People & Partnerships

Downer EDI

Plant Choice

40,000 plants including Dianella tasmanica, Dianella Little Rev, Corokia cotonester, Griselinia littoralis, Muehlenbeckia astonii, Hebe salicifolia, Phormium cookianum, Pseudopanax arboreus, Leptospermum scoparium, Libertia perigrinans, Anemanthele lessoniana, Chionochloa rubra, Chionochloa flavicans, Corokia Genties Green, Phormium Jester, Phormium Black Rage, Acer palmatum,  Carex virgata, Phormium Emerald Gem, Hebe Flame, Hebe Snowcap, Hebe Wiri Mist, and Liquidambar styraciflua.


Kauri Park main challenge in working on this project was its geographical distance from the nursery. To overcome this challenge the sub-contractor who planted the project, located a suitable yard to store plants  so they were never delayed on site. The plants were then delivered several weeks ahead of schedule which gave the plants time to acclimatize to the local conditions.

Kauri Park ensured that all the plants supplied were of top quality and were hardy species and were in a condition to survive the harsh conditions of the Caversham Highway.

Planet & Eco-Leadership

Caversham Highway  is a motorway extension through Dunedin city. The Caversham Highway project brought its challenges with its harsh climate, poor quality soils, and a palette of plants consisting of a mixture of natives and exotic species.

One of the main species was Dianella Little Rev (PVR) of which Kauri Park are one of five nurseries in New Zealand which are licenced to grow this particular species.

Shared Success

As at the end of year 2013, the plants are becoming well established and looking good. Losses have been minimal. The plants appear to have fully acclimatised to the climatic conditions.

This project has proven that many species of plants can acclimatise and survive in the south of the South Island. An interesting point about this project was the heavy use of Dianella Little Rev (PVR) which is in fact a native species of Australia.

Further plantings of Dianella Little Rev are planned for year 2014 due to its excellent success in this project.