Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute Inc. (KORI)

Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute Inc. (KORI)

Please help us ensure Kaikōura's little blue penguins get the protected habitat they deserve.


Kaikōura is home to a very small colony of little blue penguins of less than 10 breeding pairs.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Kaikōura on November 14, 2016 caused significant damage to their already compromised habitat.

Despite KORI volunteer efforts to improve their very urban habitat, dogs, cats, vehicles, coastal erosion and continued habitat loss, all pose significant threats to this fragile colony.

More about us

We are a network of marine researchers and educators who are committed to protecting what is here in Kaikōura.

Since 2012, the Kaikōura Ocean Research Institute Inc. has conducted meaningful scientific research on Kaikōura’s marine environment and the animals that live within it with the aim of increasing scientific and public understanding of local species, and the threats which face them.

We believe that this combination of research and education is key to the conservation of the marine wildlife we have here in Kaikōura, some of which is already critically endangered.

We are a registered non-profit incorporation and a registered charity in New Zealand.

Use of funds

Funds raised will be used to build a better safer habitat for Kaikoura's little blue penguin colony. This will include planting native vegetation, building more nest boxes, a predator proof fence (with access for penguins of course) and signage to increase awareness about our small fragile colony.

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