• Posted on: 6/12/2022
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During 2022, Library Marketing and Events Co-ordinator Pania Walton interviewed a cross section of people with a close association with the Abel Tasman National Park. The recordings of these interviews have now been published on the Tasman Heritage website alongside earlier interviews with Riverside Community members, and contributors to the 2020 Lockdown Quilt.

Those interviewed for the Abel Tasman National Park collection include people who live, work, care for, or have a long family or Iwi connection to the park, and include topics such as conservation, Iwi history, waka ama, Covid's impact on tourism, and Perrine Moncrieff. 

Also newly published on Tasman Heritage is Pania's interview with 101-year-old Merle Hyland. Merle was a founding member of the Riverside Community and active in the Christian Pacifist movement during World War Two. Merle also talks about her experience as a school pupil in Inangahua during the 1929 Murchison Earthquake.