There’s a strong desire from the local community, as outlined in the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board plan to create a thriving heart for Manukau - an attractive visitor destination, business centre and place to shop, live, learn, work and play in world-class facilities and spaces.
Auckland Council owns 95ha of land within the project area, comprising approximately 40 properties, which Panuku will use, in partnership with private developers, to increase the housing supply in the area. There is an opportunity to create new mixed-use housing and commercial buildings, retail shops, and to improve connections around the area between homes, public spaces, public transport and the town centre.
The planned Wero tourism experience which will include an artificial white water rafting course, Polynesian cultural exhibition and an art gallery; Hayman Park destination playground and the new bus station are all currently planned by Council, with other private developments and a Special Housing Area (SHA) also underway.
The Auckland Plan outlines the strategy to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city. A number of the transformational shifts required to meet this vision, such as ‘radically improve the quality of urban living’, ‘substantially raise living standards for all Aucklanders and focus on those most in need’ and ‘significantly lift Māori social and economic well-being’ can be achieved by developing locations such as Manukau metropolitan centre and surrounds.
This project aligns closely with The Southern Initiative which is referenced in the Auckland Plan. The initiative’s purpose is to mobilise strategic and transformational social, physical and economic change in south Auckland over 30 years.
Manukau is also designated as a Spatial Priority Area of Auckland Council, and the pilot focus area for a shared Panuku, Crown and Council initiative.
There is also a SHA in the Manukau metropolitan centre and surrounds that could provide more than 800 new homes including retirement living, potential student accommodation and hotels. SHAs allow for a streamlined consenting process that allows houses to be built more quickly and with an affordable housing component, which will help ease Auckland’s housing crisis.
There is also potential under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, currently in the hearings phase, to add significant housing and business floorspace developments that would potentially create three times as many jobs in the area.
The project area for the Manukau transformation covers 600ha and includes the whole metropolitan centre, the Manukau Sports Bowl and the Wiri suburban neighbourhood to the south, including the large 49ha Manukau Super Clinic site.