Plan for eco-village at Pukehina
A new 139-home eco-friendly village is being proposed for Pukehina.
Local developer Ben Tucker wants to repurpose 165ha of beachside farmland o create a community nature reserve and eco-village.
The Matuku Moana Nature Reserve and Eco-Village will consist of 139 houses on 2000sq m sites and 141ha of natural wetlands if the development gets the green light.
Spokesman Buddy Mikaere said the aim was to restore the wetlands to provide a natural habitat for native plants and birds.
Mikaere said each 2000sq m section would cost between $550,000 and $700,000, which would cover the cost of developing the wetland.
He said the idea was for each home to rely on solar energy, solar hot water and rainwater catchments, as well as having significant green space.
“It is a project that is ahead of its time in terms of its thinking,” he said. “The idea is the water flow coming from farms further up the stream will come through the wetlands to act as a filter.”
He said the idea was a “dream” of Mount Maunganuiraised Ben Turner, who saw the opportunity to purchase a “rundown” farm near Pukehina Beach.
Turner, who has 34 years’ experience in the building and development industry, is the owner of the sole project developer Group 7.
Mikaere said the development had the support of Bay hapu Nga¯ti Whakahemo. and the project aligned the
He said the project team hoped to set up a partnership with Fish & Game NZ to manage the wetlands.
Mikaere said there had been a number of expressions of interest and he was confident the sections would be filled.
Pukehina resident Rochelle Carter said the Matuku Moana development had a great vision.
“It is positive to see developers thinking of our carbon footprint for future generations without impacting the environment,” she said. “This, in turn, will breathe new life into the area and offer the area more facilities to utilise.”
Carter, who has lived in the area for four years, said more young families were moving to the area to live permanently. She said the restoration of wetlands with unimpeded access for the community could only improve the environment.
Buddy Mikaere at the site where a 139-home eco-village has been proposed.