People & Partnerships

Palmerston North City Council / Morphum Environmental Consultants

Plant Choice

Over 12,000 plants, including: Carex geminata, Carex dissita, Carex secta, Carex virgata, Cyperus ustulatis, Phormium tenax, Baumea/ Machaerina rubiginosa, Bolboschoenus fluvilatilis, Eleocharis sphacelata, Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, Pratia/ Lobelia angulate, Coprosma propinqua, Coprosma rigida, Coprosma crassifolia, Muehlenbeckia astonii, Muehlenbeckia axillaris, Rhopalostylis sapida (Nikau Palm), Carpodetus serratus, Pennantia corymbosa, Hebe stricta, Juncus maritimus/ krausii, Apodasmia similis (Leptocarpus similus), Austroderia/ Cortaderia toetoe, Blechnum novae-zealandiae, Coprosma robusta, Juncus gregiflorus/ edgarii, Leptospermum scoparium, Olearia virgata, Plagianthus divaricatus, Baumea/ Machaerina articulata, Eleocharis acuta, Sophora microphyla, Laurelia nouvae-zealandiae.


The Norton Park wetlands in Roslyn, Palmerston North have transformed a once barren park into a thriving urban oasis which will provide ongoing stormwater treatment for a 50 ha urban catchment. Designed by Morphum Environmental Ltd, the wetland includes almost 50 species of aquatic and terrestrial plants which promises to be a hotspot of biodiversity. Kauri Park grew, supplied and contract planted over 12,000 plants at Norton Park in May 2016.
On an even larger scale Kauri Park are currently contract growing over 20,000 plants for another Morphum Environmental designed wetland currently under construction by HEB in Brylee Reserve, Papakura. Located on the coastal margins this planting palette includes a mix of fresh and saline tolerant species to respond over time to increasing tidal levels whilst still providing water quality treatment and landscape amenity.
As New Zealanders increasingly appreciate the impact of urbanisation on our once pristine waterways, and the need to mitigate these, Kauri Park are proud to contribute our expertise and passion for plants to support great projects. We look forward to watching the environmental, cultural and social values flourish in years to come as more and more wetlands return to our landscape.

Planet & Eco-Leadership

On the Norton Park project, Kauri Park both supplied the plants and implemented the planting. Just one week after the planting was complete, Palmerston North experienced extensive sudden flooding. The stormwater planting held up extremely well with very few losses, Kauri Park collected the plants which had been washed away after the flooding ceased and replanted them at a later date. The pictures published show the stormwater planting just after the flood had been through then again 6 months after – a well-established planting.

Shared Success

After only 6 months (including a significant flood event only a week after planting) the wetland is looking fantastic and promises to develop into a real community asset.