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Update and News, May 2014

Friday 9th May

Trust Chair, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, will be presenting an update on the Trust's projects between 6 and 7pm on Friday at the St John's Rooms, Hokitika.
After a break for a cuppa, she will be giving an illustrated talk from 7.30pm about her recent expedition to the Antarctic, which filled the news over Christmas and the New Year: “South with the Academik Shokalskiy: Science and Adventure in Antarctica, with an unexpected delay and diversion”.
All welcome!
You may have noticed that the word "Blue" has been dropped from the Trust's name.  Although the Trust's mission statement and interests have included blue penguins and other seabirds for a few years, the Trustees recently agreed that "Blue" should be dropped but the Trust's name will retain the connection to penguins and work will continue to focus on penguins.  The familiar blue penguin logo will be retained and this smallest of penguins will continue to represent the Trust.

Pahautane Penguin Fence

For the past few years, the Trust has been seeking a way to protect blue penguins on stretches of the coast road where mortality has been exceptionally high.  After a short trial section of fencing was installed a couple of years ago, work has finally begun on a 2.3km fence at Pahautane.  http://www.bluepenguin.org.nz/pahautane-penguin-fence/

Healthpost Donations

Healthpost, NZ online natural health provider based in Golden Bay, http://www.healthpost.co.nz/, believes it is important not only to live well but to give well too.  They have donated almost $300,000 to charities since 2009 and, this month, their chosen charity is the West Coast Penguin Trust!
If you're looking for natural health, skincare and household products online, please go to Healthpost and they'll donate $2 for every order placed this month. http://www.healthpost.co.nz/donation-programme.htm

Hokitika Penguin Habitat

Girl Guides and other local supporters gave up time from their busy lives to plant native plants provided by the West Coast branch of Forest & Bird at the habitat restoration project on the outskirts of Hokitika.  The site had been chosen as it was missing any vegetation cover for penguins between the beach and the paddocks.  Hokitika Scouts have planted flax here on two or three occasions, and the site is looking very healthy.  Thank you to all those who have volunteered and supported this project over the past three years! 

Rescued penguins

A couple of poorly penguins were brought to Trustee and native bird carer, Kim McPherson, over Christmas and the New Year period and we're delighted to report that both made miraculous recoveries. 
One appeared to be a juvenile that had failed to eat or be fed whereas the other was an adult with a tick infestation.  The ticks had transmitted a form of paralysis, which, after some expert advice from Massey, was found to be reversible. 
Well done Kim and thank you to Massey and thank you to to New World Hokitika for providing some fish for these hungry birds!

Penguinville 2014

Building on previous years, Penguinville joined the Driftwood & Sand event in Hokitika in January and presented new penguin themed beach games, arts, crafts and a new penguin junior ranger scheme as well as the popular build a penguin house activity.
Clare Cosson brought artistic and creative flair to raise both standards and levels of fun for children as they learned about penguins and potential threats to their survival, and Zoe Watson presented the games; thank you ladies and all those who helped set up Penguinville and supported the event.
More photos below.


The Trust relies on donations, grants and sponsorship.  If you would like to make a donation to support the work of the Trust, please follow this link http://www.bluepenguin.org.nz/donate/

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