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Relaxed rural lifestyle a drawcard

Kim Stewart Dec 12
Relaxed rural lifestyle a drawcard
Once completed, Lincoln’s Te Whariki subdivision will be home to about 2700 people.

Developed from what was Lincoln University’s Dairy Block, Te Whariki is a premium residential location in Lincoln. Centrally located between Lincoln township and the University it presents its residents with many lifestyle benefits including being in close proximity to the revitalised inner city of Christchurch.

With Te Whariki’s first three neighbourhoods now well established, a real sense of community has already been developed among the people who live there.“Ivey, Kaituna and Hudson have provided a real sense of connection,” says John Almao, Te Whariki Residential Sales Manager.

“Residents love the spacious lots, generous streets and landscaping which also provides a refuge for a diverse variety of wildlife.”

The latest neighbourhood – Matuku – also promises residents a relaxed rural lifestyle with all the convenience of living beside Lincoln’s town centre.Lincoln has a vibrant town centre that retains its rural village character and has all the stores, cafes and restaurants you would expect from a university town.

It also boasts a convenient supermarket and the new Ararira Springs Primary School just a short walk or cycle away. Te Whariki also adjoins Lincoln University and the growing agriresearch hub developing there.

Getting into the city is no problem with a 20-minute drive from Christchurch via the Southern Motorway and regular public bus services connecting the university with central Christchurch every half hour.Te Whariki’s development first came to life when the University felt the dairy farm was forming a barrier between the campus and the rest of Lincoln.

After purchasing a new farm on the other side of the campus it called in Ngai Tahu Property with the idea of developing a new, ecologically sensitive subdivision which would help link the university with the town centre.

The joint venture between the University and Ngai Tahu Property to develop the 118-hectare ‘Dairy Block’ was formed in 2007. Once completed, Ngai Tahu Property expects Te Whariki will be home to about 2,700 people.

All the neighbourhoods, including the Matuku neighbourhood which opened this year, offer a range of property sizes with sections from 444 to 910 square metres to suit different families’ needs.“So far four stages have been developed – Ivey, Kaituna, Hudson and Matuku neighbourhoods,” says John.

“Ivey and Hudson are named after former directors of Lincoln College which became Lincoln University. William Edward Ivey was appointed in 1878 and Professor Eric Raymond Hudson from 1936 to 1952. Kaituna is one of the many springfed streams that run into Te Waihora-Lake Ellesmere. It’s named for the tuna or eels that provided plentiful food along with patiki (flounder), aua (mullet) and water-fowl. This abundance of resource supported many pa throughout the area. Matuku are Australasian bitterns, a type of heron. There are only about 1000 of these endangered birds left in New Zealand.”

Relaxed rural lifestyle a drawcardThe subdivision is within the takiwa of the Ngai Tahu hapu (sub-tribe) of Ngi Te Ruahikihiki. Ngai Tahu Property was proud to be gifted the name ‘Te Whariki’ from Ngai Te Ruahikihiki represented by Te Taumutu Runanga (council representative) in local affairs and at the tribal table of Ngai Tahu.

The Lincoln area, traditionally called Tauhinu, was once part of the extensive Te Waihora-Lake Ellesmere wetland system, historically a vital mahinga kai (food and resource gathering) area for Ngai Tahu.

“The name Te Whariki carries dual meanings.Its literal meaning is ‘floor-mat’ referring to the woven mats still used in homes and meeting houses, symbolising a place for all to gather and meet. It also references the lakebed of Te Waihora, and the rich community of flora, fauna and people which gathered around it for centuries.”

Reflecting on the many things that make Te Whariki special, John says Ngai Tahu Property operates within a framework based on the core Ngai Tahu value of delivering the best outcomes – “mo tatou, a mo ka uri a muri ake nei; for us and our children after us”.

“At Te Whariki that means we’re making the most of a premium site by working to create a healthy environment for generations of happy residents. That includes developing a wetland-based ground and storm water management system.”

Swales utilise the area’s natural spring-fed waterway systems to assist with the regeneration of the area’s native ecology. Once all stages are complete Te Whariki will include a total of 19.55 hectares of wetlands, which also manage and filter any stormwater run-off from the built areas.

Trails leading through lush plantings of native trees, shrubs and grasses endemic to the area are also allowing residents and the wider Lincoln community space to explore, exercise and reconnect with nature.

“The benefits of that ethos are already evident with wildlife including pukeko, herons, ducks and frogs now also claiming Te Whariki as home.”

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