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Blue penguin census encouraging
1st November, 2015

Inger - census 10 Oct 2015 HokitikaMany of the regular participants were out again for the annual blue penguin census recently.  The number of penguin tracks heading out before dawn were up in all but one of the locations visited this year.

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Fiordland crested penguin facts
25th October, 2015

DOC Fiordland crested penguin imageThe DOC office in Haast, closest to Fiordland crested penguins (tawaki), has produced handy information sheets describing the life of and threats to these penguins.

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Penguin Encounters of the Craig Potton kind
20th October, 2015

Craig Potton emperor penguinsCraig Potton will present his personal account of penguin encounters around the Southern hemisphere at a fundraising event for the Trust at Hokitika’s Regent Theatre on Friday 27th November, followed by a rare landscape masterclass on Saturday 28th November.

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10th annual blue penguin census
10th October, 2015

Luke and Adam Garside inspect tracks during the 2013 census

The West Coast Penguin Trust invites anyone on the coast this weekend (9-12 October) to find out whether penguins live on their beach.

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Annual blue penguin count 9-12 October
24th September, 2015

Look for penguin prints like these on your beach

The annual blue penguin census, where Coasters get out onto their local beach and look for penguin tracks, will take place a little later this year, around 9-12 October.

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Successful DOC funding bid
20th September, 2015

CCPF announcement photo with Associate Minister Nicky Wagner 18 Sept 2015 rWe’re delighted to report that the Trust has been successful in its bid for funding from DOC’s Community Conservation Partnerships Fund! Read more


Penguin breeding season gets underway
23rd August, 2015

tawakiSpring is springing all around us and penguins up and down the coast are likely to be incubating eggs. 

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Feral cats pose a new threat to blue penguins
6th August, 2015

17603-a-cat-licking-his-mouth-pv - free stock photosAn injured penguin found beside the highway at Awatuna in late July was found to have been attacked by a cat.

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Award winning night for the Trust
9th May, 2015

Peter Williams Leading Light Awards MCAt last night’s 4th West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards, MC’d by TV One’s Peter Williams, the Trust was very proud to be named winner in both its categories.

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The Trust is a ‘Leading Light’!
1st April, 2015

Leading Light 2015_Badges_finalistThe West Coast Penguin Trust has today been named as a finalist in both the Not For Profit and the Environment categories of the 2014 West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards. Read more