The Kororā is a Taonga species to Ngai Tahu and the White-Flippered Penguin a variant unique to Canterbury. They are also sentinels of the sea providing a barometer of the health of our ocean. Whilst our conservation work over the last 30 years has helped to grow colony numbers by protecting them and their habitat, those numbers are now starting to drop because of changes in marine environment. We need to find out what, where and why this is happening so we have set up a charity to work towards this goal.
Our aim is to collect key information on the penguins' behaviour at sea through GPS tracking and diet analysis so we can understand what factors are threatening our long-term goal of a sustainable colony helping to re-populate the Banks Peninsula and benefit our local biodiversity. Along with the significant costs of technical hardware, we need additional specialist scientific resources. Covid has had a major impact on our fund-raising opportunities as our international tourist business, like many others has been hit hard.