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Weiti is an extraordinary conservation setting with access through hundreds of hectares of green spaces and native forest.
At least 70% of Weiti will be protected as green open space – an area roughly the size of Devonport. It is the reverse of the normal development/conservation ratio. This conservation measure is in itself one of the largest conservation measures undertaken on private land in the development of residential urban Auckland.
Weiti has a beautiful natural environment with native forests, wetlands, bird and wildlife – our goal is to protect and enhance this further. Weiti has always been a private property, not accessible to the public. We are opening Weiti up so more New Zealanders and visitors can share and experience its great beauty.
Weiti is located in close proximity to significant reserve areas, with the Okura Bush scenic reserve and Okura Walkway directly south of the property, the Weiti Estuary situated to the north and the Long Bay Regional Park situated to the southeast. The Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve, formally established in 1995 and managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), is also situated on the Eastern sea front of the Weiti River, Weiti, Okura, and Long Bay. We are highly respectful of the sensitivities of these hugely important reserve areas and have installed a huge number of controls to ensure we minimize the potential of any development-related short term affects to the natural environment.
Over 500ha of Weiti will be dedicated to conservation walking tracks, conservation planting, riparian planting, forest re-generation, farming, informal recreation, leisure sport and shared community spaces. We plan for more than 70% of Weiti’s total land area to be retained for those purposes as green open spaces and conservation areas.
We have committed to over 120ha of dense native planting linking and enhancing existing significant natural areas of highly valued native forest of 49ha which will provide a significant boost for native birds within the North-West Wildlink Corridor. We aim to plant over 2.0 million trees at Weiti including areas of re-generation of the production pine forest which was held for over 30 years in a third party cutting right and recently harvested between 2011 and 2015).
In summary, Weiti is being developed with a deep environmental and conservation concern, our connection to the land is at the heart of that philosophy. The team at Weiti are committed to the highest environmental and conservation standards. Our success in this is measured more by what is left alone, preserved and protected, than what is changed, built and developed.
As a land developer with a long track record of enhancing the environment and conservation, we follow a few key philosophies as follows: Underbuilding, Open Spaces, Wildlife Protection, Re-Greening, Placemaking, Protection – Kaitiakitanga. Here is how we apply our development philosophies to Weiti:
Underbuilding: we are protecting 70% of Weiti for uses outside of housing areas.
Open Spaces: we plan for over 500ha (1,235 acres) of Weiti to remain as open green space with extensive conservation and planting. We aim to protect open spaces in perpetuity through strict and lasting conservation covenants.
Wildlife protection: we work proactively with DOC and other Conservation Communities to both protect and encourage the proliferation of wildlife and native plants. At Weiti, development is designed to avoid sensitive foreshore wildlife areas and preserve 88ha of hundreds of years old pre-European native forest. We also work on a continuous basis on permanent pest eradication, wildlife protection programmes, and enhancement of native bird life as part of the North-West Wildlink Corridor.
Re-Greening: we aim to actively restore and improve areas that have suffered natural environmental damage or are the residue of harvesting of the production pine forest.
Placemaking: we are not about just creating a development, we are about creating a sense of place. A living breathing community for people, for wildlife, and for plant life. Our opportunity is to create a world class destination which is both a nature park and a community, within a very big land area, with recreational activities and facilities open to the public, preserving the majority as large open green spaces, with strong conservation features, at the edge of a major city.
Protection – Kaitiakitanga: meaning guardianship, preservation or sheltering, remediation and heritage enhancement, protection of sites, formal access and open space management agreements with Iwi, understanding and recognition of Kaitiakitanga. Maori have a strong belief in mutual respect between land and people, working in harmony each can enrich and reward the other. We work alongside local Iwi to understand and respect local protocols and areas of importance.
ENVIRONMENT & CONSENTING
The Weiti development has been the subject of a significant and rigorous consenting process. These consents have a large number of environmental and conservation conditions that the development must comply with and deliver on. This includes a wide range of planting, erosion and sediment control aspects.
The conversion of a property as large as Weiti from a production pine forest to a predominantly green, sustainable, conservation space is challenging. Underneath the land use and development proposals are a myriad of Council and statutory controls to protect key features of the environment including streams, marine receiving environments, native forest, birdlife and wildlife.
The Weiti development adheres to the highest levels of environmental practices and is constantly monitored by the Auckland Council, independent consultants and auditors to ensure adherence to its management plans.
We are committed to the highest environmental and conservation standards. Weiti has a beautiful natural environment and our goal is to protect and enhance this further. We wish for more New Zealanders and visitors to share and experience its great beauty.