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Birds released
Predators trapped
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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

This free smartphone app is packed full of up-to-date information on weather, tides, points of interest, history, plants, wildlife and walking times in the Abel Tasman National Park.

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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

Project Janszoon bring opportunities for cross-cultural learning

For the past six years, Motueka High School has been privileged to be a part of the restoration and preservation of the Abel Tasman National Park, which is the major focus of Project Janszoon – a trust which is working to reverse the ecological decline of one of the most beautiful natural resources that is patronised by so many local and international visitors.

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Cyclone Gita reveals park secret

When Project Janszoon got underway five years ago one of the first tasks was to find out more about the interior, so a team was despatched to look at the vegetation. Way up top, a single individual of a species never before seen in the park, a perching orchid called ‘little spotted moa’, Drymoanthus flavus, was found growing on the trunk of a hall’s totara. Read how Cyclone Gita, revealed another secret.

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Golden Bay rolls out red carpet for royal couple

Golden Bay rolls out red carpet for royal couple

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Abel Tasman Youth Ambassadors fly flag for national park

Project Janszoon and DOC have been helping the Air New Zealand Greenteam get into the spirit of Conservation Week at Totaranui.

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What’s it like to meet Harry and Meghan – Radio NZ interview

Abel Tasman Youth Ambassadors talk about what it was like to meet Prince Harry and Meghan in the Abel Tasman National Park.

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Prince Harry and Meghan visit Abel Tasman National Park

Four whio were released in Abel Tasman National Park for the first time last week in a bid to establish the threatened birds there.

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Four to the fore as whio introduced to new home

Four whio were released in Abel Tasman National Park for the first time last week in a bid to establish the threatened birds there.

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Flying Start for Totaranui

Project Janszoon and DOC have been helping the Air New Zealand Greenteam get into the spirit of Conservation Week at Totaranui.

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Ambassadors share passion for the Abel Tasman

The Abel Tasman National Park’s future is looking bright according to the next generation of environmentalists.

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Applications open for Project Janszoon Conservation Education scholarship

The Project Janszoon Conservation Education scholarship aims to support former ATYA (or SAB) students to pursue relevant development opportunities. The Scholarship is worth $1,000.

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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