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Penguin of the Year

Penguin of the Year 2021 - Finalists!

With a flurry of voting, we are pleased to announce that Burny, Martin and Mo have been voted by our followers as the top three finalists for Penguin of the Year 2021.

Voting is now open for the ultimate winner! Refresh your memory by reading their profiles, then complete the form below to vote for your favourite. Voting closes 10.00pm, Tuesday 28 September and the winner will be announced on Thursday 30 September.

Follow this link if the form fails to load. online form.

The National Aquarium's Little Penguins (Kororā)



 The Little Penguin (Kororā) is the world’s smallest species of penguin and is native to New Zealand (as well as South Australia). Their name is perfect, because Little Penguins only grow to about 30cm tall, and usually only weigh around 1kg.

The National Aquarium is a rehabilitation centre for Little Penguins. Some penguins are brought in because they've been abandoned as chicks, are partially sighted, have become sick in the wild, or have been injured in dog attacks. Some are also missing flippers due to getting caught in fishing nylon.

Once recovered and ready, Little Penguins are sent back out into the wild. But some are unfortunately not strong enough to return to their natural habitats, so they find a permanent home at the Aquarium's Penguin Cove.

We can't wait to show you our world.

Opening Hours

Daily from 9:00am - 5:00pm
(including public holidays)
last entry 4:30pm


Marine Parade, Napier

+64 6 834 1404

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