The end of 2016 marks our first full year as Panuku Development Auckland, and what a year it has been.
We have had many successes with the help of our partners - developers, iwi, government and other council organisations. Here are our major milestones for the year.
January 2016: Queens Wharf Village opens - a pop-up container village offering dining, services and entertainment.
March 2016: Over-arching plans for both the redevelopment of the Northcote Town Centre and two key sites in Takapuna are approved.
March 2016: Prime Minister breaks ground for $200 million five star Park Hyatt Hotel in Wynyard Quarter.
April 2016: Plans in place to transform the Manukau metropolitan centre, on a similar scale to Wynyard Quarter, are approved.
April 2016: AV Jennings confirmed as developer for the first stage (102 homes) of the Airfields precinct at Hobsonville Point.
May 2016: Designs unveiled for the new headland on Westhaven Marina’s northern reclamation - a culmination of 18 months of consultation with iwi.
May 2016: The first homes completed in the Ormiston Town Centre development, a joint venture between Todd Property Group and Auckland Council.
June 2016: Key deal signed in the upgrade of Old Papatoetoe mall which will allow the expansion of the existing supermarket.
June 2016: Resource consent was granted for Stanmore Bay development of 60 houses and a public reserve led by McConnell Property.
June 2016: Revenue from the properties we manage was nearly $9 million ahead of budget, totalling $64.7 million.
August 2016: Approval granted to redevelop the 63 Housing for Older People villages and to form a joint venture company with The Selwyn Foundation.
September 2016: Announced plans for the Civic Administration Building in Aotea Square, with developers Tawera Group to restore the heritage building into apartments.
September 2016: The 650-seat ASB Waterfront Theatre opened, adding a new dimension to Wynyard Quarter.
November 2016: Panuku hosted the Water Edge symposium for waterfront development leaders, attended by 23 experts from 16 cities.
As chair of the Panuku board, I stood in temporarily as Acting CE for three months while an international search took place to find our new Chief Executive, Roger MacDonald. Roger’s ability and experience will guide this organisation to achieve many more successes and milestones for many years to come.