To preserve and protect New Zealand's biodiversity, fauna and flora, animals and their habitats and the environmental heritage of Pōhatu Bay and Banks Peninsula.
To undertake or facilitate the provision of education opportunities to New Zealanders of all ages on conservation.
To share information and raise awareness of conservation necessary in New Zealand to ensure the longevity of fauna and flora, marine and other wildlife for future generations.
To commission, advance and support research on conservation, fauna and flora, marine and other wildlife in New Zealand.
Pōhatu/Flea bay has been a working farm since 1843, penguins and farm animals like sheep have been co-existing ever since.
Pōhatu Penguin Rehab.
Sometimes penguins need a bit of a helping hand, sick, injured or malnourished penguins may end up in our Rehabilitation center. With tender loving care penguins are rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
A weekly monitoring of a sub-section of the colony allows us to better understand population trend and key demographic parameters.
While kororā rely on the marine ecosystem for food, their at-sea behaviour and how they interact with the unique environment off the coast of Banks Peninsula and Canterbury is poorly understood.
Without taking out introduced predators, penguins would not have stood a chance to survive.
Farming in a way that allows biodiversity to thrive
It all started over winter when some of us sat down with the realisation that tourism was going to be low this coming year.
Every year we monitor the same subset of the penguin colony and every 4 years the whole colony.
Pōhatu Penguins eco-tours started in 2001 to answer a need to allow the public to view penguins in the wild with the least disturbance.
By monitoring nests, we are collecting observations about the penguins but also any other clues such as poo, parasites, predation marks, etc.
On-going and future projects
We wish to thank all of our funders and partners. Without their contributions, time and energy - much of what we do would not be possible.
Get an insight in videos into the necessary conservation work that is happening at Flea bay to protect the Little penguins.
To help us in our endeavour to protect Little penguins at Pōhatu you can get involved by choosing one of our adoption package and be kept in the loop with what is happening in our colony.
Volunteering/ Monthly event at Flea Bay
Once in a while we do need help in the forest and the penguin colony so check out what is and has been happening.
Pōhatu school holiday program and Conservation club
Led by Conservation rangers of Pōhatu, join the fun every Friday and/or school holidays.
Make a Donation
Donate however much you want to contribute to our conservation effort. Your donation will help fund the various projects mentioned on the left.