Friends of Nelson Haven & Tasman Bay Inc.
Friends formed in 1973 as a result of public concern over plans for extensive reclamation of Nelson Haven tidal flats.
Beautiful scenery long with an equable climate make the area popular for recreation and tourism. There are large commercial fin fish and shell fish operations along the coast, and in the sea.
Check out the Friends of Nelson Haven & Tasman Bay's booklet to see just what we have done since 1973! and the Annual Reports will tell you what we have done recently.
In 2014 the Friends celebrated, along with the Nelson Tasman branch of the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society, a woman who was instrumental in the founding of both organisations. A "standing room" only event at the Victory Communty Centre in Nelson commemorated ornithologist, writer, philanthopist and founder of the Abel Tasman National Park, Perrine Moncrieff. Guest speaker ornitholgist David Melville, currently engaged in research work in China, gave a fascinating presention about our migratory species - skilfully weaving in references to Perrine's own ornithological work as well (as contributions in School Journals from the same period!) - demonstrating just how the science of ornithology has changed through the years, with for instance the tagging of birds, electronic tracking and captive breeding.