Duck Creek Restoration

06 June 2022

The Duck Creek re-vegetation project was a resource consent requirement put in place by Porirua City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council to rehabilitate the Lower Duck Creek corridor as mitigation for a major housing development and subdivision in Whitby.

The project brief was prepared by the Landscape Architect and required us to spray the area to remove weed growth and kill some of the non-native tree species such as Alder and Willow. Some of this was to be done during the maintenance period as the trees were shading the creek at the time.

Project Details

Location: Wellington

Project Type: Revegetation / Environmental

Client: Classic Developments

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Walking through the new Whitby subdivision flows a small suburban stream teaming with new biodiversity. 

Known as Duck Creek, it flows from its source in Belmont Regional Park, northwards alongside the Transmission Gully Motorway, through the township of Whitby before finally flowing into the Aotea Harbour.  

The Developers of the new subdivision needed to make more land available for housing, which meant the stream was shifted 50 meters from its original path. As part of the shift, they had to meet council requirements which meant the stream needed to look and perform as a natural waterway with improved “Stream Ecological Values.”  

The result is a lush, biodiverse stream that creates a beautiful public space for locals to enjoy, and vistas for neighbouring residents. Native riparian planting showcases the wider ecological environment with swathes of greens featuring carex, coprosma, flax and more.   

Despite the challenges of working in a flood plain, the planting has created a stream habitat indistinguishable from a natural one with fully recolonised aquatic biota and diversity of fish species that mimics that of the former stream environment. 

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