21 Nov 2011

Blue penguins to be released

8:23 am on 21 November 2011

The first group of blue penguins taken into care for oil cleaning after the grounding of the Rena are to be released back into the wild.

Maritime New Zealand says 60 penguins will be released on Tuesday from a wildlife facility at Te Maunga.

The agency says all the birds must pass several tests including a six-hour swim test to make sure they have a clean bill of health.