Your donation will be doubled to help us do more for West Coast penguins

December 1, 2023

Your donation, matched by a generous supporter, will help us understand and respond to threats to West Coast penguins.

Westland petrel/tāiko – be on the lookout!

November 7, 2023

Westland Petrel/Tāiko chicks fledge from November to January. Their first flight can be a tough one, as they are inexperienced fliers, and can become disorientated by bright lights and poor weather conditions. Adult birds are also found at any time of year.

Trust’s 2022-23 Annual Report

October 17, 2023

Our annual report always includes a message from the Trust Chair, the highlights and challenges of the previous year and our enormous thanks to all those organisations and individuals who have supported our work.

St Canice’s School get support from whānau and local businesses to build nest boxes

October 16, 2023

Generous support from whānau and local community helps St Canice's students build twelve nest boxes.

Celebrating Tāiko Event – Saturday 4th November

October 16, 2023

Come join the Westland Petrel Conservation Trust, DOC, Forest & Bird's Kiwi Conservation Club and the West Coast Penguin Trust for a celebration of tāiko on Saturday afternoon, 4th November.

Promising signs for the 2023 season from the Tawaki at Jackson Head and Knight’s Point

October 16, 2023

Considering the strong El Niño weather pattern this year, officially declared by NIWA recently having forecast it for some time, we have been relieved to see a very different story play out at South Westland tawaki colonies this season compared to 2015 , when El Niño had disastrous effects and all chicks starved.   We hope the season continues in this positive way for 2023.

News from the kororā colonies

October 16, 2023

An update from the kororā colonies on the West Coast.

To South America and back – the Westland petrel annual migration

August 18, 2023

To South America and back - the Westland petrel annual migration

Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki welcomes back the tawaki for the 2023 season

August 10, 2023

The first sign of the arrival of tawaki on our beaches each year is a set of footprints by the 4 to 4.5kg male penguins leading from the Tasman Sea across the beach and heading to the coastal forests to start their breeding season.

Wilson’s little penguin – Eudyptula wilsonae

June 27, 2023

A new species of fossil penguin has been named Eudyptula wilsonae after the late New Zealand ornithologist Kerry-Jayne Wilson MNZM, who was an internationally respected seabird researcher and advocate for conservation.