Panuku Development Auckland

01 October 2019

Panuku’s 2018-19 Annual Report released

Today we’ve released our latest annual report. This report covers our performance for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

For the past few years, Panuku has been in a strategic planning phase in many of our neighbourhoods we work in. This vision is now becoming a reality in many locations across Auckland.

Some highlights of the last year include:

  • Buying the Onehunga Wharf so that we can reconnect Onehunga with its foreshore
  • Consultation and support for a new town square for Takapuna
  • Landscape improvements in Putney Way
  • Approval of the proposal to revitalise Pukekohe’s town centre
  • Revealing new designs for the Ormiston town centre
  • Confirming a new marine facility for Wynyard Quarter
  • Working with MIT on their new tech hub for Manukau
  • Releasing the Northcote Town Centre Masterplan
  • Agreeing a preferred operator and concept designs for the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park
  • Reaching an agreement to develop the Civic Administration Building into apartments

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

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Panuku Annual Report 2018-19

13 September 2019

Two new directors for Panuku board

Auckland Council has appointed two new directors to the board of Panuku. They are John Coop and Victoria Carroll.

These appointments follow a rigorous selection process that sought directors who were highly qualified and experienced in a range of industry, technical, and specialist skills and abilities. These appointments were then approved by the council’s Appointments, Performance Review and Value for Money Committee (APRVM).

John Coop

John Coop has practiced architecture in Auckland for 20 years and has been involved in teams spearheading major projects across the city. He is the Managing Director of Warren and Mahoney, Director of Warren and Mahoney Limited, and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

John has been the President of the Auckland Architecture Association, Chair of the Auckland Council City Centre Advisory Board and a member of the committee of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Property Council.

Victoria Carroll

Victoria Carroll has in-depth residential housing sector experience. She is Deputy Chair of Nga Potiki Treaty Settlement Trust, a voluntary trustee to Community Housing Aotearoa and was a long serving trustee of Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporation.

The Managing Director of Papakainga Solutions Limited, Victoria was a former treaty settlement negotiator for Nga Potiki a Tamapahore and legal practitioner in the areas of resource management, Māori land law and Treaty settlements.

Victoria is Nga Potiki a Tamapahore, Ngati Uenukukopako, Ngai Tahu, Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahugnunu.

The new directors will begin their roles from 1 November 2019 for a three-year period until 31 October 2022.

New directors

Victoria Carroll
John Coop

02 September 2019

World class marine village for Westhaven

Construction begins this month on a new village hub at Westhaven Marina.

The Westhaven Marine Village will be a new home for marine businesses in Auckland.

When it opens in August 2020, the village will provide purpose-built space within Westhaven for marine businesses such as chandlers, brokerages and specialist services, as well as a place for marina visitors to stop, rest and get a bite to eat.

Panuku Development Auckland’s Project Development Director- Waterfront, Katelyn Orton, says the village is designed to celebrate the industrial history of the area.

“This is a really exciting project that will help position Westhaven Marina as a world class facility for the marine industry, with space for 13 businesses to operate.

“As well a catering for boaties, it will be a great location for marina visitors to enjoy the waterfront experience,” she says.

The village is being constructed at the car park south of the marina office. The marina’s car park layout is being revised to ensure that the same number of car parks will be maintained across Westhaven.

No works are planned during summer weekends to minimise disruption for visitors.

This is one of a number of projects currently underway at Westhaven Marina.

Stage two of the Westhaven Promenade is currently in construction. This will complete the 400m waterfront boardwalk connection from the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Z Pier and will open next year.

Panuku is also progressing plans to convert approximately 100 underused pile moorings, that people access via dinghy, into 117 modern and fully serviced moorings that people can walk to. This project will also include extending the existing causeway near the yacht clubs to the existing seawall.

These projects are all outcomes of the 2013 Westhaven Plan and will meet the changing needs of marina users and visitors.

Picture above is an artist impression of what the Westhaven Marine Village could look like.

22 August 2019

Bulk Storage Terminal transformation to begin

The transformation of Wynyard Quarter is continuing, with the demolition of 38 tanks at the Bulk Storage Terminal beginning on 26 August 2019.

The work will enable the public space around Silo Park to be expanded in time for the 36th America’s Cup.

As part of the negotiations during 2017, the Government and Auckland Council agreed with the Bulk Storage Terminal to exit its site early, providing much needed space for the event.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says progress to remove the tanks and free up public space around Silo Park will be welcomed by Aucklanders.

“Hazardous substance tanks have no place on our waterfront. This will make Wynyard Quarter a more attractive place to visit and help make AC36 the best America’s Cup yet. In the longer term, it will enable the rejuvenation of the area for public use, with a fantastic headland park, linear park and maritime precinct, creating a focal point for Aucklanders and visitors to enjoy world-class views, shopping, eating and entertainment.”

Panuku’s Project Development Director – Waterfront, Katelyn Orton, says the demolition will be a big change at Wynyard Quarter.

“The demolition of the tanks will make Wynyard Quarter look dramatically different but we will retain a number of the iconic tanks and some of the industrial hardware to celebrate the area’s history, while opening more public space for Aucklanders and visitors to enjoy.

“We have a great opportunity to build on the legacy of the America’s Cup with a new public space, as well as leveraging off the popularity and success of Silo Park,” she says.

Panuku is working with our iwi partners and the Wynyard Edge Alliance to finalise the park design and the demolition is the first step to make sure that the site is ready for construction once the designs are completed.

The demolition will take approximately eight weeks and will be undertaken by Yakka Contracting. The site will be remediated by Wynyard Edge Alliance.

As part of the demolition, the temporary artwork that currently covers several tanks will be removed.

“The artwork, while temporary, has become part of the fabric of the area. The materials it is made of are beginning to deteriorate, and to avoid it being a risk to the surrounding environment we will be removing them as part of the demolition,” Ms Orton says.

11 July 2019

Plans for a new town square in Takapuna green lit

Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee approved Panuku’s proposal to reclassify land in central Takapuna for new open public space at a meeting on Wednesday 10 July.

The proposal put forward by Panuku outlined recommendations for a public space of approximately 3,200m² across 40 Anzac Street and 34-38 Hurstmere Road, a location that follows the preferred outcome of a public consultation in July 2018 to connect Lake and Hurstmere roads.

The decision confirms the footprint of the future public space and allows for detailed design work to move ahead.

The footprint, situated over a location favoured by the community, offers visual and physical connections to adjoining spaces such as Potters Park and Hurstmere Green, a connection of laneways, abundant sunlight, places to sit and relax and opportunities for markets and community events.

North Shore Ward Councillor and Planning Committee Chair Chris Darby says:

“A new public space will provide a lively social and cultural heart for the Takapuna community to come together for events and gatherings and to eat, shop, live, work and spend time.”

“We are committed to bringing the very best of design expertise to create a wonderful public space connecting the beach, Hurstmere Road, and high street retail to the bus station and Shore City, which is crucial to ensuring a vibrant Takapuna for the future.”

Panuku’s Director of Development Allan Young says: “The committee decision is a positive step towards progressing essential revitalisation work in Takapuna.”

“Our proposal imagines a lively, centrally-located public space for Takapuna. It will be surrounded by shops, eateries, businesses and new homes that are critical to not only the regeneration of Takapuna, but to Auckland as a city too.”

“We’re committed to delivering a public space that Takapuna will be proud of. Panuku’s strategy is informed by international urban design best practice and includes understanding about how local residents use the existing space, with community input essential to the process.”

Find out more about the urban regeneration of Takapuna

Map of proposed public space

The above is a site map of proposed Takapuna public space across 40 Anzac Street and 38 Hurstmere Road: Our proposal follows the preferred outcome of a public consultation in July 2018 to connect Lake and Hurstmere roads.

14 October 2019

Revitalised Papatoetoe Mall purchased by local businessman

If you haven’t been to Papatoetoe’s shopping strip along St Georges Street in a while, you might be surprised to find a new energy zipping through the iconic town centre.

Meander down there today and you’ll find a newly upgraded mall, modern supermarket and large public space where people can soak up the sun’s rays, hang out with friends and make new connections.

Come summer there’ll be a pop-up coffee cart and possibly markets on weekends too. When we visited, locals were enjoying sushi and sandwiches in the courtyard at lunchtime.

This renewed energy is a result of Panuku Development Auckland’s regeneration activity in the town centre, exciting local investors too.

Significantly, the upgraded Papatoetoe Mall has recently been purchased by local businessman Billa Singh.

“Moving to the neighbourhood from India 30 years ago, not much has changed over this time until Panuku came and pulled down the old mall,” says the mall’s new owner Billa Singh.

“When it was rebuilt and then went on the market, I knew I wanted to keep it local. I’m excited to be able to give something back to a community that has given me so much.

“It’d be really great to start some markets here, and this is such a great space to run movie nights as well – maybe show a film like The Lion King, something that the community would enjoy.”

Lynette O’Brien, the pharmacist who co-owns the local Unichem is optimistic about the town centre’s future and is delighted with the mall’s modernisation.

“Our pharmacy has been here since the mall opened in 1971. Compared to what was here before, it’s magical. The light now filters through the trees and building canopy which makes it really nice to sit outside. This mall is in a great location to connect the community with everything in walking distance including the supermarket, library and train station.

“A lot of people cross paths here and it’s great to be able to have a space where people can come together and soak up the energy of this place. I’m really looking forward to seeing people come and enjoy this space a lot more.”

Meanwhile, New World owner Max McDermid is busy working up ideas to bring the community together in the large public space recently completed next to the supermarket and mall.

“As part of our supermarket upgrade we partnered with Panuku to create a large public space where people can hang out and the community can come together. Now that the construction is complete we just have to put it all into action.

“At the moment I’m working on a plan to open up a coffee cart in partnership with the Papatoetoe Food Hub, the community cafe which has opened up across the car park. The food hub is a great initiative and this move will help expose the new business to more customers while providing a café offering in a great location so people can linger and enjoy the space a bit more.”

He’s already driven all the way down to Wellington to collect the ‘cute’ little cart and bring it back up to Auckland where it’s currently being fitted out.

“I’m also looking at running market days out front, although this is just an idea at this stage - we should start to see it all come together nicely in time for summer.”

The Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board was a key partner on this upgrade and provided valuable input and direction particularly around place making, ensuring the resulting improvements were something locals could embrace.

10 October 2019

Native birdlife returns to D’Oyly Reserve

The restoration of a natural stream and native planting at D’Oyly Reserve has resulted in an unprecedented return of birdlife to the greenway in Stanmore Bay.​​

Last year a natural stream that had been redirected into an underground pipe was brought back above the ground in a process known as daylighting.

The project was a collaborative effort between Panuku Development Auckland and Auckland Council’s Healthy Waters.

Previously, the stream at D’Oyly Reserve was buried and the area converted into a lawned public space. During this time, drainage issues were frequent and the reserve was typically underused.

Daylighting the stream created an immediate catchment for rainwater which vastly improved the drainage issues. This process was reinforced by the replanting of native trees and smaller plants, like kowharawhara, which naturally helps to prevent soil erosion.

Walkways, rest stops, seating areas and a small playground have turned an otherwise underutilised space into an inviting public greenway for residents, but the native plants have brought back some of the flightier locals too.

Neighbours and maintenance workers have noted the return of tui, korimako (bellbirds) and piwakawaka (fantails) in increasing numbers, reviving a once-diminished dawn chorus at the reserve.

Native trees and plants like kowhai and harakeke (flax) provide critical food and shelter for the much-loved birdlife of New Zealand, and initiatives like this allow them to return to urban and suburban parts of Auckland.

Allan Young, Director of Development at Panuku has been thrilled with the success in the greenway.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome with the D’Oyly Reserve daylighting project. The re-establishment of a beautiful and practical waterway with a thriving local ecosystem is a testament to the work of everyone who came together, from multiple organisations, to make this happen.”

Funding for the greenway project was obtained, in part, from the development of a formerly council-owned site at 20 Link Crescent, where Panuku is working with McConnell Property to build sixty new homes, alongside a small wetland reserve and playground.

05 September 2019

Unitec students work on real-world brief

At the beginning of the year our Henderson team sat down with lecturers from the Unitec School of Architecture to help them design a real-world brief for students to respond to as part of their curriculum.

The brief was based on a couple of sites earmarked for housing, both of which were close to the train station.

From the brief the students researched and looked at overseas examples before coming up with their own concepts for the sites.

Unitec’s Academic Programme Manager, Yusef Patel, says a really important part of the project was the review process which involved those with industry experience.

“Design critique was the most important for the students because that’s where they got a lot a good feedback. That feedback was then acted upon by the students,” he said.

Working on a brief like this means that the students get a much better handle on how these projects work in the real world. This makes them better equipped to contribute to the industry when they graduate.

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Unitec students work on real-world brief

03 September 2019

Another step for Avondale Library and Community Centre

Plans for the new $21 million Avondale multipurpose community facility have taken another step forward following completion of the project vision and design brief.

Following extensive community consultation earlier in the year, the project vision, which informs the requirements of the design brief, has now been approved by Whau Local Board.

Community engagement

There were two phases of community engagement to inform the vision and design brief, building on previous community feedback, and testing service and spatial requirements.

Consultation received more than 1860 comments, ideas and suggestions.

The design brief outlines the spaces that are required to meet the vision, key provisions and engagement themes.

They are categorised as public realm (particularly the town square but also including the new laneway and Great North Road interface), arrival and multi-purpose community spaces. There are also back-of-house spaces such as staff workrooms and building services.

Whau Local Board Chair, Tracy Mulholland says that the significant community input means the community can be confident that the facility will be designed with its needs and requirements in mind.

Next steps

The next step will be to engage a design team, with concept work scheduled to begin in late 2019 and further community consultation to take place once the concepts have been designed.

The project, announced earlier in the year, is part of Panuku Development Auckland’s Unlock Avondale programme. Panuku has identified Avondale as an area of huge opportunity and is leading its regeneration over the next 15 years on behalf of Auckland Council.

Construction of the new facility will be part-funded through the sale of the current library and community centre site, with proceeds from the sale ring-fenced for the new multipurpose facility including additional land.

Project vision

The project vision is to:

  • create a new heart for Avondale that integrates a new community facility, town square and open space which reflects Avondale’s unique identity
  • encourage and enable community ownership and activation
  • support community delivery of responsive programmes, services and activities
  • create a vibrant hub for Avondale which integrates community, library and light recreation uses in a flexible, multipurpose development
  • create a place which activates and complements the Avondale town centre
  • celebrate the significance of mana whenua, local and wider, cultural landscapes.

27 August 2019

Explained: How we invest in our neighbourhoods

Council’s strategy for investing money is often complex, with budgets for various projects coming from different ‘pots’ of money across council.

At Panuku, our work falls into two areas.

Firstly, we work with other parts of council to deliver ‘public good’ projects. These include improving infrastructure and delivering public spaces. ‘Public good’ might include parks, playgrounds, cycling paths, street upgrades or town squares.

Secondly, we work with partners such as central government, iwi, not-for-profit and the private sector to deliver development that will contribute positively to the urban regeneration of an area. We work with our development partners to agree good outcomes, including creating buildings that benefit neighbourhoods.

We treat development in our urban regeneration neighbourhoods as a collective programme of work. When we sell a site, the revenue goes into a ‘pot’ and we allocate the money in this ‘pot’ based on best value for Aucklanders. This approach takes into consideration neighbourhoods where we might not have a lot of property to sell, but we can see a lot of potential. Land has different values in different parts of the city, and the strategy also creates balance around this.

It's important to look at our existing and future investment in context with the rest of council’s. For example, in Avondale, the council is funding a new community facility. Panuku is funding a new town square and other public good projects which are being designed alongside the community facility.

Our approach to investment mirrors council’s approach to rates. Council doesn’t spend what it received in each suburb, rather it determines spending against need and priorities. As our work progresses we will continue to review and build our understanding of the needs and priorities of each of our neighbourhoods.

David Rankin, COO
Panuku Development Auckland

22 August 2019

Mannix Market a sell-out success

Transform Manukau’s annual Mannix Market took place over the weekend with locals pouring into the square to buy up large and support budding entrepreneurs.

A joint venture between Panuku Development Auckland, The Southern Initiative and Young Enterprise, Mannix Market showcased groups from Alfriston College, Al-Madinah School, Aorere College, De La Salle College, Manurewa High School, Papatoetoe High School, One Tree Hill College and Southern Cross Campus.

There were 30 stalls on the day selling everything from South Auckland-made food to arts and crafts, designer gifts and décor. Several stalls were so popular they sold out of product, while market-goers were treated to live music and cultural performances from South Auckland’s finest, up and coming talent.

$500 cash prizes were awarded to Poly Ako from Aorere College for best dressed stall, JPJ from Papatoetoe High School for best customer service and the most innovative product award went to Venture-Preneurs from Manurewa High School for their diversity dolls.

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the year’s event, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next year.

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Mannix Market

13 August 2019

Combating climate change in our neighbourhoods

Combating climate change in our neighbourhoods

This past week has been an eventful one for the waterfront. The Wynyard Quarter celebrated its 8th birthday on Saturday and the waterfront has played host to mother nature’s power with 24 hours of wild weather that has caused significant damage to The Cloud and Westhaven Marina.

Climate change will mean we can expect more frequent extreme weather events like these along with sea level rise, increased temperatures and changes to rainfall. At the waterfront, and across all our neighbourhoods, Panuku is working to future-proof our communities against the effects of the changing environment.

We’re taking climate change adaptation and resilience into account in the design and delivery of buildings, spaces and infrastructure. In doing this we set standards for our development partners and ourselves, regarding environmental performance.

High-performance green buildings that can cope with hotter temperatures, water-sensitive design principles, green infrastructure (like the rain gardens throughout the Wynyard Quarter) and increased tree cover are all critical for climate adaptation and resilience. We use these approaches to support a healthy and comfortable built environment, promote ecological and biodiversity values and minimise flood risk.

Our urban regeneration approach also promotes a low-carbon lifestyle where people can live, work and play near to their homes and public transport. This reduces reliance on private car travel and supports more frequent walking and cycling.

These storms give us a glimpse of a future that we need to be prepared for and underscore the importance of delivering buildings, spaces and infrastructure that are future proofed and climate ready.

Kristen Webster
Head of Corporate Responsibility

02 August 2019

Manukau shines at Property Case Competition

Manukau shines at Property Case Competition

The University of Auckland’s Management Consulting Club recently held its 2019 Property Case Competition with students from Pelican Property Partnership taking home the win and a $2500 cash prize.

Teams from the university’s finance and property schools were invited to take part in the challenge where they were presented with a real world case study and given 48 hours to prepare and present their solution.

Solutions not only had to address how to develop the property, but also needed to take into account best use of the site as well as highest return on investment.

This year’s case study was based on Panuku’s development site at 31-33 Manukau Station Road and the four finalist teams all had interesting options for progressing a development.

Panuku Project Director for Transform Manukau Clive Fuhr sat on the judging panel and was thoroughly impressed by the quality and thought that had been put into the proposals.

“To see this calibre of work and ideas is extremely encouraging and bodes well for some bright futures in the property development industry.

“The value of real world experience cannot be understated and I am thrilled I was fortunate enough to sit on the judging panel.”

The winning team, Pelican Property Partnership, will go on to compete in the Australasian competition, and if successful there, will progress to the world championship held annually in New York.

01 August 2019

South Auckland urban stream set for regeneration

Strengthening the connection between nature and the community will be key in a project to restore the mauri of South Auckland’s Puhinui Stream.

Poor water quality, litter and other environmental problems will be addressed to create a healthy ecosystem by instilling a sense of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) through working with the local community and mana whenua.

The project will create a beautiful backyard for the people of Manukau with more green spaces for children to play in, hear bird life and enjoy nature.

It will also protect and encourage the regrowth of the population of many native species in the stream, including the long and short-finned eels for which the Puhinui has been known since Māori settled the area.

The regeneration will seek to connect destinations along the stream’s route, including its ‘missing link’ through the Counties Manukau Health Superclinic site. It will also provide a healthier and more accessible connection between the Manukau Harbour and Auckland Botanic Gardens.

A long-held community aspiration, this project will transform the 12km stream from its source in Tōtara Park, through the heart of Manukau, to where it empties into the Manukau Harbour. The project will be jointly led by Panuku and Auckland Council.

Panuku’s Director of Design and Place Rod Marler says Panuku is investing in the stream to restore the environment while attracting further investment into the area in the form of residential development and economic activity.

“The Puhinui Stream has been neglected for too long. There are many issues we need to resolve such as poor water quality, stream bank erosion, illegal dumping and green space that isn’t being used,” says Marler.

“Over the next 15 years, the population of Manukau is projected to increase from 6,000 to 20,000, and that’s just in the town centre. It’s essential that infrastructure and green spaces are enhanced to support this growth, and that they are planned and designed to the highest quality and detail.”

A collaboration

Panuku and Auckland Council are creating the strategy and work programme in collaboration with others including mana whenua, the local community, Department of Conservation, Healthy Families, Manurewa and Ōtāra-Papatoetoe local boards and The Southern Initiative.

Cultural Design and Engagement Kaihautū (navigator) Lucy Tukua of NativebyNature has been supporting the project engagement with mana whenua. She is confident that the partnership between mana whenua and the wider team supports a mana whenua-led pūrākau (deep cultural narrative) and acknowledges their whakapapa (relationship) underpinning the regeneration of the Puhinui Stream.

Realising the stream’s potential is part of Panuku’s vision for Manukau. Through the strategic plan for the area mana whenua have defined a ‘mai i ngā maunga ki te moana’ (from the mountains to the sea) approach to the Puhinui, an important link to Manukau’s cultural and ecological heritage.

Restoring an ecosystem

It will also seek to expand public open spaces and facilities by improving recreational and other uses of places like Hayman Park, the Barrowcliffe housing development and creating a new playground in Wiri.

Auckland Council’s General Manager of Healthy Waters Craig McIlroy says that improving water quality will be key for the project and sustaining it for the long term is best achieved when council and the community work together.

“Our natural waterways should be well connected to green spaces and to transport options such as walkways and cycleways.”

“If people use and enjoy local waterways they will better appreciate them and will take better care of them.”

Manukau has been identified as vulnerable to climate change. The Puhinui Stream regeneration is a flagship project in Auckland Council’s Auckland Climate Action Plan (ACAP) because of its potential to mitigate the effects of climate change by, for example, planting trees and encouraging walking and cycling through a connected greenway network. It presents a unique opportunity to address this issue through a holistic approach and to provide a case study for other urban environmental regeneration projects.

01 August 2019

Kākano gallery given an extended lease

The Kākano Pop-Up Gallery at the Falls car park in Henderson will stay a while longer with Panuku extending its lease until at least November 2019.

Run by Kākano Youth Arts Collective, the pop-up gallery gives young artists a way to showcase their work to the Henderson community.

The collective was established in 2013 and provides a way for youth to channel their creative energy into community projects while refining their skills in painting, sculpture, carving, drawing and street art.

Tory Whiting, one of Kākano’s young artists, has also been appointed coordinator of the pop-up gallery.

Tory has been a member of Kākano since 2013 and has created many artworks to date. He works with spray paint and has contributed to some of Kākano’s colourful murals around the streets of Henderson.

Kākano’s Creative Director Mandy Patmore is delighted with the success of the pop-up gallery and Tory’s promotion to coordinator.

“What started as an outlet for our young artists to channel their energy creatively has evolved into much more. We’re now able to teach them about the business side of the industry by showing them how to run a gallery themselves,” says Mandy.

“The community support has been incredible. Every week there are new artworks going up in the gallery for sale and they’re flying out the door just as fast.”

The pop-up gallery is part of the long-term urban regeneration of the Henderson town centre.

It’s open Friday to Sunday, 10am-3pm. You can find it in the Falls car park, located at 14 Edmonton Road, Henderson, alongside the EcoMatters Bike Hub.

To find out more about Kākano’s activities, visit their Facebook page

19 July 2019

The Kitchen Project sets up shop in Manukau

The Kitchen Project officially launched a new venue in Manukau last Thursday! Hosted down at Vodafone Events Centre—where the program itself will be running—we had an amazing turnout of guests and friends of TKP in attendance for mihi, waiata, and some delicious kai, provided by past and present cohorts from The Kitchen Project pilot program running in Henderson.

The proceedings were opened by representatives from Manurewa Marae who generously gave their time and voices to the event. Afterward, representatives from TKP partners spoke, including our very own Clive Fuhr and Sreshta Sridhar, as well as David Comery, CEO of Second Nature Charitable Trust, and TKP alumnus Bertrand Jang, owner of Sweet and Me, to celebrate this much-anticipated expansion into South Auckland.

We’re thrilled with how the launch went and already in the process of recruiting the first batch of entrepreneurs for the inaugural Manukau cohort.

18 July 2019

SFO finds no reason to investigate CAB complaint

“The board of Panuku Development Auckland Ltd has received notification from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) that, following a complaint regarding the sale of the Auckland Council Civic Administration Building, it has no reason to suspect fraud, corruption or bribery on the part of Panuku Development Auckland, its employees or its agents.

“The SFO has conducted enquiries to determine if the threshold for a formal enquiry has been met. Panuku cooperated and provided information to the SFO. The board is pleased that the SFO has confirmed there is no reason to further investigate Panuku in relation to this process.

“The SFO also raised a concern regarding Panuku’s Chief Executive, Roger MacDonald, accepting an invitation from Mike Mahoney, Chairman of Tawera Group, to join him sailing in the Millennium Cup in January 2017.

“The invitation was accepted after the decision on the CAB development had been approved. Although the SFO acknowledged that acceptance of this invitation did not impact any decisions made by Panuku, it did advise that it could create a perception of impropriety.

“The board accepts the SFO’s suggestion that it should review the gifts and hospitality policy and procedures and will appoint an independent party to complete this focussed review.

“Mr MacDonald followed correct procedure regarding this invitation; both completing a gift declaration and seeking permission from the chair of Panuku’s board before accepting. This information was provided to the SFO as part of our response on the transaction. The policy in place at the time has now been superseded by Auckland Council’s policy, which Panuku now follows.

“The board of Panuku, a council-controlled organisation, takes conflicts of interests, real or perceived, extremely seriously and actively manages and reports all gifts, hospitality and potential conflicts on an ongoing basis, for all board members, the CE and staff.”

Adrienne Young-Cooper, Board Chair.

18 July 2019

Food Hub brings good, affordable kai to community

A community café has opened in Old Papatoetoe, making it easier for locals to get nourishing kai.

The Papatoetoe Food Hub is a community-driven project, supported by Panuku, that aims to nurture and develop new approaches to food. Panuku has provided the space in which it operates. We also secured the old White Lady food truck, which was nearing retirement, to provide more kitchen space on site.

In addition to the café which runs weekdays from 9am to 3pm, the Papatoetoe Food Hub runs a wide range of activities involving garden to table programmes, language week events and cooking classes for both adults and kids.

Papatoetoe Food Hub curator Waikare Komene says it’s all about community and food.

“We’re upskilling people and at the same time creating delicious and affordable kai and juices,” he says. “The Papatoetoe Food Hub is showing what’s possible when community and local government work together to tackle one of our community’s toughest issues. But we’re not a food bank or a charity, it’s a collective of community-led enterprises aimed to be self-sustaining and employing local people.”

The Papatoetoe Food Hub collective is made up Roots Creative Entrepreneurs, Kai Tupuna, Taiohi Whai Oranga and Auckland Teaching Gardens, supported by The Southern Initiative, Healthy Families South Auckland, Otara Papatoetoe Local Board and Panuku Development Auckland.

Healthy Families South Auckland manager George Makapatama says the Papatoetoe Food Hub is about reimagining how food can be served and shared in a way that enables healthy lifestyles and community connections.

“This multi-use prototyping space run by community-led enterprises makes good food accessible, desirable and affordable to the local community; while also creating a hub where people can connect, learn and share new concepts related to food.”

Waikare says the best way to understand what’s going on is just come and visit.

Find the Food Hub in the heart of Old Papatoetoe next to the Allan Brewster Leisure Centre and the New World supermarket carpark (31-33 Wallace Road, Papatoetoe) or visit its Facebook page to find out more.

12 July 2019

An introduction to gardening by the moon

Every month Levi Brinsdon-Hall visits Northcote to help look after the community garden beds, both in the library and the town centre, and share his passion for gardening with locals.

Panuku started working with Levi a year and a half ago as part of our local placemaking activities. During this time he’s transformed planter boxes from flowers beds to edible food beds for the community. He’s taught people about composting, work farming, harvesting and growing vegetables from seed. He’s also embraced the practice of gardening by the moon to get the most out of the plants he tends to.

At his latest gardening day, held during Matariki Festival, we asked him to share his knowledge with us.

“Gardening by the moon is very important. The longer that you have a practice of gardening, you’ll figure out pretty fast that plants, just like humans, they are directly interlinked to the moon.

“Before the full moon is a very good time to sow seeds. Gravity is going upwards towards the air and the seeds really want to sprout. What you’ll notice around the full moon is it’s a great time to plant all your root vegetables – your radishes, your beetroot, your turnips.

“When it comes to pruning plants, it’s very important that you don’t do this on a full moon. We want to do it when the moon is getting darker, and the reason for that is the full moon is drawing energy upwards.

“Matariki is such a beautiful thing to celebrate because, for me, it actually makes a whole lot more sense that the new year starts now.”

Watch the video below to hear more from Levi about gardening by the moon.

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Gardening by the moon with Levi

11 July 2019

Panel explores changes coming to Henderson

There are a number of changes coming to Henderson. Some are being led by Panuku while others are taking place alongside our work. The City Rail Link is on its way, more housing is planned and additional jobs opportunities are coming to the area too.

We hosted our third speaker series event in June where we sought perspectives from people involved in creating this change and those keen to share practical insights and advice to protect Henderson’s unique community vibe and eco-friendly spirit.

Local personality Te Radar, Greater Auckland’s director Matt Lowrie, Housing New Zealand’s Urban Design Manager Sue Evans, Corban Estate Arts Centre director Martin Sutcliffe and City Rail Link’s Head of Design John Fellows all took part in a panel discussion which was hosted by Waitākere ward councillor Linda Cooper.

They discussed changes taking place such as the refocusing on the twin streams and improvements to walking and cycling paths through the centre of the neighbourhood.

John Fellows said that Henderson will become even more accessible from the city with the new City Rail Link train line.

“By 2024 the number of trains heading into the city each hour will increase from six to 12. You won’t need to pick up a timetable to find out when the next train is coming – just turn up at the station and there will be another train in three or four minutes time.

“With an efficient regular service, people will have greater choice in where they live and where they work,” said Fellows.

Sue Evans added that because train stations are fixed in place, they give confidence to developers knowing that people will be able to easily live there. Plus, with her environmental background, she’s a big advocate for density.

“In New Zealand we’ve traded vibrant life for good private space – backyards. We can’t keep expanding that way though, it’s not sustainable. Building apartments can be done in a very sustainable way,” said Evans.

Matt Lowrie thinks that westies are more embracing of change than some others in Auckland. And he believes that sustainability is not just about what we plant in the ground, it’s about what we build too.

“How we develop Henderson is important. If we have to drive to the supermarket then it’s not really helping the situation,” said Lowrie.

For more information on the discussion that took place, watch a highlights video of the evening below.

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Embracing change: The future of Henderson

For sale -

32 Harbour View Road, Te Atatu

The property is a rectangular plot of land with level contour laid to grass. The site extends to 600 sq m and is zoned Residential – Terraced House and Apartment Building following notification of a plan change in May 2019.

For sale -

343 Swanson Road, Ranui

Vacant development site with Residential zoning

Legal Description:Lot 3 DP 397730

The property is an irregular-shaped plot of land with level contour at the corner of Swanson Road and Waitemata Drive. It is laid to grass. The site extends to 1,037 sq m and is zoned Residential – Mixed Housing Urban following notification of a plan change in May 2019.

The property is being marketed by Bayleys for Deadline Sale, closing 10 October.

For lease - By negotiation

1 Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay

This is a high profile site on the corner of the busy Whangaparaoa Road and Brightside Road leading to Stanmore Bay.

The site is dominated by 64sqm retail unit, which adjoining a 3 bedroom owners apartment. The site slopes and the former dairy is positioned above further commercial space of circa 168sqm. The site includes upwards of 500sqm of hardstand currently providing 17 car parks.

The long-term future of the site is linked to Penlink, the proposed new two-lane road which will link Whangaparaoa to the Northern Motorway. The timeframe for Penlink is not confirmed but works incorporating this section of Whangaparaoa Road are not expected to start for at least another 7 years. In the interim this site is available to lease.

For more information about the building, please make enquiries to Mark North at Panuku Development Auckland via email to or contact on 021 342 901

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53 & 65 St George St, Papatoetoe Mall

53 & 65 St George Street, known as the Papatoetoe Mall is a split risk retail investment offering ten single storey retail tenancies over a land area of 2,548m2 (more or less) across two fee simple titles. The site has been recently redeveloped to a high standard providing a net income of $375k + GST p.a *subject to contract on tenancy 10. There is currently one unit vacant offering a fully leased potential market income of $423k + GST p.a with the ability to add significant value and future proof this investment.

Papatoetoe Mall offers a new walkway that links St George Street to the neighbouring New World Supermarket at the rear of the property. The refurbished New World and the surrounding civic space opened in March 2019, adding a significant boost to the Papatoetoe township. Further upgrades to the town centre car park have been completed, significant residential projects are also in the pipeline.

For more information visit Colliers

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Development opportunity in Takapuna

Panuku Development Auckland is seeking a development partner or partners to share and deliver its vision for a high-quality mixed-use precinct and shape the future of Takapuna.

The sites

Situated in the heart of Takapuna, the Anzac Street car park site represents a highly-attractive, mixed-use development opportunity and offers the chance for visionary developers to shape the future of Takapuna.

The collection of sites is exceptionally well located in the Takapuna town centre, within the main commercial triangle bound by Anzac Street, Lake Road and Hurstmere Road.

Abutting the main bus station on Lake Road and just 200 metres from Takapuna Beach Reserve via Hurstmere Green, the c.6,000sqm (subject to final design and subdivision) of developable land is perfectly placed to leverage the proximity to the coast and capitalise on pedestrian activity.

The opportunity

Panuku Development Auckland is seeking a development partner or partners to acquire all or part of the land and to share and deliver its vision for a high-quality mixed-use precinct with enhanced pedestrian activity.

An underlying Metropolitan Centre zoning enables a range of commercial and residential uses, while part of the site is earmarked for a new town square that will be funded and delivered by Panuku.

Successful redevelopment of the site is seen as a key part of achieving Panuku’s vision to ‘unlock’ Takapuna – to make the most of the lake and seaside setting and create a safe, accessible and vibrant town centre oriented around pedestrians and cyclists.

Agents details

For more information visit CBRE

or contact Martin Boys on +64 9 359 5331

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4-10 Mayoral Drive

Major CBD Development Site, integrated with the Aotea Station entrance on the City Rail Link.


Auckland Council (Council) with Panuku has appointed PwC Advisory Services (PwC) to take the site at 4-10 Mayoral Drive, Auckland (the Site) to market to secure a development partner. The site, which is currently used predominantly for on-grade parking, will be adjacent to (and above) the entrance to the City Rail Link’s (CRL) proposed Aotea Station entrance and forms a unique development opportunity being one of Auckland’s first true transit orientated development opportunities. There is an exciting opportunity to leverage the benefits of the CRL and deliver on Council’s broader Auckland Plan transformational objectives.

The site will be sold under a Development Agreement which will ensure the opportunities to integrate the development with the wider precinct (including the Aotea Station entrance, Bledisloe House and activation of a laneway) are maximised.


The Site will be taken to market to identify and select a development partner via a two stage process.

  • Stage 1 – Expressions of Interest - will be a four week campaign launching on 18th of March 2019, closing on 12th April 2019. Interested parties (Respondents) are invited to respond to this EOI. Respondents may be invited to present to the evaluation panel to elaborate on the content of the EOI responses. Council will then evaluate EOI responses and establish a shortlist of parties to take through to the next stage (Stage 2) of the process. The intention of the EOI process is to identify a shortlist of parties with the appropriate track record, capability, financial capacity and vision to undertake a redevelopment of the Bledisloe Site and deliver a placemaking outcome for the stakeholders.
  • Stage 2 - Upon completion of Stage 1 (which may include competitive dialogue) Council will invite the shortlisted parties to participate in a detailed Request for Development Proposal (RFDP) process. At this stage, Council anticipates shortlisting no more than three parties.

Please contact John Schellekens or Robert Cameron to discuss this exciting opportunity in further detail

John Schellekens
Sole agent
027 489 9541

Robert Cameron
021 471 057

For lease - $900,000

1-7 The Strand, Takapuna

Modern office space in Central Takapuna

Good quality office space available for lease in Central Takapuna.

Open plan office space with several meeting rooms and on-site parking.

Rent and term by negotiation.

Please direct all enquiries to Jeremy Allsop at Panuku Development Auckland - 021 836 905

OR contact agents:

Tonia Robertson (Bayleys) - 021 619 200

Omri Yahel (CBRE) - 021 791 165

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