Little penguins are back! This year, we are supporting Pōhatu Helps Conservation Trust with GPS monitoring, database & visualization of the penguin colonies around Banks Peninsula. A new film will also be made.
Since 2020, the Blue Cradle Foundation has been a partner of the Helps Pōhatu Conservation Trust based in Akaroa. Situated at Pōhatu/Flea Bay, this community group manages one of the largest mainland colonies of kororā/little penguins (particularly the endemic white-flippered penguin) through habitat restoration, research, conservation efforts, education, and ecotourism. In 2020, Blue Cradle collaborated on a kororā population survey through helping establish a citizen science protocol and by producing a documentary, “Kororā”, which was shown in cinemas and aired on RNZ gaining over 50,000 views. Since 2022, Pōhatu has conducted at-sea GPS tracking.
This year, Blue Cradle aims to continue supporting the protection of this species and the endemic white-flippered penguin by providing key resources to the Helps Pōhatu Conservation Trust, as well as building awareness in schools through pedagogical ocean literacy tools and a new documentary.