George Atfield’s year 3/4 wonder class at St Canice’s School in Westport take action for penguins!

We had a fun day at the school building nest boxes for little penguins and we were ever so grateful for the generous support we received from whānau and local community.

The students did so well with drills, hammers, nails and lots of paint, successfully building twelve nest boxes for the trust to put out where needed in the local colonies for next season. There were no blue thumbs in the process either!

We would like to say a big thank you in particular to Laurie Cockfield, Milah’s Grandad, who built seven penguin boxes at his house, two of which he funded himself.

We would also like to say a big thank you to Jake Orchard (Louie’s Dad), Chris Kennard (Hudson’s Dad) and John Noble (Hadley’s Dad), who all took a group and helped out on the day.

Our very grateful thanks go to Steve Atfield at Vetpak, who sponsored the materials for ten boxes.

Vetpak is a New Zealand owned company that manufactures a varied range of Veterinary products for the production animal sector.  Products include Rotagen Combo, a non-antibiotic treatment for calf scours effective against Rotavirus and Cryptosporidium, feed additives, sanitation solutions, mineral supplements for sheep, dairy and beef cattle.  They also produce a range of specialist nutritional supplements designed for penguin and kiwi chicks.

Vetpak is proud to support the West Coast Penguin Trust and the great work they do. You can visit their website here 

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George Atfield’s year 3/4 class have embarked on a penguin journey with us, learning all about penguins and how to help protect them. We are very happy to have this wonderful class and teacher on board!


Girl power for this box! Milah’s Grandad (Milah is first on left) built and funded boxes for us.


Decorating houses!

We managed to have a mini certificate award ceremony for the students and the last challenge of how many nest boxes could I get in my car in the pouring rain! I am sure class teacher, Georgina Atfield was glad to finally see the back of me and those boxes!