A Mahurangi penguin conservation project has reached the finals of the Auckland Mayoral Conservation Awards.
Warkworth Forest & Bird Little Blue Penguin/Kororā project seeks to protect the little blue penguins that come ashore between Ti Point and Leigh.
The conservation effort includes the trapping of predators, such as rats, stoats and possums, and the provision of penguin nesting boxes, where penguins can lay their eggs and rear their young.
The penguins have a reputation for being noisy and smelly and homeowners will often block access to underneath their houses where the penguins like to nest.
Winners at the Conservation Awards take home a prize of $2000.
Penguin project coordinator Jenny Enderby says the money would come in handy to purchase more motion cameras to monitor the penguins’ movements at night.
Winners will be announced at an online ceremony on November 25