Feed­back sought on eco vil­lage plan

Te Puke Times - - SPORT -

Pub­lic sub­mis­sions can now be made for the Matuku Moana de­vel­op­ment in Puke­hina, which aims to be the most sus­tain­able and eco­log­i­cally friendly na­ture re­serve and eco vil­lage in the South Pa­cific.

Matuku Moana, if it gets the green light, will de­liver 140ha of nat­u­ral wet­lands and 139 en­ergy-ef­fi­cient eco homes to the re­gion.

Matuku Moana Project en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural man­ager Buddy Mikaere says the de­vel­op­ment will re­store his­toric wet­lands in Puke­hina.

“In our pro­posal ev­ery home will be off­set with one hectare of wet­lands, which act as a nat­u­ral fil­ter and help clean runoff water from lo­cal farms.”

Wet­lands also pro­vide a nat­u­ral habi­tat for na­tive flora, fauna and birds.

The Bay of Plenty re­gion has lost an es­ti­mated 97 per cent of its fresh­wa­ter wet­lands, more than the na­tional av­er­age of 90 per cent.

“This project is es­sen­tially about re­in­stat­ing the land to its for­mer glory, how na­ture in­tended it to be,” says Buddy. “But we need pub­lic sup­port to go ahead, we’re call­ing for peo­ple to write in and show their en­thu­si­asm for the am­bi­tious goals we have set for de­liv­er­ing a world­class sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

“Matuku Moana is a chance to pro­to­type a sus­tain­able model for hous­ing de­vel­op­ments; the Bay of Plenty will be able to ‘hero’ this project as the gold stan­dard for fu­ture de­vel­op­ments in New Zealand and around the world,” he says.

The 139-home eco vil­lage will in­cor­po­rate the lat­est green tech­nol­ogy. Each home will be en­ergy-ef­fi­cient com­plete with so­lar en­ergy, so­lar hot water, water tanks to re­cy­cle grey water and will use the world’s most ad­vanced sew­er­age re­cy­cling and dis­posal sys­tem.

Maori her­itage and cul­ture will be in­cor­po­rated into the de­sign el­e­ments of the de­vel­op­ment.

Not only are lo­cal iwi be­ing en­gaged from the out­set, but the con­cept of Kaiti­ak­i­tanga (guardian­ship of the land) will also be wo­ven into the fab­ric of the de­vel­op­ment, with lo­cal iwi set to play a role in the gov­er­nance of the re­stored land, which will be pro­tected by a trust.

This project is es­sen­tially about re­in­stat­ing the land to its for­mer glory, how na­ture be.’ in­tended it to

BUDDY MIKAERE Matuku Moana Project en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural man­ager

■ Sub­mis­sions can be made at matuku­moana.co.nz

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