The Rangitahi Project, 14 years in the making
We were incredibly pleased to hand over the first stage of the Rangitahi sections to their new owners last week. It is the biggest milestone to date and we are very proud of our efforts to get the project to where it is today. We can’t wait to see the sections be developed with homes and gardens over the next 2 years.
There have been challenges along the way with our project, and we have learnt a lot, which we will take into the future of our project. Ticking off stage one is a huge accomplishment for our family business, though we couldn’t have done it alone! We sincerely thank those that have contributed their expertise to the project or supported us along the way, including local iwi, the Waikato district council and the regional council. We have also had some very hard working local guys Andrew Dyer and Brendan Carroll who deserve a special mention (from Harrison Grierson), they lived and breathed the project alongside us! There were many others within the community as well who we so appreciate their endless support! And last but not least, a massive thank you to the stage one buyers who believed in our project and wanted to be part of the Rangitahi community right from the start, they bought sections in 2017 and patiently waited for the works to be completed. We couldn’t have started this project without you!
“We have created a subdivision with views from all sections and a range of sizes to meet different budgets, with links to open spaces, harbour edges and walkways around the peninsula.”
David Peacocke, the man on a mission, started working on this project 14 years ago, when he dreamed up the idea of creating a beautiful place for people to live here on the peninsula when it was merely a farm. He wanted others to enjoy the unique lifestyle that Raglan has to offer, one that celebrates a lifestyle close to nature. And so it began, with the idea to build the Rangitahi bridge to replace the old causeway and allow better access to the peninsula, the Rangitahi Project was born. The biggest challenge to date David says was getting consent to build the bridge, so the completion of that alone has been a major milestone for the project.
“The biggest challenge was getting consent to build the bridge and causeway.”
Since starting the project, over 10,000 native plants have been planted on the Peninsula annually. These natives come from a local seed source, grown locally by Dylan and Reuben Brown at Whale bay with the goal to help restore biodiversity in the area, and provide a sanctuary and home for many native birds on the cat-free peninsula.
What does the future hold for Rangitahi? Stage two of the project is now complete, with titles due to be released in the next 6 weeks. The goal long-term is to develop a total of 550 sections across the farm, whilst still maintaining the natural form of the land. Rangitahi is an extension of the Raglan community, a place where you can build a home for yourself and for future generations with great respect for the land and sea. We can’t wait to see the homes become established over the coming years, and future stages that will provide more options for people to build their dream home.