• Pop Up Penguins

How Many Penguins?

It is the story behind the numbers that counts!


The Design – How Many Penguin?

Can you guess how many penguins there are on How Many Penguins?  Watch the video to the end to find the answer.

How many different types of penguins can you count?*  What shapes do you see in between the penguins?  Where are the Rockhopper Penguins marching to?  Are those other penguins bumping elbows or dancing?  Do you think there might be some more penguins on the bottom of How Many Penguins feet? 

*ANSWER:  Five. 

The artist has used the five different types of penguins found in New Zealand territories including the hoiho (yellow-eyed penguin) and korora (the little-blue).  Did you find them all?

The Artist – Jeremy Sauzier

Jeremy Sauzier is an artist & shadow catcher.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006 and has been developing as an artist for the last 15 years.  He often takes the shadows of real people (or penguins) and brings them to life in his art.  Jeremy has been based in New Brighton for the last 5 years and has worked on several public projects around Christchurch.  His largest mural to date “Our Bright Town” created for the New Brighton community includes over 170 shadows of locals.

Always surprised where the work of being an artist leads him and the discoveries along the way, Jeremy's art evolves by playing with ideas, catching shadows and listening to the moment.  He hopes to inspire, include and inform with his work and has enjoyed developing projects for individuals, communities, schools and businesses. A long-time admirer of the Wild in Art Public Art Trails, Pop Up Penguins will be his third participation in these wonderful events. 

It has been a pleasure to work with Jeremy on this campaign.

The Colouring-In Activity

The BDO Christchurch team are delighted to have worked with Jeremy as his work and life reflect our own values of strong community and family connections.  BDO have commissioned Jeremy to design this colouring in activity sheet which you can colour in to remind you of your own visit to How Many Penguins? )


The Competition

During the Pop Up Penguin trail BDO Christchurch ran a counting challenge to guess the number there are on How Many Penguins?

The artist who designed the penguin, Jeremy Sauzier, kindly donated an original painting as the prize.

Congratulations to Nicola Green and Bailey Wood who were drawn as the winners.


So how many penguins on How Many Penguins?


The Organisers – Wild in Art

Wild in Art is one of the leading producers of spectacular public art events that entertain, enrich, inform and leave a lasting legacy. It brings together businesses and creative sectors with schools and local communities through the creation of uniquely painted sculptures.                                                     

Wild in Art has animated cities across New Zealand and Australia with art trails including Christchurch Stands Tall (Christchurch), The Big Hoot (Auckland), Mali in the City (Melbourne), Wild Rhinos (Sydney), Wild Dolphins (Perth). In the United Kingdom Wild in Art has created trails for major events including the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008.  

Since 2008, Wild in Art events have:                           

  1. Enabled over $29m to be raised for charitable causes                              
  2. Injected $4.6m into local creative communities                             
  3. Engaged over 850,000 young people in learning programmes                              
  4. Helped millions of people of all ages to experience art in non-traditional settings                                                                                

The Christchurch Pop Up Penguin result was exceptional with 50 penguins selling for a total of $1,007,300 and 75% of the proceeds to Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.

For more information: wildinart.co.nz | @wildinart | #wildinart                   


The Location - Christchurch Adventure Park


Many of BDO’s clients and staff are passionate cyclists. Nationwide, we support cycling and events that see riders of all abilities participating in challenging and rewarding rides.  Our commitment begins with our youngest riders - with support for riding skills in primary schools - right through to some of the highest profile events in New Zealand.

The Christchurch Adventure Park is all about active wellness and what better way than to get out in the forest, riding or walking.  Check out the free Kids Bike Loop Trail called Bridging the Gap, designed so riders are visible from the start to the end of the trail so kids can ride the trail safely and in sight.  The park also offers zipline & sightseeing adventures or just chill out on the large deck of the Adventure Park Café.  How Many Penguins? wasvery happy in his temporary home nestled in the Pine forest.

For more information about the Christchurch Adventure Park, please visit their website: https://christchurchadventurepark.com/experiences/families-at-the-park/

The Charity – Cholmondeley Children’s Centre


BDO Christchurch have a long-standing relationship with Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.  We have supported their Board with strategic advice, run themed evenings with the kids and raised funds in the office for them for many years. 

Most recently, and proving that accountants can have fun too, one of our teams ran a Pirate-themed event for the children in residence. 

Cholmondeley’s Sponsorship and Engagement Coordinator, Sally-Ann Fitzhardinge, was delighted to feedback that:  “the staff were in awe of how engaged and fun you all were so a MASSIVE thank you to you all, it was such a great afternoon!!!” For more information about how they help children and families in Christchurch visit here:  https://www.cholmondeley.org.nz/

The Fundraising – Phillip Roth’s Ultra Challenge

Just as the Pop Up Penguin Campaign was wrapping up with the auction, our very own Advisory Partner, Phillip Roth  put his own body on the line for Cholmondeley Children by participating in the Old Ghost Ultra Challenge. On the 20th February 2021, Phillip traversed  the stunning 85km Old Ghost Road.  With more than 2,600 metres of ascent it is the ultimate test in backcountry running. 

The whole team at BDO Christchurch was delighted to back Phillip’s fundraising endeavour, which we’re happy to say was exceptionally successful. The goal was $10,000, and Phillip and his team of supporters managed to smash this  ambitious fundraising target, for a total of $12,500.

For more on Phillip's journey visit here.


The Team – BDO Christchurch


The BDO Christchurch team provide traditional audit, accounting, compliance and tax services, but are also strategic advisors, financial modellers, IT system experts, future focussed problem solvers, consultants and ultimately your trusted business partners. 

BDO Christchurch understands that for today, and tomorrow, it is not just about the numbers. It is about the story behind the numbers.  They really enjoy working with their clients, supporting and backing them to achieve their goals.  In these times of constant change, BDO understand that the road to recovery is smoother with trusted advisors who will work with you to navigate any challenges your organisation might encounter.

BDO Christchurch has a team of dynamic, smart, diverse and strong people; a team of 120 professionals, with 12 Partners dedicated to this resilient city and the region.  The whole team is delighted to be a part of the Pop Up Penguin campaign supporting local artists, adding vibrancy to our community, providing families with fun activities over the school holidays and supporting Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.

If you are looking for an exceptional local adviser to work with, backed up by a national and international network, then BDO Christchurch is the professional firm for you. Find out more about the BDO Christchurch team.