He tupu hou ki Te Wairepo

New life settles in at Te Wairepo

19 February 2024

Mokomoko (lizards), water birds, and fish species are now making their home at Te Wairepo, as the 10ha wetland reserve gradually returns to a form of the native ecosystem once seen across this landscape.

TGH’s contractors are currently adding a further half a million native plants to the one million already in the ground, completing the 2.2 km of boardwalks and walkways around the reserve and putting in the final touches for public enjoyment such as information boards and signs.

With structural and landscaping features of the reserve almost complete, Ruakura team wants to ensure the whenua is given the chance to let nature take hold, for more creatures to settle in and plants to grow.

“This is a delicate period for the ecosystem that’s slowly forming here. While we’re adding the final touches to the space, we want to make sure that Te Wairepo is given the best chance to develop properly. It will be very important infrastructure to the wider Superhub as well as a wonderful green space,” says Anita Brown, Ruakura Precinct Manager.

Once fully established, Te Wairepo will become a self-sustaining system which manages storm water for the entire Ruakura precinct and provides a recreational green space open for all Hamiltonians and guests to enjoy.