How you can help
You can help the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust and our conservation activity by becoming an annual supporter, making a donation, supporting the Donate-a-Tree programme, or by leaving a bequest. You can do this online through our donation link or by contacting the Trust Office directly.
We have approximately 1800 supporters from all around the world. The Annual Support fee was increased in May 2009, the first time since the original level was set in 1988. Extra donations for the general work of the Trust or for specific projects, are also very welcome.
Please note that all subscriptions (and gifts) over $5 are tax deductible in New Zealand see this document from the IRD for more details
- Annual supporter
- Online donations
- Bank deposits
- General donations
- Tax rebates
- Becoming a volunteer
Supporter annual fees (NZ dollars) Junior (under 18 years) $10.00 Student/unwaged $10.00 Individual $20.00 Family $30.00 Small group (<100 members) $30.00 Large group (>100 members) $50.00 Corporate/Business support $250.00 Life membership $500.00
‘Donate Now’ online donations
You can make online donations via our secure fundraising online page by clicking on the Donate Now button. Please specify in the Message box if you want your donation to go to a particular cause (e.g. to donate a tree).
You can make direct bank transfers for subscriptions, donations and purchases to the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust’s bank account below. Please remember to put your name and purpose of payment in the reference details:
Bank: SBS (Dunedin Branch)
Account name: Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust
Account number: 03 1355 0549558 00
The Trust operates a nursery to grow native plants to re-establish the coastal habitat of the yellow-eyed penguin. With our Donate-a-Tree programme people can donate money via regular automatic payments or one-off donations.
To produce one tree from seed to planting out, costs approximately $4. To join up, contact the Trust Office.
Trees mean shade
Fat and feathered, the yellow-eyed penguin is insulated for fishing in the depths of the cold sea. But when the penguin is not fishing, it lives on land. Under the hot sun, the penguin swelters under its thick layer of body fat. It need the protective shelter of cool forest.
Trees mean penguin chicks
The yellow-eyed penguin is so shy that if another penguin can see its nest, it won’t produce chicks. The penguin needs forest for privacy.
No trees means no home
People have destroyed coastal forest. We milled it for wood and burned it to create farmland. The yellow-eyed penguin is one of the rarest penguins in the world and lack of forests is one of the biggest problems it faces.
All donations are greatly appreciated.
Unspecified donations for the work of the Trust are greatly appreciated all year round.
Overseas donations can be made via credit card or cheque. Simply send us your own personal cheque, and we will have it exchanged for New Zealand currency at that particular day’s exchange rate.
Please consider remembering the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust in your will.
Managing / or purchasing penguin breeding habitat and controlling predators such as stoats and ferrets are some of the ongoing tasks undertaken by the Trust. Saving the yellow-eyed penguin is a long-term task and bequests will help secure the survival of this extraordinary and endangered species.
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust is listed with ‘donee organisation status’ under Section LD3 of the Tax Act 2007, and is registered with the Charities Commission, Number CC22822. Therefore donations and subscriptions made to the Trust over $5 are eligible for a tax rebate (Section KC 5(4) of the Income Tax Act 1994).
Becoming a volunteerOpportunities for volunteering with the Trust are plenty, from the one-off community conservation days to the regular volunteer days. You can have your name registered on our volunteer lists for regular updates about these opportunities:
- Nursery: ‘Wednesday volunteers’ help in the nursery, raising seedlings and planting trees.
- Trust reserves: ‘Ranger volunteers’ assist with all aspects of the Trust’s conservation programme including planting, weed control and reserve maintenance.
- Administration: ‘Office volunteers’ assist at the Trust’s Dunedin-based office doing anything from writing articles for the newsletter, to filing to fundraising.
If you wish to register as a volunteer, contact the Trust Office.
The Trust’s work does not involve handling penguins. This work requires a special permit from the Department of Conservation.