Natural Habitats has significantly enhanced the sustainability of the natural environment flanking the new Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. Over the last five years it has eco-sourced 1.3 million native seeds endemic to the local area. These were nurtured by hand before being replanted throughout the 15km site.
Natural Habitats has improved the biodiversity of the local area by tending to a number of small lakes, notably Lake Kimihea and Te Iringa Lagoon. It has created a new adjoining four hectare wetland, developed out of an existing degraded swamp that had been grazed by stock for many years. The work required digging out 30,000 cubic metres of clay to form the open water area and the planting of 50,000 wetland plants. These areas are not only significant to local birdlife, but also of great significance to local iwi, with whom there has been close collaboration throughout.
Within three years, Natural Habitats intends to establish 80% canopy cover, ensuring the 1.3 million native plants become self-sustaining.