Future Whangaparāoa bush reserve hangs in balance

The portion of the Archer’s Block needed for O Mahurangi Penlink is in red.

What happens to the last remaining stand of undeveloped bush on Whangaparāoa Peninsula is still to be determined, despite long-held hopes that the site, known as Archer’s Block, can become a public reserve.

The 29.63ha bush block sprawls between the southern side of Whangaparāoa Road, Cedar Terrace and the Weiti River. It is currently owned by the Crown and almost 7ha (6.79ha) of it has been taken by Waka Kotahi to build O Mahurangi Penlink.

It is a wildlife habitat and stop off point for birds on the Northw...

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