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Environment & Conservation

CONSERVATION

Weiti is an extraordinary conservation setting with access through hundreds of hectares of green spaces and native forest. 

We are protecting at least 70% of Weiti 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 Auckland.

We are a developer with deep environmental and conservation concern and our connection to the land is at the heart of our philosophy.  We 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.

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.

 

HOUSING

We are highly focused on the protection of the landscape, skyline and coast from development when viewed from Karepiro Bay, Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Long Bay Regional Park, Okura Bush, Stillwater and East Coast Road.  The houses planned at WeitiBay are required to strictly adhere to the WeitiBay Architecture Code that is approved by Auckland Council to ensure houses blend into the natural environment and contours of the land to protect the locations’ natural features and mitigate the visual impact of housing development from the sea.  The large proportion of housing development of Weiti is in the Villages in the centre of the property, largely not visible from surrounding areas and suburbs.

 

PUBLIC FACILITIES

We have committed to a wide range of additional public benefits including:  

 

PHILOSOPHY

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: 

 

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 any 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.