Chapter 4

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) - Meadowbank

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What is the current and status for enabling work?

We need to ensure that development on the land is permissible in law.

When Council originally bought the land in 1994 it was intended that the land be vested as a local purpose reserve. This process was not completed.

The land is not legally a reserve, but it is to be considered as though it is one.

Therefore, we will follow the reserve revocation process as laid out in the Reserves Act. The Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee has given us approval to initiate the revocation process and we will request the Minister of Conservation to revoke the reserve status of the land without public notification.

The unclassified Local Purpose (Community Centre) Reserve was formally revoked on 28 October 2021.

Please note, this does not change the ownership of the land. The land will remain in council ownership.

Who will own the completed building?

Council will retain ownership of the completed community centre and most of the surrounding land under the Public Works Act 1981 as a public work.

The development partner will own the titles to the apartments above the community centre and a residual portion of the land, held for residence parking.

The development partner intends to construct and hold the apartments as a long-term investment as build-to-rent homes meaning that the developer is building the development for itself to hold on a long terms basis and the apartment units will have a durable build quality that is attractive and comfortable for long-term tenants.

When does the community have a say?

We will be working with key stakeholders during the concept design of the community centre internal fit-out. The wider community will have opportunities to have their say once the concept designs are drafted.

We will be seeking your feedback on the concept design in late 2022.

When will the Meadowbank community centre close?

The centre will remain open until the development partner is ready to begin the construction phase. There are many milestones that need to be achieved before construction commences but we are aiming for construction to start by mid-2023.

We anticipate that the centre will close by 31 March 2023 with construction activity to commence shortly after.

Who is managing the current community centre?

Auckland Council is managing the community centre. Bookings can be made through the Auckland Council venue hire

Where can my group/programme operate during the redevelopment?

If you need help, Auckland Council staff will be happy to assist current user groups to find suitable temporary spaces to relocate to. These could include other council-owned or community-operated venues in the area. If a suitable venue is found, each group will be responsible for completing its relocation directly with the new venue provider.

What if the temporary space I move to is more expensive than my current space?

If there is a difference between the current charges at Meadowbank Community Centre and your new venue, you can apply to the Ōrākei Local Board for a grant to cover the difference. The local board has committed to helping community groups operate during the redevelopment and hope they re-join the new community centre once it opens.

Who can help me find a suitable space to continue to run my group/programme?

For relocation enquiries, contact Susan Ropati, Place Manager, Connected Communities, Auckland Council

Email: susan.ropati@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 021 892 435

For funding enquiries, contact Lucia Davis, Strategic Broker, Auckland Council.

Email lucia.davis@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 027 553 4800.

Will my group/programme fit in the new centre?

The internal floor plan and layout of Meadowbank’s new community centre is yet to be designed. We’ll consult with the community, including current user groups, once the resource consent is granted. We’ll use the community feedback to help shape the design and layout.

What will the inside of the new centre look like?

The ground floor will be community space, with residential apartments on the floors above. We expect the new community centre will have an internal floor area of about 570sqm, almost twice the size of the current community centre. However the final internal floor area will depend on the design of the internal fit-out and the building consent approval.

Will there be an early childhood education centre built into the new community centre?

We have no plans to incorporate an early childhood education centre into the new centre.

Will there be car parking?

Yes, residents and community centre users will have separate parking on the ground floor. The exact numbers and layout are yet to be finalised but will be guided by the Auckland Unitary Plan.

When will the new centre be open?

We are working with the development partner to formulate an approved project timeline for the development, and this will include an estimated completion date. Like many construction projects, there have been delays due to COVID-19.

Who will manage the new centre once it is reopened?

While the redevelopment is happening, Ōrākei Local Board will decide how the new Meadowbank Community Centre will operate. The board has favoured a community-led model for many of its community centres; empowering communities is a preferred approach in the council family. While this decision is being made, the new centre will be managed as a venue for hire it will be important for Council to understand how the new building works.