Panuku Development Auckland

Henderson is a metropolitan centre located in the heart of West Auckland.

Henderson is home to several excellent cultural, recreational and educational facilities and it has a unique history and strengths which make it an attractive area for current and future residents.

Key facilities include the Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland Film Studios, Westfield WestCity, Waitakere Mega Centre, West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre and Henderson High School.

Henderson metropolitan centre has good public transport links, particularly with Auckland’s rail network, with travel times expected to improve further with the implementation of the City Rail Link. Henderson also has one of Auckland’s best interconnected series of walking and cycling paths along its Twin Streams.

Panuku is exploring the opportunity to revitalise and develop a number of council-owned sites in Henderson. This includes the area around the former Waitakere City Council building, which sits directly over the Henderson train station and next to the town centre.

A second site at 21-33 Henderson Valley Road will also be developed into approximately 40 Housing for Older People and additional terraced homes.

Why are we doing this?

Henderson is identified as one of 10 metropolitan centres in the Auckland Plan – areas that are important business and employment hubs, and areas where the most change and urban development will happen over the next 30 years or so.

Increasing housing capacity and creating more jobs are among the desired outcomes of the Auckland Plan. The conversion of the former Waitakere City Council building, Waitakere Central site and other town centre locations provides an excellent opportunity to contribute towards these Auckland Plan outcomes.

The Auckland Unitary Plan Operative in part has identified future capacity for more than 3000 additional homes and over 80,000 square metres of business floor space in Henderson metropolitan centre.

The Henderson-Massey Local Board’s aspirations for the Henderson metropolitan centre also align with the opportunity to develop increased housing and business space. The Henderson Implementation Plan outlines the Board’s vision for Henderson metropolitan centre enabling ‘Liveable Growth’ through a safe, attractive and vibrant mixed use environment, unique to Henderson and attractive to residents, visitors, businesses and investors.  The Henderson-Massey Local Board Plan notes that the main priority for Henderson is getting more people living in the heart of the central business district.

The development of Wilsher Village, which sits within a designated Special Housing Area, provides an opportunity to showcase a purpose-built Housing for Older Persons development, and meet a social need for the area.

The role of Panuku

Henderson was approved for development as an ‘Unlock’ location by the Auckland Development Committee in December 2015.

  • On 2 May 2017, Auckland Council’s Planning Committee endorsed Panuku Development Auckland’s overall plan for Henderson (see Downloads & Resources at the bottom of this page - or read a summary of our plans here).
  • The project area covers about 145 hectares. Auckland Council controls 47ha and the Crown 14ha.
  • There are nine potentially-developable, council-controlled properties in the project area, with the council’s landholdings consisting of mostly open spaces, as well as some community facilities and services land.
  • Panuku has also identified a number of sites that could be enhanced and activated to improve public experience.
  • The centre of activity is based in the Waitakere ward area and Henderson-Massey Local Board area, and Panuku will work with these elected members and the community. 

Henderson metropolitan centre

Downloads & Resources

High Level Project Plan part 1 High Level Project Plan part 2

McConnell Property is making excellent progress with civil earthworks, drainage and roads due for completion by May 2017.


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PO Box 90343

Auckland Mail Centre

Auckland 1142

The Panuku Development Auckland reception is monitored 9am - 5pm weekdays only.

Phone: +64 9 336 8820

If you are a tenant please contact Auckland Council on 09 301 0101 and they will direct your call to the correct property manager.

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