Monthly Archives: May, 2020

Rangitahi Sales update

May 24th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Rangitahi Sales update”

It’s been great to get back to normal on the peninsula! Since construction resumed in level 3, we’ve officially completed stage 1 with titles due in the next week. We can’t wait for building to commence!

Stage 2 is also near completion, with the final roading and landscaping to take place in the next couple of weeks. See our video of stage 2 below.

Site visits have also resumed on the peninsula, and we’ve had a number of interested buyers come to check out our beautiful new neighbourhood. It’s evident that more and more people are wanting to escape city life and live a more self-fulfilling, sustainable lifestyle. What’s become clear since the global pandemic is that community spirit and an environmentally conscious lifestyle is important now more than ever, and is what’s going to help us live long, happy, healthy lives! We believe the new Rangitahi neighbourhood can provide this for all of its residents.

In stage 2, 23 out of 48 sections have been sold, with 4 currently under enquiry. Please see our updated map below with available sections and their prices. If you’re interested to learn more about our new neighbourhood and keen to check out what’s available, please book an appointment with Sam online to come and view the peninsula, available 7 days a week. All available sections have beautiful surrounding views of the mountain and sea. It really is a great time to check it out, as all sections are at finish level and the weather has been particularly beautiful this autumn! We hope to see you and show you our beautiful new neighbourhood soon!



StopDigging NZ, the new Ground screw for solid foundations

May 15th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “StopDigging NZ, the new Ground screw for solid foundations”

We recently spoke to Adam from StopDigging NZ, a company that’s changing the way we know foundations in NZ with their Swedish developed concept; the Ground screw for solid foundations. It’s said to be a lot quicker, a lot more economical and a lot less mess than your usual concrete posts. We are using these foundations for our new office on Rangitahi, and thought we’d help you get to know them a bit better, as we were very impressed with their work! (You can check it out in the video below).

Tell us a bit about StopDigging, what do you do?

We design and install groundscrew foundations, for many applications, and have options for full house foundations, cabins & sheds, decking & boardwalks, fencing and signposts, as well as commercial applications like solar panel mounting systems, noise barriers and street furniture. We have a network of region partners around the country and offer nationwide installation.

What’s different about StopDiggings foundation methods?

Our groundscrew system as a whole is designed to be portable, quick and clean. This is generally the opposite of most foundation methods. The lack of ground disturbance and speed of installation means we are also extremely cost effective.

Where did this revolutionary idea come from?

Most people don’t realise that screw piles were first used in the 1840’s for Lighthouse foundations off the east coast of Ireland and North America! Screwpiles are widely used in large commercial construction worldwide (including in NZ) , and this concept was taken by our founding company in Sweden and applied to shallow pile foundations. They realised this was a fast and clean way to create foundations, but that it also offered a superior solution to shallow concrete foundations in areas where frost heave was a problem. We have similar conditions in parts of New Zealand where expansive clay requires a suitably designed alternate foundation. Groundscrews are a perfect option for this, and can also be combined with concrete slab or raft foundations to reduce construction time and costs.

Why use this kind of method?

Simply put, Groundscrews are a superior solution for a shallow pile foundation. They save time, eliminate ground disturbance, waste and the associated site run off and pollution. They are also designed to last longer than a timber pile, and have the advantage of being easily removable and recyclable – they are therefore perfect for temporary applications also.

Is this an Environmentally friendly alternative?

Our ISO9001 certified design / manufacture / distribution and installation process has a lower carbon footprint than concrete for sure. The removal of the need for excavation on site and the associated logistics and mess of transporting fill away and getting concrete in are also eliminated. According to the MBIE there has been an issue in some parts of New Zealand with run off from building sites getting into the stormwater system and affecting the ecosystems in rivers and estuaries – although we are never going to stop using concrete in construction, it makes sense to use an alternative solution where possible!

What can someone expect to pay to use these foundations for a small / average size 3 bedroom house, and how long does it take?

A typical timber subfloor based on NZ3604 has approx 1 pile foundation for every 2 or 3 sq/m of floor space. So perhaps a house of about 120sq/metres would have between 50 and 60 piles in total. On a flat site, with good ground, our groundscrew foundation, including our engineers design and producer statements would be between $10k – $12k +gst.
We work on a simple fixed cost per groundscrew basis that includes installation.
We would have this foundation size installed in just 1 day, and the groundscrews are ready immediately to be built on.

Check out this video of the StopDigging NZ team inserting their Ground screw foundations for the new Rangitahi office! Find out more and get in touch via their website here. Or follow them on instagram for updates on all their projects! @stopdiggingnz


The Rangitahi Sales Office

May 10th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “The Rangitahi Sales Office”

We are excited to have construction underway of our new sales office on the peninsula!

The office will be located in the stage one village, and will be a transportable building. It was designed by Hamilton architects RED architecture, and is being built by local building company Wainui construction.

We are using a new kind of foundation by Swedish company Stop Digging NZ for the office. They use the newly developed Ground screw, which is a fast, economical, robust & low mess foundation that provides a stable foundation and lets you begin construction immediately, as opposed to waiting for concrete to set! Check them out & more about what they do here.

We can’t wait to open the new office to visitors later this year! Stay tuned!

Rangitahi Stage one street names, what are the meanings behind them?

May 5th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Rangitahi Stage one street names, what are the meanings behind them?”

Tainui Hapu have chosen the peninsula street names to connect our community on Rangitahi with the land and the sea. By referencing the history of the land and using the Maori language, we can tell stories and encourage people to engage with the Maori culture and local history as one. Using the Maori language as place-names keeps the language alive in our community and our country.

The Rangitahi bridge crosses the Omahina waterway where the connection to Opotoru ends. Opotoru represents another area of the harbour, so it makes sense for the Bridge road to be called Rangitahi/ Rangitahi Road, referencing the land and starting this new journey onto the land.

Rangitahi Road

The ‘spine’ of the Peninsula. The name ‘Rangitahi’ is synonymous with the land; the name of the land historically, and the name of the project. Rangitahi Road to start from the Bridge is the gateway to the peninsula.

Pekapeka Street

The New Zealand native Bat that has historically lived on the peninsula.

Omahina Street

Omahina is the name of the waterway and creek connecting with the inner harbour on the western side of the peninsula between the peninsula and the golf course. This street name will most likely continue through stage two and follow the waterway inland.

Kōtare Street

The Kingfisher. Nesting in the area, still prevalent as you cross the Rangitahi bridge.

Hapuapua Street

The greenery of the Manuka Brush. Historically the locals would bundle it with the Harakeke to lay on the harbour-bed to cross over to the other side.

Kanuka Lane

A New Zealand native tree prevalent on the peninsula and visible from this road in the future.

Te Huinga Lane

Te Huinga represents an area in the harbour just on the north eastern side of the Rangitahi peninsula, where the tide currents/waters meet at half tide. The road looks out at this part of the harbour.

Rewarewa Lane 

A New Zealand native tree present on the peninsula, and have been planted as street trees.

Tī kōuaka Lane 

A New Zealand native cabbage tree, Ti kōuaka Lane looks down the wetlands at a large planting of Cabbage trees.

Rātā Lane 

Rātā is a New Zealand native tree prevalent in Raglan.

Mara Kai Lane

Referencing the land nearby that has historically been used as a community vegetable garden by the families that live on the peninsula.

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