Biodiversity

Without the wealth of different foods, medicines and raw materials we’re able to harvest from animals, plants and microorganisms, humans couldn’t survive. But biodiversity isn’t just about us: the Earth relies on biological diversity for health, vitality and stability.

For such a small landmass, New Zealand’s role in preserving global biodiversity is surprisingly important. Cut off from other landmasses approximately 80 million years ago, this country became an evolutionary laboratory, creating a long list plants…

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Rarangi Wetlands

Biodiversity Posted by Wither Hills

The Rarangi Wetlands, comprising of 50 hectares nestled in the middle of our largest vineyard site - the Rarangi Vineyard, are home to one of the region’s largest wetlands. The wetlands are a regionally significant area, displaying the once extensive wetlands found on the Wairau Plains, containing a number of nationally and regionally threatened and rare plant species such as the Mazus novaezeelandiae. Prior to Wither Hills purchasing the property in 2000 there had been…

Biodiversity and Sustainable Winegrowing NZ

The human race, and Earth itself, relies on biological diversity for health, vitality and stability. New Zealand’s role in preserving global biodiversity is important, as many plants and animals that are found in this country can’t be found anywhere else.  90% of New Zealand’s insects are endemic, as are 80% of our flowering plants. Looking after all the evolutionary treasures is a priority for New Zealanders. Many of our wine producers, in their role as…