Project Janszoon is a privately funded trust working with the Department of Conservation, the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, the community and local iwi to restore the ecology of the Abel Tasman National Park over a 30-year time frame.
Named after the Dutch Explorer Abel “Janszoon” Tasman, the trust aims to reverse the trend of ecological decline in the park by reducing predator numbers and weeds, restoring ecosystems, and re-introducing native birds, animals and plants into a thriving park environment.
Project Janszoon was launched in 2012 and will complete its work on the 100-year anniversary of the establishment of the park and 400-year anniversary of Abel Tasman’s “discovery” of New Zealand in 2042.
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The Abel Tasman National Park extends over 22,530 ha and includes a rich network of diverse landforms and habitats. It is also home to a large number of threatened or endangered species of both flora and fauna. These characteristics lend themselves to many exciting opportunities for ecological restoration and learning.
Follow our journey as we discover the secrets of this most iconic of national parks and help nature restore its diverse ecology. Meet the birds, animals and plants that will benefit from this restoration and those that we hope to return to their former glory.