Rare birds on promotion duty at airport

A "visitor'' makes an appearance on the Dunedin Airport baggage carousel watched by (from left)...
A "visitor'' makes an appearance on the Dunedin Airport baggage carousel watched by (from left) Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust conservation and science adviser Trudi Webster, airport chief executive Richard Roberts, Te Runanga o Otakou representative Hoani Langsbury, Otago Museum head of design Craig Scott and Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust general manager Sue Murray. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
Visitor to Dunedin lining up to get their baggage at Dunedin Airport will now do so seemingly under the watchful gaze of two yellow-eyed penguins.

The two stuffed birds, Kowhai and Tai, have been placed in a display in the centre of the carousel, a result of the airport's sponsorship of the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust.

Trust general manager Sue Murray said the birds had been housed at the Otago Museum, which provided the taxidermy required.

The museum also built the display.

Te Runanga o Otakou representative Hoani Langsbury, also a trustee of the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust, provided a blessing at the airport as the birds were put in place.

Mrs Murray said the idea was ``about showcasing an iconic wildlife species''.

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