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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.

Monitoring results presented to Ornithological Society
13th June, 2011

Kerry-Jayne Wilson presented a paper to the Ornithological Society in early June.  The paper looked at breeding success in colonies with and without predator control and was the result of three years monitoring at Charleston and two years monitoring in South Westland.  Surprisingly results showed traffic and dogs are more of a threat to blue penguins than stoats on the West Coast.

Check out the research section of the website to read an abstract of the research paper.

Disappointing start to penguin breeding season
7th June, 2011

Dead penguins found on beach a few years ago

There has been a disappointing start to the penguin breeding season with three penguins found dead within a few weeks.

Two of the penguins had been killed by dogs and another by a vehicle on the Coast Road.

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Trust available for school visits
31st May, 2011

Co-ordinator Robyn Janes talks to Grey Main School children

The Trust is always keen to talk to schools about the blue penguin.  Contact if you interested in arranging a visit.

Penguin trust hits the road
4th May, 2011

Reuben Lane and Jill Cotton talk to children from Haast school

Members of the trust have been travelling from one end of the Coast to the other spreading the word about blue penguins, other seabirds and the latest trapping techniques.

Trust ranger Reuben Lane and member Jill Cotton are seen here at Haast school. Read more

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.