Panuku Development Auckland

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.

04 August 2020

An update on the Auckland Council Emergency Budget from our Chief Executive

Kia ora,

I wanted to update you on Auckland Council’s Emergency Budget and what this means for Panuku, as Auckland Council begins its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you are aware, the global pandemic left council with a significant drop in income. It asked the community for feedback on a new budget that balanced providing for the community with investing in critical infrastructure.

The council has now adopted its Emergency Budget and Panuku is pleased that we are still able to deliver $100 million of urban regeneration this year. Our focus is on completing current projects, critical renewals and building a pipeline of work for when funding is available.

Our neighbourhood work continues to move forward.

A significant portion of the $100 million will be allocated to committed projects including the Gasometer car park at 14 Huron Street in Takapuna, purchasing property in Northcote and several projects on the waterfront including public space. The remaining funding will be allocated across the region with the greatest proportion going to Manukau, Avondale and Takapuna.

We are continuing other project planning and design so we can maintain a pipeline of activity. Regulatory work such as plan changes will continue for Onehunga Wharf and the waterfront. Critical maintenance will go ahead, and we will continue our property services including managing marinas, properties and leases.

We’ll also be getting properties ready for future development in Northcote, Henderson, Avondale, Panmure and Onehunga to catalyse urban renewal across the town centres. Our role includes determining what we want to get out of the sites, master planning to confirm the design and development, as well as identifying suitable development partners to achieve our community outcomes.

We’re streamlining our structure.

As with our council whānau, Panuku has committed to making savings across our organisation through voluntary pay reductions, not filling vacancies and reducing our workforce. As we change and adapt to our new business outlook, we are committed to ensuring a balance between the right level of resource to deliver and managing operational costs in line with budget restraints.

We continue to support our tenants.

Panuku manages a large property portfolio on behalf of Auckland Council. During the lockdown, we encouraged our tenants to contact us if they had concerns and where they needed to, register for hardship so we could work with them to determine what support we could offer.

As well as providing useful and accessible information on our website, we supported our commercial tenants where appropriate with rent reductions or deferrals and provided advice and support where needed for our residential tenants.

We remain committed to the people of Auckland.

In times of crisis, building a city of well connected, thriving neighbourhoods is more important than ever.

As Auckland’s urban regeneration specialists, we’ll continue to shape spaces that Aucklanders not only love, but that also make us stronger and more resilient in challenging times.

Ngā mihi

David Rankin
Chief Executive (acting)

20 July 2020

Takapuna’s town square design open for consultation

The Takapuna community can now have their say on the proposed design of their future town square.

The public consultation, open from 20 July, seeks to confirm that the design includes the things that are most important to the community, submitted via previous consultation and engagement. Feedback will be considered in the refinement of the design.

Aidan Bennett, Chair of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, encourages the community to take a look and have their say on the design.

“It’s no secret, I’m passionate about projects designed to improve Takapuna, so this is very exciting to see. The proposed design has been influenced by community feedback to date. Now, we want to check if it meets the brief. I encourage people young and old to have their say on the design and be part of shaping this important asset for Takapuna.”

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

“Takapuna is a stunning location and deserves a reinvigorated town centre. Along with the improvements to Hurstmere Road, the new market square will make Takapuna a better and livelier place for residents, visitors and businesses.

“I encourage the community to have their say on this beautiful and inviting concept design.”

Takapuna’s new town square will be a place where the community can come together to meet and attend public gatherings. It will provide a new, people-friendly space and more direct walkways between the town centre and Takapuna Beach.

The design has been influenced by extensive feedback from the local community, the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and other key stakeholders over several years. In 2018, the location and shape of the town square was decided following feedback in over 5,300 submissions.

Kate Cumberpatch, Priority Location Director – North at Panuku Development Auckland, says the temporary public space at 38 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, has provided an opportunity to trial and test design ideas.

“Thirty-eight Hurstmere has provided further learnings into what locals would like to see in the town square, exploring themes around shelter, play, public performance, cycling and environmental issues. It’s also helped us to establish a network of local people who are regularly interested in using the space.”

About the concept design

The proposed design includes:

  • spaces for people to sit and play in the sun or shade
  • a water feature
  • an outdoor dining area.

A potential location for the Anzac Memorial has also been identified in the design. This will need further input into how it could be relocated and integrated into the design of the town square.

Public events in the town square

The design can accommodate a variety of public events, including concerts and a market with over 80 stalls. Temporary staging can be installed in the centre of the square for public performances and events. The water feature can also be used as a temporary stage.

Have your say on the Takapuna town square design

Consultation opens on 20 July 2020 and closes at 11.55pm on 14 August 2020. Provide feedback at akhaveyoursay.co.nz

Next steps

Contributions to the consultation will close for evaluation and review at 11.55pm on 14 August 2020. The summary of the consultation and the final plan will be available on the Panuku website in September 2020.

The town square in market mode looking north-west from Hurstmere Road
Looking north across the central area of the square
Proposed water feature

29 June 2020

Construction begins to extend Tīramarama Way

Panuku Development Auckland’s 20-year regeneration work in Wynyard Quarter reaches another milestone this week, as construction of the second stage of pedestrian and cycle-only public laneway Tīramarama Way gets underway.

The first part of this unique link within Wynyard Central, the emerging cluster of high-quality commercial and residential developments within the Wynyard Quarter’s Innovation Precinct, was finished in 2018, connecting east-west between Halsey and Daldy Streets. Once fully completed, Stage Two will provide further access through the Wynyard Quarter from Beaumont Street in the west to Halsey Street in the east, including the soon to be completed apartments at 30 Madden.

Panuku Priority Location Director Fiona Knox says “Tīramarama Way is part of a network of people-friendly laneways which connect and act as the veins of this exciting new neighbourhood, pumping life and character between the residential and commercial buildings. This important next stage will further build on the innovative design features that locals already love, and we’re delighted to recommence work on this creative public space,”

“The construction will be completed in two stages, with the first section from Daldy Street to the end of Willis Bond’s 30 Madden Street apartments due for completion late this year. A key part of the innovative design includes the planting of a Kōwhai Grove, representing an interpretation of the original shoreline of the Waitematā Harbour” she says.

Richard Northey, Chair of the Waitematā Local Board says, “I am delighted this important further stage of bringing the Wynyard Quarter’s Tīramarama Way to life is underway. Once complete, this laneway will create a joyous liveable space for residents, visitors and their dogs, featuring inspirational public art and insights about the history of this link between land and sea.”

This second stage of Tīramarama Way, meaning to shine, glimmer and light the way, continues the collaborative work of landscape architect Megan Wraight of Wraight + Associate (Wā), and internationally renowned New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana.

“It has been a wonderful opportunity to work alongside Wā. Megan has an intrinsic understanding of working on these large civil projects and immediately demonstrated a willingness to share and collaborate, which has resulted in new ways of thinking in how we approached this area” explained Lisa Reihana.

“It’s been great to see how the public are using and bringing this space to life. The water puddles were very much included with children in mind, but from the opening event onwards, I love how dogs also love to play in, and drink, the cleansed water. I particularly like the lighting which is inspired by string games and the dawn chorus that plays and blesses the street at 6am each morning. It all comes together as we had envisioned, bringing joy to this space,” she says.

“I am used to working on projects with a long development time, and as we now focus on the final design aspects, it’s wonderful to see the greening of Tīramarama Way is well underway. The plantings are already softening the space and the placement of the Nīkau and Kōwhai gardens at either end will visually amplify the idea that people are traversing the old waterline,” says Lisa Reihana.

Merging the old with the new takes a unique eye, as does enabling a space that equally serves the needs of the many people who work, play, or live in Wynyard Quarter, ensuring a seamless flow through the community.

Willis Bond Managing Director Mark McGuinness acknowledges the significance of Tīramarama Way to the Wynyard Quarter community.

“Tīramarama Way plays not only a visual and interactive role in Wynyard Quarter, but also a storytelling one. The artwork and greenery enhance their surroundings, and frame the neighbouring sites including our own 30 Madden residential development.”

Growth and development continues at pace around Wynyard Quarter with other construction projects taking place in the same environment, so Tīramarama Way Stage Two will be constructed in two phases with a nine-month gap in between. The first, incorporating the Kōwhai Grove and temporary access to the rest of the laneway is due for completion later this year, with the second phase through to Beaumont Street expected to take place in late 2021.

About the design:

Tīramarama Way’s unique meld of art and design reveals the whakapapa of Wynyard Quarter by drawing from the historic tidal/water edge beneath, and the underlying geology of this once intertidal environment.

Sandy soils and seashells unearthed during construction are evidence of the laneway being a former mahinga kai (a food gathering place).

Once complete, Tīramarama Way will be 300m long and 15m wide, one of the country’s largest examples of art integrated into the public realm.

A practical link between the surrounding streets and residential & commercial premises, it incorporates creative and playful elements including:

  • Purposeful puddles designed to rise and fall with the tides to provide an opportunity for play,
  • A stunning suspended light arrangement that celebrates constellations specific to Māori astronomy, including Te Puanga (The Southern Cross) and Matariki,
  • More than 500,000 dots sandblasted onto the ground of the laneway to represent the geography of Auckland’s waterfront in 1841,
  • From the western end (completed in stage one) it offers a beautiful view of the Viaduct Harbour, as well as circular burrow planters that act as small rain gardens designed to collect and clean rainwater,
  • A real-life garden laid beneath the ground allows the Nīkau and Kōwhai groves and other native greenery planted along the laneway to flourish.

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.

Operating hours and charges: Visit at.govt.nz

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.”

Highlights

  • 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.

ENDS

Photo credit - Luke Harvey

23 November 2020

Historic Daldy tugboat relocated to Devonport

Historic Daldy tugboat relocated to Devonport

A historic tugboat, the William C. Daldy, will be permanently relocated from Auckland’s waterfront to Devonport in November, to make way for the 36th America’s Cup.

The decision to welcome the tugboat was made by the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board earlier this month.

The William C. Daldy tugboat was built in Scotland in 1935 and came to New Zealand to serve as an Auckland Harbour tug – the largest tugboat to be built for the country at the time.

The tugboat was originally located at Victoria Wharf in Devonport but was relocated to Hobson Wharf on Auckland’s waterfront in 2012.

As part of the resource consent process for America’s Cup, Auckland Council agreed to find a permanent home for the Daldy. A number of options were considered, and the preferred option was for the tugboat to return home to Victoria Wharf in Devonport.

Aidan Bennett, chair of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, welcomes the return of the Daldy. “We are thrilled to welcome back the Daldy, a true slice of Auckland’s maritime history, it’s a great fit with Devonport. We hope that the much-loved tugboat will help to attract visitors from far and wide, as this will provide real benefits for the whole community.”

The relocation is being led by the Tug William C. Daldy Preservation Society, which is dedicated to preserving the tugboat as a piece of living history.

“Auckland Council, the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and Panuku Development Auckland have been great allies in this project. We’re excited to have achieved this excellent result,” says Ian Langley from the preservation society.

Fiona Knox, Panuku’s Priority Location Director for the waterfront, is also pleased with the decision.

“It’s been a long journey for us all over the last two years, but we are so pleased that we have manged to secure the Daldy a new permanent home. The relocation helps preserves Auckland’s maritime history which contributes to our working waterfront stories. I want to thank the W.C Daldy Society’s dedication to the vessel and for working with us to secure its future. A great result for all.”

ENDS

About the William C. Daldy tugboat

The William C. Daldy (WCD) was built in Scotland in 1935 and, upon competition, steamed its way to New Zealand to serve as an Auckland Harbour tug – the largest tug to be built for the country at the time.

It is named after Captain William C. Daldy who, among his many endeavours, was Auckland’s first Harbour Board Chairman, as well as founder of the New Zealand Coastguard, the Bank of New Zealand and New Zealand Insurance. Captain Daldy took the first shipload of export cargo from Auckland to Britain in a schooner in 1845. In 1858 he was elected a member of the second parliament, becoming a Minister of the Crown that same year. As a member of Auckland City Council, he was responsible for the negotiation of the Western Springs water supply (now MOTAT) and for the formation of the Auckland Fire Brigade, of which he was captain.

The WCD’s career on the harbour spanned over 40 years until it was replaced by its namesake Daldy in 1977. Following its retirement, the boat was sold for one dollar to the Tug William C. Daldy Preservation Society (WCDPS), which subsequently restored and maintained it to commercial marine survey standards ever since.

One notable part of the boat’s history was during the construction of the Harbour Bridge in December 1958. One of the main pre-assembled sections of the bridge was caught in 40-knot winds while being manoeuvred into position, causing it to be in danger of being lost or damaged on Point Chevalier reef. The WCD was called to hold the section – which was 850 feet long and weighed 1200 tonnes – in position, which it did by maintaining a sustained pull for over 35 hours until the storm finally passed.

The WCD is believed to be the only vessel of its type still operating in the world. It is included in the World Ship Trust of London’s International Register of Historic Ships as being the last serving vessel of its type and one of less than 20 steam-powered tugs still in operation worldwide.

Currently, the WCD offers sailings and tours of the vessel. It is available for charter and conducts public sailings.

18 November 2020

Tāmaki Makaurau’s waterfront vision reaches an exciting milestone in Westhaven

Tāmaki Makaurau’s waterfront vision reaches an exciting milestone in Westhaven

Panuku Development Auckland (Eke Panuku) hosted a ceremony with iwi and construction partners to celebrate a significant milestone on Monday 16 November – the completion of stage two of the Westhaven Promenade and Marine Village.

The ceremony started before sunrise, and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei led a group of approximately 60 along the new boardwalk in an east-to-west direction towards the marine village, before finishing with kai and speeches at Buoy Café.

David Rankin, Chief Executive of Panuku, spoke to the success of the two projects and thanked all involved. “A lot of people have contributed to the waterfront vision, I thank everyone who has given something to the waterfront plan and these projects, what an amazing achievement and asset they are for Tāmaki Makaurau.”

Construction of the promenade and Marine Village started in 2019, stemming from the Waterfront Plan 2012 and a vision to make the waterfront edge a space for all people. The completion of the promenade and marine village takes the plan off the page and offers an urban and marine sanctuary. A place where people can recharge, get close to the water, and enjoy the best of what the outdoors has to offer both on land and on sea.

“The Westhaven Promenade was ranked by the public as the highest priority for investment during the consultation phase of the waterfront plan in 2011,” said Waitematā and Gulf Ward Councillor Pippa Coom.

“I feel privileged to be speaking here to its completion. I had hoped to be the first to ride my bike along the new section this morning, but I did notice a bike track already in the condensation along the path, so someone must have just beat me to it,” she joked.

Stage two of the promenade now offers a continuous shared path along Westhaven’s foreshore between Wynyard Quarter and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It is a long-awaited connection between the existing and well-loved stage one promenade sections which were completed in 2015.

Designed by LandLAB and built by HEB Construction, the Westhaven Promenade is designed for slow-moving traffic on foot, or those on bikes or scooters travelling at a slow pace. Berth holders will utilise the boardwalk to get to their berths via the pier gates that feature artwork by Graham Tipene of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.


“I’m proud to see my mahi toi displayed around Tāmaki Makaurau. It transforms our city from any other place in the world, it gives it a Māori identity,” says Graham. “Seeing Māori culture and identity in our built spaces gives future generations of Māori a sense of place in this world.”

Adjoining the promenade is the new Marine Village, which is a world-class facility inspired by the area’s marine industrial heritage. It offers spectacular views over the marina back towards the city. It was designed by ArchOffice and built by Argon Construction. It includes exciting sustainable design elements including rainwater tanks, shaded window glazing, cycle racks and end of trip facilities. The building is to home new tenants Burnsco, Signcorp, Sports Marine, Harken, a hospitality offering named Cargo, and the Westhaven Marina office.

“It’s a testament to the Waterfront Plan 2012 goal of creating a smart working waterfront that can support economic growth and give the marine industry a permanent home in Westhaven,” says Rankin, “It’s a real achievement to have the marine village building complete, and I look forward to the new tenants taking residency over the coming months.”

Panuku, Auckland’s regeneration agency, manages Westhaven Marina on behalf of Auckland Council and is responsible for developing spaces for future generations of Aucklanders to love.

13 October 2020

Unloved urban land to become a focal part of Te Ara Awataha – schools’ edge

Northcote’s future greenway, Te Ara Awataha, continues to take shape with construction underway on the second portion known as the ‘schools’ edge’.

Once complete, the works will provide an open-air learning space as well as forming a key part of the 1.5km network of existing and new reserves running through the Northcote neighbourhood, connecting the town centre, schools and new homes as well as daylighting the historic Awataha Stream.

Bold blue and green hoardings have been in place around the first portion of the new greenway at Greenslade Reserve depicting the tuna (eels), tūī and kererū that are expected to enjoy the green ‘ara’ or route of the greenway once the Awataha Stream is brought out of the ground, and has it’s mauri (life essence) uplifted as part of the project.

A key part of the work at the reserve includes considerable improvements to the stormwater network by Auckland Council’s Healthy Waters. This will reduce the risk of flooding, improve infrastructure to unlock development and enhance the public facilities.

Te Ara Awataha will also provide an essential link for residents of Kāinga Ora’s new market and affordable housing developments, making it easy for them to walk or cycle around the neighbourhood.

James D’Anvers, Kāinga Ora Development Manager, says it’s exciting to see construction underway on this cornerstone project.

“Te Ara Awataha represents a significant ecological success story, where we finally see the daylighting of a piped culvert and returning it to the stream it once was. Coupled with the water quality measures incorporated in the Greenslade Reserve upgrade, this is set to become a healthy waterway in the heart of Northcote.

“To help create a true asset to the wider community, there is play equipment, a walking and cycle track, and connections to current and new parks and reserves incorporated into the design. We are delighted to be delivering this as part of Northcote’s regeneration.”

The schools’ edge will incorporate a parcel of previously underused urban land acquired from the Ministry of Education earlier this year by Panuku and Healthy Waters. The 9,980sqm 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 – North at Panuku, 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.”

Sara Zwart, greenway project lead at Panuku, says the schools’ voice for Northcote has been captured through co-design workshops held with Onepoto Primary, Northcote Intermediate and Northcote College.

“Panuku and Kāinga Ora worked with the schools to capture students’ ideas and vision for how the greenway should look, feel and function. This has informed the design as we create and test it with students and the community.”

Kaipātiki Local Board Chairperson John Gillon says there’s a lot of work going on in Northcote to ensure its future growth.

“Despite the challenging times brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Northcote has multiple projects in the delivery stage. New homes (with more on the way), a greenway and the future revitalised town centre will ensure Northcote is a place that the community will enjoy living, working and spending time in for years to come.”

Te Ara Awataha is being jointly delivered by Panuku Development Auckland, Healthy Waters and Kāinga Ora, working alongside the Kaipātiki Local Board and mana whenua.

Town centre plans

In addition to Te Ara Awataha and more homes, a refreshed town centre will be built for Northcote. While the town centre renewal is a few years away (the earliest construction will begin is 2022), this will result in more shops, eateries and public space.

11 September 2020

Funding confirmed for safer streets and more vibrant town centres in South Auckland

Two more of our neighbourhoods will receive funding from the government’s Innovating Streets for People programme led by Waka Kotahi the NZ Transport Agency.

Projects in Wiri (Manukau) and Old Papatoetoe will be piloting a few changes to their neighbourhoods to create safer streets and more welcoming, people-friendly town centres for the communities.

Eat Streets and Laneways Enhancement Project

Pukekohe Eat Streets and Laneway Enhancements will see people-centred streets and streetscape upgrades of King St, Roulston St and the laneways.

Panuku proposes a series of temporary activities to enhance the vibrancy of Pukekohe’s town centre. While the timing is yet to be confirmed, at the heart of this activity will be a relocation of the Pukekohe Markets to the town square and Roulston Street.

Ideas will be developed over the coming months, with temporary changes expected to be in place before mid-2021. Permanent changes will happen in the long-term if the trials are successful.

Manukau – Wiri – Safe and Healthy Streets, South Auckland

Manukau – Wiri – Safe and Healthy Streets South Auckland is a series of people-centered changes to streets in Manukau.

Our southern priority location director Richard Davison says making the centre of Manukau safer, more accessible and vibrant is his goal.

“The project we’re working on in Manukau will create safer access in the town centre, linking the mall with the train station and universities, so that more people feel comfortable hanging out in this part of town.

"We’re looking forward to working with local businesses and people who want to come up with and test out improvements with us.”

10 September 2020

Ūrunga Plaza opens to the public

Ūrunga Plaza opens to the public

As the sun rose on 4 September, Taiaha and Clay Hawke from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei led the karakia whakawātea from the southern corner of Park Hyatt Auckland, along the water's edge, through to Karanga Plaza to cleanse the recently completed public space, Ūrunga Plaza. The direction of the whakawātea (blessing) was conducted to reflect the flow of the outgoing tide, and simulate the route of waka heading out to fish on the Waitematā Harbour.

Ūrunga Plaza and the adjacent promenade is a new public space wrapping around the Park Hyatt Auckland Hotel that connects Karanga Plaza to the viaduct promenade for the first time. Named by the Waitematā Local Board, Ūrunga, when directly translated to English means ‘entry’, and this name has a point of entry theme that follows the notion of the adjoining Karanga Plaza, which means ‘welcome’.

Included within the public space, are four 9 metre tōtara pou whenua which have been erected on the east and west facade of the Park Hyatt Auckland. The Tōhunga Toi Ake (artists) who have created these pou are Vern Rosieur, Wikuki Kingi, Sunnah Thompson, and Lawrence Makoare. Together, the pou whenua tell the stories of Tamaki Makaurau.

The public space was designed by Isthmus Group, with the intention for visitors to meet under the canopies of native trees along the water’s edge. Inspired by the timber milling history of the site, a series of recycled and sustainably sourced timber stacks have been arranged in a wave like formation to create a dynamic and engaging place for visitors to enjoy views to the harbour and city.

Complimented by a series of rain gardens and native vegetation the woodstack concept seeks to provide an abstract narrative of the history of the site and explore the notion of regeneration through the reintroduction of native coastal planting and tree species.

Panuku Priority Location Director Fiona Knox says, “I was so fortunate to be part of the blessing by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei this morning. A stunning sunrise, which made this already beautiful space look majestic. So much work and attention has gone into both the Ūrunga Plaza and the adjoining Park Hyatt Hotel by so many people and we are really looking forward to Aucklanders and visitors discovering and enjoying this new space.”

09 September 2020

Fun and games in the Wiri community

Fun and games in the Wiri Community

A new neighbourhood playground design for Wiri can now be revealed. The playground, which is located in the Wiri Stream Reserve, is part of the revitalisation of the Puhinui Stream and its surrounding public spaces.

Panuku Development Auckland led the design, in partnership with mana whenua, the Manurewa Local Board and Auckland Council.

We’ve engaged students from Wiri Central School through co-design workshops and local community groups to create the design, to serve the families of Wiri in an interactive way, layered with rich cultural elements.

The local board-approved playground design is based around natural and cultural play and draws on the surrounding natural environment for design themes. Engaging mana whenua from Tāmaki Makaurau from the inception of the playground was vital to weave the appropriate cultural narratives into the design also.

As Suzanne Lange the Principal Landscape Architect states, “the success of this project has been working closely with the knowledge and people of the Wiri and Manukau neighbourhoods to understand the place and people and how we can fold that into the design brief. Stories can help create a sense of belonging and aim to encourage the community to feel safe, connected and at home in the space.”

Through a series of hui Harko Brown, a specialist in traditional Māori play, was commissioned to infuse māra hūpara designs into the overall playground while collaborating with mana whenua on local traditions and taonga tuku iho (heritage) to influence this process.

The māra hūpara concepts incorporate play elements that Māori traditionally used to help develop skills for children, such as self-confidence and the ability to get on with others.

The new playground also features:

  • Design sensitive to the whakapapa (lineage), whenua (land) and existing environment, as well as its past, existing and future communities,
  • Cultural play concepts which have been developed to reflect the rich heritage of the Puhinui Stream
  • Age zones, so children of all ages can enjoy the playground safely together

Manurewa Local Board Chair Joseph Allan says: “We’re thrilled with the inherent value this playground will bring to the Wiri community and the method taken to involve the community and ourselves in the design and concept process. We have been working hard to diversify children’s play experiences and are right behind the māra hūpara approach which complements other work we are undertaking with mana whenua. This is another world class playground in our area.”

The new Wiri playground is one of a series of projects Panuku will continue to progress along the Puhinui catchment to better develop healthy neighbourhoods and create a vibrant heart for Manukau. Construction is planned to commence in January 2021 and be finalised in April 2021.

Look out for further updates on the Wiri playground on our Panuku Facebook page.

28 August 2020

Panuku receives independent review of interests, gifts and hospitality

The Panuku Board has received the independent review into gifts, hospitality and interests policies and processes, which it commissioned last year, following a suggestion from the Serious Fraud Office.

This suggestion came following a complaint to the SFO about one of Panuku’s development agreements. While the SFO found no reason to pursue the complaint, we felt it prudent to accept the SFO suggestion and undertake an independent review.

These reviews, for organisations of this size, are always helpful and there are always areas for improvement. Panuku has a broad set of policies and processes that set expectations and manage gifts, hospitality, and conflicts of interest. As a public sector agency and a Council Controlled Organisation we know Aucklanders would expect the highest standards of behaviour and prudence. In turn we have a responsibility to make it easy for staff to declare interests, gifts, and hospitality, and provide them with good guidance.

The review was very thorough. No actual conflicts of interest were found in relation to procurement, across the thousands of transactions we conduct each year.

While there were two instances of potential conflicts in relation to a staff member’s next-of-kin, no actual conflicts were found.

The report found three instances of gifts being accepted over the Christmas 2018 period that were not properly declared.

These gifts, which were consumables, were shared with other staff members. While there was no ill intent, these gifts should have been declared.

While the report has shown there are no significant issues, it does recommend we provide more regular guidance, training and reminders for staff about declaring gifts, hospitality and conflicts of interest.

It also recommends that our systems for declaring gifts, hospitality and interests should better link to our procurement systems. We have provided this feedback to Auckland Council, which provides these systems to us.

We have already accepted implemented all the recommendations where we are able, such as improving Executive Leadership Team oversight of conflict of interest declarations and improving our staff training. We note that many of the systems that we use to make declarations are provided by Auckland Council as part of a shared service.

06 August 2020

Connecting Manukau as a vibrant centre

Panuku is working to make Manukau the hub of the south, connected to healthy and sustainable neighbourhoods.

While Panuku is impacted by the Auckland Council Emergency Budget, we are still delivering on urban regeneration work this year throughout Tāmaki Makaurau.

This means we will continue to work in Manukau and progress designs for projects to better link the Wiri community to the town centre, develop healthy neighbourhoods, enhance connectivity within the community and create a vibrant heart for Manukau.

This brochure about connecting Wiri to the centre of Manukau highlights key projects that are underway:

  • Karoro Court
  • Barrowclife Bridge
  • Barrowcliffe Pond shared path
  • Wiri Playground

*image above of Wiri Playground is an artists impression and design concept only

15 July 2020

We chat with Audrey Williams from the Wiri Business Association

Audrey Williams is the General Manager of the Wiri Business Association. Her role initially started out as a part-time role with only 10 hours a week and has evolved steadily over the last decade into the full-time role she holds today. It’s not just her role that has expanded – the Wiri Business Association originally covered 102ha and had around 300 members. Now, it covers 680ha and has around 1300 members, making it New Zealand’s largest geographical Business Association.

From event management through to advocacy, Audrey works closely alongside Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and the Manurewa and Otara-Papatoetoe Local Boards. We talk to Audrey about the evolution of the business infrastructure and networks within the Wiri area – including sharing insights, learnings, and stories about the people behind these businesses and the evolution of local business dynamics up to the present day.

We also focus on the challenges for local businesses from family-owned ‘mum and dad’ businesses through to large corporations in a post-COVID world and what she thinks is needed to turn the local economy around in the face of economic and personal challenges in the coming months.

A city of neighbourhoods · Time capsule talks with Audrey Williams GM of the Wiri Business Association

08 July 2020

Shaping urban spaces with Unitec’s young talent

Panuku has a long history of collaborating on real-life projects with talented rangatahi (youth) within New Zealand’s tertiary institutions. A great example is the ongoing partnering between Panuku and Unitec’s Department of Landscape Architecture.

In the spirit of manaakitanga (hospitality), students from the four-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree (BLA), were given the real-world design challenges within our Pukekohe neighbourhood, where they undertook a simulation master-planning exercise.

As course lead, Sibyl Bloomfield says: “Exposing our students to a real-life project is incredibly valuable as it reinforces their learning and allows them to develop skills and understanding that are directly applicable to their future careers. By having real-world clients and real-life projects, the students are engaging directly in the communities and spaces that shape our lives in this city.”

Students undertook a four-month ‘journey’, with an initial briefing of the Panuku Unlock Pukekohe High Level Project Plan, called Kia Puāwai a Pukekohe.

This plan captures Auckland Council’s desire to deliver urban futureproofing within Pukekohe which is forecast to experience a population increase of 50,000 people in the next 20 years.

A primary focus for the students’ planning was exploring mana whenua engagement and placemaking as key elements of community development and urban regeneration, in response to the forecast population growth. Also, the blending of te ao Māori into the creative process, as Unitec lecturer Jackie Paul explains:

“Te ao Māori is an indigenous world view that can inform the way we practice as landscape architects. We essentially sit in the space between people and the land where we acknowledge the interrelationships of our natural and physical environments. We have provided a platform and space for students to engage in understanding te ao Māori so that this can inform a decolonial practice to re-imagine the country we live in.”

Students were then challenged to apply te ao Māori concepts to forms, patterns and processes using contextual opportunities and constraints.

On the 26th of June, students presented their final presentations to Panuku CEO David Rankin and the Unlock Pukekohe programme team, led by Richard Davison. Guests also included Logan Soole and Angela Fulljames from the Franklin Local Board.

Angela says: “The Franklin Local Board has enjoyed a great relationship with Unitec School of Architecture for the past three years. The massive benefit is the objective and different perspective these students bring to commercial projects. Often, I think politicians and town planners need a stimulus of something new and fresh. This is what these students have supplied today in abundance.

“These young people are the designers and place-makers of our future cities. And after today I can safely say we are in good hands.”

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Shaping urban spaces with Unitec’s young talent

23 June 2020

Waka workshops with the people of Moana

The Panuku placemaking team are dedicated to creating spaces in Manukau that give local communities a rich environment to express themselves.

This is an important aspect of the Panuku Transform Manukau plan, which seeks to develop healthy neighbourhoods by harnessing learning and innovation opportunities.

But there is a deeper level of cultural connectivity that Panuku’s Manukau placemaker, Ole Maiava, and his team weave into these communal spaces in south Auckland.

The flagship ‘waka workshop’ is the latest indigenous learning activity, hosted in collaboration with MUMA (Manukau Urban Māori Authority) at local events such as the Portage Crossing and Waitangi Ki Manukau. The waka workshop introduces Aucklanders and urban youth to the mighty Polynesian seafaring canoes and the sport of waka ama, where outrigger canoes race against each other, in one of the fastest-growing water sports within New Zealand.

James Papali'i from MUMA says: “I think demonstrating indigenous sea-faring and waka workshops links our youth to their rich voyaging past.

“Māori and Pacific youth are the descendants of the people, that at a time in history, were the best sailors in the world. They were circumnavigating the Pacific Ocean centuries before the rest of the world and discovered the earth wasn’t flat.

“To understand just a fraction of the fascinating achievements that their ancestors accomplished empowers and builds the significance of their own identities, because they are linked through genealogy, whakapapa and gafa (ancestors).”

The creation and storytelling of building Pacific waka is complemented by onsite learning about waka building with traditional tools and jury rigging. Jury rigging is the makeshift repairs made to canoes and sails with only the tools and materials at hand.

To demonstrate the mastery of waka building at these events was special guest Matahi Brightwell.

“To have someone with the mana (respect) of Matahi Brightwell to connect the people of south Auckland with Pacific sea-faring and the rich knowledge and history that comes with it is very special,” says Ole Maiava.

Matahi is considered the tohunga (treasure) of waka ama racing in Aotearoa and is also a master carver, an expert in sailing and a strong advocate for his iwi. He developed a fascination with canoe building, carving, and the traditions of Polynesian voyaging and technology as a boy.

In 1985, accompanying his father-in-law aboard a traditional Tahitian voyaging canoe called Hawaikanui, Matahi navigated the Pacific Ocean from the Society Islands and landed 5,000kms later at Hicks Bay on the East Cape.

In recognition of this he was the eighth recipient of the prestigious Blue Water Medal, awarded by the Royal Akarana Yacht Club. The following year’s award went to Sir Peter Blake.

Ole and Panuku, with the help of Matahi, are planning further waka workshops and initiatives around Oceania seafaring traditions in South Auckland for future events.

“The one thing that connects us all is awa (water). It links Aotearoa to the continents of the world and it is the water that binds us spiritually and nourishes us through kai moana (seafood).

“The Pacific Ocean was used by our Polynesian ancestors to navigate and explore its islands with sea-faring and star navigation skills aboard these great waka craft.”

“As a proud Samoan Kiwi working for Panuku, the most rewarding thing is to see the youth in South Auckland re-engage with their traditional seafaring cultures and skills,” says Ole.

Unconditional

63 Flanshaw Road

A Freehold 584sqm site zoned for mixed housing urban zone with resource consent for two 3-bedroom single level homes in Te Atatu South.

Tender - Wednesday 18th November at 2pm, 195 Universal Drive, Henderson (will not be sold prior) (Unconditional)

For more information, please look at the Harcourts listing here.

For sale

315A Glengarry Road, Glen Eden

Vacant development site with residential zoning.

A smart opportunity has arisen to secure this beautiful piece of land on the Oratia border surrounded by quality homes.

On a relatively flat site, and set over an impressive 4,105m2 of freehold land, zoned Single House - this property opens itself up to multiple opportunities, all subject to Council approvals.

Whether you are looking for a quality development to create an exclusive enclave of executive homes, or you wish to explore the possibilities offered under the Integrated Residential Development option which applies to residential development on sites greater than 2,000m2, it may even allow for higher density developments for social housing, retirement units or aged care facilities - this site offers it all.

For lease - $15,000 per annum plus GST + opex

21 Queens Road, Panmure

Retail tenancy located on main street of Panmure Shopping Centre. Fitout in place and ready for occupation. Previously a beauty salon. Bus stop right outside. Kitchenette and toilet included. Available for lease on short term basis. Get in quick.

For lease - $20,000 per annum plus GST + opex

23 Queens Road, Panmure

Retail tenancy located on the main street of Panmure Shopping Centre. New fit out in place and ready for occupation. Bus stop right outside your front door. Kitchenette and two toilets included. Available for lease on a short term basis.

For lease

Shop 3 & 4, 32-44 Pearn Place, Northcote

This affordable ground-floor retail space will perfectly suit a wide range of businesses. This busy block of shops offers huge exposure and foot traffic, right in the middle of the retail hub. This lease is affordable, with plenty of customer parking, public transport and close to community facilities.

For lease

Shop 6, 32-44 Pearn Place, Northcote

This affordable ground-floor retail space will perfectly suit a wide range of businesses. This busy block of shops offers huge exposure and foot traffic, right in the middle of the retail hub. This lease is affordable, with plenty of customer parking, public transport and close to community facilities.

For lease

Shop 2 upstairs, 51-64 Pearn Place

This affordable clean and tidy, first floor office/retail space in the busy Northcote retail hub is an excellent option for a wide range of businesses. Premise provides plenty of customer parking, easy access to public transport and community facilities.

For lease

Level 2, 16-30 Pearn Place, Northcote

This affordable first floor office/retail space in the busy Northcote retail hub is an excellent option for a wide range of businesses. Premise provides plenty of customer parking, easy access to public transport and community facilities.

Under contract

108 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay

Vacant development site with residential zoning

Lot 1 DP 68838 (Transformer with easement 22m2), Lot 2 DP 68838 (166m2)

The property is a small strip of land laid to grass - a corner site between 106 Hepburn Street and car parking spaces on Napier Street. The electricity transformer box is partially visible below the centre tree – the area hashed on the aerial view in the photos. AUP zoning is Residential - Terraced Houses & Apartment Buildings (THAB).

Please also see the photos of the site showing matured trees and a closer view of the transformer.

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161 Maraetai Drive, Maraetai

Vacant section zoned as residential - single house

Lot 12 Deposited Plan 34466

The property is a vacant section with a frontage of 30 metres, narrowing to 10 metres. It slopes steeply down from the road frontage and is laid to grass, with a few bushes along the boundaries. AUP zoning is Residential – Single House.

Unconditional

Woodcocks Road, near Warkworth

Allotment 139 Parish of Ahuroa

The property is an elongated section of irregular shape with a frontage of 175 metres to Woodcocks Road. It is currently vacant. The site extends to 3,465 sq m and is zoned Rural – Rural Production.

The site is a section of former road that was stopped in 1974. It is important to note that the site cannot be developed for residential purposes, as this is prohibited under the Auckland Unitary Plan (Policy H19.10.10). However, under the Rural Production zone rules farming, greenhouses, produce sales, On-site primary produce manufacturing, are all permitted – as are buildings associated with them (subject to compliance with all the other permitted standards).

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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.

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