part of Driftwood and Sand Sculpture Festival and Trust is running Penguinville at Hokitika Beach from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 January.  Penguinville is a chance for the kids to build a penguin house and learn about blue penguins habitat.  $2 for your own section at Penguinville, prizes for the best construction, most natural and most creative penguin houses will be awarded on Sunday at 2pm.

Penguin Trust representatives available to talk to schools & groups
17th January, 2012

Ranger Reuben talks to the Greymouth Scouts

In December ranger Reuben Lane spent some time with the Greymouth Scouts at the beach teaching them about blue penguins and their habitat.  The trust is happy to talk to groups and school children about penguin conservation.  If you wish to arrange a talk contact the co-ordinator on

Recorded bird-calls to attract penguins and shearwaters
13th December, 2011

Reuben puts up the speaker

A sound-system broadcasting blue penguin and sooty shearwater calls has been erected near Cape Foulwind to attract more of the seabirds to the area.
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Kiwi dog used to find penguins
9th December, 2011

Ian Davidson Watts & Jo Halley watch Sky find a burrow

The West Coast Blue Penguin Trust and DOC have successfully used a Kiwi dog to help sniff out blue penguins at Cobden, near Greymouth.

The Trust is working with the Grey District Council to establish whether blue penguins are breeding in the area of the northern breakwater ecological project.

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New Trustee
2nd December, 2011

Inger Perkins

The Trust is delighted that Inger Perkins has agreed to become a Trustee, replacing Rebecca Gibson who has moved to Great Barrier Island.  Inger works at DOC in Hokitika and has been a long-time supporter of the Trust and its work.

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Census results released
18th October, 2011

A census volunteer on the beach at Ruatapu

The 2011 census results can now be found on the website.  Refer to the research page or

Big audience for blue penguins on Coast
29th September, 2011

Rebecca and Shelley Hersey with LEARNZ mascots

A potential audience of 120 thousand school children was focussed on West Coast blue penguins in late September.

Teachers and support staff from LEARNZ  joined DOC, and Rebecca Gibson Helene Roehl from the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust to bring to life  blue penguins and seals for children from throughout New Zealand.

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More planting at Hokitika beach
26th September, 2011

Scouts planting at Hokitika Beach

The Scouts, Penguin Trust and local volunteers were back in action on September 20 doing further planting as part of the Hokitika Blue Penguin Habitat Restoration Project.  The plan is to restore penguin nesting habitat over time.

Thanks to funding from the West Coast Community Trust, Honda Tree fund and Forest and Bird planting is well underway.



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