Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Peacocke not just housing, an environmental game-changer

Peacocke not just housing, it’s an environmental game-changer

Hamilton City Council’s work to enable a new neighbourhood in the city’s south is not only literally breaking ground, it’s a ground-breaking example of how well-managed growth can enhance and protect nature.

The city’s $290M partnership with government to open Peacocke for new housing is Hamilton’s biggest investment in growth, but it’s also the city’s biggest-ever investment in the environment.

Karen Saunders, the Council’s Growth Programmes Manager says planning for quality, sustainable growth provides an opportunity to support the natural environment.

“The environment is at the heart of everything we do,” Ms Saunders says. “When Peacocke is complete it will include a multi-million-dollar investment to protect, enhance and monitor the area’s biodiversity.”

It might seem strange that housing development brings benefits to nature, but as Ms Saunders explains, the combination of consenting requirements, long-term planning and funding is delivering great outcomes for Peacocke’s environmental treasures as the infrastructure is built.

Better environmental results also mean a better place to live for up to 20,000 people who will one day call Peacocke home, with more green space and more recreational areas.

“Peacocke is special and we want to reflect that in this neighbourhood. We have a rare opportunity to look at an entire growth cell holistically and plan for development that doesn’t simply minimise impact on the local ecology, it actively improves it.

“To plan properly, we need to understand the local flora and fauna. For example, there’s been a massive investment in research about our critically-endangered long-tailed bat (pekapeka-tou-roa), as we designed the Southern Links transport network in Peacocke with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

“That research programme, which included thermal imagery, acoustic monitoring and tiny radio transmitters on captured bats, added completely new information to what was previously thought about bat habitats and flight patterns for the long-tailed bat.” 


Among the findings was confirmation bats are roosting in man-made roosting boxes – referred to as ‘bat houses’. This is the first time detailed recordings have been made of groups of bats using the artificial houses in Hamilton. Tracking has also shown extensive bat flight paths, including across open countryside.

“Planning for growth is a big investment. Having those funds available to invest into the environment means we can achieve things which simply would be unaffordable otherwise,” Ms Saunders says.

The investment through building infrastructure for Peacocke will see 15 hectares of gully restoration, around 30 wetland areas and over 100,000 new native plants. There’ll be restoration planting, installation of artificial bat roosts, and removal of weed species, while ensuring tree species suit the local conditions as well as the needs of existing wildlife.

Pest and predator control will be in place to protect the new planting, as well as reduce predation on long-tailed bats and lizards and support a flourishing native bird population. Longer-term, there’ll be more money spent on monitoring wildlife behaviour supporting resident populations.

“Improving biodiversity isn’t just about the trees and the bats – it’s about the waterways that provide nutrition for the gully environments and aquatic life,” Karen adds.

“More than 1.5km of stream restoration is planned along with stormwater management to minimise the effect of urban development on Mangakotukutuku stream and maintain its ability to provide habitat for aquatic species such as long-finned eels.

“We also have an amazing opportunity to look at how future developments can support the environment through our planning rules. We’re looking at how we can tailor rules to ensure impacts from future housing developments are offset by environmental initiatives,” Ms Saunders says.

“We have a vision for Peacocke to be something very different in the creation of a new neighbourhood. It’s an exciting time for Hamilton and it’s a game-changer for environmental restoration.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19: Dissolution Of Parliament Delayed As Govt Hunts Source Of New infections


The dissolution of Parliament has been deferred by at a least a few days due to the new covid-19 cases, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
This was in case Parliament had to be reconvened as more information came to light, Ardern said at a briefing on the three-day level 3 lockdown in Auckland and level 2 alert for the rest of the country.
A decision about the dissolution of Parliament and any flow on effects for the timing of the election would be considered on Monday, Ardern said... More>>

 

Government: Plan To Tackle Problem Plastics

Following the success of the phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags, the Government now has plans to phase out more single-use and problem plastics to reduce waste and protect the environment announced Associate Minister for the Environment ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Lockdowns, Leadership And Lebanon

As Melbourne has shown, the webs of urban life overlap so extensively that community transmission can be very hard to trace, let alone control. Each of the family members in the South Auckland family at the centre of the current outbreak will have had ... More>>


ALSO:

National: Emma Mellow As Auckland Central Candidate

Tonight the National Party has selected Emma Mellow to stand in the Auckland Central electorate for the 2020 General Election. Emma Mellow replaces retiring MP Nikki Kaye who first won the seat from Labour in 2008. Emma leads a team of communications ... More>>

ALSO:

Travel: Update On New Zealand And The Cook Islands Bubble

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna have welcomed the completion of phase one in the establishment of a travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Island. More>>

Election 2020: Labour Launch

E ngā mana e ngā reo Ngāti whātua ngā mana whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau, e tika te kōrero Ehara taku toa he toa (taki tahi) he toa (taki tini) No rēira tātou e huihui mai nei, ka ‘Hoake tonu tātou’ Thank you for that welcome. And thank ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Political Twins, And On Labour Extending Its Wage Subsidy Scheme

A quick quiz for the weekend. Which political party currently represented in Parliament issued a press release yesterday that contained these stirring passages: “[We have] long supported a free trade and free movement area between Canada, Australia, New ... More>>

ALSO:


Covid-19: Poll On Management Approval

New Zealanders’ overall trust in the Ministry of Health and Government to manage the COVID-19 pandemic is at 82%, down from 91% during April. Overall distrust that the Ministry and Government will manage it in ways which best protect themselves More>>

Election 2020: National Releases 2020 Party List

National’s 2020 Party List is a strong mix of experience coming up through our Caucus, and new and exciting talent joining our team from communities across New Zealand, Party President Peter Goodfellow says. “The National Party is incredibly ... More>>

Horizon Research Limited: How Judith Collins Stopped The Bleeding

Horizon Research includes questions on voting from time to time in its surveys – for both forthcoming referenda and general elections. More>>

Your Vote 2020: Bringing Election Coverage To Viewers Across TVNZ Channels And Platforms

As New Zealand gets ready to head to the ballot box this September, 1 NEWS is bringing voters comprehensive coverage and analysis of this year’s General Election. TVNZ’s coverage will draw on the depth of experience held across the 1 NEWS team, says Graeme ... More>>

Economy: 30% Believe Households Worse Off, 298,000 Expect To Lose Jobs

64% of New Zealanders feel the economic position of their households is the same or better than a year ago – and 30% think it is worse or much worse, while 298,000 think they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months. Households’ perceptions ... More>>

State Services Commission: Findings Of Investigation Into COVID-19 Active Cases Privacy Breach

Deputy State Services Commissioner Helene Quilter has today announced the findings of an investigation into a breach of privacy regarding sensitive personal information. The investigation looked into who or what caused the disclosure of the information, ... More>>

International Security: New Zealand Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

The New Zealand Government has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes in light of China’s decision to pass a national security law for Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says. More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels