People & Partnerships

Downer EDI

Plant Choice

200,000+ plants including the following species: Chionchloa conspiqua, Chionochloa flavicans, Coprosma Red Rocks, Coprosma kirkii, Corokia cotonester, Hebe diosmifolia, Hebe Beverly Hills, Hebe First Light, Hebe Marie Antoinette, Hebe Sunset Boulevard, Hebe Wiri Mist, Hebe Wiri Splash, Hebe Wiri Cloud, Phormium tenax, Cordyline australis, Cordyline Cardinal, Cyathea smithii, Griselinia littoralis, Plagianthus regius, Lophomyrtus purpurea, Pittosporum tenuifolium, Pittosporum Wrinkled Blue, Pomaderis kumaraho, Pseudopanax crassifolium, Acaena Novae Zelandiae, Carex testacea, Carex dispacea, Coprosma hawera, Leptospermum Pink Cascade, Libertia Taupo Blaze, Chionochloa rubra, Phormium cookianum, Phormium cookianum ‘purpurea’, Phormium Green Dwarf, Phormium Rainbow Red, Phormium Yellow Wave, and Pseudopanax ferox.


Kauri Park was awarded the contract for the supply of plants due to this projects requirement for a diverse range of  native and non-native species in varying grades. While the Hamilton City Council had an opportunity to supply plants to this project from its own nursery, the project was too large for them to fulfil. This was a high profile project so plant quality and health were paramount in choosing the plant supplier. During the first few weeks of supply, a representative from the Hamilton City Council visited Kauri Park Nurseries to ensure plants were of the appropriate quality, grade and true to type.

Planet & Eco-Leadership

The Hamilton Ring Rd is situated on the eastern side of Hamilton City and connects eastern Hamilton with St Highway 1. It is project of national significance. The Hamilton City Council had a lot of involvement in the design criteria for this project and wanted a highly visible design that integrated with previous plantings. A lot of use was made of amenity species such as Hebes, coloured Phormium, Chionacloa, and prostrate forms of coprosma. Hamilton  is a ‘garden conscious’ city and over the last decade have been making vast improvements to their city landscape.

Shared Success

Although this project was only planted in 2012, the beauty of the landscaping is already beginning to appear. The wide range of hebe species and coloured phormium is providing an array of colour not often seen in civil landscape projects. The flower plumes of the Chionacloa, are making a striking display on the steep embankments of Wairere Rd.