Wairakei Estate’s strong emphasis on environmental stewardship ensures that the long-term impact on the land and the community is an intrinsic part of every process, plan, and decision.
Our approach to sustainability is encouraging nature to recover itself. The team liken this to creating ‘living windows’ – areas which allow people to appreciate and understand nature by looking through a frame that has been created or by walking down a nature trail that has been built.
An on-going monitoring programme of surface water, ground water and ecology, provides meaningful real-time data. Water quality on Wairakei Estate is monitored at the Pueto and Orakonui Streams and multiple groundwater wells. The monitoring consists of a wide range of water quality parameters, including surface water flow and water quality, ground water level and quality, aquatic ecosystem quality and terrestrial habitat quality.