Laetitia and Emmanuel

French actors-cum-reporters, Laetitia Hipp and Emmanuel Suarez, are travelling the world for three months looking for marine conservation stories to share via podcasts on the French public media service. While staying right at the beach in Waihaha bach near Fox River, they found information about the West Coast Penguin Trust and got in touch.

Laetitia and Emmanuel interviewed Trust Manager, Inger Perkins, about the origins of the Trust, local blue penguins, penguin research and conservation as well as everything else that the Trust does including education and advocacy.

Laetitia and Emmanuel
Marine conservation podcasters, Emmanuel Suarez and Laetitia Hipp

The lovely bach, owned by a generous Supporter of the trust, is right above the beach and, with waves crashing noisily just metres away, the interview took place indoors.  At the end of the interview, there was an opportunity to promote the trust to any future French listener – there may be some wonderful French folk who would love to support the work of the trust if they only knew about it!

The three then went down to the beach where footprints in the sand prompted discussion about being a penguin detective – a handy tool used by Education Ranger, Lucy Waller, with children on beach visits.  You can find out more about identifying footprints in this useful guide from NZ Tracker.

If you’re wondering, the French for penguin is manchot (m) or manchote (f) .

And if you’re wondering about the acting element, Laetitia and Emmanuel present environmental education shows in France, often using puppets.  Their company name is ‘et demain la terre‘ – which translates as ‘and tomorrow the earth’.  It was a great pleasure to meet this couple and their three children on their three month trip.  The podcast will be created when they are back in France and will be published mid 2023.  As we often hear on RNZ interviews using another language, the English interview will start and then a translator will present the conversation in French.

interview at the beach
Emmanuel Suarez interviews Inger Perkins at the beach near Fox River