Western Bay Wildlife Trust is a not for profit conservation organisation dedicated to the protection of wildlife and native ecosystems in the Western Bay of Plenty Region. The trust has a strong focus on monitoring the Kororā (little blue penguin) and Oi (grey-faced petrel) populations based in Mount Maunganui. Education and advocacy through hands on involvement are core objectives, to encourage and inspire community ownership over our native biodiversity and safeguard it for the future.

What are our objectives?

Over the next few years WBWT would like to enhance our monitoring efforts and gather baseline information in a variety of research areas to highlight the important biodiversity in the Western Bay of Plenty. This will enable the group to understand population trends and key threats and impacts to improve wildlife management outcomes.


Enhance little blue penguin and grey-faced petrel monitoring programmes in Mount Maunganui to better understand population trends and key threats and recommend management outcomes to halt species declines.

Establish shorebird monitoring groups in the Western Bay of Plenty to protect endangered NZ Dotterel and utilise advocacy to protect other species

Establish regular beach patrol scheme volunteers to contribute to Birds NZ database and collect specimens for investigation under a mortality permit

Enhance responsible pet ownership advocacy for cats and dogs and recommend appropriate bylaw management to landowners to prevent native species predation events.

Continue to operate the 0800 SICK PENGUIN hotline and grow the number of skilled rescue volunteers and assist the Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (ARRC) whilst growing a network of experienced wildlife rehabilitators.


Support landowners with enhancing pest control and monitoring programmes.

Support student projects to obtain baseline information for native species and pests/predators and guide management decisions to support native populations and healthy ecosystems.

Assist landowners with revegetation and provide consultation for improving species habitat.


Provide regular interactive and educational talks/workshops to schools and community groups to inspire a connection with flora and fauna and highlight key threats and ways to reduce them.

Host community events that engage hands on involvement, educate, raise awareness and inspire community ownership of our biodiversity.

Encourage iwi involvement and inspire iwi led management.

How to Help

There are a range of ways you can get involved to support us.

Donate or become a member to support our ongoing conservation work.

Sponsor a Penguin for $100 a year, by clicking the Sponsor button below.

Become a regular volunteer or volunteer leader. We have a range of volunteer roles available from administrative tasks, helping at events, pest control, native species monitoring, picking up rubbish and promoting conservation through education and advocacy.

Click our Website button below to find out more.