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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.

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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