Andrew Macalister is Project Janszoon’s Operations Manager. He is responsible for the “secure” aspects of the project like getting rid of introduced pests and weeds.
Ecological nasties have been in Andrew’s sights for a while now. During his nearly 20 years working in conservation he has managed New Zealand’s largest pest control programme for the Animal Health Board on the West Coast. He also ran multi million dollar wilding pine control programmes in the Marlborough Sounds and the Abel Tasman National Park.
Andrew has been involved in Project Janszoon since its inception as part of the external advisory group. His work in the Abel Tasman is a continuation of a lifelong involvement with the Park as his family visited by yacht every summer.
He says he has wonderful childhood memories of the park and relishes the opportunity to be able to ensure his kids will experience the area in an even better condition than he did.
Andrew is also a director of ecological consultancy R&D Environmental and is leading a project to eradicate goats from Mt Taranaki.