Panuku Development Auckland

25 March 2021

Ormiston Town Centre is open for business

​Ormiston Town Centre officially opened its doors for business this morning.

The major retail destination, delivered by Todd Property Group in partnership with Panuku Development Auckland, is part of a 19-hectare development in south-east Auckland, an area with a rapidly growing population.

Approximately 88,000 people call Ormiston home, and this number is projected to grow with more homes being planned along with commercial and community development. Until today, there has been a lack of shops, homes and eateries available to this growing community.

Adele White, Howick Local Board chair, says that the Ormiston Town Centre will become the heart of the Ormiston and Flat Bush community.

“Local residents now have a hub for their fast-growing community – a place where they can come together to meet, shop, socialize, and enjoy all that this fine centre has to offer.”

David Rankin, Chief Executive of Panuku says the new town centre is an important milestone for the existing and future community, with new homes continuing to pop up in the area.

“We’re proud to have worked together with Todd Property to deliver a high-quality town centre for the people of Ormiston and Flat Bush. This a great result and will ensure Ormiston continues to be a place that people love to live in Auckland.”

Ormiston Town Centre now offers supermarkets, gyms, a cinema complex, department stores, food and beverage outlets, and a mix of health and beauty and specialty services.

You can find out more about what’s on offer at Ormiston Town Centre

09 March 2021

City centre development will add homes, commercial and retail spaces

New homes and space for business will be created at the heart of Auckland’s public transport network as a key city centre site is destined to become a new mixed-use development.

Panuku Development Auckland is partnering with international property developer Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) who, with experienced local development and project management company RCP, will deliver the urban regeneration of the site above City Rail Link’s Aotea Station at the corner of Mayoral Drive and Wellesley Street which is currently under construction.

The over-station development by MRCB, known provisionally as Aotea Central, will be designed to revitalise mid-town and support what will be Auckland’s busiest train station.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the development will be positive for Auckland’s city centre.

“MRCB has experience in developing integrated commercial and residential properties around transportation hubs and a good reputation for the design and quality of its developments,” he says.

“The project will replace what was once a car park with modern, well-designed and high-density housing, as well as shops and commercial spaces in the heart of our city. The apartments and businesses it creates will have a great location, situated above the City Rail Link Aotea Station. It makes travel convenient and it’s close to attractions such as the Art Gallery and Aotea Centre.”

Central Auckland is destined to become an even more vibrant place to live and work for its around 40,000 residents and 130,000 people who work there.

The new development will be a 21-storey building with a mixture of retail, commercial and residential space. Early concepts show a striking design with terraced planting being a key feature. As well as integrated access to Aotea Station, the development will connect to the surrounding area with laneways, offering places for people to meet and spend time.

The 4780m² site, formerly a car park used for Auckland Council fleet parking at the intersection of Mayoral Drive and Wellesley Street, is currently being used to support the City Rail Link construction.

MRCB has a track record of delivering internationally acclaimed Transport-orientated developments.

Ravi Krishnan, Chief Executive Officer of MRCB International, is pleased that Aotea Central development has provided the opportunity for MRCB to contribute to Auckland’s development landscape. “We are incredibly excited to deliver what will be a truly unique and transformational development for Auckland. Aotea Central will be an exemplar mixed-use, transport-oriented development that positively contributes to and enhances Auckland’s mid-town and the city centre more generally.”

MRCB has partnered with New Zealand-based RCP on the development project and has assembled a multi-disciplinary team of market-leading experts with international, national and local experience. The team, which includes global architecture studio Woods Bagot, will work together to successfully realise the vision of the Aotea Central development.

RCP, with 25 years’ practical project delivery experience in many of the largest and most complex projects in New Zealand, is providing dual development and project management expertise. The company has been integral to the strategic thinking and curation of MRCB’s successful high-rise, mixed-use development proposal for the site.

RCP’s Cristean Monreal, the project’s Development Director, says: “We’re immensely proud of the innovative outcomes we facilitated in our development proposal, which pushes the boundaries in the way Auckland thinks about transport-oriented developments.

“The RCP team is excited to be working alongside development partners Panuku Development Auckland, Auckland Council and City Rail Link to deliver a landmark development never before seen in New Zealand.”

“The Council is committed to the success of the City Rail Link to further enable Auckland to be a world-class city.”
— Auckland Council’s Head of Corporate Property, Rod Aitken

“We are glad to be able to support the city’s growth by releasing a car park to be developed into a precinct that will provide a unique experience for many. Providing opportunities to work and live alongside and above the emerging Aotea Station will transform this area of our city by offering terrific access for all to nearby entertainment, restaurants and shopping.”

Panuku Chief Executive David Rankin says ensuring the right type of development partner was key.

“On behalf of Auckland Council, we sought a particular type of development partner which would understand the rare opportunity to contribute to the regeneration of this unique mid-town location. MRCB has a long history of quality transport-oriented developments in Malaysia and is committed to transforming the Mayoral Drive site to appeal to those wanting vibrant inner-city living and a low carbon lifestyle right here in the centre of Auckland.”

The 125-year lease-hold site has been sold for $40 million following a fully contestable market process supported by an independent valuation. The development will begin after the construction of the City Rail Link’s Aotea Station, which is due to be completed in 2024. Significant construction planning will ensure minimal disruption to the station and surrounding businesses.

26 February 2021

The transformation of downtown to continue with development opportunity

The revitalisation of the city centre’s downtown precinct is set to continue with Panuku Development Auckland and Auckland Transport working together to find a development partner for the Downtown Car Park.

The property is a significant site in the city centre. Its redevelopment will continue the transformation following the work already completed by the Auckland Council group and private investment.

Following unsolicited interest last year, Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance Committee gave approval to take the property to market for redevelopment in late December 2020 with agreed urban regeneration outcomes.

AT is now considering the transport outcomes required for the site, which will be agreed with the Planning Committee in April ahead of a two-step market process for the sale.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “This development has the potential to make a currently unattractive part of the city into a vibrant destination that matches the nearby Commercial Bay precinct and the Viaduct Basin.

“It will replace a currently tired car parking building with a high-quality, well-designed site that helps achieve our City Centre Masterplan vision of creating a vibrant, exciting and environmentally attractive central Auckland that is a thriving residential and employment centre and a world-class place to live, work, visit and do business.”

Auckland Council’s Planning Committee Chair Chris Darby says the regeneration of the site has been signalled for almost a decade.

“This opportunity will continue the transformation of our city centre and the time is right for us to be considering how this property should be used in the future.

“We hope to unlock some innovative ideas for this area to be reconnected to the viaduct and Wynyard Quarter. Currently this is a challenging part of downtown to navigate and there is a real opportunity to improve the access and public realm.”

Panuku CE David Rankin says sites of this significance present a unique opportunity for urban regeneration in the city centre.

“Already the downtown area has completely changed in the past three years with the redevelopment of Quay Street, the opening of Te Komititanga public space and the completion of Commercial Bay.

“The potential sale gives us an opportunity to deliver more good design and public realm outcomes in this part of the city centre, in line with the council’s City Centre Masterplan.

“The site has been included as a significant opportunity in the masterplan since 2012 and it is important that we make sure any sale improves the environment for people who visit this part of the city centre.”

Auckland Transport Chief Executive Shane Ellison says while the site is currently used for car parking, any redevelopment will need to accommodate the city centre’s future transport needs.

“We are currently exploring what transport outcomes will need to be included with any development agreement. These will change as the way people travel to the city centre evolves and we will need to factor this into any decision making. However, any future planning on the transport outcomes would support AT’s desire to provide even more transport choices for Aucklanders to be able to enjoy the city centre.”

Panuku and Auckland Transport will engage with key stakeholders, including mana whenua, the Waitematā Local Board, the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board and Heart of the City about the outcomes ahead of Planning Committee decisions in April, to inform decision-making.

If the urban regeneration and transport outcomes are agreed by the council in the coming months, Panuku anticipates it will take the property to market mid-year 2021.

Agreed urban regeneration outcomes include:

  • a high-quality mixed-use development with active uses fronting public streets and laneways. The mix of uses should support a rich ecosystem of daytime and night-time economy
  • if residential use is included, the opportunity for a mix of typologies
  • the development should be of an outstanding architectural quality that contributes positively to Auckland’s harbour edge cityscape and makes good use of its strategic downtown location
  • building height and bulk should be in accordance with the Auckland Unitary Plan to achieve a human scale podium edge to the street, with a slender tower (or towers) that contribute positively to the skyline
  • Te Aranga design principles are incorporated
  • universal design best practice is achieved at all stages of design
  • commercial and retail development should achieve a minimum five Green Star rating certification.
  • residential development should achieve a minimum eight Home Star rating certification.

03 December 2020

Paul Majurey appointed as chair to Panuku board

Auckland Council has announced the appointment of Paul Majurey as the new chair of Panuku Development Auckland.

The council’s Appointments and Performance Review Committee (APR) approved the appointment at its 1 December 2020 meeting following a rigorous selection process.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, who chairs the APR Committee, has welcomed the appointment.

“Panuku plays an important role in creating a world-class Auckland and requires a strong and effective board to ensure good governance and delivery of key performance targets,” he said.

“Paul Majurey has extensive knowledge of Panuku, having been a board member since the organisation’s establishment in 2015, and has a strong background in governance and law that will serve him well as new board chair.”

Paul Majurey is a senior partner at environmental and public law firm Atkins Holm Majurey, having practised law for over 35 years. He chairs several statutory entities and companies and is a director on many company boards, including chair of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority and chair of Te Pūia Tāpapa (the Māori Investment fund).

He also has extensive experience chairing large iwi collectives in the Hauraki and Auckland regions. Paul is currently the deputy chair of Panuku.

The appointment is for a three-year term commencing on 2 December 2020.

The APR Committee is responsible for all appointments to the boards of council-controlled organisations, in accordance with the council’s Appointment and Remuneration Policy for Board Members and the Local Government Act.

21 October 2020

Community feedback strengthens Takapuna town square design

More planting, seating and the addition of bike and scooter parking are some of the changes that will be implemented in Takapuna’s town square design, following public consultation.

Over 100 submissions were received in the public consultation from 20 July to 14 August 2020, along with feedback from organisations and groups who will use and operate in the future space.

Feedback was received on various aspects of the design, including its capacity to hold events, suitability for the Takapuna Sunday Market, safety, greenery, seating, wind and shade.

Panuku Priority Location Director Kate Cumberpatch says the consultation was useful to understand the strength of the design and how well it aligns with the aspirations of the community.

“We’d put a lot of thought into how the design could facilitate a future market layout and large events, while ensuring the space was green and inviting for people at alternative times. The consultation was an opportunity to understand if we had that balance correct and make refinements where needed.”

The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board approved the revised concept design at its business meeting on 20 October.

Aidan Bennett, Chair of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, says the community’s feedback has been addressed in the final version of the concept design.

“The feedback offered insight into how well the design serves the community. The revised concept design achieves a fantastic, high-quality open space that will offer so much to so many. It is exciting to now have this design confirmed so we can get on and get it done. This will create a benchmark for Takapuna’s bright future with a town centre to complement our wonderful beachside environment.”

Chris Darby, North Shore Ward Councillor and Planning Committee Chair, continues:

“It’s great to see so many people confidently validate the design and offer feedback on some of its finer points. After several rounds of public engagement, refining and testing, we’re on course to transform a soulless concrete car park into a generous public space that is both beautiful and functional, addressing the current and future needs of Takapuna’s residents, visitors and workers.”

The consultation sought the public’s views on the proposed concept design. As a result, the following changes have been incorporated in the final design:

  • The boundaries of the town square have been refined to address comments made through the consultation, stakeholder meetings and in discussion with the potential development partner. This will align the space on Lake Road with the Shore City Shopping Centre, improve the sightline to Hurstmere Road and increase the space to Potters Park
  • Additional planting and seats, a larger space for the water feature and the inclusion of bike and scooter parking to address comments from the community

Read more about the feedback and how it is being responded to in the design.

The consultation also requested views on whether the Takapuna War Memorial should be relocated from its current location (next to the Takapuna Library) to the new town square.

There was mixed feedback on whether to relocate the memorial. Panuku has recommended that this becomes a separate project that is worked on with input from the council civic events and parks teams in conjunction with the Returned Services Association.

Next steps

Following the approval of the revised concept design by the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board at its business meeting on 20 October, a consenting process and contractor procurement will begin. Construction of the town square is expected to start in early-mid 2021.

09 April 2021

Kids take part in Northcote Easter Treasure Hunt

Kids and families of Northcote brought the town centre to life as they followed the Easter Bunny’s trail for clues in the Northcote Easter Treasure Hunt.

They enjoyed finding clues hidden in and around the town centre. ‘Count the number of dumplings hanging in the tree’, and ‘Name the veggies in the planter box’ were just some of the clues to be uncovered. Treasure to be found at the end of the trail included badges and stickers.

About 200 kids, parents and caregivers visited the town centre for the event, which included a bubble show, games and puzzles, kids craft workshops and story time at the Northcote Library.

Roxie Haines, Placemaker at Panuku Development Auckland, says it was great to see the town centre come to life.

“The treasure hunt was based in the immediate Northcote shopping area where kids could answer clues for prizes. The theme focused on Northcote as a food destination, with its reputation as a niche in fresh food, grocery products and Asian cuisine.”
— Roxie Haines

“Panuku is regenerating the Northcote town centre over the next 7-10 years. The new town centre will continue to be a unique place and great food destination, with new retail development, apartments and a multi-purpose community hub building.”

The free event was facilitated by Panuku to encourage people to move around and discover new parts of the town centre. It was previously held in Northcote in 2019.

05 April 2021

Tickling tuna (eels) at Freshwater Frenzy

Recently eke Panuku was proud to support Community Waitakere activate the ‘Fresh Water Frenzy’ event within central Henderson at Falls Park.

This fun-filled community day focuses on promoting and highlighting the fragility of freshwater ecosystems and the diversity of wildlife within the neighbouring Twin streams.

The Twin Streams fall within the boundaries of Panuku’s Unlock Henderson programme which includes a key move to revitalise both the Oratia and the Opanuku Streams.

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Fresh Water Frenzy event within central Henderson at Falls Park.

For many centuries the awa of both these streams was a source of drinking water, weaving resources and food for local iwi Te Kawerau a Maki.

The water brimmed with underwater life including inanga, giant kōkopu, kōura and long-finned eels (tuna) which could reach sizes of two metres and 80 years of age.

Local streams like the Oratia and the Opanuku are vulnerable to pollution which can reduce water quality and habitats for wildlife.
Due to the passionate work of groups like Project Twin Streams and McLaren Park Henderson South (MPHS) Community Trust
we are seeing the return of our urban awa (rivers) to a state of mauri (wellbeing).

Events like Fresh Water Frenzy are an important education tool for supporting both mana whenua and the community aspirations for our awa.

Alongside a number of passionate organisations such as The Whitebait Connection, Panuku hosted a ‘Tuna and Taniwha’ drawing workshop at the event. The workshop provided kids the chance to draw the wildlife of the local awa and be inspired by some slippery guests.

These guests were three curious short-finned tuna (eels) contained within a large touch-tank where they were observed and carefully patted. The eels were caught the night before in a Hīnaki (eel-trap) within the pools of the Oratia stream.

As Lisa Gooding, Senior Community Affairs Advisor West, Panuku says
‘To introduce families and neighbourhoods to tuna in an interactive way, really builds an understanding and connection to these fresh water fish. This event starts conversations around ways we can all improve the future health for both nature and people within this neighbourhood.’

Eke Panuku is proud to support local events such as Fresh Water Frenzy in Henderson as it makes local educational initiatives accessible to all people within communities.

Community Waitāakere event organiser Sophie Barclay says
‘having Panuku involved means we can make even better, more professional events and keep them free, so local families can have access to these freshwater education days without any financial barriers.’

26 March 2021

We sat down with Leigh Auton, former Chief Executive of Manukau City Council

Leigh Auton is founding Director of Auton & Associates Ltd. He recently retired as a Trustee of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and is the Deputy Chair of Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ. He is Chair of the Pulman Park Trust and the Papakura Kootuitui Trust

We sat down with Leigh Auton, former Chief Executive of Manukau City Council to chat about the opening of Ormiston Town Centre.

During his time there he was responsible for the overall planning of the Ormiston Town Centre to cater for the huge growth in this part of Auckland.

Leigh has been either a Chair, Director or Trustee on a number of other organisations, including Auckland Council Property Ltd (ACPL), Recovery Solutions Group Trust, Emerge Aotearoa, Ngapuhi Asset Holding Company (NAHC) and its subsidiaries, Sistema Aotearoa and Housing New Zealand.

Auton & Associates Ltd is a company established to provide leadership and direction in areas of governance, strategic thinking and environmental planning. The company has clients in both the public and private sectors. Assignments include strategic reviews and plans, governance and leadership facilitation, project facilitation and advice, and planning services.

Leigh was the Chief Executive of Manukau City Council, a position that terminated with the formation of the new Auckland Council on 1st November 2010.

He was appointed by the Central Government to the Board of Inquiry for the proposed Men’s Prison at Wiri in 2011, to the Review Panel for Kaipara District Council in 2012 and was a member of the Local Government Commission from August 2015 until April 2017.

Leigh was appointed Interim CEO at Tauranga City Council, following the unexpected death of the incumbent CEO in June 2012. He led a Council restructure programme, including a review of Council Controlled Organisations and assisted with the appointment of the new Chief Executive. This appointment finished in April 2013.

“Leigh has extensive local government experience with a particular background in planning, infrastructure and transport.”

He has been involved in issues at national, regional and local levels in New Zealand, including an Auckland Council Governance Review in 2016/17 and Panel Member of the Auckland Council CCO Review completed in July 2020. Leigh has had significant engagement with Iwi over a number of decades.

He is a former President and Inaugural Fellow of the NZ Planning Institute and, in November 2009, he received a Distinguished Service Award for his significant contribution over many years to the image and practice of planning. He received a 50th Jubilee Award from the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH) in October 2010, for his contribution to Planning and Human Settlements in NZ.

Leigh is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

He has lived in Counties Manukau for over 40 years and is extensively involved in his community in a range of activities. Leigh holds a Master of Arts (Hons) in Geography and a Master of Town Planning (Hons) degree.

A city of neighbourhoods · We talk with Leigh Auton - former CEO of Manukau City Council

18 March 2021

A step closer to the upgrade for Takapuna holiday park

The next step towards a modern, fit-for-purpose campground at the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park has been realised, with the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board giving landowner approval for works to prepare and develop the site.

With its prime beachfront location, the holiday park will offer quality accommodation with a beach feel that’s perfect for holidaymakers and those visiting Auckland for events or to see family and friends. The design will include a central communal area with kitchen and dining facilities, as well as three satellite bathrooms.

Energy efficiency and recycling technology will be incorporated wherever possible. The design will also include reflections on ancient Māori history and the unique geology of the area.

To make way for the upgraded facility some buildings will need to be removed from the site including the amenities block, a cabin and the former manager’s accommodation, as well as some work to protect the site and its prospective campers from coastal and stormwater flooding.

“This is a positive step towards realising the new campground.”
— ​Aidan Bennett, Chair of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

“Our decision today allows the project to get moving, which is exciting, and we look forward to watching the transformation of a site dear to the heart of many locals.”

General Manager of Assets and Delivery of Panuku, Marian Webb, says the much-loved holiday park will be an asset for the community for the next 30 years.

“Now that we have landowner approval for the works, we are a step closer to helping the new owners realise their vision and masterplan for the campground.”

The site will largely remain open for business during the staged upgrade but will close briefly for major construction. The date for that is to be confirmed.

09 March 2021

Manu and the journey of knowledge in Manukau

Manu is a unique augmented reality experience

The Journeys of Manu is a unique augmented reality app that brings Māori mātauranga (knowledge) and physical activity together in one innovative package.

Launched at the Puhinui Stream Challenge event in 2017, the concept was developed by AUT University's Research and Innovation department, Healthy Families Manukau and The Southern Initiative (TSI).

Panuku collaborated on the evolution of the Manu app and facilitated field-testing at events, as a way to harness innovation opportunities for cultural learnings in Manukau’s urban heart.

The GPS-enabled app superimposes the animated, bilingual Māori youth 'Manu', onto real-life environments through a mobile phone or other device.

Users can join Manu on his quest to explore different areas of Aotearoa, and learn about how the stars and moon cycle were used to determine the ideal days for planting and fishing.

Manu also teaches people about Manukau’s key landmarks along the Puhinui Stream trail and the tohu (signs) of spring according to the Maramataka (Māori lunar calendar).

The technical mastery of the app belongs to Dr Isaac Warbrick and his team at ARA Journeys. ARA Journeys is a collective of digital storytellers in Auckland that love to weave Māori culture and te reo through augmented (AR) and mixed (MR) digital technologies.

We caught up with Isaac to find out how the Journeys of Manu app has evolved since its inception.

Users can join Manu on his quest to explore different areas of Aotearoa

“We have migrated The Journeys of Manu to a new platform we built so that Manu could be placed anywhere in the world.”

We caught up with Isaac to find out how the Journeys of Manu app has evolved since its inception.

Panuku: How has Panuku been involved in bringing mātauranga (knowledge) to Manukau communities with this app?

Isaac: “The Panuku team conceptualised and helped create a series of portable rock sculptures that would interact with the app. These rock sculptures were created at the Rock Sculpture Symposium, and in collaboration with Healthy Families. At the event, 10 local rock sculptors carved the artworks out of Oamaru Limestone.

Panuku then commissioned the ARA team to advance the ‘Journey of Manu’ app to use geo-location (markers based on GPS) so it could identify these rock sculptures, even when the rocks are moved to different locations. We can change the locations within the programme so Manu can go where the carvings go.

These sculptures are regularly used to advance Māori knowledge in South Auckland. One example was at the Tech Week show at the Vodaphone Events Centre. Panuku has also helped build our app’s audience to include mana whenua and our rough-sleeping community within Manukau.”

Panuku: How well has the app been received by communities in Manukau?

Isaac: “We have done a lot of field testing at council events such as The Puhinui Stream Challenge and South Auckland Tech Week. The reactions from families has been very positive, they often comment that it is a fun way to use technology and learn about the stories of the area.

Parents enjoy searching for Manu with their kids and think it is a positive way for their children to use devices. Teachers and educators often comment about how engaging and effective the app is for teaching history and cultural knowledge.”

Panuku: Has the app evolved any new features?

Isaac: “We have migrated The Journeys of Manu to a new platform we built so that Manu could be placed anywhere in the world. Now users can follow a map to find where he is close to them (Manu can pop up from anywhere). In fact, we have ‘dropped’ Manu at GPS locations in Hawaii, Rarotonga and Australia to demonstrate this concept among our indigenous whanaunga overseas.”

Panuku: What have been some of the most enjoyable moments introducing the app at events?

Isaac: “Seeing the surprise on people’s faces of all ages (our kaumatua are the best to watch) when they see Manu pop out of the back of a shirt or under a tree in front of them.

I’ve heard kids talking with their parents about some of the stories in the app – it’s awesome to see kids learning some of our traditional mātauranga or about the environment from playing a game.”

Panuku: How can apps like 'The Journeys of Manu' further reconnecting Māori with their whakapapa and mātauranga?

Isaac: “Since the Journeys of Manu app was launched, we have begun development of new digital games. One of these is with the support of Foundation North’s Community Innovation Fund. We are working with mana whenua groups in South Auckland so that the game provides an innovative and engaging way to tell their stories, while people move around south Auckland.”

The free 'Journeys of Manu' app is available on Google Play and the App Store – just search 'Manu Journey'.

25 February 2021

Have your say on Auckland Council’s Recovery Budget

Auckland Council is consulting on our 10-year Budget 2021-2031 which sets out what we will provide over the next decade and how we will pay for it. It’s things like our transport network, water supply, protecting our natural environment and all of the services and facilities we offer. More than ever it’s important they hear the views of Aucklanders like you.

Last year’s Emergency Budget was an immediate response to COVID-19, but we also need to focus on the future. That’s why we’re looking at the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 as the ‘Recovery Budget’. Our proposals respond to the continuing financial impact of COVID-19 while ensuring that we continue to invest in our region’s growth, as well as the services and facilities our communities and businesses rely on. We also need to respond to the impact of climate change and the degradation of our natural environment, so our financial package considers these things and more.

Proposals in the Recovery Budget cover a wide variety of topics that could impact you and your whanau so please visit for more information and to tell us what you think before 12pm, midday, Monday 22 March 2021.

04 February 2021

David Rankin appointed as chief executive of Eke Panuku

Panuku chair Paul Majurey has announced the appointment of David Rankin as Chief Executive of Auckland Council’s urban regeneration agency Eke Panuku Development Auckland.

David has been acting Chief Executive since November 2019 and his confirmation in the role follows a vigorous recruitment process.

“The Board has been very appreciative of David’s time acting in the chief executive role throughout 2020 and I am delighted to now make this permanent. His wealth of knowledge in urban regeneration, property management, and a strong understanding of our complex governance landscape is unprecedented, and he is widely respected within our industry. We look forward to Eke Panuku continuing to work closely with elected members, council colleagues and our CCO partners under David’s leadership,” says Mr Majurey.

“Despite the challenges of the past year, David has been an authentic leader for the wider Panuku team who have continued to ensure a robust urban regeneration programme across Tāmaki Makaurau as we reach important steps in the rejuvenation of our neighbourhoods. I know they will also be delighted by this key appointment which signals a positive future for the organisation,” he says.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff welcomes Mr Rankin’s appointment.

“David has deep institutional knowledge, strong relationships across the council, government and private sector, and a deep understanding of what is required to help drive Auckland’s urban development and regeneration,” he says.

“His extensive skills and experience will help ensure that Panuku continues to play an important role in creating successful neighbourhoods and high-quality public spaces for Aucklanders.”

The salary for the chief executive role has been set at $520,000, in line with council policy that chief executive salaries across the council-controlled organisations be set significantly lower than previous incumbents.

David Rankin has served Aucklanders for more than 30 years, working in local government in Auckland since 1984, including as the chief executive of Auckland City Council prior to amalgamation in 2010, and as chief executive of Auckland Council Property Ltd until 2015, ahead of Panuku Development Auckland’s establishment. Prior to acting as the chief executive, David was the organisation’s chief operating officer.

David Rankin - Biography

David has spent most of his career working for the people of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Originally a law graduate, he joined Auckland City Council in 1989 where he worked in various roles including Industrial Relations Manager and Finance Director before being appointed Chief Executive in 2005. Following the Auckland Council amalgamation in 2010 he became Chief Executive of Auckland Council Property Limited before Panuku Development Auckland’s establishment in 2015.

As a life-long Aucklander, he enjoys seeing transformation across the city. He works with significant private and public sector partners to deliver high quality, well designed public spaces, homes, and thriving, well-connected town centres.

David has worked on urban regeneration throughout his local government career. He has been part of the transformation of the city centre since the mid-1990s, including the Britomart precinct and the waterfront.

He has led on strategic change initiatives, driven commercial and financial results, and been responsible for the care of long-term infrastructure and property assets along with continuous exposure to a complex stakeholder environment.

22 January 2021

Toka Puia - more than a new car park building

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Toka Puia - more than a new car park building

With the recent opening of Toka Puia car park in Takapuna, shoppers, residents and businesses have embraced the new facility with enthusiasm over the holiday period.

As Toka Puia is only a few minutes’ walk from the bustling Takapuna centre, it’s a fantastic parking option for a variety of transportation.

Terence Harpur, CEO of Takapuna Beach Business Association, says the new car park has been a welcome addition to Takapuna this summer:

“Takapuna’s development projects are achieving exciting momentum. The new car park building, along with improvements to Hurstmere Road have created a wonderful environment for shoppers, visitors and residents to enjoy the beach vibe and city rhythm that Takapuna is famous for.”

Toka Puia provides 420 short-stay car parks securing the future transport needs of the town centre as these spaces will replace the 250 parks at 40 Anzac Street which will eventually be redeveloped into to new public space, homes, businesses and eateries.

The design and infrastructure of this building also reflects the original gas storage facility situated on site and built in 1915.
The design and infrastructure of this building also reflects the original gas storage facility situated on site and built in 1915.

Chris Darby, North Shore Ward Councillor and Planning Committee Chair, says Toka Puia is more than a car park. It plays a key role in transitioning Takapuna for the future, reshaping it with people and wonderful public spaces in mind.

“Takapuna is a step closer to having the distinctive connected and thriving town centre it deserves, against the backdrop of Auckland’s best urban beach.

“Toka Puia’s flexible and multi-use nature are a special feature of this building, with its many bike parks, electric bike charging facilities, changing rooms and electric car share vehicles (with room to add more).”

Aidan Bennett, Chair of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board continues:

“The opening of Toka Puia marks further progress for our growing centre, freeing up precious space for a new town square and development that will serve the community for years to come, while ensuring Takapuna’s current and future parking needs are well looked after.”

Not only does Toka Puia enable the future development of a people-friendly centre, the design and infrastructure of this building also reflects the original gas storage facility situated on site and built in 1915.

The golden lattice pattern that adorns the external facade of Toka Puia pays homage to the patterns on the historical gas facility.

Internally, the walls of Toka Puia are a canvas for artwork depicting the indigenous history of Takapuna, guided by the storytelling of mana whenua. These creative works are being crafted by mana whenua-nominated artists Tessa Harris and Graham Tipene and will be installed in the coming months.

Local cultural narrative is threaded most importantly through the naming of the building itself; 'Toka Puia' as gifted by mana whenua. It references the volcanic rock – ‘toka’ that the spring ‘puia’ originally flowed from.

As Zaelene Maxwell-Butler of Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, local mana whenua iwi shared,

“Takapuna of Maungauika (North Head) flowed from a small cave in the volcanic rock of Maungauika above Te Haukapua, known today as Torpedo Bay. The ancient spring continued to flow until circa 1900, when early Europeans dug a drainage channel beneath Maungauika, destroying the ancient puna (spring).”

On the poignant issue of seeing Māori expression and influence in the public spaces of Tāmaki Makaurau, Zaelene also says:

“Mana whenua identity has been missing from the landscape for a very long time, so opportunities like Toka Puia give mana whenua the opportunity to share our narratives, our reo and our cultural identity through design. It is important to us, to be able to show our tamariki mokopuna (children and grandchildren) our kuia kaumātua (elders), that we are still here, we are not invisible, we are important and we have our standing place, our tūrangawaewae and can be proud of who we are. To be able to see ourselves again in the landscape, is essential for the wellbeing of our people.”

Toka Puia is designed for the future needs of the community including active modes of transport, electric bike charging facilities and electric car share vehicles. But furthermore, the indigenous artwork and mana whenua narrative cloaked within the structure gives back a sense of identity to local mana whenua.

For more the details on the Toka Puia project you can watch this video to see the collaboration between Panuku Development Auckland, Auckland Transport and mana whenua to bring this building to full realisation.

Location: 14 Huron Street, Takapuna. Second entry located at 15 Northcroft Street.

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21 December 2020

Te Ara Awataha 2020 Update

Progress on Te Ara Awataha – a greenway for Northcote – has been good this year, despite the disruptions brought by COVID-19. Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve achieved.

February 2020

Construction on Greenslade Reserve commenced to transform the reserve into an attractive new public space with:

  • a high-performance sports field
  • an improved stormwater network underneath to service the Northcote area
  • a flourishing urban wetland
  • recreation facilities, including terraced seating, a BBQ area and a new walkway.

The work is being led by Auckland Council’s Healthy Waters.

May 2020

Panuku Development Auckland and Healthy Waters acquired a parcel of Ministry of Education land at 31 Fraser Avenue and 145-157 Lake Road for the school’s edge portion of the greenway.

The 9980sqm sloping, unusable site (about the size of a rugby field) formed part of Northcote Intermediate School and Onepoto Primary School.

Kate Cumberpatch, Priority Location Director, says it’s a great outcome for the community.

“This unloved, underused site will become a focal point of the new greenway at the schools’ edge. It will be revived as an outdoor classroom for the adjoining schools with a learning deck and terraced seating that will provide an open-air learning space for students.”
— Kate Cumberpatch, Priority Location Director, says it’s a great outcome for the community.

September 2020

Greenslade Reserve entered stage two works. This work involves the lowering of the existing sports field and the replacement of underground stormwater pipes to reduce the risk of flooding in and around the town centre.

In September the entire reserve was closed to begin earthworks to lower the field. The construction team from Piritahi has been digging up stormwater pipes to install bigger ones. This will enable more capacity by reducing pressure on the network with the incoming new housing development. Construction of the wetland is almost finished. This will restore natural ecosystems by encouraging new natural habitats in the wetland and connect the community to nature.

Despite challenges created by this year’s lockdowns, the project is tracking well. Work is expected to be completed and Greenslade Reserve will be reopened to the public in winter 2021.

Ongoing progress

  • Work continued on the restoration of Jessie Tonar Scout Reserve, the source of the Awataha Stream.
  • The community-led restorations days, delivered by Kaipātiki Project on behalf of Panuku, recommenced following the first nationwide lockdown. July was the largest attended yet with over 200 plants put into the ground.
  • The greenway project teams have continued to collaborate with mana whenua and their mandated artists to integrate cultural design and narratives across the greenway project.
  • A signage and wayfinding strategy got underway for Te Ara Awataha. Panuku is working with Auckland Transport and Auckland Council, mana whenua artists, mana whenua, and the Kaipātiki Local Board to further develop and refine the strategy which will ensure a coordinated and integrated approach to signage across Te Ara Awataha.
  • As part of an ongoing Zero waste / Para Kore Northcote project, Te Ara Awataha is exploring ways to reduce waste through its design and construction.
“Since the restoration commenced, an increasing variety of birds have been observed at the reserve including tuī, kererū, kotare and tauhou as well as familiar introduced species. The first sightings of kākā in over 30 years, and the first tuna (eel) speaks to the value of native wildlife restoration in the area.”
— Sara Zwart, greenway project lead

11 December 2020

Final blessing for Wynyard Edge Alliance works on the waterfront

Final blessing for Wynyard Edge Alliance works on the waterfront

An accumulation of many years of hard work was commemorated on the morning of 7 December, with a mana whenua-led ceremony to mark the completion of two places known as ‘breakwater one’ and ‘Silo Park extension’, as well as the connecting roads in between.

The last of the America’s Cup infrastructure sites to be completed, the morning ceremony signified the end of Panuku working closely with Wynyard Edge Alliance to deliver the extensive infrastructure works required to make the upcoming 36th America’s Cup Event a success.

It was a fitting sunrise for the occasion with a stunning sky of purple hues framing the city skyline and greeting the group as they walked over breakwater one.

The ceremony had iwi representatives from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Te Ākitai Waiohua, Ngaati Whanaunga, and Ngāti Paoa in attendance – alongside mana whenua-appointed artists Reuben Kirkwood and Tessa Harris.

The mahi toi of artist Reuben Kirkwood is visible along both breakwater one and two, along Hamer Street and within Silo Park extension.

Reuben’s mahi was led by the whakatauākī ‘Nga waka o Taikehu, me he kāhui kātaha kapi tai’- ‘The Canoes of Taikehu, like unto a shoal of herrings filling the sea’. This whakatauākī likens the once numerous waka on the Waitematā to a great shoal of fish. From this, three concept designs were developed: ngā whakarare tīponapona, puhoro kāhui and te waka o rangi whetū.

The puhoro kāhui design has been used on breakwater one and two to represent the ebb and flow of water. The te waka o rangi whetū design has been developed for Silo Park extension in the form of the stars used to guide the waka hourua at sea, and the ngā whakarare tīponapona design represents the lashing and binding of the knots used for waka.

Artist Tessa Harris worked collaboratively with landscape architects (LandLAB), Eke Panuku, and Wynyard Edge Alliance (WEA) to develop the design concept for Te Nukuao.

Te Nukuao explores the narrative, form, and symbolic presence of waka hourua sails as a design driver and reference to the history of Wynyard Quarter as a 'water space' pre-reclamation. The waka-inspired shade structure serves as a cultural marker for mana whenua within the Silo Park extension and offers shelter from the elements.

The design of Silo Park extension was led by LandLAB and acknowledges the context of the site within the Waitematā and retains traces of the site’s industrial history, supporting the Wynyard Quarter’s working waterfront identity.

Retaining the tanks within the space contributes to the precinct’s authentic industrial character and acknowledges the sites previous use, whilst introducing people-friendly features such as lighting and greenery.

At the end of the ceremony, both Tessa and Reuben shared the stories of their works and following their kōrero the group gathered for a photo under Te Nukuao within the new public space.

Over kai at Humble Canteen, speeches were shared by Ian Wheeler, Chief Operating Officer at Panuku, and Fraser Wyllie from the Wynyard Edge Alliance board. Both shared their gratitude for the work of all and spoke to the outstanding success of everyone’s combined efforts to achieve such a result.

The rate and pace of the change we have seen over the last two years is impressive and a credit to all – it’s amazing to see these sites transform from industrial to public spaces for people to love,” said Ian Wheeler. “Thank you to everyone for all your amazing work, you should be really proud.”

08 December 2020

Get to know your waterfront

Get to know your waterfront

The America's Cup is coming to Auckland's waterfront, and many new public spaces and developments have reached completion ahead of the event.

To celebrate these new spaces, and to share stories of Wynyard Quarter’s past, present and future, Panuku has created an informative and interactive walking tour.

This walking tour is housed in an app called AKL City Tours, and it allows anyone interested in learning about Wynyard Quarter to self-guide themselves around the waterfront to find out more.

It was launched on 27 November with an in-person version of the tour hosted by Auckland Transport’s (and exiting Panuku) board chair Adrienne Young-Cooper, Panuku’s CE David Rankin, Panuku’s Head of Placemaking Frith Walker and its Priority Location Director for the waterfront, Fiona Knox. A group of key players including Councillor Chris Darby, Auckland Council’s Chief Executive Jim Stabback, Alexandra Bonham from the Waitematā Local Board and Viv Beck from Heart of the City were in attendance and guided around Wynyard Quarter.

Stops on the walking tour included Ūrunga Plaza, Amey Daldy Park, Tīramarama Way and the newly restored Percy Vos Shed, as well as many different points of interest in between. At each stop there were subject matter experts onsite to talk to their projects and the thought process that has gone into them.

Adrienne Young-Cooper welcomed the group with an opening speech at Karanga Kiosk before leading the group to their first stop on the tour, Ūrunga Plaza. Scott Wigglesworth of Isthmus Group spoke to the concept of design that tied the newly opened public space to the Viaduct Harbour and Waitematā. From the use of a custom-made Viaduct colour palette, to the placement of the shells in the promenade pathway, and the ‘woodstack’ seating design that symbolises the industrial timber mill history of the area, every detail was incredibly considered and thought out.

The second stop was Amey Daldy Park, which is due to open to the public Friday 4 December. The group were met and shown around the new pocket park by Ethan Reid and Henry Crothers from LandLAB and the Auckland Transport Project Director Luke Donald.

“This park is designed to be a backyard for those who live and work in the Wynyard Quarter,” said Donald. “It’s a little green oasis with trees to offer plenty of shade, and rolling topography to add texture to the otherwise flat Wynyard Quarter landscape,” he said.

After receiving an early access tour of the park before it is officially blessed and opened this week, the group moved onto Tīramarama Way to hear from Nathan Young of Wraight + Associates and artist Lisa Reihana about the detail and design of the quarter’s newest laneway.

From the 408,000 individually sandblasted dots in the ground, to the playful purposeful puddles that feature water that rises and falls with the tide, and the magnificent Matariki inspired light display lining the laneway, Lisa and Nathan captivated the group as they relayed their vision and involvement with the space.

Transitioning away from the laneway in the heart of Wynyard Quarter, the group then toured towards the more industrial end of the precinct. Everyone was met by the nostalgic scent of restored timber as they reached the entrance to the newly restored Percy Vos Shed on Hamer Street. In amongst the gasps of marvel, Frith Walker imparted tales of her family connection to the waterfront and the importance of the restoration and the preservation of Wynyard Quarter’s maritime history. “This place and the skills it will nurture are core to our marine story – from our beautiful classic yachts to the big superyachts and everything in between. That is Percy’s legacy. “

“My uncles says, “your ancestors are looking out through your eyes so you better make sure you are giving them something good to look at”. That is true for so many of us here and so I always think, we need to make sure that what we’re doing here counts,” she said.

Having the shed restored to its former glory represents a historic moment for boat building and Auckland’s seafaring history. Now that stage one is complete, stage two of the shed restoration will complete the renovation and see the slipway reconnected to the shed to enable the haul out of boats and other vessels.

At the last stop of the tour, the group gathered in the atrium of the recently completed 5-star Park Hyatt Hotel to hear about the Fu Wah and Park Hyatt story from Brett Sweetman and Richard Aitken from the hotel. They spoke about the early stages of negotiations leading to an agreement to develop back in 2011, to its recent completion in September this year.

Ending the tour hearing about the near-decade-long journey of the hotel really signified how much thought, dedication and passion has gone into transforming the waterfront precinct into what it is today.

Wynyard Quarter is a flagship regeneration neighbourhood for Panuku, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council. It is one of New Zealand’s most master planned neighbourhoods and it has been developed to deliver a strong vision to open up the water’s edge of the Waitematā in the central city to the public.

When you are next down in the waterfront, be sure to download the AKL City Tours app and discover for yourself some of the amazing stories Wynyard Quarter has to offer.

02 December 2020

Ceremony marks the completion of Toka Puia car park in Takapuna

Ceremony marks the completion of Toka Puia car park in Takapuna

Just over two years ago, construction of a new car park building for Takapuna got underway. The new car park, on the corner of Huron, Northcroft and Auburn streets, is now complete and will open its doors to Takapuna locals and visitors on Thursday 3 December.

Marking the completion, a karakia whakawātea [blessing ceremony] took place on site on Friday 27 November, attended by those who have been part of the development. The group gathered just before dawn, joining a procession around the site led by mana whenua reciting a karakia [blessing] to cleanse the area.

A name for the car park was revealed at the ceremony. The name ‘Toka Puia’ was gifted by mana whenua. It references the volcanic rock – ‘toka’ that the spring originally flowed from – ‘puia’.

Chris Darby, North Shore Ward Councillor and Planning Committee Chair, says Toka Puia is more than a car park. It plays a key role in transitioning Takapuna for the future, reshaping it with people and wonderful public spaces in mind.

“Takapuna is a step closer to having the distinctive connected and thriving town centre it deserves, against the backdrop of Auckland’s best urban beach.

“Toka Puia’s many bike parks, electric bike charging facilities, changing rooms and electric car share vehicles (with room to add more) are a special feature of this building and set us on a positive course for the future.”

Aidan Bennett, Chair of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, says the completion is an exciting milestone for the community.

“The completion of Toka Puia is an important piece of enabling Takapuna’s future growth. Like the rest of our community, I have been looking forward to seeing the completion of the new car park with modern amenities for the shopping precinct as we work towards bringing the Takapuna town square to life.”

Toka Puia stands at five storeys with a distinctive, metallic gold lattice pattern inspired by the former gas storage and supply structure that once stood on the site. Mana whenua artworks to be installed on each floor in the coming months ensure that Toka Puia uniquely represents the place, and it’s cultural and natural histories.

The building will open to the public on 3 December, under the management of Auckland Transport.

Once open, Toka Puia will provide 420 short-stay car parks to replace the 250 parks at 40 Anzac Street, which is planned to be transformed into a new town square, shops, eateries, businesses and homes.

The car park will also provide 84 bike parks (including 28 eBike spaces), changing rooms, electric bike charging facilities, and electric car share vehicles.

Kate Cumberpatch, Priority Location Director at Panuku Development Auckland, says Toka Puia marks Panuku’s first, fully completed development as part of the Unlock Takapuna programme.

“Its build is significant to enable the revitalisation of Takapuna’s town centre as envisioned in the Takapuna Framework plan of 2017. The provision of this purpose-built parking facility means we can now turn our attention to creating a safe, accessible and vibrant town centre in the heart of Takapuna.”

Relocating car parking from the middle of the town centre to the perimeter (200m, a 3-5 minute walk) will support economic activity in the town centre by creating more spaces for people, events, markets and outdoor dining.

Roger Freakley, Manager of Commercial Contracts and Parking Facilities at Auckland Transport continues:

“We are looking forward to operationalising the car park and assisting with Panuku’s vision to make Takapuna’s town centre more friendly for people over cars. In time, visitors to the town centre will head straight to Toka Puia rather than trawling for on-street car parks through the town centre. The resultant reduction in congestion and noise/air pollution will make Takapuna town centre a more people-friendly environment to eat, shop, play and stay.”

The new facility is close to the bus stops on Lake Road. Further car parking at the Killarney Street car park will create choice for those coming into Takapuna to park closer to their destination, be it the beach, Hurstmere Road, or elsewhere.

The journey from Toka Puia to the town centre is another important part of the overall vision for Takapuna. A series of temporary interventions co-designed with the local community will be implemented early next year to test and trial improvements to the walking connections and street environment, with a view to install permanent improvements.

As for the remainder of the 6,000 sqm Gasometer site (the car park accounts for 2,500 sqm), this will eventually become a high-quality blend of shops, businesses or homes that will assist in the town centre’s future growth.

Terence Harpur, CEO of Takapuna Beach Business Association, welcomes the opening of the new car park in time for increased retail activity, summer, and the America’s Cup.

“Despite the pandemic outbreak, Takapuna’s development projects are achieving exciting momentum. The new car park building, along with improvements to Hurstmere Road already seen in the larger footpaths and kerb lines, new pedestrian crossings, stone walls, seating and lights will create a strong retail environment, more al fresco dining, and an area centred around pedestrians.”

Quick facts:

  • Toka Puia was designed by Ignite Architects and Structus consultants and took just over two years to build by Argon Construction
  • During construction, 550 workers worked on the building and clocked roughly 250,000 hours of work in total
  • The metallic gold lattice pattern on the outside of the building was inspired by the former gas storage and supply structure that once stood on the site, built in 1915
  • Artwork depicting the cultural narrative for Takapuna, guided by the history and storytelling of mana whenua, is being created by mana whenua-nominated artists Tessa Harris and Graham Tipene, and will be installed on each floor in the coming months

Opening date: Thursday 3 December

Location: 14 Huron Street, Takapuna. Second entry located at 15 Northcroft Street.

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01 December 2020

A new walking, cycling and car route for Manukau

A new walking, cycling and car route for Manukau

At sunrise this morning, mana whenua performed a karakia whakawātea on Barrowcliffe Bridge in Manukau.

The blessing celebrated the beginning of construction to transform the bridge into a new walking and cycling route. Once completed, the bridge will reconnect the Wiri community with the Manukau town centre, making it safer and easier to access. The design will also celebrate the unique identity of the area.

Barrowcliffe Bridge has remained closed to cars since the construction of State Highway 20. During that time, it has been used as an informal walking route from Wiri to the town centre.

This project will transform the old motorway over-bridge into a joint walking, cycling and car travel route.

Panuku is also enabling over 300 homes in a new residential suburb on the southern side of the bridge, at Kōtuitui Place and Puhinui Park. This route will be an important connection for the current and future residents of this suburb to access the town centre.

Panuku Development Auckland Priority Location Director for the south, Richard Davison says: “We’re proud to have delivered this project in partnership with mana whenua, other parts of Auckland Council and our development partners. It’s a privilege to be able to offer not only new homes, but surrounding amenity such as this bridge, to the Manukau community. I hope that the bridge and housing development will enable Aucklanders to be able to buy good quality, affordable homes within walking distance of a town centre which contains anything they might need.”

The project has been supported by Auckland Council’s elected representatives including councillors Angela Dalton, Daniel Newman, Efeso Collins and Alf Filipaina, as well as the Ōtāra-Papatoetoe and Manurewa local boards.

By 2040, Manukau will have grown from 6,000 to 20,000 people. This project is part of Panuku’s wider urban regeneration programme for Manukau, which includes enhancing connectivity for the Wiri community and a healthy Puhinui Stream.

By 2040, Manukau will aim to have:

- More affordable homes and housing choices

- A revamped Hayman Park and Manukau Plaza, surrounded by shops and eateries

- A healthy Puhinui Stream

- A hub for learning, innovation and community enterprise

- More job opportunities in the town centre

- Safe, vibrant and interesting streets

After the ceremony, the group gathered at the Manukau Council Chambers for kai, mihimihi and whanaungatanga. Following that, the group went on a tour of the homes at Kōtuitui Place and Puhinui Park, hosted by the New Zealand Housing Foundation and Avant Property Development.

Construction on the bridge is expected to be completed mid-to-late 2021.

27 November 2020

Panuku releases its annual report

Panuku releases its annual report

Today Panuku Development Auckland released its latest annual report. The report covers our performance for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

Auckland is facing rapid growth. Quality development is required to accommodate this growth, and to ensure people love and can afford to live in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Panuku's acting Chief Executive David Rankin says:

“Despite challenges, we’re proud to have made good progress this financial year. COVID-19 has shown us that neighbourhood resilience is more important than ever. As Auckland’s urban regeneration specialists, we’re now even more determined to shape spaces that Aucklander’s not only love, but that also make us stronger and more resilient in times of crisis.”


  • On the waterfront we're preparing for the 36th America’s Cup, including planning for the future of the site once the event is over
  • We've made good progress on waterfront projects including the restoration of the heritage Percy Vos Boat Shed, the new laneway Tiramarama Way and a marine village and promenade at Westhaven
  • In Manukau, we are working with the New Zealand Housing Foundation and Te Ākitai Waiohua to build a new neighbourhood of up to 300 homes on Kōtuitui Street
  • The new MIT Park within Manukau has just completed construction and initiated the hand-over phase
  • We have started work on our new neighbourhood, Pukekohe
  • We made good progress in Northcote to consolidate our holding in the town centre, so we can redevelop it as a whole
  • In Takapuna, we took a significant step to building a new town square and construction is well underway for the new car park on Huron Street
  • In Avondale we are progressing plans for a new community facility and town square
  • We are welcoming Laidlaw College to Henderson, which is a great result for the town centre
  • In Panmure we’ve purchased two key sites which will contribute to the wider revitalisation of the neighbourhood
  • We’ve been focusing on developing a masterplan for Onehunga Wharf
  • Within our property portfolio we have purchased 10 properties for parks and 21 properties for urban regeneration.

You can get all the detail on our performance in the annual report or watch this video to see our people talking about their highlights for the last year.

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24 November 2020

Renowned architectural groups to design Avondale community facility and town square

Renowned architectural groups to design Avondale community facility and town square

Two celebrated New Zealand architecture and design studios, Athfield Architects and Isthmus Group, have been appointed to design the new community facility and upgraded town square for Avondale.

Athfield Architects, commissioned by Auckland Council, will design a new multi-million dollar community and library facility in central Avondale. Isthmus, commissioned by Panuku Development Auckland, will design the upgrades to the town square. The two architectural firms will be working closely together to develop an integrated design.

Athfield Architects brings a wealth of experience and expertise in designing civic and community spaces, including Te Pātaka Kōrero o Te Hau Kapua (Devonport Library) and Waitohi (Johnsonville’s library and community hub in Wellington).

The creation of unique and welcoming public places is an area that Isthmus has shown strength in through an array of projects including Freyberg Place (central Auckland) and the Kumutoto Precinct (Wellington’s waterfront project).

Whau ward councillor Tracy Mulholland welcomed the appointments. “I’m delighted to have Athfield Architects on board and excited to see these highly-anticipated projects get underway which I know will be warmly welcomed by the people of Avondale.”

Kay Thomas, Chair of the Whau Local Board, is also positive about the appointments. “This year has been a challenging time for the community. I’m excited that the future Avondale will be a place where locals can meet in the enhanced town square and the purpose-built community facility.”

Mirla Edmundson, General Manager Libraries and Information, Auckland Council says the selection process was important to ensure that the appointed architects could deliver the best possible outcome for Avondale.

“We wanted to ensure that cultural practice and sustainability principles will be incorporated into the successful design. We had input from mana whenua and council’s sustainability team fed into the evaluation process and we are eager to see how the designs develop with community involvement.”

Panuku Development Auckland, council’s urban regeneration agency, is leading the regeneration of Avondale’s town centre over the next 15 years. Panuku is also working closely with the rest of the council whānau including Auckland Transport, Kāinga Ora, private sector developers and the Avondale community.

John Carter, Panuku’s Priority Location Director for Avondale, is excited to lead this programme. “Avondale is a suburb with a huge amount of potential and our role is to ensure that the regeneration is well-planned and supported by appropriate investment. We are excited to see some lively community spaces being created for Avondale through this design work. All of this complements Panuku’s work in facilitating high quality housing and improved connections for pedestrians, cyclists and those using public transport; to strongly support a vibrant future Avondale.”

Formal consultation on the design is planned for mid-2021.


Photo credit - Luke Harvey


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