Over the years as he kayaked and sailed past the beautiful bush-lined beaches of the Abel Tasman, Devon McLean used to tell his wife Anne that one day he wanted to make a difference to the Park.
That dream saw him become both a trustee and the inaugural director of Project Janszoon in 2012. He retired as project director in 2017, and is also the chairman of Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), Environmental Advisor to the NEXT Foundation, Governance board member of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, Director of the Taranaki Mounga Project, Chair of Predator Free Wellington and a director of Predator Free 2050.
Previously, Devon was the Chief Operating officer with Carter Holt Harvey. He was involved in setting up Project Crimson—a trust devoted to the protection of New Zealand’s pōhutukawa and rātā trees. His involvement in this and many other biodiversity projects saw him awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in the 2015 New Year’s Honours.
Devon looks forward to the day when the Abel Tasman National Park’s whole coastline is lit up over summer by the vivid red flowers of the rātā, robin’s flit on the beach at Anchorage and mohua can be heard in the upland areas of the park. Along the way he wants to make sure Project Janszoon inspires the next generation to be passionate about our parks and the environment.