People & Partnerships
HEB Landscapes / Jasmax Landscape design
“Kauri Park played an instrumental role in the success of this project . Our communications , whether with Management , Despatch , or Delivery Drivers were always warm and friendly , and our specific delivery requirements were well labelled and accurately counted . This , along with early deliveries , allowed fast and efficient unloading , and good production from our planting team”
Dave Goodley (HEB Landscapes – project coordinator)
Over 350,000 plants including: Apodasmia similis, Baumea/ Machaerina articulate, Carex secta, Carex virgata, Coprosma acerosa, Coprosma lucida, Coprosma propinqua, Coprosma robusta, Coprosma taiko, Cordyline australis, Austroderia/ Cortaderia fulvida, Dacrycarpus dacrydioides, Dodonea viscosa, Juncus gregiflorus/ edgarii, Kunzea ericoides, Leptospermum scoparium, Melicytus ramiflorus, Muehlenbeckia axillaris, Muehlenbeckia complexa, Myoporum laetum, Myrsine australis, Olearia virgata, Phormium tenax, Pittosporum crassifolium, Pittosporum eugenioidies, Pittosporum tenuifolium, Plagianthus regius, Pseudopanax arboreus, Schoenoplectus tabernamontani, Sophora microphyla and Typha orientalis.
NZTA’s Waikato Expressway project is the largest road project undertaken in the history of the Waikato Region.
When complete, the expressway will provide a four lane highway from the Bombay Hills to just south of Cambridge, significantly reducing the travelling time from Auckland to Hamilton, and making driving considerably safer. This major investment in road infrastructure is expected to lead to significant economic gains for the Region.
The expressway has large tracts of revegetation plantings on the embankments, swale drains, lake verges and other areas of ecological significance. Earlier plantings are well established and beautifying the natural landscape.
The last section to be completed is from Tamahere to Cambridge. This section began in 2013 and was completed in December 2015. Kauri Park Nurseries has been closely involved throughout the Hamilton to Cambridge section of the project, working closely with HEB Landscapes for plant supply.
In 2015 more than 300,000 plants were planted in the Tamahere to Cambridge section, with another 50,000 plants to complete the plantings in 2016.
Planet & Eco-Leadership
An area of major ecological significance was the Karapiro Gully area, part of the habitat and forest corridor for the native long- tailed bat. Over the last few years much of this area had become infested by weed species which has been cleaned out and replanted in species that will enhance the area and provide a home for the bats. This includes species such as Kahikatea, Totara, Matai, Kowhai, Rewarewa, Mahoe, Cabbage trees, Karamu, Kanuka, Manuka, Kohuhu, and some English oak trees.
Embankments have been planted in ground cover coprosma species, flaxes, Carex grasses, Kanuka, Manuka, Karamu, Cabbage trees, Akeake, Pigeonwood, Kawakawa, and Ngaio.
Wetlands have been planted in Oioi, Schoenoplectus, Baumea, Wiwi and Carex’s.
HEB involved the local iwi in planting a substantial number of plants in the Karapiro Gully and across the riparian flood plains.
There were regular bouts of inclement weather during the project which, at times, damaged areas that had been prepared for planting and generally created difficult planting conditions. Close communication between HEB and Kauri Park allowed coordination of deliveries, often at short notice, when planting conditions were right and planting teams were on site.
The older plantings have established well with strong growth record and are expected to reach complete coverage within the next 3 years. The plantings are looking a picture of health.