Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Little Penguins make big splash at National Aquarium

Little Penguins
make big splash at National
Aquarium

Media Release – National Aquarium of New Zealand

For immediate release

1 November 2012


Little Penguins make big splash at National Aquarium


The National Aquarium will celebrate months of ‘behind the scenes’ work this week when it opens its latest exhibit, Penguin Cove, on Saturday (3 November 2012).

The newest residents of the Aquarium recently made the journey from nearby Marineland to their new home and have settled into their new life-like surroundings very quickly.

Penguin Cove has been carefully designed to replicate the penguins’ natural beach habitat to ensure they feel right at home in their new abode.

Little Penguins
make big splash at National Aquarium

Walk into the new exhibit and see a sandy beach, made up of 28 tonnes of golden sand donated by Winstone Aggregates. Driftwood, rocks and a swimming pool with underwater viewing complete the exhibit – everything that allows the 10 penguins to go about their normal routine of fishing and feeding during the day, then returning to the beach for play and sleep at night.

“Be prepared to learn lots of interesting facts when you visit Penguin Cove,” says National Aquarium of New Zealand Manager Rob Yarrall.

“There will be talks by our penguin keepers three times a day, including a feeding time. This will be a chance for our staff to share information about how close Little Penguins live to us and how we can all help with their declining numbers by doing a few simple things,” says Rob.

The Aquarium will be working closely with Department of Conservation (DOC) to share these messages, such as encouraging dog owners to keep their pets on leads at the beach and to contact DOC if members of the public ever find a Little Penguin that they are concerned about.

Little Penguins
make big splash at National Aquarium

“Our Little Penguins will be great ambassadors for their species in the wild. People can come and look at them and get to know all about them,” says Rob.

Eventually Penguin Cove could happily house up to as many as 20 penguins, double the current number.

Little Penguins
make big splash at National Aquarium

Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott says it’s great to have this new exhibit ready for locals and visitors to enjoy this summer and in years to come.

“It’s such a positive addition to the Aquarium, not only enhancing the visitor experience, but also adding to the vision of creating a Kids’ Capital along Marine Parade.”

ENDS

http://www.nationalaquarium.co.nz

Little Penguins
make big splash at National
Aquarium

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street...

Parties specified under Section 149Q(3) of the RMA now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news