The Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust has become the first New Zealand organisation to win a prestigious international award for innovative conservation.
The Dunedin-based trust has been given a Birdlife International Conservation Achievement Award at a conference in Argentina.
A field officer for the trust, David McFarlane, says it is a tremendous accolade.
He says when the trust was established in 1987, it was a pioneer because it was very rare then to have community groups involved in conservation.
He says that is now a common and successful model.