People & Partnerships
25,000 plants including Dacrydium cupressinum, Podocarpus totara, Prumnopitys ferruginea, Chionochloa Rubra, Coprosma robusta, Lophmyrtus obcordate, Coprosma Wallii, Cordyline australis, Austroderia/ Cortaderia richardii, Cyathea dealbata, Cyathea medullaris, Kunzea ericoides/robusta, Leptospermum scoparium, Phormium cookianum, Phormium tenax and Pseudopanax ferox.
Around 3,500 vehicles use the Taramakau Bridge each day, on State Highway 6.
A new two-lane bridge was built to replace the existing one-lane Taramakau Bridge which dated back to the 1800s, and still serviced road, rail and cyclists. The new bridge means local business operators, freight vehicles and residents will no longer have to wait at each end on their daily commutes, it provides a safer and more efficient transport link for West Coast locals and for tourists.
Planet & Eco-Leadership
Extensive landscaping was completed at the new bridge site. In terms of project location, the West Coast is considered remote from a logistical perspective. The only access is through alpine passes and with the disruption and closure of the Kaikoura highway during this project made the Tamarakau Bridge just that little more remote for us. This added to the challenge of supplying a seamless project.
Because of its location, the plant list used on this project was also quite different to typical plant lists used in similar plantings in the North Island. It included large numbers of species such as Chionochloa Rubra, Cortaderia richardii and other species typically found on the West Coast of the South Island. There is something wild, beautiful and untouched by the natural beauty of the South Island West Coast, and we treat it as a privilege to be involved with this project.
Kauri Park are once again pleased to be part of this magnificent project with Fulton Hogan and take great responsibility to make sure these plantings are a seamless part for the contractors.
Daniel McDonald from Fulton Hogan says – “In July this year we were pleased to wrap up one of the largest projects that Fulton Hogan Landscape has been involved in. The Taramakau bridge construction project was brought together and beautified with over 25 thousand native trees and shrubs, all supplied by Kauri park nursery. With a project of this size and tight time lines it was not only important to us to partner with a company that has the infrastructure and capabilities to produce large quantities of premium product, but also has the follow up customer services that we require. The execution and delivery of all the required plants for the Taramakau bridge project was near flawless. The plants were delivered on site to the project by Kauri Park on the West Coast of the South Island, on time and in great condition.”