News and Updates
Wednesday 30th November, 2016
Vital opportunity for marine protection
The Trust will be making a submission, as this is a once-in-a-decade (or more) opportunity to improve the survival of yellow-eyed penguins at sea. We encourage anyone else interested in yellow-eyed penguins or marine conservation to also lodge a submission.
Submissions are due by 5pm Tuesday 20 December.
Submissions are due by 5pm Tuesday 20 December.
Thursday 24th November, 2016
Are you addicted to coffee? Could you give up just one cup per week?
Join our Penguin Coffee Club and help us continue to protect our endangered yellow-eyed penguins by donating the cost of one cup of coffee per week ($5).
We encourage you to join this group, or ask a family member or friend to join. Download, print and complete this automatic payment form and pop it into your bank, or set up an automatic payment to the Trust via your internet banking (use the reference COFFEE CLUB).
We thank you for your ongoing support!
Friday 4th November, 2016
A huge effort has been made by the South-East Marine Protection Forum to come up with recommendations for protection of the seas off the Otago coast. These details were released last week and can be seen online at south-eastmarine.org.nz
The Trust is making a submission and recommends readers to do the same.
The public sessions will be good to simplify the process and you can talk to forum members and immediately submit on any topic large or small about managing the dwindling marine life and degraded seabed off the Otago coast.
In Dunedin the public information sessions are :
Sat 5 Nov 10-4pm Otago Yacht Club
Sun 6 Nov 12-5pm Port Chalmers Town Hall
Sun 20 Nov 12-5pm Otakou Marae
Submissions close 20 Dec. Public sessions can be viewed on line at www.south-eastmarine.org.nz
Monday 31st October, 2016
The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust has been chosen by HealthPost as the charity of the month for November in their “Better World” donation programme.
During the month of November, HealthPost will donate $1 to the Trust for every order received online at www.healthpost.co.nz. When you place your orders, remember you must tick the box to indicate you have chosen the Trust as the charity of the month!
HealthPost is an online supplier of natural health, skincare and household products. They are committed to balancing profits and principles, and as a business, are devoted to environmental, cultural and ethical sustainability.
Please share this throughout your network with family, friends and colleagues and shop online at www.healthpost.co.nz during November.
Thanks for your support,
Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust
Monday 26th September, 2016
Our emerging leader trustee, Gina Watt, had an amazing experience on the Otago Harbour ...watch the video and read all about it
Wednesday 21st September, 2016
The Trust featured on Gareth Morgan's blog as part of Conservation Week. Watch the video above, then read the blog article below:
Friday 19th August, 2016
Thank you for your generosity and your involvement with Mainland and the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust. Together over the years, we have managed to donate over $1.6 million to this great cause.
We wanted to let you know that we are committed to these little guys and will continue to support them through the work of the Trust but we have been exploring new ways to do so.
You will notice our redemption message has been removed from our new packs. We figure your life's busy enough without cutting out barcodes, so we are going to save you the trouble and simply donate $75,000 per year on behalf of ourselves and our customers. We hope you'll approve.
By continuing to purchase Mainland cheese and butter, you will still be directly helping our little flightless friends, the yellow-eyed penguin.
To see our full range of cheeses, recipe ideas, and to keep an eye out for new ways to support the penguins visit mainland.co.nz
Mainland and the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust
Tuesday 12th July, 2016
University of Otago-led researchers have spotted the mysterious Shepherd's beaked whale off the Dunedin coast - the first confirmed sighting of this "rare and elusive'' whale in New Zealand waters.
Dr Will Rayment, an Otago lecturer in marine science, led the expedition, aboard the university vessel Polaris II, that sighted a group of the whales last week.
The expedition surveyed submarine canyons off the Otago coast and sighted the whales twice, Dr Rayment said yesterday.
The survey team comprised researchers from the university, the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust, Otago Museum, Parker Conservation and the Ornithological Society of NZ.
The Shepherd's beaked whale, Tasmacetus shepherdii, is one of the world's least-known cetaceans, and was previously known from only nine confirmed live sightings of the species, and 55 strandings of dead whales.
Whales, dolphins and porpoises are all cetaceans.
With 33 of the 55 known strandings of the whale in New Zealand, this country was "the world's stranding hotspot for the species'', Dr Rayment said.
But there had previously been no confirmed sightings in our waters, he said.
On Tuesday, the team saw a group of five beaked whales in the Taiaroa Canyon, about 30km east of Taiaroa Head.
They were confident they had just sighted the unusual Shepherd's beaked whale, mostly because one of the team, Dr Trudi Webster, had recently attended a stranding on the Chatham Islands.
And "amazingly'', the next day, the team made another sighting of the rare species, a group of three in the Saunders Canyon, also off the Dunedin coast.
Both identifications of ‘‘this rare and elusive whale'' were later confirmed by Anton van Helden, New Zealand's beaked whale authority.
Adult Shepherd's whales range in length from 5m to 7m.
"We know very little about their behaviour.''
Researchers suspected the Otago Canyons would be good habitat for deep diving odontocetes (toothed whales) such as sperm whales and beaked whales, but "nobody had really been out to have a proper look''.
There were "great opportunities'' to undertake further studies of the Shepherd's beaked whales off the Otago coast, which the researchers planned to pursue, he said.
Monday 23rd May, 2016
Conservation projects will be able to apply for additional Department of Conservation funding following the announcement of a multimillion-dollar cash injection to its Community Fund.
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry made the announcement at the Conservation Inc 2 Conference, the country's largest conservation conference, at the Dunedin Centre yesterday.
Tuesday 26th April, 2016
If you like the newly re-designed New Zealand fiver, it seems you're not the only one. The note has picked up an international award money can't buy.
There's a lot to appreciate about the $5 note -- Sir Ed's chiselled jaw, the proud Hoiho (Yellow-Eyed Penguin) or the brighter colours -- but we don't know whether those influenced the judges of the Banknote of the Year competition.
The humble fiver was awarded the title by the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) at the organisation's annual meeting.
The award recognises outstanding achievement in the design, technical sophistication and security of a banknote or banknote series, the IBNS says.
Twenty banknotes from around the world were nominated for the award, and the winner was voted by IBNS members.
New Zealand's $5 note was the competition's "clear winner", with Sweden's 20 Kronor note, Russia's 100 Ruble note, Kazakhstan's 20,000 Tenge note and Scotland's £5 polymer note voted runners-up.
The achievement is not only New Zealand's though. Our new banknotes were designed and printed in Canada.
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand says it's very special to be internationally recognised for the banknotes.
"The note incorporates some of the world's most advanced security features, yet still beautifully showcases New Zealand's history, culture and heritage," he says.
The $5 and $10 notes have been in circulation since October. The new $20, $50 and $100 notes will come into circulation from May 16.