With only an estimated 439 yellow-eyed penguins left on mainland New Zeland, it’s important we look after these little guys.
So to help generate funds and support the work of the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust, Westpac has donated $14,500 to construct 290 plastic money boxes that will be placed in all the Holiday Parks around New Zealand.
Each box is pre-loaded with a $5 note, which has the yellow-eyed penguin on it.
Yellow-eyed penguins are one of the rarest penguins in the world and unique to Aotearoa.
However their population was hit hard when ferrets and stoats introduced by the early settlers began killing their chicks, and their cool coastal forest nesting areas were cleared for pasture and trampled by cattle and sheep.
Thankfully, the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust was formed in 1987 to alert everyone to the problem. They set about putting a conservation programme in place to stop the decline and save the endangered penguin.
The new donation boxes will be placed on the counters of all Holiday Park reception desks nationwide, encouraging the kiwi public and tourists visiting New Zealand to get behind one of our national icons.
So if you’re heading to a Holiday Park this summer and want to help make the world a better place for our yellow-eyed friends, keep an eye out for the donation box.