It has been a busy start to the year for our education team who report that students are really enthused about heading into the Park.
As part of our series on place names in the Park author Dave Hansford takes a look at Hadfield Clearing and the family whose name Is forever entwined with it.
The objectives of Project Janszoon’s planting projects on the foreshore in Abel Tasman National Park are to reduce the fire risk to the national park and to help build resilience in native foreshore ecosystems. Some area of foreshore can be stable for long periods of time, but it is a dynamic ecosystem and will always be subject to damage in extreme weather events. Sandspits will always be subject to fluctuations where there is an estuary subject to high water flows. The recent cyclone events gives us a lot of information that we can build on as to where we should plant and where we should leave nature to do the work.
Project Janszoon is delighted to launch a new conservation education scholarship which will support future environmental leaders from the Nelson / Tasman region.
Gardeners in the Nelson Tasman region are pitching in to help save a plant on the brink of extinction in the wild.
The Young Leaders Hui that Ihaka, Tamu, Maddie and I were given the amazing chance to go to was absolutely amazing. Getting to meet our collaborative cousins from around New Zealand and to put our heads together, discuss common challenges and learn new approaches to environmental conservation was extremely insightful for me as it opened my eyes up to all the different ways things could be dealt with as well as dispelling the illusion of “no one cares and I’m all alone”. Spending time with everyone was so inspiring, it gave me a boost of motivation and passion that I didn’t know I lacked until I had it. Everybody there was so into their projects and I feel so privileged to know them and be able to call them my friends. I learnt, played, explored and laughed with people I managed to become unimaginably close to in such a short period of time and I loved every moment I had there and never wanted to leave.
After five years as Project Janszoon director, Devon McLean has now handed over the role to Bruce Vander Lee, while continuing as a trustee with the project.
Ten rare carnivourous Powelliphanta hochstetteri snails have been radio-tracked in the Abel Tasman National Park.
Jarrod Buchanan joined Project Janszoon as a trustee in 2017. Of Ngāti Rārua and Te Ātiawa descent he grew up in Wellington and Waikawa, but always felt a strong sense of belonging to this region, in no small part because of his love for the Abel Tasman.