Mohua Blue Penguin Trust

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The sounds of the colony - 8 November 2020
The breeding season is in full swing, with an uptake of 45 out of 57 of the nesting boxes. Most chicks are now at post-guard stage, meaning both parents are out fishing for them during the day, only returning at night. Listen to the sounds of the colony while the parents are out - the chicks are calling!
Flashing 'Little Blue Penguin' signs - 26 September 2020
Golden Bay has become the first place in New Zealand with solar-powered 'Little Blue Penguin' traffic warning signs! Two such signs were installed - one in Pōhara and one in Ligar Bay in an attempt to prevent the deaths of penguins crossing the road at night.
And then there were chicks! - 28 August 2020
Very happy news - we have had our first chicks. The season started 2 weeks ago with the hatching of 4 little chicks, by last week the count had increased to 13. In addition, many penguins are sitting on eggs, so we are expecting more to have hatched by next week.
Signage coming to a beach near you - 10 July 2020
Big and small penguin signs have gone up in places around Golden Bay, aiming to raise awareness for the dangers the little blues are facing and what you can do to help! More details - 'Nelson Mail' article from the 12th July.
Penguin box replacements - 2 May 2020
Work has started on removing the old penguin nesting boxes at Port Tarakohe. These boxes are being replaced with a new improved design, giving access for scientific research.
Little blues at the Sand Sculpture Extravaganza - 7 January 2020
The new year kicked off with a 'delightful day of creative family fun with sand' at the 2020 Sand Sculpture Extravaganza organized by the Golden Bay Community Arts Council.
School children visiting the Penguin Shed - 10 December 2019
Golden Bay's home school children visited the Penguin Shed to build and decorate nesting boxes for Port Tarakohe. Fresh Choice Takaka provided the funding. The Trust intends to involve all schools in Golden Bay to make nesting boxes in the future.
Penguins at the Port - Community rendezvous - 2 December 2019
On 17 November, Trustees invited the community to join them on a tour of the proposed environmental precinct at Port Tarakohe. People heard about the community science project planned to be undertaken there.
Little penguin sites likely topping 300 - 6 September 2019
Penguin detection dog Mena and her handler, Alastair Judkins, of the Kaikōura Ocean Research Institute, found 248 kororā sites in Golden Bay. Article by Cherie Sivignon published on Stuff.co.nz.
Port Tarakohe plans appear on track - 9 August 2019
Little blue penguin precinct possible as part of rejigged plan for Port Tarakohe. Port may undergo a large redevelopment to cater for expected growth. Article by Cherie Sivignon published on Stuff.co.nz.
Penguin Precinct for Port Tarakohe? - 19 July 2019
Little blue penguin precinct sought for Port Tarakohe. Port could become a penguin eco-tourism attraction. Article by Cherie Sivignon published on Stuff.co.nz.
New Trust formed - 7 June 2019
'Penguin fever' spreads in Golden Bay to stop decline of little blues. A charitable trust has been established to protect the penguin population. Article by Cherie Sivignon published on Stuff.co.nz.
A clear message
A clear message
Professor John Cockrem - Photo Joe Lloyd/Stuff
Professor John Cockrem - Photo Joe Lloyd/Stuff
The western side of the Port Tarakohe harbour has long been the home for little penguins.
The western side of the Port Tarakohe harbour has long been the home for little penguins.
Patron Dame Gaylene Preston, left, with education officer Heather Wallace, says it is a privilege to be invited to represent the Mohua (Golden Bay) Blue Penguin Trust.
Patron Dame Gaylene Preston, left, with education officer Heather Wallace, says it is a privilege to be invited to represent the Mohua (Golden Bay) Blue Penguin Trust.
Alastair Judkins and his penguin detector dog, Mena - photo Matthew Tso/Stuff
Alastair Judkins and his penguin detector dog, Mena - photo Matthew Tso/Stuff

 

page last edited 8 November 2020