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Hokitika Blue Penguin habitat restoration project
11th April, 2011

Karen Mayhew and scouts in the planting area

In April the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust, Hokitika Scouts and a few locals began restoring penguin nesting habitat on Hokitika Beach.

The group planted about 60 flax and cabbage trees between two areas where penguins are already nesting in limited patches of coastal scrub including blackberry and gorse.

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Penguin Roadshows in April and May
6th April, 2011

From the 30th of April to the 4th of May the Blue Penguin Trust goes on the road providing information about blue penguins and other seabirds, and updating locals on new predator trapping techniques.

The roadshow will visit Hokitika. Reap Hall on 30 April, Franz Josef Glacier’s DOC office on 1 May, Haast’s DOC office on 2 May, Hector community hall on 4 May

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Blue penguin trust presentation to Grey District Council
29th March, 2011

On March the 22nd Kerry-Jayne Wilson ran a presentation on blue penguins for Greymouth District Council staff.  The presentation was designed to update staff who deal with resource management applications.  After the presentation the group travelled to a Greymouth beach to view penguin burrows.


Don’t let your dog run wild
9th February, 2011

Trustee Rebecca Gibson and DOCs Inger Perkins put up a sign at the access to Hokitika beach.  The “Don’t let your dog run wild” signs have been printed by the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust and are now displayed at beach hot spots along the Coast.


Thanks Holcim
24th January, 2011

Holcim Environmental Advisor Ben Murray (left) and Sustainability Manager Greg Slaughter (right) view penguin burrows at Cape Foulwind in January with Trust Chair Kerry-Jayne Wilson.  Without support from sponsors like Holcim the West Coast Blue Penguin Trust would not survive.


West Coast Blue penguins not dying like ones in east
24th January, 2011

Little blue penguins on the West Coast of the South Island appear to be surviving La Nina weather conditions, unlike penguins on the East Coast which are reportedly dying in their hundreds.

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Chicks fledge
24th December, 2010

Photo by Doug Baker

December means most young penguins have fledged and left the protection of their parents to make their way in the world. These chicks, photographed by Doug Baker at Camerons, south of Greymouth, are about four days old. Chicks are guarded by their parents usually for 20-30 days. They fledge between 48-63 days.


2010 Census results
21st December, 2010

The latest census results are available now
Check out the research page


Confirmed replacement clutching
30th November, 2010

West Coast Blue Penguin Trust ranger Reuben Lane has observed the first recorded case of replacement clutching on the West Coast.  Read more


Penguins on television
16th November, 2010

Jim Mora and the TVNZ6 crew filming penguin prints near Hokitika.

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