Conference 2003

Conference 2003
Greening the City:
Bringing Biodiversity Back
into the Urban Environment


Horseshoe Lake/Waiwhakareke: Ecological Recreation of a Natural Heritage

Tui 2000 poster (supplied by Pamela Dale, Hamilton)

Horseshoe Lake is a small lake and surrounding catchment within Hamilton City. Presently farmed, it is zoned for future urban development in a corner of the City expected to support 40,000 people over the next 10 years.

Some sixty hectares in extent, the area includes the lake and its margins, peat wetland, gully systems and a number of ridges. It provides potential for the recreation of a mosaic of native ecosystems that have vanished from the Waikato region. Fifty hectares within the catchment is publicly owned by Hamilton City and the site is opposite Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC) and Hamilton Zoo. This location makes it ideal for collective development and management by the City council, the polytechnic, and community groups in co-operation.

Tui 2000 has been actively working with the City and WINTEC to develop a plan for ecological recreation of the area as a protected 'mainland island' sanctuary for native plants and animals at the doorstep of Hamilton's 130,000 population.

Conference sponsored by:

British Council NZ
The Community Trust
Landcare Research

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