Onehunga was approved for development as a ‘transform’ location by the Auckland Development Committee in December 2015 after a selection process.
Panuku will ‘transform’ locations by creating change through urban regeneration. Panuku will lead the transformation of select parts of our region; working alongside others and using our custodianship of land and planning expertise. The catalytic work Waterfront Auckland led at Wynyard Quarter is a great example of the transformation of urban locations.
The over-arching plan (known as the High Level Project Plan or HLPP) for the redevelopment was approved by Auckland Council’s Planning Committee on 28 March 2017.
The HLPP outlines the key moves needed to achieve the vision for a flourishing suburb that is well connected to its past, its communities and the environment.
Committee approval now gives Panuku the mandate to lead the redevelopment of strategic council owned land and work in partnership with the Government and others, to deliver positive outcomes for the local community.
Panuku will now establish a Framework Plan for the project area that will guide the delivery of the key outcomes over a 25-year period.
There are still a number of uncertainties that will impact on the timing and nature of development, including the proposed East West Link being led by NZTA, which is to facilitate better freight movement through Onehunga.
However, Panuku will initially focus on building on Onehunga’s existing strengths and revitalising the town centre. In the short to medium-term, Panuku plans to use a number of under-utilised and surplus sites to create a more concentrated core, a proposal well-supported by local businesses and landowners.
This will facilitate the development of high-quality public spaces, mixed styles of housing, better public transport connections and pedestrian amenities.
Panuku will look to collaborate with other major property owners in Onehunga, including the private sector and Housing New Zealand, to deliver employment opportunities, more diverse housing to meet demand, safe and accessible public spaces and improved access to community services, public transport and facilities.
The opportunity around opening up access to and redeveloping the Onehunga Wharf is a medium term proposition which will happen in earnest once the East West Link is completed.
Panuku will work with a range of agencies and stakeholders, including local iwi and the public, and encourage interaction and participation and we will ensure that quality developments reflect Onehunga’s rich cultural and historical inheritance.