HoihoYellow-eyed penguin

Conservation status
In serious trouble

Yellow-eyed penguins (hoiho) are disappearing before our eyes. They are one of the rarest penguins in the world with just 1,700 pairs remaining. 

If nothing is done to reverse current declines, scientists predict they could be extinct on mainland New Zealand within 10 - 20 years.

Raising public awareness of hoiho is crucial for their conservation. You can help by voting for them to win Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition.

Campaign Manager


#TeamHoiho are a group of hoiho-aficionados campaigning to rightly instate a seabird as Aotearoa’s reigning feathered monarch.

We are a collective of conservationists, science communicators and students, hoping to inspire the nation through a variety of events, stories and a lively social media campaign during Bird of the Year 2019. 

Our campaign patrons are RNZ science producer Alison Ballance and internationally renowned penguinologist John Darby. Alison has passionately campaigned for hoiho to win Bird of the Year in the past, while John’s interdecadal commitment to hoiho conservation is unparalleled. 

#TeamHoiho includes Mel Young, Megan Abbott, Kimberley Collins, Thor Elley, Hanna Ravn, Frances McMillan and Julia Reid.

The hoiho campaign is officially endorsed by Te Koromatua o Ōtepoti the Honorable Dave Cull (Mayor of Dunedin), Otago Museum, The University of Otago’s Zoology Department, and The Chills.