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Include a Charity Week
5th September, 2016

West Coast and Coast RoadInclude a Charity’ launched in NZ last year and this year their annual campaign runs from 5 – 11 September.  Its aim is to raise the profile of charitable gifts in Wills and provide an opportunity for charities like ours to convey their importance.

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Fiordland crested penguins everywhere
31st August, 2016

Skinny tawaki 3 July 2016A curious and perhaps worrying thing has been happening in recent weeks.  Since 3 July, and after months of not seeing any, nearly 20 tawaki have turned up on beaches between Okarito and Karamea.

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New penguin brochures inform and invite support
19th July, 2016

Giselle illustration 2 from brochure June 2016With wonderful and generous assistance from Giselle Clarkson and Jase Blair, West Coast Print, and sponsorship from DOC, we have published two new leaflets to raise awareness of our two penguins and to encourage and seek support for the Trust’s work.

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What prions are and why we should care
10th July, 2016

Fairy-Prion-Whangaroa-July-2014-Les-Feasey-small-393x590Fairy prions are the most beautiful tiny, pale blue and grey seabirds, a cousin of the albatross.  Sadly, they are commonly washed up on our beaches and Alan Tennyson of Te Papa has investigated.

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Southside penguin mortality increases
3rd July, 2016

Fiordland crested penguin dog kill showing wound Southside 3 July 2016 Following the killing by dogs of two blue penguins at Southside, Hokitika, last year, a Fiordland crested penguin was killed there yesterday, also by a dog.

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Precious Westland petrels need our understanding and protection
16th June, 2016

Westland petrel. Photo: Rod MorrisA new report concludes that many threats remain for Westland petrels, which only nest in a few colonies near Punakaiki. (Photo: Rod Morris)

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A year of penguin and seabird action
11th June, 2016

tawakiThe West Coast Penguin Trust’s Annual Report has just been released and is full of action and progress over the past year.

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New and original penguin t-shirts
7th May, 2016

Giselle west coast penguins t-shirt design March 2016Artist, Giselle, has kindly created a very original design, which has been printed on ‘Genuine Gildan’ shirts, selected for their environmental and ethical approach to their manufacturing operation.

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Westland petrel videos
2nd May, 2016

Westland petrel.  Photo: Rod Morris The Westland petrel is generally only seen at dusk near the breeding colonies south of Punakaiki but in a couple of videos, you can see them land, burrow and nest in the forest in the Paparoa National Park, as well as Te Papa scientists conducting their research into the foraging habits of these well-travelled seabirds.

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Seaweek beach and art activity with Hokitika Primary
29th March, 2016

10 Penguins on the beach map rDOC arranged for Seaweek field trips and art activities for a number of schools between Cobden and Haast, including a penguin inspired day with Hokitika Primary School children recently.

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