Panuku Development Auckland

Northcote town centre on Auckland’s North Shore is well located, close to the harbour bridge and Auckland CBD. It’s a vibrant, multi-cultural town centre with a great array of food and established community facilities.  

Northcote residents have long held a desire to see their town centre revitalised.  It’s important that any development strengthens the community, respects Maori history, and reinforces the local character.

There is an opportunity for Panuku to redevelop the town centre, which it owns, to improve safety and amenity for locals who live in the area. There are however some leasehold arrangements currently in place that are being worked through. See key moves below.

Much of the surrounding land is owned by Housing New Zealand, which intends to improve and increase the housing they have there. This area is also part of the Northcote Strategic Special Housing Area, which has the potential to create 700 new housing sites.

Panuku is working with the Government on an integrated and comprehensive redevelopment plan that will better connect the town centre with local homes, and create affordable housing opportunities to renew the whole area.

Tomorrow’s Northcote will be a place that more and more people want to move to

Why are we doing this?

New planning rules, better market conditions and wider opportunities with partners mean now is the time for the renewal of Northcote.

Northcote has been given ‘town centre’ status under the Auckland Unitary Plan, which highlights its potential for additional population and apartments above retail floorspace. Vibrant, well-planned and sustainably designed town centres will help to achieve Auckland’s vision of becoming the world’s most liveable city as outlined in the Auckland Plan.

The Kaipātiki Local Board, with feedback from the local community in the Kaipātiki Local Board Plan, has also identified that the town centre needs to be revitalised. It’s already investing in local amenities to help build its identity as a vibrant multi-cultural hub. A priority for the local board is to build a greenway that creates linkages between the town centre and homes. 

There’s also infrastructure upgrades to stormwater and wastewater taking place. Transport improvements including safe cycle routes are also underway.

What's planned for Northcote?

Panuku is currently master planning the town centre to improve local amenities and increase safety.

What’s proposed for Northcote focuses on four key moves: 

1. The Town Centre - creating a vibrant heart 

The town centre will be redefined by bringing retail development forward onto Lake Road, and creating a gateway with a new, multi-purpose community building. 

To enable this, the community facilities currently located on Cadness Reserve at the back of the town centre could move to a potential new multi-purpose building (subject to feasibility and ongoing engagement), and part of the reserve land they vacate sold to enable new residential development. The town centre will feature high-density housing to provide activity and safety (see key move 4 for more detail).

A new, full-service supermarket will drive a mixed-use development involving retail, housing and basement parking.

The public spaces will be improved by:

  • upgrading the Greenslade Reserve community sports field (as part of a stormwater project to reduce flooding)
  • creating a new town square next to the multi-purpose community building as a dedicated and safe space for events, activities and celebration
  • reshaping Cadness Reserve
  • increased investment in public spaces specifically Pearn Place and Pearn Crescent

Residents want more of what people love about Northcote

2. Lake Road – a neighbourhood roadway 

Lake Road has been remodelled into an attractive and safe neighbourhood boulevard that better connects the town centre to the Northcote community and the wider North Shore. Lake Road’s carriageway has been narrowed (while not reducing the number of lanes) with footpaths widened, a dedicated cycleway created and tree planting introduced as a means of improving amenity for those crossing and moving along the street and for new development fronting onto it.  













3. A greenway – a network of public open space 

A greenway will connect the reserves around the Northcote town centre. It will follow the path of the old Awataha Stream, providing a place to walk or cycle, play and meet people, connecting local destinations, including the schools, town centre and public transport.
Check out the plans for this exciting project.

4. Housing – increasing density, choice and tenure 

Redevelopment of Northcote’s town centre and surrounding residential area delivers higher density housing, with the new homes offering people more choice in types of housing, tenure and price.

HLC (Homes Land Communities) proposes 1500 new homes including a third state and two thirds a mix of market and affordable. Panuku will facilitate the building of several hundred apartments in the town centre. This public sector-led housing is likely to drive additional market-led housing on privately-held land.

Next Steps

Work is beginning on the greenway, starting with a community-led restoration of Jessie Tonar Scout Reserve, the source of the Awataha Stream. 

Stormwater and wastewater works improvements to flood prone areas are being worked on.

New homes, a mix of social, affordable and market, are also beginning to pop up.

The urban renewal of the town centre is picking up, with Panuku starting conversations with potential development partners. 












Downloads & Resources

Northcote Town Centre Benchmark Masterplan Framework Plan part 1 Framework Plan part 2 Framework Plan part 3 Northcote High Level Project Plan Tomorrow's Northcote

Northcote town centre and surrounds

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

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Phone: +64 9 336 8820

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