Manapouri Grove development


PHOTO: MATTHEW TSO/STUFF Professionals real estate agent John Ross says the work to prepare the Manapouri Grove development site in Lower Hutt has been “immense”.

Work crews are moving mountains to prepare Lower Hutt’s largest greenfield housing development since the 1970s.

About 400,000 cubic metres – the equivalent of 1600 olympic swimming pools of earth – was being shifted and used as fill at the 240-house Manapouri Grove development in Kelson.

The top 15 metres of a hill was excavated to clear land and expose views over Lower Hutt and Wellington Harbour. The dirt was used as fill to extend the site.