PENGUIN RESCUE NZ
Te whaka oraka o te takaraka
From the Sanctuary Manager, Rosalie Goldsworthy MNZM
Sunday 7th May 2017
Hello friends and family
On Sunday, we had a bitterly cold southerly storm come through and the team repairing the lighthouse arrived. They will be here for at least another week, grinding, blasting and repairing the rotting timber. Then they will paint it.
My painting is progressing well with 3 walls complete, including the windows, except the doors which are next on the list. On Monday, the gravel arrived to make the base of the new walk-in freezer and so I have been shoveling gravel all week!
There was enough to fill the freezer base, upgrade a few penguin pens and level off the drive. I met Jenny for lunch in Oamaru on Thursday. She has a new car – a blue beetle that is very cool and she was looking wonderful.
I was down to one penguin in care and it is progressing well, so I took the cage off the back of the truck to transport the traps to Shag Point and of course, I got in another penguin. It moulted as a juvenile down the hill here and was roosting beside the main road and had to be moved.
Yesterday was glorious and perfect for installing the traps at Shag point. Elaine, Jan, Stewart and myself put in the trap line and I feel very proud of everyone’s efforts as we were working in difficult terrain with slippery clay banks to traverse.
My truck was fantastic once again, transporting the heavy traps to the top of the hill so we only had to carry them downhill. They are strategically placed, baited with lures and eggs, waiting for the predators to arrive.
Have a great week!