Sea Shepherd New Zealand has been working with the Muriwai Environmental Action Community Trust to have penguin nesting boxes built for the area.
This follows increasing numbers of the Korora, including a sighting of two of the birds nesting close to the gannet colony.
Western ITM Kumeu donated the timber for 30 boxes and MeACT volunteers built them to place in Maori Bay/Maukatia and southern bays.
Michael Lawry, Director of Sea Shepherd New Zealand, will be help the group over the coming months.
Lawry says the species tend to find them really quickly- he's heard reports of some in a southern colony taking just two hours.
"They've got lots of time at night to get in there- hopefully they'll gravitate towards them."
Penguin boxes, which are also used in places like Tiritiri Matangi, are known to protect them from dogs and possibly cats.
Since 2013, MeACT's coastal pest control programme has been aiming to encourage the species back to the area.
The group is also working on becoming Predator Free Muriwai- to extend the area of regular pest control currently undertaken by the rangers and their volunteers.
Contact Gerry Henley on email email@example.com for support for the project or help with follow-up predator control.
Tough blue species
The world's smallest penguin is found on most of New Zealand's coastline and in southern Australia.
They only come ashore under the cover of darkness and live underground in burrows, natural holes, or under human structures or buildings.
They forage for food up to 25 km offshore and 70 km from the colony and can reach speeds of up to 6kmh underwater.
They stand just over 25cm and weigh about 1kg and spend much of their time at sea hunting small fish, crustaceans and squid.