Takahia mai ra
Te tupuna whenua o Aorere
Ka rere taku reo tongi
Mai i Mārahau ki Wainui
Whakatau mai, Whakatau mai

Traversing the ancestral lands
My voice soars and declares
From Mārahau to Wainui
Welcome, welcome.

Natives Planted
Birds released
Predators trapped
App downloads

“Takahia mai ra
Te tupuna whenua o Aorere
Ka rere taku reo tongi
Mai i Mārahau ki Wainui
Whakatau mai, Whakatau mai”

“Traversing the ancestral lands
My voice soars and declares
From Mārahau to Wainui
Welcome, welcome.”

Our story

Project Janszoon is a philanthropic trust on a mission to restore and preserve the Abel Tasman’s rich wildlife for all to enjoy.  It is a team effort involving conservationists, iwi, locals, scientists and tourism operators. Together we’re making a difference.

Eyes on THE Abel Tasman

See what’s happening in the the park right now. Check out our live webcams.

our work

We’re working with the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, the Department of Conservation, iwi -Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua and Te Ātiawa – and the community to restore the park’s rich wildlife. Together we’re getting rid of pests and weeds, bringing back native wildlife and bush, and inspiring a culture of care for the Abel Tasman.

Predator Control

Introduced predators kill 68,000 native birds in New Zealand every day.
In the Abel Tasman, we want to give native birds and plants a chance to thrive.
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Restoring Wildlife

We’re bringing the birdsong back to the Abel Tasman. Since 2014, kākāriki, kākā, tieke/saddleback, whio and pāteke have all been released into the park.

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Forest Restoration

Since 2014, volunteers have planted over 45,000 native trees in Abel Tasman to help restore the park’s original forest canopy.

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Education

Our hands-on education programme is helping inspire the next generation of scientists and environmentalists.

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Abel Tasman App

The Abel Tasman App is packed full of useful information for your trip to the Abel Tasman National Park. It is the number one thing to take when you walk the coastal track. Download for free – it works like a virtual visitor centre with a map, geo-location, points of interest, history, tides and info on birds and trees.

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Island Biosecurity

There are three predator free islands in the Abel Tasman – Adele/Motuareronui, Fisherman/Motuarero-iti and Tonga islands.

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Firesmart

The Fire Smart programme was set up to reduce the fire risk in the park by getting rid of gorse and replacing it with less flammable natives.

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Weed Control

There are 113 different weed species in the park – many spread from bach owners’ gardens. The worst of these weeds are known as the ‘Filthy 14’.

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Wasp Control

Wasps are a pain for visitors and bad for biodiversity. They compete with bats, birds, insects and lizards for food and eat huge numbers of native insects.

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Wilding Pines

Pine trees can dominate the ecosystem and compete with native plants for moisture, nutrients and sunlight. We’re supporting efforts to eradicate pesky pines from the park.

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Visiting the Park? Download our Abel Tasman app

The Abel Tasman app is a free smartphone app with up-to-date information on weather, tides, points of interest, history, plants, wildlife and walking times in Abel Tasman National Park. It has a map with geolocation – so you always know where you are!

Education Tool Box

Our Education Toolbox contains lots of useful information for schools visiting the Abel Tasman.

Park Tool Box

Heading into the park? Check out the activities, apps and info in our Park Tool Box to help you make the most of your trip.

DID YOU KNOW?

Project Janszoon has a wonderful team of volunteers who do everything from dune restoration and tree planting to possum trapping and kākā monitoring. Volunteering is a great way to give back and see a different side to the Abel Tasman. We’re always keen for an extra pair of hands. If you live locally and are keen to be involved get in touch.

latest news

Argentine ant surveys in the Abel Tasman National Park

DOC’s annual Argentine ant surveillance programme has found no evidence of Argentine ants in the Abel Tasman National Park in 2020.

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From Germany to Takaka

Hans Stoffregen reckons he is lucky to work in a field where he can make a difference. “Ten or 20 years ago I planted trees, now they’re a forest.”

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From Scotland to the Abel Tasman National Park

Growing up on the eastern edge of Scotland’s Glasgow, James Livingstone realised early on he had two choices in life. We are glad he chose the one that took him to the Abel Tasman.

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It’s all in a name – Whariwharangi

How did Whariwharangi, in the north of the park, got its name? Could it be a reference to a rare tree, a nod to a former resident, or a name to remember an awe-inspiring battle between Māori and Europeans?

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Opportunities beyond the park for youth ambassador

Being an Abel Tasman Youth Ambassador is providing opportunities beyond the Abel Tasman National Park for avid bird watcher and photographer Bradley Shields.

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Crunching the numbers

Project Janszoon is working with the AviaNZ project to enable computer programmes to identify birds from acoustic recordings and ensuring any optimisation of the stoat trapping network, does not impact on our ability to keep predator numbers down.

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Abel Tasman Youth Ambassador showing environmental leadership

A former Abel Tasman Youth Ambassador is the first recipient of a new award recognising Golden Bay High School students’ work to enhance environmental awareness.

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Motupipi Enviro School in action – Golden Bay Weekly

Motupipi School’s year began with a mercy dash to Wainui Bay sandspit where over the past few years they have been planting trees in partnership with Project Janszoon.

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Keeping the backyard in order

Nelson couple Laine and Andrew Harding are tireless volunteers in the Abel Tasman National Park.

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Call of the wild – Kia Ora magazine

Air New Zealand’s Kia Ora magazine delights in the kākā being returned to the coast of the Abel Tasman.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“If you can see the birdlife that’s come back in five years, can you imagine what it’ll be like in 30 years – you’ll be tripping over them.”

Phil Armit, DOC senior hut warden

“If you had a Project Janszoon for every national park in New Zealand the whole challenge of biodiversity that we have now would be far, far less.”

Martin Rodd, DOC partnerships director

“Project Janszoon are doing an awesome job in our rohe, we are really supportive and hugely grateful for everything they have done, and are continuing to do.”

John Ward-Holmes, Manawhenua Ki Mohua

“My biggest joy is working with volunteers as they recognise the social, physical and emotional rewards of assisting with conservation projects”.

Helen Lindsay, Restoration Supervisor

OUR PARTNERS

Project Janszoon is a team effort and we couldn’t do it alone. We’re proud to have the support of the following organisations:

Photos courtesy of Dave Buckton nelsonphototours.co.nz and Ruth Bollongino fernphotos.com