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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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Cape Foulwind project underway
7th September, 2011

Kerry-Jayne and Helene at the site

The project which will see public viewing of Blue Penguins and Sooty Shearwaters at Cape Foulwind has taken its first step.

Last month Solid Energy committed to funding the project for the next two years. Trust chair woman Kerry-Jayne Wilson and temporary ranger Helene Roehl have now put the first penguin nesting boxes and new predator traps in.

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Census a success
17th August, 2011

Brooke & Krista Noble and their grandad Peter Cudmore at Hokitika beach

Over 80 West Coasters took to the beaches between the 13th and 16th of August as part of the annual West Coast Blue Penguin Trust census.

Hardy Coaster’s braved the early morning chill to count blue penguin prints on beaches from Karamea to Haast. Final results are still a month away but many volunteers did mention that they saw a lot of dog prints around the penguin prints which is worrying.

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Guides help out at Cobden Beach
15th August, 2011

Guides at Cobden beach

On Wednesday 10 August Trustee Ian Davidson-Wattts and co-ordinator Robyn Janes spent time with the Greymouth girl guides.  After a talk about penguins everyone went down to Cobden beach to listen and look for blue penguins coming in.  Sadly none were seen or heard but we will continue to check as part of the Northern breakwater ecological project.

Census is coming
2nd August, 2011

Photo taken by ranger Reuben Lane

The annual blue penguin census will take place this year between the 13th and 16th of August.

These dates have been picked because low tides will range from 4.20am to 6.10am meaning volunteers don’t have to get up too early to look for signs of blue penguins on the beach.  Breeding will be in full swing at this time.

Volunteers are asked to walk sections of the beach early in the morning to count penguin prints.  While not scientific it provides valuable information about trends in penguin numbers.  At last years census the Scouts found evidence of penguins north of Hokitika, which has resulted in a the habitat restoration project.

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Kiwi dog looks for penguins
8th July, 2011

Kiwi dog sky hunts for penguins

DOC and the Penguin Trust have taken the unusual step of using a Kiwi dog to sniff out penguins. Kiwi dog Sky was put into action on Wednesday 7 July.  The first step involved her being taken to some known penguin burrows to make sure she knew what to sniff for.  Next week she’ll be taken to the Cobden breakwater area to see if she can find penguin burrows there.

Blue Penguin Trust finalist in business excellence awards
15th June, 2011

Trustee Rebecca Gibson is filmed for the awards night

The West Coast Blue Penguin Trust is delighted to be a finalist in the West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.  The Trust has made the top three in the Community / Charity Organisation category.

Trustee Rebecca Gibson says it is an honour to have been chosen.

“It is a wonderful achievement for the Trust and shows we are seen as a serious and effective conservation body on the Coast,” she says.

Award winners will be announced at a function on the 8th of July.