Abel Tasman National Park addition a step closer

Media release: 27 April 2007

Land at Awaroa previously owned by the Hadfield family is a step closer to being added to Abel Tasman National Park with the New Zealand Conservation Authority giving its approval to the move.

NZCA acting chairperson Kay Booth said the Authority has recommended to the Minister of Conservation that the 793-hectare block, purchased by the Nature Heritage Fund last year, be added to the national park.

Kay Booth said, “As walkers on the Abel Tasman Coast Track cross the Awaroa Estuary, the Hadfield block lies at the head of the estuary stretching back to hills clothed in old-growth forest.

“The block rises from sea level to 700 metres and is a rich tapestry of native vegetation. There are uncommon types of vegetation included in the block which make it of special interest to botanists, ecologists and conservationists.”

The Nature Heritage Fund was able to purchase the property due to the Hadfield family making it available to the Government. The family was keen to see its natural values preserved for the people of New Zealand.

Ms Booth said the Hadfield family’s generosity was testament to their love of the place since Frederick and Ann Hadfield bought 1000 acres of land at Awaroa in 1863.

“The Hadfield block is surrounded by the Abel Tasman National Park on three sides and adjoins the Awaroa Inlet.  It was the largest holding of private land remaining within the park boundaries.

“Some of the block had been farmed in the past but in recent years has been reverting to bush leaving only some 50 hectares in grass.  Due to its location in the middle of the national park, its addition to the park will provide a big increase in the park’s ecological integrity as a whole”, she said.

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