Auckland city’s Maungarei Springs Wetland opens

The Maungarei Springs Wetland, a key feature of the Stonefields urban village development in Mt Wellington Auckland has opened.

The Wetland Park was formally opened by a  number of Orakei councillors in the presence of a throng of local residents and eager children.  A selection of Natural Habitats landscape architects and landscapers (who were responsible for the design and construction of the reserve) also attended.

Driven by a sustainability imperative the Wetland is designed to provide both infrastructural and ecological functions for the Stonefields Development.

“We saw it as a unique opportunity to restore indigenous lava flow ecosystems by drawing on and enhancing the sites volcanic history and its current wetland environment,” says Landscape Architect Debbie Tikao. “It is great to see people enjoying the place.”

The lush 4ha wetland/storm water reserve is humming with local birdlife (and may soon be buzzing, with its very own beehive).

Stonefields is a new, high quality urban village community that is transforming a long-disused area of Auckland: the 110 hectare site of the former Winstone’s Mt. Wellington quarry, only 8km from Auckland’s CBD.

It is a master planned community that will, when finished, include approximately 2,500 dwellings for around 6,500 people to call home, supporting Auckland’s need to create desirable urban living space for its ever-increasing population.  The community has a wide variety of housing options and will offer a significant range of amenities, including a 5.3 hectare lake & wetland area, a neighbourhood centre, a primary school, a network of neighbourhood parks and a heritage trail around the community.

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