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Abel Tasman National Park 75th anniversary celebrations
November 27th, 2017
December marks the 75th anniversary of the Abel Tasman National Park and to celebrate the milestone around 130 locals joined Project Janszoon on a special cruise in the Park last night.
Project Janszoon is a private trust working with the Department of Conservation, Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, iwi and the community to restore the ecology of the national park. It is investing up to $25 million over 30 years to remove introduced predators and weeds, and return wildlife.
Project Janszoon is also celebrating its 5th birthday and director Bruce Vander Lee says the cruise was a great way to let locals know what has been happening with the Park's restoration.
"Five years into the project we have done a lot in terms of reducing weeds and predators, which has meant we have been able to return rare bird species like kaka, kakariki/yellow crowned parakeet, pateke/brown teal and tieke/saddleback. Locals tell us the dawn chorus in the Park has improved incredibly over the last five years which is fantastic to hear and it was a pleasure to be able to share the early successes and our plans for the next 25 years," he says.
Speakers included representatives from the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, local iwi, the Department of Conservation, Project Janszoon's bird and dune restoration experts, Abel Tasman Youth Ambassadors from Motueka High School and Golden Bay resident Geoff Rennison who was the Park's first chief ranger from 1974 to 1997.
"The Abel Tasman is a uniquely eccentric park which has been highly modified over the years being farmed, logged, burnt and mined. It really is a giant experiment in landscape recovery," he told the crowd.
The trip took place on Sunday 26 November, cruising from Kaiteriteri to Te Pukatea Bay. After a walk to Anchorage the group sailed home via Adele Motuareronui Island.
Project Janszoon partnered with Wilsons Abel Tasman to offer the cruise and would like to thank them for their support. The cruise follows two well attended "walk and talks" to Harwoods Hole and the Wainui Hut aviary in September and October.
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