Panuku Development Auckland

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.

23 June 2020

Henderson and Takapuna receive funding for people-friendly streets

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

Projects in Henderson and Takapuna have been confirmed as part of this programme to create safer, more people-friendly places across our region. This funding means we can test and improve connections while working alongside local communities to make more room for people to move around safely.

Ratanui Link, Henderson

This proposal pilots a pop-up walking and cycling link and improved access to Henderson Train Station. This will be tested by reallocating some street space in Henderson's town centre to make more space for people, all designed through a collaborative process with local stakeholders and businesses. As well as improving walking and cycling safety, the project also aims to make it more enjoyable for people living close to the town centre.

Huron and Northcroft streetscape improvements, Takapuna

This proposal aims to work with the local community to co-design a series of temporary interventions to support better walking connections from the new multi-story Gasometer car park building, due for completion in October 2020 to Takapuna’s retail core. It will build directly on previous and current tactical urbanism initiatives in Takapuna and will permit adjoining businesses to explore activating their street frontage, widening footpaths and providing safer crossings. The learnings will be used to inform a future permanent upgrade.

Find out more about the other council projects being funded by the Innovating Streets for People programme.

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.

22 June 2020

New Wynyard Crossing Bridge resource consent application withdrawn

The resource consent application to replace the current Wynyard Crossing Bridge with a new design has been withdrawn and the work completed to date will be put aside until funding is available.

The Wynyard Crossing Bridge, originally instated for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, is a popular route for people walking and cycling between Te Wero Island and Wynyard Quarter. It was always intended to be in situ while a more permanent and progressive bridge concept was explored.

In the lead up to the 36th America’s Cup, plans to replace the existing bridge were brought forward, and Panuku Development Auckland began the consenting process.

“We responded to a call to explore the feasibility of replacing the Wynyard Crossing Bridge within a certain budget, in time for the 36th America’s Cup,” says Panuku’s Priority Location Director, Fiona Knox.

“At the time the budget we were allocated was tight, but we were happy to fast track the feasibility work to see if it was possible, knowing the work completed would always be of use.”

To date, an accelerated programme of investigations has been undertaken, and a resource consent application was submitted for the new bridge design option. After further cost assessment, the prudent decision was made to withdraw the resource consent application.

Looking forward, Panuku will apply for the required funding in the 2025 Long-Term Plan (LTP) budget bid. If successful, the design and consenting work completed to date will be incorporated in a renewed resource consent application. Until then, the current Wynyard Crossing Bridge is set to undergo a thorough repair and maintenance programme that will extend its lifespan.

As a long-term option, a new bridge design is still preferred over a maintenance programme, however, at this time it’s not financially viable as capital funding is not available.

“We’re committed to delivering a new Wynyard Crossing Bridge that is fit for purpose and of the highest quality and design, when the time is right,” says Knox.

15 June 2020

A year of good and affordable kai in Papatoetoe

At the heart of Papatoetoe’s town centre is The Food Hub. The bustling, community-driven kitchen, cafe and meeting place is a place where locals can enjoy homegrown and indigenous food options, that are both healthy and sustainably sourced.

The Food Hub has reached some key milestones over the past months and the evolution of this initiative has been staggering, from its inception to the fully licensed café and commercial kitchen onsite today.

From humble beginnings

As part of its urban regeneration strategy for the area, the team at Panuku saw potential in an under-utilised netball club in Papatoetoe which neighbours the central New World Papatoetoe supermarket.

Panuku managed the site management and provided resource consent before handing over management of The Food Hub to The Southern Initiative and Healthy Families in September 2018.

Connie Clarkson, Panuku’s Head of Commercial Place Operations, says:

“Panuku played a vital role in connecting The Food Hub’s key people, like the New World supermarket and the Washer Family. Max Washer owns the iconic White Lady food truck, which recently retired after 45 years of being based in the CBD. The White Lady now proudly resides at the Food Hub for new cooking and catering initiatives. These strong relationships had to be forged otherwise the project would never have been able to go ahead.”

A year of milestones

The vision for The Food Hub was to explore what’s possible when you bring the resources of local government, traditional knowledge, local food production and healthy principles together. Some of the major successes have been:

  1. Implementing a free delivery and pre-order pickup system for affordable meals
  2. Partnerships with farmers in Pukekohe to rescue surplus produce and turn it into soup for school kids in Papatoetoe
  3. Joining with New World Papatoetoe in an ‘upcycle’ food scheme that resulted in one tonne of produce being rescued per week
  4. The availability of indigenous food in Papatoetoe including hangi and umu
  5. Supporting local food businesses including helping them set up and achieve health and safety ratings
  6. Providing work opportunities for Papatoetoe locals
  7. Being awarded $200,000 by the Foundation North, South Auckland Community Innovation Fund
What does the future hold?

The long-term goal is for The Food Hub to replicated in other urban centres. As Julio Bin from The Southern Initiative says:

“The Food Hub helps alleviate food insecurity and influences behaviours by making a healthier and sustainable local food system. The concept has evolved to become a community-led enterprise focused on providing good and affordable food to the local community, while upcycling surplus food into meals and juices. The Food Hub is now, post COVID-19, an example of an alternative model to enhance community food resilience and support a sustainable and local food economy.”

29 May 2020

Have your say on Auckland Council's Emergency Budget

The Covid-19 pandemic has placed enormous pressure on our governing body, Auckland Council, with a forecast $525 million reduction in revenue next year. The council has released a revised 2020-21 emergency budget for consultation. This ‘Emergency Budget’ proposal has a significant impact on Panuku’s capital and operating budgets and includes a request from the council that Panuku contribute to a significantly increased target for asset sales.

More information on the council’s proposal is available at
akhaveyoursay.nz/emergency-budget. Panuku’s budget for the 2020-21 financial year will be confirmed by the council at the end of July.

25 May 2020

A kōrero on community health and kindness

As all communities in Tāmaki Makaurau adjust to a post COVID-19 world, we look to reconnect with friends and whānau. In the neighbourhoods of Manukau and Wiri, one of Panuku’s key moves is to develop the Wiri neighbourhood into a healthy and resilient community for both people and places.

On the journey towards local prosperity and wellbeing, we invited three great people to kōrero with us and share their perspectives on community, wellbeing, mental health and ways to rebuild local Wiri prosperity over the next months.

Anaru Ah Kew, Māori Systems Innovator, The Cause Collective

Q. For whanau within Wiri communities, what is the best approach to reconnecting and looking after the mental wellbeing of individuals and larger family groups?

A. “It’s about strengthening your connections to Wairuatanga (spirituality) which can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But generally, it is about connecting to something bigger than yourself, that can mean spending time with your natural environment, spirituality, through karakia, meditation or prayer.

Being cooped up inside for so long, we all yearn for the natural world.

Tangata whenua believe that we are not separate from our environment, our oranga (wellbeing) is connected to it on a mental, physical and spiritual level. Our wellbeing cannot be compartmentalised.

If you have a healthy environment at work, at home and at play… you will have happier and healthier people and communities in the future.”

Marie Young, Communications Advisor, Wiri Business Association

Q. Being a local businesswoman, and proud mum of Samoan heritage, what do you think are the most important ways for families and businesses to start rebuilding for 2020?

A. “The most important thing is to stay positive in your family bubble. Yes, this has been an immense time, we have all been stretched. But for me and my family, it is all about having a positive mindset.

It’s about looking after yourself and your kids, going for walks locally and keeping everyone healthy. Also thinking about nutrition and your basic fruit and vegetable intake. A healthy mind and healthy body and not too many takeaways!

From a mum’s perspective, it is about setting realistic expectations of yourself in such abnormal times.

We are all so much out of our routines. Anything you can get out of your kids in the way of productive learning is a bonus. If they are getting a bit of reading, writing and maths every day that’s great - I don’t think mums should be too hard on themselves.

If they’re getting a bit of walking, baking, board games and Facetime with grandparents then it’s all good.

In terms of rebuilding our Manukau businesses, we need to rely on locals and making community relationships even stronger in the aftermath. Customer loyalty will be key to business regeneration by shopping local.

In Wiri, checking in with your neighbours regularly and seeing if they need help is so important. Also exploring ways groups of neighbours in extended bubbles can work together to achieve simple tasks.”

Jody Jackson-Becerra, Senior Engagement Advisor, Panuku Development Auckland

Q. For local Pacific communities what is the best advice to keep positive and healthy moving forward?

A. “What is important is to focus on our families and our relationships with our families. To really, truly take care of each other by being there, but not compromising the health and wellbeing of others.

Although these have been challenging times, we must not forget the positives that have come out of the Covid-19 situation. This adversity has bought us closer together and has been a firm reminder of what is important, which is simply caring for each other.

While Covid-19 has not taken hold dramatically in Pacific communities, it has highlighted the inequalities that exist throughout the world.

For Pacific people they still have ongoing social and health challenges that are now impacted and exasperated by Covid-19. So that is what me and other key Pacific people are focusing on in South Auckland.

For example, elderly people with doctor’s appointments and check-ups have all been put on hold because of Covid-19. It is a big concern, and thankfully the government is addressing this issue.”

Anaru Ah Kew from The Cause Collective with Mayor Phil Goff
Marie Young (second from right) from the Wiri Business Association with her family
Jody Jackson-Becerra (second from the left) from Panuku with members of the Wiri Community

22 May 2020

Protecting the Puhinui from lockdown litter

Auckland Council’s teams are back in the field now, protecting the wildlife of Tāmaki Makaurau including pest control and water quality enhancement.

But as we venture outside after our Coronavirus quarantines, we all need to play our part by looking after our parks and streams.

Too often, vulnerable urban streams like the Puhinui Stream in Manukau are polluted with household rubbish, choking both their natural flow and wildlife.

The Puhinui catchment is within our Manukau urban regeneration programme. One of our key priorities is to realise the potential of the Puhinui Stream for both environmental regeneration and the development of healthy neighbourhoods in Wiri and Manukau.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us around the globe that in the absence of humans, the natural world can regenerate quickly. For the first time in 25 years, there are clean-air views across Los Angeles city. And on Gahirmatha Beach and Rushikulya Rookery in India, the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles have migrated from the sea to lay egg clutches in record numbers, without interference from human gatherings.

Unfortunately, this respite is all too short for our own Auckland streams and - as we’ve seen by the surge of people and queues outside takeaways and drive-throughs - our appetite for fast foods wrapped in non-biodegradable packaging is back.

We need to help our people on the frontlines by becoming tiaki (protectors) of our local environment, as the health of our streams is directly linked to the health of our people and families.

This belief is being practiced locally by the youth of Te Pu-a-nga Maara, a collective of South Auckland people from Makaurau, Manurewa and Papatūānuku Kōkiri Maraes. These young innovators are actively testing the water quality of the Puhinui catchment to monitor and protect the ecology of the stream.

They are also reaching out to educate wider communities on how to care for their stream.

As Zara Rihi Motutere from Te Pu-a-nga Maara explains in this whakataukī (Māori proverb):

“Tuia ki te rangi, tuia ki te whenua, tuia ki te moana. Tuia te herenga tangata. e rongo te po. e rongo ao. Tihei Mauri Ora. Resew the binds that connect people to our natural environments by linking them in reciprocal relationships to the heavens, the earth, and the sea. Seek balance. Achieve wellbeing.”

Zara also says: “The wellbeing of people is inextricably linked to the wellbeing of ngā taiao (the environment) and we have an active role to know, love and care for our natural environment.”

As we emerge from our social isolation, we all have a part to play to ensure the ongoing health and wellbeing of our local places. We can do this by disposing of household waste responsibly, picking up rubbish and finding ways to become involved in environmental initiatives such as tree planting in our neighbourhoods.

As Sara Zwart, Principal Regenerative Design Lead at Panuku Development Auckland says: “Returning our urban awa (waterways) to a state of mauri tu (wellbeing) requires all hands on deck. COVID-19 has given us a brief respite to spend time in nature and observe the damage that our lifestyles inflict on her. Coming out of this we could work together to be better ancestors to this ancient stream – and show her the care and respect she deserves.”

How can you help the Puhinui Stream?

  • Tell friends and whānau the Puhinui stream is our Tupuna (ancestor) and needs our care and responsibility
  • Take all your rubbish home with you, and feel free to pick up some extra as you walk
  • Be an active tiaki (protector) and get involved when you hear about community planting or clean-up days
  • If you see any rubbish or waste in the stream call the hotline: 09 377 3107 (24/7)

19 May 2020

New concept design endorsed for Takapuna town square

Takapuna locals can now visualise how their future town square will look after the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board endorsed the concept design today. Now, people will be able to give their feedback to help refine the details of the design.

In the future, the town square will be a place where people can come together to meet and relax, children can play and celebrations can be held. The design is the result of local feedback and expert master-planning which will give Takapuna a new heart.

Extensive feedback has been included in the design from the local community, Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and other key stakeholders between 2017 - 2018. The much-debated location and shape of the town square was decided in 2018, following feedback in over 5,300 submissions.

Aidan Bennett, Chair of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, says the design is fantastic and will further enhance the desire of locals to connect the town centre to the beach.

“It's no secret I have been a big supporter of this type of progress for Takapuna, so it warms my heart to see plans such as this nearing fruition. Since being elected, I have focused on working closely with Panuku to bring about good outcomes for Takapuna."

“It's very satisfying that Panuku has agreed to keep the Anzac Street car park open for as long as possible to ensure that Takapuna has plenty of parking during the Hurstmere Road upgrade. With the new Gasometer car park also coming on stream soon, car parking in Takapuna will be in abundance."

"I also appreciate the thought and effort that I know has gone into working out how the much-loved Sunday market could continue to operate, and how events such as ANZAC Day could work in the space. I firmly believe this town square will be the beating heart of Takapuna, with spaces where we can hold events and get together."

Chris Darby, North Shore Ward Councillor and Planning Committee Chair, says the design is the realisation of a great idea coming to life after a decade of careful planning.

“Takapuna is a stunning location and well deserves this beautiful and inviting concept design, which has been so sensitively crafted by the landscape architects. It retains the promised market life and provides a much-needed social anchor to Takapuna.”

“Along with the transformation of Hurstmere Road, we are on track to see a reinvigorated Takapuna that is better equipped to cater for current and future residents, visitors and businesses.”

Terence Harpur, CEO of Takapuna Beach Business Association, says the town square design will unite beachgoers and Hurstmere Road shoppers.

“The town square will offer a fantastic place for pedestrians to wander and spend time between enjoying the variety of shops, outdoor seating and dining options in the town square and surrounding Anzac Street, Lake Road and Hurstmere Road.”

Adrienne Young-Cooper, Chair of Panuku and Auckland Transport welcomed the news and is looking forward to hearing further feedback on the concepts from the community.

“In these very challenging times for town centres around Auckland it is great the Local Board and local community have a project that we hope will drive confidence in and improve the attractiveness of this lovely part of our city.”

Kate Cumberpatch, Priority Location Director – North at Panuku Development Auckland, says they are excited to get to this next stage and its great news for the people of Takapuna.

“We’re incredibly excited about sharing the design with the community. The design has been informed by multiple perspectives to reflect the desires and needs of Takapuna’s current and future community.”

The car park at 40 Anzac Street will stay open until early-mid 2021 when construction of the town square is due to begin.

About the design

The design of the town square has been undertaken by Isthmus Group in partnership with mana whenua appointed representatives, Angell and Vern Rosier.

The design references the underground springs flowing from Lake Pupuke to Takapuna Beach and builds upon the meaning of Takapuna – Taka; to collect, gather, assemble and Puna; spring, water, life. Each entrance acts as a wānanga / gallery and references its closest water body; Waitematā Harbour, Lake Pupuke and Hauraki Gulf.

The space has been designed to accommodate a range of events and activities including concerts and a regular market. A possible market arrangement has the potential to provide 86 stalls within the public square, 17 stalls along the lane and 20 stalls along Hurstmere Rd. A total of 123 stalls.

The design includes places for people to sit and play in the sun or shade, with a proposed water feature and outdoor dining area. A potential location for the Anzac Memorial has also been identified in the plan.

Next steps

Over June and July, Panuku Development Auckland in collaboration with the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board will undertake a public engagement process to seek views on whether the design meets the objectives that were identified through previous community engagement between 2017 - 2018. Feedback will be sought through a mix of targeted stakeholder sessions and direct communications, as well as opportunities for the wider community to provide input.

Following this, the plan will move into the final detailed design phase, with a target construction start date of early-mid 2021.

Meanwhile, the construction of the Gasometer car park remobilised during Covid-19 alert level 3, ensuring the car park remains on track to open in the second half of the year. The new car park will eventually replace the car parks at 40 Anzac Street, with features including electric car charging stations, bike storage, and changing rooms.

Design concepts

Looking north across the central area of the Takapuna town square
Looking north-west from Hurstmere Road into the new Takapuna town square in weekend market mode
Proposed water feature in Takapuna town square

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1580 State Highway 1, Wellsford

This property is 34.47ha in the growing town of Wellsford. The Certificate of Title consists of 3 sections. Sections 7 & 8 both zoned as Future Urban total 20.55ha (+/-) and front directly onto State Highway 1 with Wellsford Golf Course lying directly along the eastern boundary.

The rear of the block being Section 9 an area of 13.92ha (+/-) is zoned as Rural Production with the northern boundary stretching all the way through to Flagstaffe Road. Wellsford Centennial Park & Sports Ground lies to the West with a privately owned Rural Production area to the East.

The land is of lovely gently contour sloping to the north and northeast. An un-formed council road offers a potential entrance on the corner of Centennial Park and Flagstaffe Roads which extends right through to the Highway, a perfect natural division of Sections 7 and 8.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

For sale - $625,000

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.

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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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