Despite being in poor condition after decades of grazing, the forest is showing remarkable resilience after the removal of animals and regeneration is appearing everywhere, including a white rata seedling growing on a tree trunk. Ecological restoration has focused on invasive weed and pest control, combined with supplementary planting to re-establish a subcanopy layer.
The design of the development provides an innovative, people-friendly, built environment with all vehicle traffic in underground garages and wide, open ground level pedestrian lanes between the buildings with pathways extending into the forest as a common space. New residents can look forward to living at the level of the tree canopy with two remnant puriri trees also forming large specimen trees amongst the buildings. This is a great example of how development can be clustered to provide room for environmental resources to be preserved and restored and one of Auckland's scarce native forest remnants can look forward to a much brighter and more secure future as a result.