A New Way of Living Comes to Cambridge

Tuesday 17 November 2009, 9:46AM

By St Kilda Waterways


St Kilda Waterways Cambridge - artist depiction
St Kilda Waterways Cambridge - artist depiction Credit: St Kilda Waterways
St Kilda Waterways Cambridge - artist depiction
St Kilda Waterways Cambridge - artist depiction Credit: St Kilda Waterways


Resource consents have been granted to develop St Kilda Waterways, three kilometres outside the
town of Cambridge.

Earthworks at the 88 hectare development site will get underway in early 2010. Properties are on
the market now, with 66 sections available in the first release. A total of 285 sections will be
developed and offered for purchase over five releases.

Co‐founder, Matt Smith, who developed the Saffron residential property development in Cambridge,
says his vision for St Kilda Waterways is to create New Zealand’s most eco‐friendly community

“We’ve been planning the St Kilda Waterways development for five years and our vision is that it will
be a first for New Zealand.

“I’ve personally been researching similar developments in Australia, Europe and the US and our plan
is to take the best eco‐development ideas from around the world and create the highest green‐rated
subdivision in New Zealand.

“And, we’re starting from the ground up. Our development isn’t just about building green houses,
but building an entire community precinct that has a neutral impact on the environment,” explains
Mr Smith.

Mr Smith says nearly one‐quarter of the development will consist of parks and reserves.

“Twenty five hectares will incorporate two to four lakes and extensive reserves. The main lake will
be accessible to kayakers. We’ll have seven kilometres of cycleways and footpaths and exercise
stations around the lakes and subdivision. This great environment will foster a healthy community
culture, which is one of our primary objectives for St Kilda Waterways.

“One of the other features we’re very excited about is our ecological corridor which will link to
nearby Maungatautari mountain. Through the use of extensive native plantings, we will create a
haven for birds flying to and from the mountain reserve,” says Mr Smith.

Homes built at St Kilda Waterways will undergo approval by the development’s Design Council. The
Council will work with homeowners to ensure house plans meet its green energy conservation
building standards.

“St Kilda Waterways is on the right side of global trends and this right‐sided mentality will see
residents receiving premiums for their properties into the future due to our mandatory building
design guidelines,” explains Mr Smith.

Right House is one of the development’s main partners and will work with homeowners throughout
the planning and building process.

“Right House will ensure that every home within our subdivision receives a certificate that rates the
home on thermal performance, water conservation measures, appliances, energy consumption and
solar gains.

“Our integrated approach will combine the skill sets of the future home owner, Right House, the
chosen architect, the chosen builder and the building design guidelines to produce ‘smarter’
homes,” outlines Mr Smith.

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St Kilda Waterways: quick facts

• On the outskirts of Cambridge
• 88 hectare development
• 25 hectares of lakes and reserves
• 285 sections
• Average site size 1600 square metres
• 7k of cycleways/footpaths
• Native plantings create ecological corridor to Maungatautari Mt
• Maximum of 4 lakes
• Non‐gated, open to the public
• Lakeside cafe
• Daycare on site
• All homes to have a minimum level of certification thanks to the Righthouse Tools