The new partnership will support building habitat for an emerging blue penguin colony in Otago and the preservation of the last major yellow-eyed penguin colony.
‘This expanded partnership will further support community-based conservation efforts in New Zealand, playing a pivotal role in the protection of these treasured species for generations to come,’ said Stuart Allison, SVP Asia Pacific, UK and Europe, Princess.
‘We are thrilled to be formalising a partnership with Princess Cruises after so many years of introducing Princess guests to the wildlife here at Natures Wonders,’ owner Perry Reid said.
‘With the generous funding from Princess Cruises we will be building more nesting boxes for the flourishing blue penguin colony and extending our predator-free boundary,’ Reid said.
‘We expect that this will have a huge impact on blue penguin numbers, while also preserving the neighbouring yellow-eyed penguin colony as well.’
Launched in 2019, the Princess local partnerships programme is funded by guest donations and also supports Bay Bush Action in the Bay of Islands.
‘The support from Princess Cruises has allowed us to make a lot of headway in our work at Bay Bush Action,’ trustee Craig Salmon said.
Increase in kiwi numbers
‘It has been so heartening to see the increase in kiwi numbers and the regeneration of native plants in Opua State Forest, which we couldn’t have done without the generous donations of Princess Cruises’ guests,’ Salmon said.