Around twenty years ago we ensured the Kawakahia wetland was preserved in perpetuity with a QEII covenant. There are now less than 10% of New Zealand’s original wetlands remaining, many of which are in private ownership. The development of Ngārara provides an opportunity for the public to enjoy access to and be involved in the ongoing conservation of the wetland.
The protection and enhancement of the nationally significant wetlands is paramount to the development concept which recognises the ecological and hydrological sensitivity of the wetlands and surrounding landform.
The natural water storage capacity of the wetlands will be utilised to enhance stormwater management by providing attenuation and enhancing natural water quality which will be significantly beneficial to aquatic and avian fauna in the area.