People & Partnerships

Natural Habitats

Plant Choice

2300 plants, including; Leptospermum scoparium, Cordyline australis, Phormium tenax, Macropiper excelsum, Blechnum novae-zealandiae, Muehlenbeckia complexa, Muehlenbeckia astonii, Phormium tenax and Coprosma brunnea.

Innovation

The Rangiriri Bypass is a section of new expressway that is snaking across the Waikato, helping transform New Zealand into a modern and vibrant economy.

Located 4km south of Te Kauwhata, one of the fiercest battles of the Waikato war was fought at Rangiriri on 20 November 1863. The pa built there by Maori to block the British advance was exceptionally strong and attacking British forces lost many men. Maori defenders, who also suffered heavy losses surrendered by mistake the following day, under the false impression that a white flag flying from a gunboat meant that the British wanted to negotiate. It has been dubbed “Bloody Rangiriri” being one of the bloodiest battles in the New Zealand land wars.

The realignment of State Highway 1 meant cutting through the Rangiriri pa site, so NZTA restored and returned a section of the road to the local Iwi, revealing in a symbolic way the old historical battle ground and Maori pa.

Shared Success

Landscaping of this special historical site took place in October and November of 2017, Natural Habitats engaged Kauri Park in the project as plant supplier. It was a privilege to be included in such a special and unique project, containing historic, social and cultural value.