Eke Panuku Development Auckland

20 August 2021

Let’s talk about the future of Old Papatoetoe together

Sign up for your online community session here or call us on 0800 PANUKU SOUTH with your feedback. All ideas are welcome!

At Eke Panuku (a council-controlled organisation), we deliver urban regeneration throughout Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland. We’re excited to introduce the Old Papatoetoe Masterplan, and are keen to discuss it with you via our online community feedback sessions.

We’ve been working on future-proofing Old Papatoetoe since the start of 2017, and having made a few key development moves already, we’re now ready to firm up our masterplan.

Keep reading to find out more information on our plan, then give us your feedback and ideas in one of two ways.

You can tell us what you’d like to see in your Old Papatoetoe at our online community feedback sessions. Book yourself into a session here.

The community feedback sessions will be taking place online on:

  • Tuesday 17 August: 1pm-2:30pm and 3pm-4:30pm
  • Thursday 19 August: 1pm-2.30pm
  • Monday 23 August: 3pm-4:30pm
  • Wednesday 25 August: 7pm-8:30pm
  • Friday 27 August: 10:30am-12pm
  • Wednesday 1 September: 6:30pm-8pm (Samoan)
  • Thursday 2 September: 10:30am-12pm (Tongan) and 5:30pm-7pm (Hindi & Punjabi)
  • Friday 3 September: 3pm-4:30pm (Māori) and 5:30pm-7pm (Hindi & Punjabi)

The focus of these workshops is on coming up with ideas for how future development in Old Papatoetoe can:

  • Improve green spaces
  • Create play & gathering spaces
  • Strengthen community services
  • Celebrate the area’s cultural & historic identity

We’ll start with an overview of the masterplan for context and then discuss these themes in small group discussions, with space for sharing and questions as a whole group in-between each.

This workshop will not be covering issues around parking, roading or transport. If you have feedback or concerns around any of these issues, the best way to contact us is on the free phone 0800 PANUKU SOUTH (0800 726858 76884) where you can leave a voice message which will come directly to us.

All the feedback received will be compiled into a report and used to help us fine-tune and finish off our masterplan.

Green spaces

A recent report has shown that Papatoetoe lacks enough green spaces to gather, meet, relax and play. We’ve decided that Stadium Reserve, the green space by the Allan Brewster Leisure Centre, should be improved to better serve the Old Papatoetoe community.

We are proposing to repurpose the current bowling green, which is on council land, into a new green space that can be used by everyone. Be sure to attend one of our community feedback sessions to let us know how you’d like this space to be used. Ideas include:

  • Community-oriented activities.
  • Spaces to play light / informal sports and exercise.
  • Opportunities to learn about growing your own food.
  • Somewhere to socialise with your friends and your dog.
  • A playground for ages 0-12 and all abilities.

We have also looked at providing a shared accessway to improve how people move around.

New homes

Over the next 10 years, we plan to bring at least 260 new, warm, dry, sustainable homes to Old Papatoetoe, meaning that around 500 people will be able to live in the area. This will in turn boost local business.

St George’s Lanes (our Old Papatoetoe flagship site) will see up to 133 housing units built, and will also bring new shops to the main street. We’ve ensured that this part of Old Papatoetoe will make getting around easier, while also reflecting the area’s rich heritage.

Bringing more people in to the town centre will help make it a safer place, with people nearby at any time of day.

Connecting the town centre

We know that some motorists like to use Tavern Lane as a crafty shortcut, which causes traffic congestion where there should be none. As such, we’re working with Auckland Transport to address this issue.

To ease congestion at the St George Street / Shirley Road intersection, we will be closing the traffic connection to St George Street from Tavern Lane (which is technically not a road, but a driveway). Walking and cycling access will be kept open.

Also proposed is an extension of Cambridge Terrace to meet Stadium Lane. This will streamline travel between Puhinui Road and the town centre by making it easier to walk and cycle though.

Meanwhile, the freshly-reopened Puhinui Station provides fast, frequent and easy connections to the city centre and the airport. This new station will shorten the travel time to 10 minutes to the airport, 23 minutes to Manukau, and around 30 minutes to Auckland City.

A possible Community Hub

As part of the project, there is an opportunity to create a new community hub, which could combine the existing library and other community services in one central location.

The town hall and chambers buildings have a lot of history in the community and we have done some thinking about whether the unique history of these buildings and their central location could provide an exciting combination for a future community hub.

We are wanting to hear your feedback on whether you support the community hub idea, where it could be located and what you would like to see included.

Tell us your ideas for Old Papatoetoe

We want to know your big ideas (or small ones), so that we can ensure we are achieving the best outcomes for Old Papatoetoe. Sign up for your online community session here or call us on 0800 PANUKU SOUTH with your feedback. All ideas are welcome!

Old Papatoetoe Masterplan information

Old Papatoetoe Masterplan timeline

17 June 2021

Takapuna’s street improvement trial to get underway

A trial to test improvements to the layouts of Takapuna’s Huron and Northcroft streets will soon get underway.

Eke Panuku Development Auckland has been working with Takapuna locals to shape the temporary design solutions to improve Huron and Northcroft streets for people moving around Takapuna.

Locally known as being windy, unsafe, and unpleasant for people, Huron and Northcroft streets also form part of the walking route between a new car park building, Toka Puia, and the future Takapuna town square.

In June and July, the community will begin to see the temporary design solutions popping up on the streets. The installations will be trialled for their effectiveness at addressing issues identified by the local community in a series of co-design sessions held last year.

Pedestrian safety, slower vehicle speeds, wider and more even footpaths, improvements managing bus traffic, better-designed parking, and protection from the wind were some of the key issues and opportunities raised.

“The trial is a great opportunity for the local community to help shape the long-term design of the Takapuna town centre.”
— Kate Cumberpatch, Priority Location Director

“The trial is about testing ways to make these streets safer for people, more vibrant and less dominated by traffic.

“The next step is to see how the ideas work in practice and listen to the community to find out what’s working and what isn’t. If something isn’t working or locals would like something changed, the project team can tweak or remove them.”

Innovating Streets is a nationwide programme initiated by Waka Kotahi to make it faster and easier to transition our streets to safer and more liveable spaces.

Unlike the traditional method of gathering feedback to proposed plans, the project trials allow community members to interact with the changes in real-time.

“Takapuna deservingly won out against other centres to be part of an Innovating Streets trial.”
— North Shore Ward Councillor Chris Darby

“We’ve secured additional investment to explore creative solutions to bring new life to Huron and Northcroft streets. The trial project also enhances the short walk between the new Toka Puia car park and the soon to be realised town square, making Takapuna even easier to get around.”

Weather permitting, the temporary changes are expected to take up to 20 days to install and will be completed in stages across both Huron and Northcroft streets. The trial includes:

  • Speed bumps to slow traffic
  • A new pedestrian island/crossing point on Lake Road
  • New median strips on Northcroft Street to make it easier for people crossing the street
  • A new traffic island on Northcroft Street to slow traffic
  • Rearranging some of the car parks on Huron Street to create a wider footpath and make it easier for people crossing the street
  • Two new mobility parks on Northcroft Street
  • Decorative planter boxes
  • Creation of wind and rain shelters along Huron Street
  • Colourful painting on the road and pavement.

The changes are temporary, with any long-term plans depending on the success of this trial. Bus routes, frequency of buses and bus layover spaces will not be affected.

During the trial, which will last through June and July, the community will be encouraged to leave feedback, while a monitoring and evaluation study will measure vehicle speed and monitor how the streets are being used by people, alongside safety audits. All this information will inform decisions around future design improvements to these streets.

Ruth Jackson, Chair of Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, says:

“The great thing about these trials is that people can experience them in 3D reality, rather than just see a 2D plan – and multiple versions can be trialled to make sure we’ve got it right before putting any permanent changes in place. I encourage residents to leave feedback to enable Panuku to respond to any concerns and make improvements.”

For more information and to leave your feedback on the project, visit the official Takapuna Streets for People page.

​About Innovating Streets for People

The Innovating Streets for People programme is designed to help create more people-friendly spaces in our towns and cities. It aims to make it faster and easier to transition our streets to safer and more liveable spaces through trialling quick, low-cost improvements in the road reserve. The idea behind Innovating Streets for People is ‘co-design by trial’. This is a new approach where the local community has a greater say in redesigning their neighbourhoods. Various ideas can be tested, and tweaks can be made to find what works best.

04 June 2021

Transport outcomes agreed for key downtown redevelopment opportunity

In an exciting step for the city centre, Auckland Council’s Planning Committee has approved the transport outcomes for the redevelopment of the Downtown Car Park site, which alongside the urban regeneration outcomes agreed last year, will deliver a high quality, mixed-use development that includes future-focused transport facilities.

With the strategic outcomes for the site agreed, it can be taken to a competitive market process to find a development partner that can help deliver the vision of a harbour edge stitch that unites the city centre and waterfront, as outlined in the City Centre Masterplan.

Situated in a prominent downtown location, the site is key to connecting the city centre with the waterfront neighbourhoods in Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter to the west.

The committee has agreed that potential development partners should provide proposals that respond to the previously agreed urban regeneration outcomes along with the following transport outcomes:

·a bus facility (including short term bus layover, charging facilities for electric buses, active bus stops and passenger amenities), either by removing the Lower Hobson Street flyover and replacing it with an accessible on-street bus facility, or as part of the site redevelopment, which also includes potential removal of the flyover

·a flexible, accessible multimodal transport hub that can change over time and supports public access to micromobility (cycling and e-scooters), including end-of-journey facilities, mobility parking, and a micro freight distribution hub

·no specification on the number of short stay car parks but proposals to include details of the car parking required to meet the objectives of the development and any additional public short stay car parking they propose to provide

Bus access to the city centre is already the backbone of the public transport network, with 450 buses bringing the same number of people into the city every morning as 30,000 cars. On top of that, the demand for public transport into the city centre is set to grow substantially in the coming decades.

By incorporating future-focused transport facilities into the development, the site will helpaccommodate and facilitate this anticipated growth in people coming to and moving around the city centre. This will increasingly take place will via public transport, walking and cycling, as envisioned through Access for Everyone (A4E).

The redevelopment of this prominent site will continue the downtown transformation that has been taking place over the past decade, with significant investment and work already completed by the Auckland Council Group and private investment.

“The development will transform a poorly designed, unattractive car parking building into an iconic precinct in line with nearby Commercial Bay and the Viaduct Basin.”
— Mayor Phil Goff

“Auckland’s downtown is undergoing an exciting transformation with projects such as the Harbourside Park, Te Komititanga and the upgraded Quay Street helping to create a vibrant and people-friendly city centre,” he says.

“This project will build on this transformational energy. It will revitalise a currently tired area and create a world-class, environmentally attractive urban space that will become a magnet for business and investment and a thriving place to live, work, visit and shop.”

Auckland Council’s Planning Committee Chair Chris Darby says this decision marks a decisive step towards delivering the Auckland City Centre Masterplan vision in downtown, while accommodating the city centre’s future transport needs.

“The Downtown Car Park is the most exciting site in central Auckland; it’s in a spectacular waterfront location at the heart of the city centre’s transport system. We have a significant opportunity to get creative solutions from the market about how we deliver a big improvement in the public realm in this part of town. This will complete a major section of the City Centre Laneway circuit, strengthening its connections with the harbour edge stitch. It also supports the shift to sustainable transport modes, which has long been a key part of the City Centre Masterplan.

“Redevelopment of the Downtown Car Park has been in our City Centre Masterplan since 2012. I look forward to this process progressing to find the best way forward to meet both our urban development and transport outcomes.”

Auckland Transport Chief Executive Shane Ellison says: “It’s fantastic news that we’ve locked in the transport requirements to address the needs of customers accessing the city centre. We’ve made it very clear that any development of the Downtown Car Park needs to cater for the changes we will see in how people are coming to New Zealand’s economic centre, and what is being transformed into vibrant and high-quality urban spaces.”

“Sites of this significance present big opportunities for urban development in the city centre.”
— Eke Panuku Chief Executive David Rankin

“Already the downtown area has completely changed in the past decade or so with both public and private investment,” he says.

“This decision will enable us to go to the market with clear outcomes and deliver more first-class design in the city centre, in line with the council’s City Centre Masterplan. We must make sure any redevelopment improves the surrounding environment as well as meeting both our current and future transport needs.”

Eke Panuku Development Auckland will now prepare for a competitive market process for the site, set to start in July.

The urban regeneration outcomes for the site, as agreed in December 2020, include:

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

25 March 2021

Ormiston Town Centre is open for business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09 March 2021

City centre development will add homes, commercial and retail spaces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21 October 2021

Choosing a partner to bring more homes to Dominion Road

Part of our role here at Eke Panuku is working alongside the right partners to make the best use of underutilised Auckland Council land to deliver wider community benefits. We are now looking for the right partner to bring a key site on Dominion Road to life.

The development will include at least 85 high-quality apartments on the corner of Dominion and Valley Roads in Mt. Eden, along with space for shops or commercial spaces. Much of the development will be built around private courtyards, laneways and shared spaces.

Residents will be empowered to live low-carbon lifestyles through being well connected by fast, frequent public transport and with shops, workplaces, cafés, restaurants, parks, Mt. Eden and numerous schools only a short walk away. Auckland Light Rail is also being investigated for this corridor.

As this central Mt. Eden location – about 5,200sqm in size – is just 4km from the city centre, and in a time when Aucklanders are in real need of more high-quality, centrally located homes, we’re excited to choose the right developer to help make the vision become a reality.

What’s next?

The site will be marketed for sale by Bayleys, on behalf of Eke Panuku. Negotiations will soon begin with prospective development partners, and they’ll need to meet a high set of standards to ensure that they’re the right organisation for the local community.

If you’re interested in becoming a development partner for this site, get in touch with Gerald Rundle via Gerald.Rundle@bayleys.co.nz or +64 27 286 4620.

If you’d like to know more about this development, visit our Dominion and Valley Roads page.

14 October 2021

Speed cushions to reduce speeds in Henderson town centre

We’re installing speed cushions at the intersection of Great North Road, Railside Avenue and Ratanui Street in Henderson town centre to reduce vehicle speeds and support safer roads for all users. Vehicle speed data for the town centre indicates average speeds are higher than is appropriate for areas with vulnerable road users.

During the recent Henderson Streets for People trial, led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland, in collaboration with Auckland Transport, we tested a series of temporary changes in the Henderson town centre to make it easier and safer for locals to move around.

On 5 August 2021, after reviewing the traffic data and feedback collected during the trial, we announced that most elements would be scheduled for removal, whilst some elements including the main intersection artwork would be retained or adapted.

On reviewing the data collected, it showed that vehicle speeds through the main intersection of Great North Road, Railside Avenue and Ratanui Street were high - 20% higher than appropriate for a town centre. This indicates that the artwork alone is not sufficient to reduce speeds to the levels desired for town centres.

Eke Panuku strongly supports Auckland’s Vision Zero approach to road safety by ensuring speeds are safe and appropriate across the roading network. The Vision Zero programme is a partnership between agencies, including Auckland Transport, dedicated to keeping Aucklanders safe on our roads. This means prioritising the safety of all people, with an added focus on ensuring vulnerable road users (children, older people, people with disabilities, people walking, people cycling and motorcyclists) are protected.

The risk of death for pedestrians in a crash involving vehicles jump from 10% to 80% when vehicles travel at 50km/h as opposed to 30km/h. The risk of serious injuries can also be minimised significantly by reducing speeds.

To improve road safety and address the issue of high speeds through the town centre, we’ve investigated various options with Auckland Transport and the decision has been made to install speed cushions around the intersection to encourage slower speeds, supporting safety for all road users and enabling the artwork to be safely retained.

As people move through the town centre it may take a little time adjusting to the speed cushions, but research has shown interventions like speed cushions promote safe and appropriate speeds. We believe it is part of our collective responsibility to find a solution to this safety concern in the Henderson town centre.


  • Installation of seven speed cushions will begin 14 Oct (see image below)
  • Vehicle speed data collected from the recent trial indicated that speeds through the main intersection of Great North Road, Railside Avenue and Ratanui Street were high (20% higher than appropriate for a town centre)
  • The artwork on the main intersection alone is not sufficient to reduce speeds to the levels desired for town centres
  • The installation of speed cushions promotes safe and appropriate speed, making it safer for all road users – children, older people, people with disabilities, people walking, people cycling, motorcyclists as well as people in vehicles
  • Eke Panuku strongly supports Auckland Vision Zero approach to road safety across the roading network

To sign up for project updates or find out more about the Henderson Streets for People, click here.

To find out more about Eke Panuku’s long-term regeneration plans for Henderson, visit the project page.

To find out more about Auckland’s Vision Zero Programme visit Auckland Transport’s website - Vision Zero

07 October 2021

Protecting Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland's heritage

Part of our property portfolio services is the Heritage Building portfolio, a collection of key sites that offer insight into the history of Aotearoa’s largest city.

As custodians, we protect, conserve, and manage the locations in our portfolio to help future generations use and appreciate what these places mean to the development of our city. Within our properties team there is a genuine passion for preserving environment and cultural heritage.

This heritage gives communities a window into the lineage and character of historical places and, importantly, gives a town or city an overall personality.

Historic preservation also brings economic benefits such as tourism, and the overall perception of cultural wealth that attracts global business activity like corporate summits.

As Graeme Shankland, the British architect once said: “A city without old buildings is like a man without a memory.”

No one is more loving of Auckland’s historical landscape than Ruth Jost, head of the Eke Panuku property portfolio. Recently, Ruth took viewers on a ‘video tiki tour’ (link video) of three beloved landmark sites around central Auckland:

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Custodians of Auckland’s heritage landscapes

1.The Bascule Bridge on the Viaduct Harbour, which has been preserved for its engineering heritage value. The bridge was installed in 1932, and is a rare ‘steel bascule rolling truss bridge’, working on a counter-weight system. It originally supplied a railway connection to oil loading facilities on Wynyard Wharf, and was raised and lowered at the arrival and departure of the local fishing fleet.

2.The Lysaght building in Wynyard Quarter, which was built in the 1920s. The building deriving its name from the original tenant, the John Lysaght steel company. Over the years it has served as a variety industrial or marine uses, and was used by Italian America’s Cup challenger Luna Rossa to carry out repairs. Now, this building hosts future start-up businesses and entrepreneurs as part of the GridAKL facility.

3. Pembridge House on Princes Street was built in 1876 for John Smith, who owned a lucrative drapery business in Queen Street. For many years the house was home to The University of Auckland’s Conservatorium of Music. Today, Pembridge house is occupied by the Confucius Institute, which provides expertise and support for schools and individual students wishing to learn Mandarin Chinese.

As Ruth says, “At the heart of our property portfolio are our heritage buildings. In the day-to-day management of these buildings we are very cognisant of their past, managing them well in the here-and-now, as well as considering their future use and the part they play in the regeneration of our beautiful city.

“Old buildings and landmarks are witnesses to the cultural history of a city, helping give people a sense of place and connection to the past. Historic buildings often represent something important to people who live in a city or those visiting.

“So next time you are in the beautiful city of Auckland, remember to pause and take a minute to look up and look around - you might see something historically very special.”

04 October 2021

Changes blowing into Takapuna after community’s input

This past winter saw us try out some changes in Takapuna, and with the help of the local community we’ve gained some learnings about what suits the neighbourhood best. As a result, we’re making some changes to our work on Huron and Northcroft streets, and we’re still encouraging all locals to let us know about their experience of these streets.

With the Takapuna Innovating Streets project, we’re working to make Huron Street and Northcroft Street safer and more pleasant for those walking and cycling through. You told us that you’re concerned about walking safety, vehicle speeds, unsafe footpaths, bus traffic, parking and windy streets, and we’ve been working on it.

After plenty of feedback, we’re making these changes:

  • Bringing back five parallel car parks on Huron Street and removing the picnic tables.
  • Removing road art on Huron and Northcroft streets.
  • Bringing in a pram crossing / refuge island on Lake Road.
  • Making the footpath artwork in front of The Sentinel smaller.
  • Changing Northcroft Street’s planter artwork to be less stripy.

The response to these changes so far has been great – huge thanks to everyone who gave us feedback! As the trial progresses, we want to hear from you. Whether you live, work or study on these streets, or simply travel through. If you have any ideas or concerns, head over to https://akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/takapuna-streets and leave us a comment.

Watch this space for more updates.

27 September 2021

Global spotlight on Northcote Town Centre regeneration

​The regeneration of the Northcote Town Centre has been the focus of students and universities from across the globe as part of the C40 Students Reinventing Cities competition.

The competition, led by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group – a global network of cities committed to taking action on climate change including Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland – is designed to ignite creative ideas to decarbonise city neighbourhoods, as well as support thriving and resilient life for local communities.

Northcote Town Centre was one of 15 locations from across the globe chosen as a C40 Students Reinventing Cities competition site. Academics and students were invited to share their creative vision and fresh ideas in line with the city's climate priorities and the Northcote Town Centre Benchmark Masterplan.

Under the guidance of the Northcote Town Centre Benchmark Masterplan, the urban regeneration of Northcote Town Centre is being led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland, on behalf of Auckland Council. Developed in collaboration with the Kaipātiki Local board and mana whenua, it draws on more than a decade of legacy planning and community input and outlines the plan for the town centre renewal. The renewed town centre will offer all the things that locals need including eateries, shops and public spaces while retaining a distinctly Northcote flavour.

Five teams from three countries submitted official entries for this year’s competition. A jury panel made up of local and international industry experts selected the winning entry from Brisbane Designers, a multidisciplinary team from the Queensland University of Technology.

Matthew Blaikie, Auckland Council’s Chief Sustainability Officer (Acting) said, “Utilising their skills across architecture, town planning and landscape architecture, the Brisbane Designers project stood out for its strong visual presentation and well considered approach which built off Eke Panuku’s Benchmark Masterplan.

“The C40 Students Reinventing Cities competition has provided an excellent opportunity for cities and academia to collaborate and for students to further increase their understanding of how neighbourhoods can be planned and designed to support a low carbon, resilient future.”

Matthew Blaikie also made special mention of a submission by a team from Imperial College London, who’s Re-Reinventing a Better Tomorrow for Northcote, Auckland project clearly responded to the competition’s 10 design principles for a green & thriving city neighbourhood and also outlined an environmental analysis of their proposal.

In addition to the official competition entries, a further five teams from Auckland chose to use the global competition as a learning and development opportunity, completing proposals for Northcote Town Centre as an architecture studio brief.

“​It’s great to see some amazing ideas for the Northcote Town Centre from students from across the globe”
— Councillor Richard Hills

“It’s also awesome to see that the winning ideas are well-aligned with our existing plans for Unlock Northcote. Innovative urban design ideas like these will be necessary for us to reshape our city for the future and establish low carbon, resilient neighbourhoods and town centres across the region, as set out in Te Tāruke ā Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan.”

Kaipātiki Local Board deputy chairperson Danielle Grant is the board’s liaison on the Northcote project and says it is always interesting to get an outside view to see if things can be improved or to identify new ideas.

“What’s pleasing is that this process has shown that the benchmark masterplan is well placed to deliver not just for the regeneration of Northcote but also the environment, which means all the hard work being done is on the right track and that is exciting.”

Kate Cumberpatch, Eke Panuku Priority Location Director – North said, “It has been fascinating to see the creative and innovative ideas submitted by these groups of students. There have been some great options for solutions. The winning team had an interesting proposal to use pneumatic tubes for waste, which we will look into further.”

Other cities who participated in the competition include; Athens, Barcelona, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Dakar, Delhi, Dubai, Madrid, Melbourne, Montréal, Paris, Quezon City, Quito, Reykjavík, Seattle and Washington D.C.

Find out more about the C40 Students Reinventing Cities global winners at c40reinventingcities.org/en/students/winning-projects/

Find out more about the regeneration of Northcote Town Centre at panuku.co.nz/northcote

23 September 2021

The Kūmara Awards celebrate great placemaking in Tāmaki Makaurau

Champion your favourite places today!

Supported by Eke Panuku in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, Placemaking Aotearoa wants your nominations for The Kūmara Awards to showcase placemaking that makes a difference to people and place. Big or small, permanent or temporary, led by locals or professionals – any project that helped transform a random space into a meaningful place can be nominated and win a Kūmara Award.

Placemaking is an approach where people work together to make places better, not only for themselves, but for others and for the place itself.

“There is fabulous placemaking happening across Tāmaki Makaurau all the time, even if we don’t always call it placemaking”, says Denise Bijoux, a founding member of Placemaking Aotearoa. “Local things like food swap tables, a black fence offered to neighbours for chalking in Level 4 lockdown, singing on the porch to make neighbours smile and much larger things like the Te Auauanga restoration and upgrade, or Silo Park – anyone can be a placemaker and help create positive change, and we want to celebrate all kinds of placemaking”.

Eke Panuku is a proud supporter of Placemaking Aotearoa and the Kūmara Awards. As Head of Placemaking, Frith Walker is a true champion of ensuring that a place-led approach is top-of-mind in the urban regeneration work Eke Panuku is leading to make our city more liveable.

“While great design and new facilities can bring much needed regeneration to our town centres," says Frith, "it’s through placemaking that we build the relationships that make places we can love, reflecting the people, character and needs of each area. It is so exciting to know how much energy is out there in our communities, seeing people working together to create places where they feel a strong relationship to their environment and each other, which is why we are so proud to support both Placemaking Aotearoa and the Kūmara Awards.”

“Weekend in the Square”, Pt. Chevalier Placemaking Project.
“Poet Tree”, a temporary pop-up interactive installation in Morningside. Photography: Denise Bijoux
Bayview Traffic Safety Project, Bayview Community Centre. Photography: Paris Kirby

The Kūmara Awards premiered in 2020 in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland. Five placemaking teams were awarded in the inaugural year: Bayview Community Centre, The 312 Hub, Smales Farm, O.M.G Organic Market Garden and Ara Journeys.

In 2021 the Kūmara Awards have grown and will be presented in three regions:

● Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

● Te Panepane o Te Ika Greater Wellington Region

● Ōtautahi Christchurch

This year winners will be selected by local judges with vast experience in urban design, community development, public art and city management.

Sir Bob Harvey, former six-term mayor of Waitākere City, will be among the judges for the Kūmara Awards Tāmaki Makaurau.

"To me placemaking is at the core of our lives. It creates our very existence,” says Sir Bob Harvey. “To belong and to be free and to be welcome in a community, humble and creative, at ease with our place and all that we hold close, to have and understand a sense of history, a place of now and to pass on”.

Big or small, permanent or temporary, cheap or expensive – all sorts of placemaking projects can win a Kūmara Award, but ONLY if they've been nominated. So think about places that made you feel good in the past 12 months and let others know about them!

Nominate here: https://www.placemaking.nz/kumara-awards

Nominations are free and close on the 1st October.

Kōre te kūmara e kōrero ana mo tōna ake reka. The kūmara does not brag about its own sweetness… But others do! So please share other people’s success stories and encourage them to share yours.

[Main image: Collaborative Mural at Windy Ridge Primary School. Photography: Paris Kirby]

19 September 2021

South Auckland sport sees big boost

A new, 3000m2 all-weather canopy will be installed to cover four courts at Manurewa netball so that training will now be able to take place during wet weather and night-time hours. Complete with lighting and a sound system, this is the second stage of much-needed improvements to the courts which will mean that the local community can enjoy even more tournaments, events and initiatives.

Upgrades to the courts are being funded by Auckland Council’s urban regeneration agency, Eke Panuku Development Auckland which is keen to enhance sporting opportunities in south Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland as part of the Wiri Healthy Neighbourhood programme, where local sports and activities will be built in to its regeneration of the area. Over 3,500 new homes are projected to be built in the Wiri area, and the ongoing staged enhancement of Manurewa netball courts will support the current and future community to be more active.

The courts were resurfaced in April 2019, thanks to a $1.03m venue upgrade allocation from Eke Panuku’s Transform Manukau urban regeneration programme to Auckland Council’s Community Facilities team. Up to $700,000 is to be transferred this financial year for development to be completed in 2022/23.

“This ongoing contribution from Eke Panuku is going to be a tremendous help in getting more Aucklanders to be more active, more often,” said Joseph Allan, Manurewa Local Board Chair. “The Manurewa Local Board is proud to be a key partner in Transform Manukau, and of course the health and fitness of our community couldn’t be a higher priority.”

Manurewa-Papakura Ward councillor Angela Dalton said: “With so much talent and potential to be nurtured – not to mention the tremendous importance of sporting opportunities for young women and girls – I’m tremendously pleased with this investment from Eke Panuku for Manurewa.”

Manurewa Netball general manager Italia Tipelu said: “We would like to thank the Auckland Council Transform Manukau programme for the invaluable investment towards the transformation of our multipurpose facility. The addition of a new outdoor canopy will enhance Netball Manurewa’s capabilities to continue providing good quality facilities made available for the recreation of the general public.”

Richard Davison, Eke Panuku’s priority location director for South Auckland, said: “The Transform Manukau programme is about fostering and building on the pride, values and talent of the people who live and work there, and local netball culture is a core part of this neighbourhood. We’re thrilled to be enhancing Manurewa’s passionate netball scene as part of our Transform Manukau programme.

“At Eke Panuku we’re working to ensure that long-term development benefits communities for years to come, and local sports is a huge part of that. The people of Manurewa and Manukau have been amazing partners to us and we’re looking forward to delivering an enhanced netball space, the Wiri neighbourhood development, and more over the years.”

For more information on Eke Panuku’s Transform Manukau programme, visit www.panuku.co.nz/manukau.

30 August 2021

Waiohua Iwi lead collaborative approach to Puhinui stream regeneration

Eke Panuku Development Auckland is proud to reach a major milestone in its work alongside mana whenua leading the development of Te Whakaoranga o Te Puhinui – The Puhinui Regeneration Strategy and associated charter, which sets out underpinning values and principles to guide urban renewal projects across the Puhinui catchment.

This ground-breaking document is the culmination of many years of work, led by Waiohua Iwi, Eke Panuku and Healthy Waters. It has been supported by a programme steering group consisting of senior leadership from both alongside Auckland Council Community Facilities, The Southern Initiative, Manurewa and Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Boards and Kāinga Ora, all of whom have a vested interest in the future transformation of Manukau.

A great example of a meaningful partnership between iwi, crown, council and the community, this charter will help to realise the vision of a healthy and thriving Puhinui by bringing people together under a shared purpose, giving this kaupapa (policy) power.

Endorsed by council’s Governing Body at its August 2021 meeting for ratification, when signed it will enable project leaders to move projects within the catchment forward with greater confidence based on agreed aspirational values and outcomes.

“The charter represents a shared commitment - by mana whenua, council and the wider community - to restoring the Puhinui Stream and its surrounding area," said Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. “Cleaning up the pollution in the stream, which in many areas has been used as a dumping ground, will bring it back to life and make the land around it an asset for our community.

“Starting at Totara Park and the Botanic Gardens, the stream meanders down to the Puhinui Reserve and the Manukau Harbour foreshore. With native tree plantings, areas where kids can play and a walk and cycleway from its headwaters to the shore, this area will become a fantastic place for enjoyment and recreation.

“We welcome the partnership with iwi that will help achieve this."

The charter is supported by a comprehensive regeneration strategy outlining a range of strategic initiatives and capital works required over the near and far term to restore the mauri of the Puhinui stream and its surrounds, as part of Eke Panuku’s Transform Manukau programme.

Eke Panuku principal regenerative design lead Sara Zwart praised the work the Waiohua Iwi have done in leading this Kaupapa:

“From the outset, they really challenged us to think more aspirationally and holistically around bringing health back to te Puhunui. When we started this project four years ago, they requested we thought outside the boundaries of Eke Panuku’s Transform Manukau project, using an innovative mai i ngā maunga ki te moana – mountains-to-sea whole of catchment – approach, which has truly shaped the charter as it is today.”

This approach enabled the Waiohua Iwi of Ngaati Te Ata, Ngaati Tamaoho and Te Ākitai Waiohua to take a leading role on behalf of wider mana whenua, something chair Karen Wilson says is both humbling and unusual:

“This is a unique situation, eventuating from our work and engagement with Eke Panuku’s iwi forum. The wider mana whenua group empowered Waiohua to lead the work, and we took that on board and gratefully accepted the offer. What has resulted through the charter is a very inclusive approach across local government and the wider community, which will provide important guidance for all who have a part to play in the regeneration of the Puhinui catchment.”

Mana whenua programme navigator Johnnie Freeland added that the charter will act as a compass to guide the work over many decades to come:

“At its essence the charter is really an invitation and a commitment to achieve the regenerative wellbeing of te Puhinui, not only in the restoration of the stream but also alongside its peoples and connecting the communities back to the awa. One of the key success factors identified is that this becomes a model of Iwi collaborative partnering with our communities at the heart,” he said.

Te Whakaoranga o Te Puhinui – The Puhinui Regeneration Strategy would have not been possible without the support of Healthy Waters and the wider Auckland Council Family, Manurewa and Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Boards, Kāinga Ora, Resilio Design Studio, and our invaluable Waiohua Iwi partners, who have enabled this tremendous achievement.

26 August 2021

HAUMI in Wynyard Quarter a celebration for all

On Saturday 7 of August, at the 10th anniversary of its urban regeneration, Wynyard Quarter celebrated being one. HAUMI: Kia kotahi te iwi, kia haumi te waka | One people, one waka, one journey.

Once an industrial area closed off to the public, ahead of the Rugby World Cup, Wynyard Quarter was opened to the public on 6 August 2011. Since then, it has developed to become a bustling neighbourhood filled with culture, restaurants, offices, homes, and waterfront views.

“Wynyard Quarter used to be grimy and industrial; it strongly reminded me of the Birmingham you see in the television series Peaky Blinders,” said Waitematā Local Board Chair Richard Northey. “Now it’s something quite special with a number of public spaces that have been thoughtfully created and which the Board named after notable women with a connection to the area, such as Amey Daldy Park and Freda Barnes Plaza.”

To commemorate the 10-year regeneration milestone, a day of fun for the whole whānau was organised by Eke Panuku Development Auckland and the rangatahi programme group He Pia He Tauira. The event was named HAUMI, which means to join all together.

The annual celebration was previously called the Wynyard Quarter Birthday, but this year Eke Panuku invited rangatahi to reimagine the event.

“HAUMI was curated alongside our rangatahi programme He Pia He Tauira, to represent the essence of place and acknowledge the past and present of all living, working, and playing together”
— Eke Panuku Placemaker Leehane Stowers

HAUMI is the largest event organised by He Pia He Tauira, and the amount of thought and energy that has gone into the day is amazing,” she said. “Everyone has worked so hard from a deeper level that connects all things and is reflective of the name of the event HAUMI – to join all together. I couldn’t be prouder.

The morning of HAUMI started with a pōwhiri led by Te Puru o Tāmaki and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, which was attended by approximately 100 people despite the changeable weather and fresh south-westerly winds.

During the ceremony, the manuhiri (visitors) were welcomed from the waharoa (gateway) on Te Wero Island towards Karanga Plaza by the calls of ope taua (warriors) and the whakawātea (blessing) of three kaimātātaki (challengers).

The manuhiri dignitaries who took part in the formalities of the pōwhiri included Waitematā and Gulf Ward Councillor Pippa Coom, Waitematā Local Board Chair Richard Northey, Eke Panuku Chief Executive David Rankin and long-standing North Wharf tenant James Gardiner of Rushworths Café.

Several speeches took place during the formalities, with the word makariri (cold) referenced throughout. “I give you permission to jump up and down as I speak” said Councillor Coom at the beginning of her speech, as she encouraged the group to stay warm.

Councillor Coom was also present at the 2011 Wynyard Quarter opening pōwhiri, and she spoke of the changes she’d witnessed across the waterfront and of the importance of creating places for people. “I want to acknowledge the amazing Eke Panuku Placemaking team that makes Wynyard Quarter such a great environment to be in. I remember when this area opened 10 years ago, Aucklanders were stunned to see the transformation of the waterfront and they haven’t stopped coming back since.”

Following the pōwhiri, the āhuareka (celebrations) of HAUMI commenced and Wynyard Quarter came to life with a flurry of activities across the waterfront.

Over 10,000 people attended HAUMI over the course of the day, and they were treated to a selection of live music, workshops, outdoor games and activities. There was a mix of regular favourites from previous years such as Kids Gone Fishing and AK Samba, with new activities such as poi making, mau rakau and taonga puoro workshops, and tram rides around the quarter. Those resilient enough to withstand the occasional downpour enjoyed an outdoor screening of The Croods: A New Age as a curtain closer to the event.

“HAUMI was a success and represents the way we will celebrate the Wynyard Quarter anniversary going forward,” said Eke Panuku Chief Executive David Rankin. “Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the waterfront journey to date, the outcome of your involvement is something we should all be proud of.”

​About the He Pia He Tauira (rangatahi/youth) programme:

The He Pia He Tauira placemaking programme provides work experience and opportunities for mana whenua rangatahi. They gain development in areas of placemaking and the practice of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga in regeneration projects for Tāmaki Makaurau. This is a pilot programme taking place on the waterfront, and there are plans for this youth programme to be rolled out across other neighbourhoods in Auckland.

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24 August 2021

‘Ko te toi ko au me te whenua’ - Mahi Toi of the Waterfront

The waterfront of Tāmaki Makaurau is constantly changing and developing. As we look to future, it is important to reflect on the past to make sure the history is represented in a way that is representative of Te Ao Māori.

An important aspect of celebrating our cities cultural past is weaving mana whenua artwork, expression, and storytelling into the landscape.

To achieve this, Eke Panuku is working with mana whenua to seek opportunities to elevate and showcase māori toi on the waterfront so that tangata whenua can see themselves and their culture in the modern landscape of Tāmaki Makaurau.

The mahi toi that has been created across the waterfront is rich in both narrative and artistic disciplines. From traditional Māori weaving and carving, to sculpture and mural painting.

In this four-part video series, we speak to the mana whenua artists from Tāmaki Makaurau who have created some of the beautiful mahi toi showcased across the waterfront.

The artists will uncover their stories, their histories, and their narrative to increase Māori visibility in public spaces.

Mahi Toi Map and Legend

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In this video we explore how the partnership between Eke Panuku and mana whenua works to identify opportunities for mana whenua artists, so they can showcase their mahi toi.

We talk to mana whenua representatives Paora Puru (Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua) and Jerome Tracy Walters (Te Rūnunga ō Ngāti Whātua) about empowering iwi-nominated artists.

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In this video artist Janine Williams (Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara, Ngāti Pāoa) talks about what it means for local Māori artists to be able to express themselves through their mahi toi (artwork).

Jeanine and her husband Charles are the artists behind the mural ‘ which features on the pump station within Amey Daldy Park.

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Mahi Toi of the Waterfront Janine Williams

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In this video artist Tessa Harris (Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki) talks about her training in raranga and whakairo, and how this influences her work. She emphasises the importance of toi māori being showcased to represent Māori history and storytelling.

Tessa is the artist behind the cultural marker called Te Nukuao (shelter) located in Silo Park extension, which is symbolic of three waka hourua sails, and is a reference to the history of Wynyard Quarter as a 'water space' pre-reclamation.

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Mahi Toi of the Waterfront Tessa Harris

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In this video multi-disciplined artist Graham Tipene (Ngāti Whātua Orākei) talks about how his mahi toi reveals his whakapapa (ancestry) and the links to the whenua (land) of Auckland’s waterfront.

Graham is the artist behind the mahi toi (artwork) located and presented proudly along Westhaven Marina’s Promenade boardwalk. Poutama artwork is etched into the footpaths with LED lighting features and birds (manu), sting ray (hihi wero), shark (mango) and eels (tuna) are embossed on the promenade pier entrances to celebrate the relationship to the shoreline.

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16 August 2021

New Wiri playground boosts resilience through nature

The space mixes new and old expertise as part of Manukau’s transformation

A new Wiri playground is mixing the old and the new to boost resilience, agility and amenity in Manukau. The recreation space, three years in the making, has just opened in Wiri Stream Reserve (by Trevor Hosken Road), and allows tamariki (children) to enjoy nature-oriented play next to Puhinui Stream.

Created by Eke Panuku Development Auckland – in partnership with Mana Whenua and the Manurewa Local Board, and incorporating co-design elements from the Wiri Central School students – the playground boasts traditional māra hūpara designs by Māori play specialist Harko Brown.

Hūpara is an umbrella term for Māori artefacts made from natural elements such as logs and rocks. The new playground is a māra (garden) rich with such materials; local kids will build their connection to nature while building fitness, agility, physical skills and confidence through play.

“Results like this new playground, with its environmentally friendly design and focus on agility and resilience, shows what happens when all parties come together,” remarked Manurewa-Papakura Ward councillor Angela Dalton. “I appreciate not only the relationship that our Local Board enjoys with Eke Panuku, but also how keen they are to deliver assets that all tamariki can enjoy.”

The playground has been designed to be ideal for children of a wide variety of abilities, with usability and accessibility at the forefront of the design process.

Suzanne Lange, principal landscape architect at Eke Panuku, said: “I’d like to say a special thank you to the incredible team at Te Whangai Trust, whose advice and skills for selecting and planting the flora in the playground area were vital. The trees planted are going to help advance our Ngahere Strategy goals, and will help make a more resilient community in the fight against climate change. Te Whangai are doing incredible work in addressing social and environmental issues, and we look for to working with them on the next project.”

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This playground heralds the beginning of a broader vision to restore health to the people, place and nature of Te Puhinui. The Puhinui Stream runs through the heart of this community, and is a critical natural asset for Manukau. This wider regeneration programme, ‘Te Whakaoranga o te Puhinui’, seeks to ensure that the water is clean and healthy, that neighbourhoods are connected and safe, and that the natural ecology of the area is thriving.

The regeneration is being led in partnership with local iwi, crown, council, and local boards, and intends to support tiakitanga (guardianship). The goal is for the local community to have a strong connection to, and ownership of, Te Puhinui Stream. The playground is a key first step in providing this love and connection.

13 August 2021

Maritime treasure preserved in Wynyard Quarter

​The history of Wynyard Quarter is unique, and the uses of the area have transformed quite dramatically over the last 100 years.

Despite its ever-changing landscape, from under water - to industrial use - to public space, the one thing that has stayed constant is its seafaring past and link to the Waitematā.

A significant piece of Auckland’s maritime history, located in Wynyard Quarter, is the Percy Vos Boat Shed. Synonymous with the craft of wooden boatbuilding, the shed was established on the current Hamer Street site in 1937 and stands proud in the same spot to this day.

Percy Vos was an expert master craftsman in both design and construction of wooden boats, and he passed on this skill to his apprentices. When Percy Vos died in 1972, his passing marked the end of commercial wooden boat building in New Zealand, and in 1994 his boat yard closed for good.

Between 1994 and 2018 the shed was not maintained and began to deteriorate. To avoid losing this important maritime treasure forever, from 2018 – 2020, Eke Panuku Development Auckland worked to restore the shed back to its original condition.

Eke Panuku project manager Jeanine McMullien worked on the restoration with Matthews & Matthews Architecture, Legacy Construction, Mitchell Vranjes Structural Engineers and PHC services.

“An important part of this project was maintaining the original integrity and feel of the building. This included retaining and reusing as much original material as possible throughout the restoration,” she said. “The kauri flooring in the upstairs office is all original, as well as features such as the kiln and ceiling trusses.”

The decision to restore the Percy Vos Shed delivers on one of Eke Panuku’s key objectives; maintaining an authentic working waterfront. A focus and goal of the 2012 Waterfront Plan is that amidst urban regeneration, the waterfront will continue to function as a regional centre for marinas and marine industries, with the strong historical and cultural character of the area retained.

Now the Percy Vos Boat Shed is restored, the New Zealand Maritime Museum will take over the lease and manage the site. “The refurbished Percy Vos Boat Shed will deliver a working boatyard, one where people can smell and touch the wood, and see how boats were built,” said New Zealand Maritime Museum Director Vincent Lipanovich. “The great joy of the shed is that we have an opportunity to move past the idea of preserving our history just as an object, but rather as a place to practice and share a set of skills that has been central to the marine industry for our city and country.”

Percy’s philosophy was to share his knowledge and skills on to “any young man who had the will to learn.” This philosophy will be carried on by the New Zealand Maritime Museum, which, in the future, will open the Percy Vos Boat Shed to the public and display an interactive showcase of wooden boat building in Wynyard Quarter.

On 12 August 2021 a celebration was held at the Percy Vos Boat Shed to recognise the history and importance of the maritime landmark, and to thank those who have been a part of the journey to date. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, Eke Panuku Chief Executive David Rankin and New Zealand Maritime Museum Director Vincent Lipanovich spoke on the evening. It was attended by Percy Vos’s family members, the Percy Vos Charitable Trust, members from the Waitematā Local Board, Councillors, Council whānau and ex Waterfront Auckland board members, to name a few. It was a fitting occasion to celebrate the achievement of so many, over many years of perseverance and hard work.

“This has been a long-term project that could not have been achieved without the hard work and commitment of all stakeholders involved, many of whom are with us tonight,” concluded Mayor Goff in his speech, “It’s a fantastic achievement to restore this iconic building to its place of pride on our waterfront.”

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11 August 2021

New Avondale library, community hub and town square design confirmed

A new library, community hub and town square for Avondale is on track to be built in 2023, after the Whau Local Board approved finalised concept designs in June. The decision came after community input into the design, which was enacted through public consultation in April-May.

Eke Panuku Development Auckland and Auckland Council are working together to deliver on this project. Completion of the developed design is anticipated in 2022.

  • The Whau Local Board approved the design brief, vision and key provisions for the building and surrounding public space in August 2019. Thanks to Avondale’s passionate and engaged community, we’ve been able to adapt plans for the location based on their feedback:
  • With parking being the main concern, an area on Racecourse Parade will be investigated as the potential home for a new, 34-space car park.
  • The centre will have areas that are play-friendly, with playable features incorporated into the design.
  • A kitchenette to facilitate catering and a lobby area to accommodate external equipment has been added to the larger community space.
  • The facility’s size was determined with consideration to the expected residential growth in Avondale and the site allows for the opportunity of expansion down the line if needed.
“This will be a place for the whole whānau, be it exploring the library or sitting with a book in one of the quiet areas.”

The design’s most popular aspect was the building and layout, with particularly positive feedback around the room sizes, the views from the centre and the modern design.

“Ultimately this facility must meet the needs of the local community, and the level of engagement on this project has been fantastic,” said Eke Panuku's Priority Location Director - West, John Carter.

“We’d like to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to offer their feedback, which has shaped the final concept design.”

Early engagement with mana whenua on this project enabled a clear vision to be created with the underlying principles of hononga – connection, relationships and bond. These principles were important in the development of the project’s design brief as well as informing the concept design, to ensure consideration was given to how we work together, the services and design of the facility, and how the facility will operate when it opens. Ongoing involvement with mana whenua will continues as the project progresses.

Community engagement illustrated that this will be a place for the whole whānau, be it exploring the library, sitting with a book in one of the quiet areas and enjoying the good views, or using the outdoor space for activities like games and barbecues. The input from community groups, individuals and local organisations were all essential to the concept design process.

Whau Local Board Chair Kay Thomas said: “We are pleased that Eke Panuku has been able to find solutions to the issues raised by the public during the consultation process. It shows the worth of speaking to the community to get the plans right.

“It’s also really pleasing to be able to see this project really gaining momentum, and I, like the rest of Avondale, am very much looking forward to seeing progress continue.”

With the concept designs finalised, the team at Eke Panuku are looking forward to moving to the next stage of design.

You can read the full details, courtesy of Whau Local Board, here.

10 August 2021

West Auckland tamariki get to know their watery neighbours

Meet Chunky George and Skinny Bob

A pair of slippery customers recently made their way to Oratia District School for a day of environmentally focused learning. Two of Oratia Stream’s more social animals – an eel and a fish – spent some quality time with the West Auckland school’s tamariki, kindly given a lift by Brent Condon, Eke Panuku’s resident eel whisperer.

Nicknamed Chunky George (a giant bully fish, aka tītarakura / tīpokopoko) and Skinny Bob (a short-finned eel) by the pupils, the visitors were able to show their new friends what kind of ika (water creatures) live in their local awa (river).

As for Brent – whose own grandmother, Jean MacIntosh, taught at the school in the 1920s – he was thrilled with the visit. “Days like this give Eke Panuku a chance to give value back to their neighbourhoods at the coalface,” he remarked.

“For myself, being able to engage the tamariki of Oratia District School, and other West Auckland schools, presents the opportunity to connect young children to their local awa, the wairua [spirit] of urban streams and the precious wildlife in a very tactile way.”

“This ‘Eel Roadshow’ is an opportunity to educate the next generation of young conservationists while representing Eke Panuku well at a grass roots level. Best of all, though: the kids just love discovering all about local tuna [eels] and ika.”

Oratia Stream, along with Ōpanuku Stream, runs into the Twin Streams catchment area of Henderson, an Eke Panuku neighbourhood. The tamariki discussed how to protect the living taonga (treasures) within the streams, and the importance of exercising kaitiakitanga (guardianship) with local Waitakere waterways.

We’re working to ensure that Henderson becomes flourishing urban eco-centre, with the neighbourhood harnessing sustainability at every opportunity.

For more information about our work in Henderson, visit: https://www.panuku.co.nz/projects/henderson

06 August 2021

Manu māori roost in Auckland’s waterfront

A new mural in Wynyard Quarter celebrates our native birds

Wynyard Quarter’s pump station in Amey Daldy Park has an exciting new look inspired by Aotearoa’s manu māori, our native birds.

The new mural, created by mana whenua artists Janine and Charles Williams, is named ‘Mai i ngā maunga ki te moana’ (from the mountains to the sea) and was blessed with a karakia whakawātea by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei this morning.

At 12 metres high and spanning 16 metres wide around the pump station structure, the mural features 12 native birds to remind us of our roles as kaitiaki (guardians) of our natural environment. Each manu (bird) faces their respective habitats, be it moana (ocean), takutai (beach/shore) or pararau/repo/maunga (forest/swamp/mountains).

The artists were appointed to curate a work that brings beauty and cultural interpretation to the concrete pump station and contributes to cultural expression on the waterfront.

“Mai i ngā maunga ki te moana reflects the interwoven relationships within te taiao [nature] and the importance of these connected ecosystems”
— ​Janine and Charles Williams

“The work responds to the physical location of the pumpstation and the orientation of the structure within its geographical position in Tāmaki Makaurau. The placement and colour selection of the design reflects the natural habitat of the chosen birdlife (in consultation with mana whenua) while showing the comparisons of their physical size.”

Eke Panuku senior delivery project manager Jeanine McMullien remarked: “Our native manu of Aotearoa, New Zealand are so important as taonga to be treasured and cared for, so we’re thrilled that our winged taonga will be honoured in such a prominent location.”

“As pointed out by Janine and Charles, this mural will serve as a reminder that we at Eke Panuku must be kaitiaki – guardians – of Tāmaki Makaurau’s natural environment.”

The award-winning pump station was completed in 2018 by Watercare to manage Wynyard Quarter’s wastewater. The artwork was commissioned by Eke Panuku in partnership with mana whenua as part of the wider Wynyard Quarter redevelopment project while Auckland Transport delivered Amey Daldy Park (named after the iconic Kiwi suffragist).

The mural was the finishing touch to the much bigger project of Amey Daldy Park. The budget of $400,000 covered everything from consultation with mana whenua to appoint the artists, concept development and design work, to paint, brushes, scaffolding and, of course, Janine and Charles’ valued time and skills. The result is a timeless mural that puts Tāmaki Makaurau on the map for our unique mana whenua artwork and brings colour to a space for Aucklanders to love.

The birds included in the mural are:

  • Kuaka - Bar-tailed godwit
  • Karuhiruhi / Kawau - Pied shag
  • Tarāpuka - Black-billed gull
  • Pakahā - Fluttering shearwater
  • Kāka
  • Warou - Welcome swallow
  • Kōkako - Blue-wattled crow
  • Korimako - Bellbird
  • Pūkeko - Purple swamphen
  • Karoro - Southern black-backed gull
  • Tōrea - Oyster catcher
  • Tuturiwhatu – Dotterel

Be sure to visit Wynyard Quarter soon to see ‘Mai i ngā maunga ki te moana’ for yourself.


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.


16A Edwin Freeman Place, Ranui


1/16 Sarona Avenue, Glen Eden

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275 St Johns Road, Meadowbank, Auckland

A fantastic opportunity to secure two generously proportioned 1960's two bedroom brick units in this dress circle ridgeline position on 630 sqms of land.

Encompassing water views over the Tamaki Estuary and beyond, and with the nearby Apirana native bush reserve a popular walk for locals, the benefits of the location cannot be underestimated. Whether you are looking for an investment, home and income or to redevelop, this prestigious address is sure to attract buyer interest, noting the agreeable convenience of public transport, including the train station nearby, Meadowbank shopping precinct and Eastridge Mall just minutes away.

The Sunhill Garden Centre, Fresh Market and Cigana for your morning coffee are adjacent, and you can quickly be on the sands of any of the bays from Kohimarama to St Heliers having a paddle and a run on the boardwalk.

Potential to add value and zoned for St Thomas's School and Selwyn College, this is a superb opportunity in an Eastern Bays gateway location.

Note: The section to the rear of this property, being 10 Felton Mathew Avenue, St Johns, is also available for sale, should you wish to increase your landholding to 1788 sqms and explore an even bigger opportunity.


10 Felton Mathew Avenue, Saint Johns

​Grab this chance to be in on an exceptional offering of land in St Johns.

The generous 1158sqm lot encompasses water views over the Tamaki Estuary and beyond. Combine it with the neighbouring property for sale at 275 St Johns Road, Meadowbank and explore the potential of what can be achieved on the total 1788sqm landholding if you have a larger appetite.

Zoned Mixed Housing Suburban and with the nearby Apirana native bush reserve a popular walk for locals, the benefits of the location cannot be underestimated. The prestigious address is sure to attract buyer interest, noting the agreeable convenience of Meadowbank shopping precinct and Eastridge Mall just minutes away. The Sunhill Garden Centre, Fresh Market and Cigana for your morning coffee are adjacent, and you can quickly be on the sands of any of the bays from Kohimarama to St Heliers having a paddle and a run on the boardwalk.

Zoned for Stonefields School for Primary and Intermediate, and Selwyn College, developers are bound to see the gains from building that will appeal to families who are drawn to the exceptionally attractive St Johns lifestyle.

Note: The section to the top of this property, being 275 St Johns Road, Meadowbank, is also available for sale, should you wish to increase your landholding and explore an even bigger opportunity.


4/222 Edmonton Road, Te Atatu South

​Entry level buying on a limited budget? This property must be within your reach!

Solid brick/tile construction with polished timber floors and surprisingly spacious (approx 70m2 floor area). The unit has a sunny North facing position, is peacefully set back from the road and comes with a single carport.

You will love the hop, step and jump close proximity to Countdown, KFC and convenience stores.

A 5 minute drive one way and you're at West City Shopping Mall and restaurants. A short drive the other way and you're on the North Western motorway. What a fantastic location!!

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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