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Natural Habitats wins NZ’s Largest Civil Landscaping Project

Natural Habitats wins NZ’s Largest Civil Landscaping Project

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Natural Habitats is pleased to announce their success in winning the MacKays to Peka Peka (M2PP) four-lane expressway contract, which will consist of approximately 140ha of planting over the next three years.

The M2PP alliance, including Beca Planning and Infrastructure, Fletcher Construction, Higgins Group and New Zealand Transport Agency, awarded Natural Habitats the contract.

‘It is exciting for Natural Habitats to be part of New Zealand’s largest civil landscaping project ever,’ said Graham Cleary, Chief Rake of Natural Habitats. ‘This is really ‘Gardening on a Grand Scale.’

The project is part of the Wellington Northern Corridor and will use in excess of 100,000 cubic metres of mulch and an estimated 1.5 million plants, of which the majority of seeds will be locally sourced & cultivated from the Kapiti Coast.

The plan incorporates a very diverse selection of plants to reflect the native species of the Kapiti Coast region and will leave a long-term corridor which actually improves ecological connections with other forest and wetland remnants on the coast.

“The plan includes cycleways, bridleways, paths and even ‘skink habitat areas’ to ensure the lizards, which currently inhabit the area are unaffected,” says Laurie Wearmouth, Natural Habitats’ Senior Estimator.

Natural Habitats aims to hire close to 60 staff locally and wants to ensure local iwi derive as much benefit as possible from the project by inducting and training young rangatahi into the project teams. This has worked successfully in previous projects, such as the Ngaruawahia Expressway, where those employed not only learnt on-the–job skills, but also credits towards NZQA qualifications.

“Natural Habitats engaged Tainui and provided job opportunities along with extensive training in health and safety, work ethics and best horticultural planting practices. In turn these skills helped build towards NZQA credits,” said Tūrangawaewae Board of Trustees Environment representative, Dennis Ngataki.

Rod James, Wellington Highway Manager for NZ Transport Agency said, “This planting contract is just the tip of the iceberg and demonstrates there’s a wide range of skills and opportunities being sought for the project. We’ve engaged actively with local businesses and residents to ensure the region is ready and willing to take advantage of this four year programme of works that will provide a massive boost to the local economy.”

Green-thumbed locals interested in working with Natural Habitats are encouraged to contact them at careers@naturalhabitats.co.nz

Natural Habitats’ other recent motorway projects include:

  • Manukau Harbour Crossing, Auckland
  • Ngaruawahia Expressway, Waikato
  • Auckland Motorway Alliance
  • Victoria Park Tunnel, Auckland
  • Northern Busway, Auckland

For a visual fly-through of M2PP check out the video here