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Bugman supports local conservation groups
19th August, 2014

Ruud Kleinpaste (DOC photo)Bugman, Ruud Kleinpaste will be guest speaker as the West Coast Penguin Trust joins other community conservation groups at two events to showcase their projects on 30th and 31st August.

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Everyone’s invited to the fence closing ceremony
7th August, 2014

West Coast and Coast RoadThe long awaited 2.6km penguin protection fence will be formally ‘closed’ in a ceremony on 22nd August and everyone’s invited.

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Healthpost contribute to the health of the Trust
30th July, 2014

HealthPost LogoHealthPost selected the West Coast Penguin Trust as May’s charity and we were overwhelmed with the generous donation of over $8500 towards the penguin fence.  Read more


Penguin fence progressing
26th June, 2014

Graham Clement and Matt Charteris 26 JUne 2014This morning, Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, called by to inspect the Pahuatane penguin fence and was pleased at the progress being made and impressed by the professional job being done. Read more


Penguin proof fence construction begins
18th May, 2014

Penguin proof fence - Maccaferri plastic netting (reduced)After years of planning and talks, construction of a fence which will cover 2.3km of the Coast Road started last week on a corner that has claimed the lives of dozens of blue penguins. Read more


Penguin habitat improved
5th April, 2014

Ursina Perry (pippin) and Rhiannon Cutter (guide) help re-plant penguin habitat - squareThe West Coast Blue Penguin Trust’s restoration project, on the north edge of Hokitika, received a boost this morning as an enthusiastic group planted around 250 native plants to create penguin habitat and shelter. 

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Penguin proof fence is about to become a reality
31st March, 2014

Checking the Pahautane site before work starts - Reuben, Dermot (Opus) and John (fencer) 31 March 2014  cropped for webThe Trust has been working towards the installation of a fence along sections of State Highway 6 where penguin mortality has been disastrous in recent years and, with great support from Holcim NZ, Maccaferri NZ, Resene and many donations from supporters, work is finally set to commence next week.

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Arki loves “Pegwigns”
9th March, 2014

Penguin pictureTrust Education project leader, Zoe Watson, recently presented a class session at Kokatahi School and received wonderful thank you letters from some of the children.

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Come and connect with penguin projects
19th February, 2014

penguin sign coast roadLRThe Trust’s quarterly meeting for Supporters is taking a fresh approach this Sunday afternoon in presenting an update on all current projects and inviting input.  The agenda is more focussed on the work of the Trust rather than its business and we’d love you to join us in Ngakawau Hall at 2pm to and stay for afternoon tea. Read more


Penguins galore in Ngakawau
11th February, 2014

Ngakawau HallThe Trust will be visiting Ngakawau, 30km north of Westport, on Sunday 23rd February and you’re invited.  All those with an interest in penguins and coastal wildlife will be in for a treat.

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