Theft at the penguin colony
This is our donation box that is at the entrance to our Yellow-eyed penguin colony at Moeraki, North Otago. We just had a three day weekend with Labour Day on Monday and many, many people came to visit this colony. There is no charge and most people come and enjoy the place and its creatures and give nothing back. On Saturday our donation box was broken into and the money is gone. Fortunately they can't have got much as we had just emptied it on Friday - but here are people vandalising this place again. Last year we estimate we had 50,000 visitors and they left $7000 in donations - that is $0.15 per person - that is what people thought on average their experience here was worth. Some people leave $20 but that means most people donate nothing at all.