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!
It’s not farewell it’s ka kite ano to Helen Young who has been involved with the education programme since it started back in 2014.
While next years predicted beech mast will mean a huge increase in predator numbers it’s not all bad news for the park’s birds.
The squeaks of young kākā chicks can be heard at Natureland, as a group are being hand-reared in a bid to boost the population of native parrots in the Abel Tasman.
Forget about Christmas turkey. The Abel Tasman National Park has had a surprise gift of rare native ducks for Christmas.
This month the Abel Tasman Youth Ambassadors from Motueka High School got to present the results from their research of Anchorage lagoon to the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society.
Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park. Ecologist and Project Janszoon director Philip Simpson was born and raised right beside the wilderness reserve and the park’s flora and fauna has always fascinated him. He writes of this and much more in his new book – Down the Bay – a natural & cultural history of Abel Tasman National Park.
Manaaki whenua, Manaaki tangata, Haere whakamua – Care for the land, care for the people, go forwardManawhenua ki Mohua representative Bev Purdie consistently brings the sentiments from this Māori proverb to the education programme, donating her wisdom and time to the rangitahi / young people.
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.
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.
“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