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Natural Habitats is proud to announce that we have won an impressive 11 Awards in the 2016 Placemakers Riccarton Landscaping New Zealand awards – more awards and in more categories than any other landscaping company.

/projects/Brickworksentrancesmall.JPGIncluding winning the prestigious PGG Wrightson SPECIAL FEATURE OF THE YEAR, our team won three Gold Awards and seven Silver Awards for Landscape Design, Construction, Horticulture and Maintenance. That each project won awards for both design and construction is recognition of the complete value our Design and Build service model provides to our clients.

We’ve profiled the award winning landscapes in a series of blogs and would like to thank all our team involved in these projects as well as our clients who gave us the opportunity to design and build such fabulous gardens. First up is Bricklane – Brickworks (Lynn Mall Shopping Centre) which won one of the top awards - the PGG Wrightson SPECIAL FEATURE OF THE YEAR 2016 AWARD, as well as a Gold award for Landscape Design, and a Silver award for Landscape Construction. Congratulations go to Landscape Designer Lloyd Atherfold, and our Build Team – Nick Blandford and Phil Komene.

 

 

 

29 October 2016


Suburban Retreat project wins three awards

26 August 2016

“On holiday without leaving home” is how our clients, the Clyma family describe the Suburban Retreat project which was awarded three awards in the 2016 Placemakers Riccarton Landscaping New Zealand awards.

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The project which transformed the client's garden picked up a Gold for Landscape Design, a Silver for Landscape Horticulture and a Silver for Landscape Construction in the Large Residential Project category.

The entrance uses a refined plant palette to set a sophisticated tropical tone and provide a sense of arrival. The garden is a tropical and native escape from the chaos of the city. It provides a real opportunity to relax by inviting the landscape into the living areas, embraces the views beyond the literal boundary as well as access to the stream trickling through the property.

The Landscape Design team on this project were Mark Read and Richard Neville, while the Build Team was managed by Driaan Van Der Westhuizen, and Eliza Whalley was in charge of Care management.


Remuera Oasis project wins two Silver awards in the 2016 Landscaping New Zealand awards

26 August 2016

Called a “Remuera Oasis”, this project for the Shapiro family has won two Silver awards in the 2016 Landscaping New Zealand awards

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This lovely garden won a Silver Award for Landscape Design and a Silver for Landscape Construction in the Large Residential Project category. This sub-tropical and native oasis was a really interesting project to work on for our Design Team –  Mark Read &  Thomas Keal, as well as our Build Team – Blair Chicken, Rore Brown, and Louis Thomson.

While the entrance gardens are formal to reflect the architecture, each garden has specific characteristics chosen specifically for these spaces. Also view lines were carefully considered to hide a secret garden into the landscape. The result is a garden that feels like a tropical resort, and a little haven to arrive home to.


One Gold and Two Silvers for Clifftop Paradise project

26 August 2016

Our Cliff Top Paradise project in Beachlands picked up three awards in the Large Residential Project category in the 2016 Placemakers Riccarton Landscaping New Zealand awards.

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This fabulous garden features high quality stone work including extensive retaining walls and steps leading to an outside bath, entertainment areas, viewing platforms and the beach. This project won a Gold award for Landscape Design, a Silver for Landscape Maintenance, and a Silver for Landscape Construction.

The Landscape Designers were Mark Read and Shane Wiles, our Build Team was headed up by Nathan Secombe, and the Care Team was headed up by Eliza Whalley.


Natural Habitats dominates in LANDSCAPES OF DISTINCTION AWARDS 2016

26 August 2016

Natural Habitats is proud to announce that we have won an impressive 11 Awards in the 2016 Placemakers Riccarton Landscaping New Zealand awards – more awards and in more categories than any other landscaping company.

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Including winning the prestigious PGG Wrightson SPECIAL FEATURE OF THE YEAR, our team won three Gold Awards and seven Silver Awards for Landscape Design, Construction, Horticulture and Maintenance. That each project won awards for both design and construction is recognition of the complete value our Design and Build service model provides to our clients.

We’ve profiled the award winning landscapes in a series of blogs and would like to thank all our team involved in these projects as well as our clients who gave us the opportunity to design and build such fabulous gardens. First up is Bricklane – Brickworks (Lynn Mall Shopping Centre) which won one of the top awards - the PGG Wrightson SPECIAL FEATURE OF THE YEAR 2016 AWARD, as well as a Gold award for Landscape Design, and a Silver award for Landscape Construction. Congratulations go to Landscape Designer Lloyd Atherfold, and our Build Team – Nick Blandford and Phil Komene.


M2PP Motorway project update video

15 August 2016

Check out our Wellington Regional Manager, Tim Broadbent, talking about the eco-system recreation and planting programme for the mighty M2PP Wellington motorway project here by copying and pasting this link into your browser:



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Meet our Operations Manager - Jim Matangi

14 July 2016

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Meet our Operations Manager - Jim Matangi

We welcome Jim Matangi to the role of Operations Manager working alongside Steve Wilson. Starting with us in June, Jim comes to us with more than 30 years’ experience working in infrastructure and commercial projects both in New Zealand and Australia.

From his recent senior management roles, Jim brings a wealth of experience in strategic and performance management helping staff and businesses reach their full potential. While Jim’s internal focus will be continuing to improve our systems and processes, Jim has a great deal of experience in tenders and estimating and contract/project management. With a keen eye for quality management as well as health and safety, Jim is spearheading our programme to develop leadership skills within the company.

Jim and his family have just returned to New Zealand from Brisbane where they have lived for the last 3 years. In his spare time Jim spends as much time as he can with his wife and the seven of their children that are still living at home. Outside of this Jim is a keen Chiefs , Aussie V8 Supercar and World Rally Championship supporter and enthusiast.

Email: jimm@nathab.co.nz


Wigram Skies wins Natural Habitats Urban Land Developments Property Award 2016

14 July 2016

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Congratulations to Wigram Skies who won our Natural Habitats’ sponsored Urban Land Developments Property award in the 2016 NZ Property Council Awards. Wigram Skies is an exciting community built on the site of the former Wigram Aerodrome near Christchurch. In 1997 Ngāi Tahu Property purchased the former Wigram Aerodrome site with the long term view of subdividing the land and creating a sustainable, master-planned community.

Congratulations also go to Buckley A Precinct on Hobsonville Point which won an “Excellence” award in our sponsored category, as well as to two other category winners with whom we worked.

The Fonterra Centre won the Resene Green Building Property Award for its new Auckland downtown headquarters which featured seven-storey high vertical green screens on the east and west sides of the building designed and constructed by Natural Habitats.

And the Brickworks shopping mall development at Lynn Mall – with outdoor spaces designed and constructed by Natural Habitats – won the RCG Retail Property Awards.


Meet the locals - Penguin Point At Wellington Zoo

14 July 2016

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Penguin Point at Wellington Zoo

Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha is Wellington Zoo’s love story to New Zealand. Penguin Point features four rescued Kororā Little Blue Penguins at home in a Wellington coastline-like environment complete with rocky water ways and even boat sheds and boats! Designed by Studio Hanson Roberts, Wellington Zoo and Isthmus, Penguin Point was constructed by Hawkins Infrastructure who contracted Natural Habitats’ Wellington team to handle the landscaping. Penquin Point opened to the public in late 2015. 

The little Kororā and Zoo visitors alike have taken to the new habitat says the Zoo. “Our visitors love the new habitat and enjoy exploring the new space – seeing the animals from a whole new perspective and engaging with the interactive design. We’ve had great feedback about the open, flowing nature of the whole walk-through experience providing great learning opportunities for the whole family.”

Photo courtesy of David St George, Wellington Zoo.


Selling Sub-divisions with quality landscaping

28 May 2016

Since Natural Habitats landscape designed its first significant subdivision nearly 30 years ago for Gulf Harbour, developers have gradually caught on that quality landscaping is key to helping sell sections as well as gain resource consents, says the company’s design team lead, Mark Read.

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“Following our landscape design and build, Gulf Harbour looked great then, still looks great today, and it sold really well,” says Mark.

With five significant sub-division projects in the Greater Auckland area on the design team’s boards at the moment, the benefits of quality landscaping are clear and simple.

“For section buyers, some new subdivisions can feel like a barren wasteland which is not attractive,” explains Mark. “The landscape needs to feel established, integrated with the natural environment, and cater for the needs of a community with play areas for children, dogs and adults.”

Providing destinations and different character zones within the sub-division create a real appeal that keep improving as plants reach their maturity.

“Investing in mature specimens establishes a more welcoming, natural feeling environment as well as privacy by screening out other dwellings,” says Mark.

With most sub-divisions Natural Habitats is working on ranging from 300 to 400 sections, the earlier Natural Habitats is involved in the design process the better to maximise every square metre for developers.

“With the parks and reserves that developers are often required to create, our skills in biological analysis and ecological restoration are often called upon,” says Mark. “Re-establishing wetlands or rejuvenating streams can be effectively achieved while still maximising the return on the land value.”