Taputeranga Island: a place fit for penguins

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown about to kayak out to Taputeranga Island with a penguin nesting box.

One of the features of Leg 7 of the GHW is Taputeranga Island, its low peak dominating the view from Island Bay with fishing boats swinging at anchor. One of its less known roles is to offer a safe haven to the little blue penguins who populate the Wellington sea. To celebrate Earth Day, a group of kayakers paddled out to Taputeranga, taking out some commodious nesting boxes, replenishing bait stations which reduce the predator risk, and removing the rubbish blown across from the mainland.


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