Panuku Development Auckland

04 June 2019

Completed laneway a taste of what’s to come

The first construction project under the Transform Onehunga programme has been completed with the opening of an upgraded laneway in the town centre.

The space in front of the Onehunga Police Station, between Onehunga Mall and the Sir William Jordan Recreation Centre, has been revitalised with new landscaping, lighting and an artwork.

Central to the project was a mural capturing the neighbourhood’s identity created by Onehunga artist Bobby McDonald together with local youth community group the 312 Hub. The artwork was chosen by the Onehunga community from three designs.

A public opening of the mural and laneway upgrades, held in April, included a blessing by mana whenua and was attended by representatives from NZ Police, the Onehunga Business Association and team members from Panuku.

Director of Design and Place for Panuku, Rod Marler says the project has been a great way to bring people together to create an attractive and safe space.

“Onehunga’s town centre is a wonderful, diverse place with treasures to be uncovered. This is the start of an attractive laneway network that will encourage people to explore and stay in the area, which will be good both for local business and the community.”

Designs are currently progressing for the upgrade of two smaller laneways, the first running from Waiapu Lane through to 154 Onehunga Mall and the second at 151 Onehunga Mall (McClintock Lane). Construction is expected to start early 2020.

16 May 2019

Much-loved holiday park in Takapuna in line for upgrade

The Takapuna Beach Holiday Park will receive a staged upgrade to reflect the nostalgia of a traditional Kiwi beachside holiday, following the selection of a preferred operator by Panuku Development Auckland.

The proposed owner/operators are Steve and Jeanette Edwards. The Edwards have a long family history of running holiday parks, dating back to the early 1970s when Jeanette’s parents ran a holiday park in Northland.

The couple also own and run TOP 10 Holiday Parks in Queenstown, Nelson, Fox Glacier and Motueka. For the lease to be granted to the Edwards it must be approved by the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, which will be tabled at the upcoming meeting on 21 May, 2019.

Panuku Portfolio Management Director Ian Wheeler says the holiday park is well-known and much loved by the Takapuna community - sitting on one of Auckland’s most spectacular sites with extensive views to Rangitoto.

“Steve and Jeanette’s vision is for a place that brings both Aucklanders and visitors to Takapuna. The proposed design reimagines the campground in a modern way that will make it an asset for the community for the next 30 years.”

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

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

Jeanette says: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to request kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of this precious site for the Takapuna community.

“We have watched this park from a distance for many years. It has a beautiful and unique location and we look forward to creating lifelong memories for our guests.”

If the Edward’s proposal is approved by the local board, it is expected that the new campground will be completed by 2022.

The site will largely remain open for business during a staged upgrade but will close briefly for major construction over winter 2020.

23 April 2019

Consent granted for Queens Wharf upgrade

Independent commissioners have today released their decision to grant resource consent for the upgrade of Queens Wharf to provide for berthage of large cruise ships (mooring dolphins).

A panel of three independent commissioners have decided that resource consent can be granted, subject to conditions of consent.

The decision states:

“After considering the evidence we have decided to grant consent, subject to conditions. We have found that although the proposal would have a range of adverse effects on the environment, both during construction and operation, those effects are able to be avoided, remedied or mitigated to an acceptable level by way of good construction management, engagement with Mana Whenua, and consultation with other stakeholders.

“The proposal by Panuku that the occupation consent for the dolphins expire once Captain Cook Wharf is operational as a large cruise ship berth, or in 15 years’ time (whichever is the earlier), and that the structures are then removed, was a key feature of the application that weighed in its favour.

“Its positive economic and social benefits, and improvements to the current process of receiving large cruise ships, were also beneficial features.”

In November 2017, Auckland Council’s Governing Body agreed to proceed with the application for mooring dolphins on Queens Wharf to provide infrastructure for the cruise industry to operate a quality, efficient and safe service when visiting Auckland.

The mooring dolphins would also enable the cruise industry to grow with the capability to accommodate the growing number of larger 350+ metre cruise ships visiting Auckland.

Panuku Development Auckland lodged the resource consent application in July 2018, which was followed by public submissions and five days of hearings. The independent commissioners then considered the views of submitters, the reports and evidence put before them in making their decision.

An appeal period on the decision is now open until 15 May 2019 for those who made submissions on the application.

A copy of the full decision is available here.

18 April 2019

New plan for Northcote's town centre

Like the rest of Auckland, Northcote continues to welcome new residents. To accommodate this growth Panuku Development Auckland, the city’s regeneration agency, is moving forward with the urban renewal of the Northcote town centre.

The newly released Northcote Town Centre Benchmark Masterplan shows how the town centre will be renewed. The new plan will offer the things that locals need including eateries, shops and public spaces while retaining a distinctly Northcote flavour.

Based on more than a decade of legacy planning and community input, the plan outlines how the development will make it easier for people to get around by bike, on foot and on public transport, while also providing sufficient car parking.

New public spaces including a sunny town square, a greenway linking existing and new green spaces and a community facility are also planned.

Construction is expected to start after September 2021 and the redevelopment will be phased over the next seven to 10 years so it will continue to be a place for people to shop, eat and meet.

Panuku project sponsor, Angelika Cutler, is excited about what is planned for Northcote.

“Northcote is a great spot. It’s close to the city with fantastic North Shore beaches and great schools. With the new homes being built in the neighbourhood, we want to make sure the town centre is renewed to meet the needs of locals and to make the most of its fantastic location.

“The plan stays true to what we have heard from locals over several years of planning. People have told us they want better public space and a safer vibe in the town centre. At the same time we want to make sure we keep the things that people love such as the great dining and cultural experiences.

“Our aim is to bring out the best in Northcote so it continues to be a unique place where locals feel at home and visitors are welcomed.”

Kaipātiki Local Board has given its endorsement for the plan, having worked closely with Panuku on the plan over a number of years. The board will continue to work collaboratively with Panuku as the project moves into the next phase to ensure the revitalised town centre best meets the needs of the local community.

“We are looking forward to Panuku building a town centre that embraces our uniqueness, our people and our environment, and becomes a place that even more people will love to visit,” says Local Board Chair John Gillon.

“It’s exciting knowing that very soon it will be even easier for people to visit Northcote, thanks to even more transport options opening up plus the creation of a greenway that will stretch from one end of the neighbourhood to the other.

“The new community building that is planned is especially promising. When built, we can see this new facility becoming the beating heart of Northcote, injecting life into the town centre and the surrounding neighbourhood.”

Read the Northcote Town Centre Benchmark Masterplan here.

03 April 2019

New bridge planned for Wynyard Quarter

Plans are afoot to replace the Wynyard Crossing pedestrian bridge that links the city centre to the waterfront with a new, more reliable bridge.

The existing Wynyard Crossing, which has become a critical transport connection, was installed as a temporary structure for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. It is reaching the end of its useful life and needs frequent and costly repairs to keep it running smoothly.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the new proposed bridge reflects Council’s commitment to enhancing and transforming the waterfront.

“The new bridge will operate more efficiently and cater for the greater number of people who live, work and pass through Wynyard Quarter, as well as the surge of visitors expected to be spending time on the waterfront for the America’s Cup.

“Hosting AC36 will help to accelerate more projects like this. It will leave an infrastructure legacy for Auckland that will benefit our city well after the yachts have stopped racing.”

Allan Young, Panuku Director Development, says the replacement opening bridge will be visually spectacular and larger than the current bridge.

“The ‘double leaf’ design is a beautiful structure reminiscent of modern yacht masts or the wings of a large seabird,” says Young.

“It will be a landmark addition to an already thriving neighbourhood and will be something all Aucklanders can be proud of.”

The final design of the bridge, which is under consideration, will aim to meet three key criteria:

  1. to be of the highest design quality, offering design innovation and be capable of becoming an outstanding example of its type;
  2. make a positive and memorable contribution to the urban waterfront setting; and
  3. to recognise and celebrate the bridge’s role as a distinctive element in the east-west waterfront route.
The proposed ‘double leaf’ bascule bridge is expected to be 60% lighter to lift than a single arm design, using far less energy to operate.

Maintenance can be carried out on each arm separately, adding to the efficiency of the structure. It can also be built using smaller, less intrusive cranes.

Providing resource consent is granted by mid-2019, construction will start in early 2020 and complete by the end of that year.

During construction, a temporary pontoon bridge will be in place for pedestrians to move between Te Wero Island and Viaduct Harbour.

If consent is delayed and the bridge is not able to be built by 2021, works will be undertaken to ensure the current crossing operates as efficiently as possible during a busy time.

Drop in sessions for the public to learn more about the proposed bridge will be held at Karanga Kiosk on Karanga Plaza, Wynyard Quarter on:
Saturday 13 April between 9.30 – 10.30am
Sunday 14, April between 2.30-4.30pm

Wednesday 17, April between 12-2pm.

07 June 2019

Regeneration of Civic Administration Building to begin

A significant piece of Auckland’s architectural history was given a new lease of life this week as the agreement between Auckland Council and private developer Civic Lane Limited to redevelop the central city Civic Administration Building (The CAB) and surrounding land into homes as part of the Civic Quarter mixed-use precinct was settled.

Mayor Phil Goff said: “This settlement means that an A category heritage building can be restored and refurbished by the private sector, saving ratepayers refurbishment costs of over $80 million. It will also deliver a thriving new area providing hotel and residential accommodation and an exciting new performing arts centre.”

Developer John Love of Civic Lane Limited said: “We’re looking forward to being able to provide new homes and a new community in such a wonderful location in central Auckland so close to everything, including theatres such as the Aotea Centre and the Auckland Town Hall, the Auckland Art Gallery, world-class shopping and dining, and of course the new CRL Aotea train station.

“This building will have its challenges to develop, and not every developer would have taken it on. But the location and complete refurbishment will make it a truly desirable place to live and visit.”

Panuku Development Auckland’s Director of Development Allan Young said the agreement will help realise council’s vision to regenerate the area.

“This development has a lot of potential, as a location for more housing, as well as a way to boost local economic activity with future residents located close to great transport links, jobs, shops and restaurants.”

“The cost of removing asbestos from the building, preserving heritage features consistent with a category A heritage status, and intensifying the land with housing and commercial spaces will be extremely costly so we are pleased that we were able to find a partner willing to take on this important work adjacent to Auckland’s most significant civic space.”

The agreement that settled this week between Civic Lane Limited and Auckland Council for $3 million reflects the exceptional costs of asbestos removal and heritage restoration requirements, and which will enable the building to be developed in a way that will meet all of council’s design requirements and objectives for the project as outlined by council when it made the decision. These include:

  • Restoring an iconic heritage building at the heart of Auckland’s city centre
  • Intensifying the use of the site and creating a frontage to Mayoral Drive
  • Exemplary design quality, responding specifically to Te Aranga Māori design, sustainability and urban design best practice as per the objectives in the adopted Aotea Quarter Framework Plan
  • Vehicle access for the Aotea Centre

The Civic Quarter master plan also includes a whare tapere, a community and cultural building that will face onto Aotea Square.

24 May 2019

Public piano turns heads in Takapuna

Public piano turns heads in Takapuna

A public piano is helping add a little more colour and joy to the Takapuna town centre this winter.

The second-hand piano is believed to be over 100 years old and has been gifted to Panuku Development Auckland to use at the new public space at 38 Hurstmere Road. The “Play This Piano” project was initiated by Youth Arts New Zealand (YANZ) to bring connection and music into the heart of Takapuna.

As well as allowing people to have a tinkle on the ivories, the piano is also doubling as a canvas for a live arts project. Three young artists have been painting the instrument every Sunday throughout the month of May to create an artwork that celebrates the geography of Takapuna.

Co-founder of YANZ Matthew Goldsworthy says it’s great to be involved as the initiative allows young artists a platform to express themselves with a lot of their work usually happening behind closed doors. “Bringing these artists and musicians to the forefront of the community in a public setting is a great boost for their confidence.”

Panuku Project Director for Takapuna Kate Cumberpatch says street pianos are often seen in other cities internationally and are becoming more common here.

“A lot of people have grown up with pianos in their home or school but can no longer access them, so a public piano is an opportunity to reconnect with that skill. In the process the music they produce invites people to stop and take notice, providing a moment of calm and joy for anyone listening.”

The art project culminates this weekend with the unveiling of the final design in a young musician showcase to celebrate the end of NZ Music Month. The piano will be available for use at 38 Hurstmere until the end of July, weather permitting.

24 May 2019

Ormiston information evening attracts a crowd

About 150 residents attended a presentation at Ormiston Senior College this week to get an update on the mix of shops, public spaces and community facilities planned for the area.

The focus was on the new town centre taking shape on a 4.5-hectare site beside Barry Curtis Park, being delivered by the Todd Property Group in partnership with Panuku.

Todd confirmed it is making progress with the 45,000sqm town centre, which will include 100 shops and businesses, a three-level car park topped with a 2300sqm gym and major businesses including The Warehouse, Hoyts, New World and Noel Leeming.

The presentation also included updates on the future of Barry Curtis Park as well as a new $35m library and community facility to be built between 2021-2023 and a $48m aquatic and leisure centre which will be built between 2023-2025. Public consultation on the leisure centre will take place later this year.

Auckland Transport also outlined its plans to start a $10m route between the town centre and Stancombe Road.

Panuku’s Ormiston project director Sharon Dobson says the evening, planned in conjunction with the Howick Local Board, was well-received.

“The new urban environment being created is going to significantly improve the lives of people in the area by providing new places to shop, work, exercise and relax. The evening was a great way to show how all Auckland Council’s departments are working with the private sector to deliver that.”

The main retail development is expected be completed by the end of 2021. At the same time Todd Property will finish more than 200 homes as part of its agreement with Panuku to develop 19ha of former council land in Flat Bush into a residential community.

16 May 2019

Mooring dolphin on Queens Wharf

As the city’s regeneration agency, Panuku – on behalf of Auckland Council – has been granted consent for a mooring dolphin on Queens Wharf to enable the future growth of the cruise industry in Auckland. The consent has been appealed to the Environment Court.

A dolphin is a marine structure that extends into the sea above the water level. In the context of this proposal, two concrete structures would sit in the sea bed and connect back to Queens Wharf with a walkway. These would sit at 49m and 82m north of the northern end of the wharf.

Current cruise ship facilities do not adequately provide for the requirements of the cruise industry to operate a quality, efficient and safe service when visiting Auckland. This means the potential benefits associated with the cruise industry including those arising from economic gain to Auckland are compromised. Right now, our primary cruise berth – Queens Wharf – can only allow cruise ships up to 295m long to berth. Larger ships such as Ovation of the Seas, which is 350m long, can’t fit.

The story so far

In July 2018, Panuku lodged an application for a mooring dolphin on Queens Wharf.

On 10 September 2018, the application was notified for the public to have their say. Submissions closed on 10 November 2018 and a hearing was held by independent Commissioners in February 2019.

The consent was granted on 23 April for a period of 15 years with a condition that requires the dolphins to be removed once alternate mooring facilities are available. Two appeals have since been lodged with the Environment Court and these are expected to be heard later this year.

What happens next?

The application for a mooring dolphin was been lodged with the intention of delivering the structure in time for the 2019/20 cruise season, providing a boost to the $185 million and 3,000 local jobs the cruise industry adds to the region’s economy.

If approved, the project will build on the vision for Queens Wharf as a public waterfront space, a hub for major events and infrastructure for the cruise industry.

Our growing cruise ship industry provides significant economic benefits to Auckland businesses; last year cruise ships transported nearly 270,000 passengers directly to the heart of our city. The $185 million that passengers and the cruise industry are expected to spend will range across the retail, food and beverage, and accommodation sectors, on tour and attraction operators, and on provisioned goods and services.

As Auckland gears up to host the 36th America’s Cup, the dolphin will help make the most of the upgraded Shed 10 cruise terminal to welcome more international cruise ship visitors.

Below you can find links to listen to podcasts with John Smith about the mooring dolphin and cruise industry, and Rachel de Lambert from Boffa Miskell who worked on research around the public use of Queens Wharf as part of this project.

Background summary of proposed Queens Wharf mooring dolphin

Podcast with John Smith

Podcast with Rachel de Lambert

12 April 2019

Urban Walking Festival

Discover the hidden beauty and history of your neighbourhood in a free walking tour hosted by some of Auckland’s most enthusiastic city-lovers.

This May we invite you to join us in an Auckland-wide festival of urban walking that centres local people celebrating their place, sharing what makes it special and advocating for what they love about it through walking and conversation.

The festival was inspired by the annual international festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations Jane’s Walks. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

The festival begins in the first weekend of May with a Jane’s Walks in Grey Lynn and Balmoral. Over the following weeks city-loving guides and local hosts in Avondale, Henderson, Panmure and Takapuna will share the stories, beloved experiences and hidden gems of their local neighbourhood.

Janes Walk Grey Lynn - Saturday 4 May

Which suburb seems to have more than its fair share of prime ministers, artists, and change makers? Grey Lynn. On this walk we will explore some of the history that has made this colourful suburb what it is today. As we go along we'll talk through why this area is so loved and consider what needs to be celebrated and looked after and what challenges need to be faced.

Saturday 4 May, 10 am - 12:30 pm Rain or Shine. (Severe weather raindate Sunday 5 May)

Meet at the Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road. Wear walking shoes and bring a raincoat.

Walk hosted by Alex Bonham.

Registration: No registration required, please arrive a few minutes ahead of the start time

Access: This walk will be along suburban streets and can be wheel friendly. Please contact the organiser in advance to let them know of your needs.

Kia ora Avondale Walk - Saturday 11 May

As Auckland’s old town centres, strung along arterial routes such as Great North Road undergo intensification, what must be held onto to stop the displacement that can occur when a neighbourhood changes? Avondale has important places for people of many different cultural backgrounds. Often these places are small and may be invisible to those who do not use them. Meandering through the Avondale Town Centre we will explore some of the spaces and everyday activities that are important to the richness of this neighbourhood.

Saturday 11 May 2:00-4:00pm. (Raindate Sunday 12 May, same time).

Meet outside Avondale Library, 93 Rosebank Road. Wear walking shoes and bring a raincoat. Snacks will be provided en route.

Walk hosted by HOOP-LA

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Registration: Because we will be in some small spaces this walk is limited to 20 people.

RSVP via Eventbrite

Access: This walk will go into small places and up stairs.

Panmure Hikoi

The Hikoi is a free guided walk through Māori history and the continuum of connections to our present.

Led by your warm and entertaining host Prince Davis, the Hikoi traverses Te Tauoma (Panmure), where the pace is set by the group’s enquiries of the places and spaces encountered. Our host will share cultural history and heritage of the site through tribal stories and tradition. The Hikoi are devised and guided by Prince Davis, a direct descendant of the Great Chief Te Kawau, of Tāmaki, Ngāti Whātua, Host Tribe of Auckland City. Free tea, coffee and home made snacks await your arrival at the end of the Hikoi where you can sit, relax, ask questions and unwind after a unique Auckland experience.

Wear walking shoes and bring a raincoat.

Saturday 18 May 10am –1pm

The meeting point will be shared with you after you have registered.

Walk hosted by Prince Davis (Ngāti Whātua)

Registration: This walk is limited to 30 places

RSVP via Eventbrite

Access: This walk travels along city streets and across grass

Everything Rises - Sunday 19 May

A collective walk in the rising tide under the rising full moon lead by local Artist Brydee Rood. Everything Rises is a peaceful immersive sea walk in the elements, in formation. The walk is a movement tracing the incoming tide with a glowing line of solar lights carried by participants. A climate emergency vigil in contemplation of the nature around us and the future changing landscapes of low lying coastal areas and the implications of our human footprint.

Sunday May 19 2019

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Assemble at 5:15pm at the north end of Takapuna beach opposite the Takapuna Beach Cafe under the large Pohutukawa trees

Everything Rises walk will begin at 5:30pm

The Full Moon rises at 5:46pm

We will walk to the south end of Takapuna Beach and back with our feet in the rising tide, it will take approximately 45mins.

Please Note: We will walk in approximately ankle deep waters, dress suitably in blues and greens. If you don't wish to get your feet wet please wear gumboots.

Walk hosted by Brydee Rood

Registration: No registration required

Access: This walk will take place along the beach and in the water.

Wai o Panuku Hikoi - Saturday 25 May

The hikoi is a free guided walk alongside the Opanuku stream drawing on the continuum of connections to Art, Māori history, ecology and our present.

Led by artist Charlotte Graham, the hikoi travels upstream along the waterway. The moderate pace will lead us to various places and spaces and will begin in Charlotte’s studio. The hikoi will draw on oral stories recorded by historian George Samuel Graham, Charlotte Graham's great grandfather and stories shared with her by Te Kawerau a Maki. The walk will conclude at Te Puna, Panuku’s pop up space at the Falls carpark, where a new large scale artwork by Charlotte is soon to be installed.

Wear walking shoes and appropriate clothing for the day.

Saturday 25 May 11.15am prompt– 1:30pm

Corban Estate Arts Centre, meet outside The Project Space by the white raukura (feather) painted on the ground.

Walk hosted by Charlotte Graham (Pare Hauraki, Pare Waikato)

Registration: This walk is limited to 30 places. RSVP via Eventbrite

Access: This walk travels across grass and gravel tracks.

Panmure Family Scavenger Hunt - Saturday 25 May

Discover the secrets of Panmure with a scavenger hunt devised by Salome Tanuvasa, the Panmure Library staff and local residents. Over April and May Salome and the team at the Panmure library are collecting your favourite places to go and things to do in Panmure. From there they will create a scavenger hunt to show you the Panmure people love.

Bring the whole family to help you solve the clues and explore Panmure.

Saturday 25 May, 2 - 3pm

Meet at the Panmure Library, 7-13 Pilkington Road. Wear walking shoes and bring a raincoat. Snacks will be provided at the end of the walk.

Walk hosted by Salome Tanuvasa and the Panmure Library

Registration: No registration required, please arrive a few minutes ahead of the start time

Access: This walk will be along suburban streets and can be wheel friendly. Please contact the organiser in advance to let them know of your needs.

27 March 2019

Urban renewal project underway in Northcote

A $25M project to address flooding, dampness in homes and health concerns in Northcote while returning the mauri to the ancient Awataha Stream has officially begun, starting with a community-led restoration at the puna, the source of the stream.

Central to the Awataha Greenway Project is the plan to re-establish the stream above ground, known as ‘daylighting’, as well as redirect the excess stormwater to alleviate flooding in the neighbourhood during periods of heavy rain.

Panuku Development Auckland is leading the first part of the urban renewal project – the community-led restoration of Jessie Tonar Scout Reserve.

Panuku’s Greenway Project Lead Sara Zwart is enthusiastic about the project’s potential, especially providing life and health back to the ancient stream that runs underneath the neighbourhood, which will also have significant health benefits those living locally.

“This project has the potential to be transformational in Northcote and to bring about positive change for the community. For many years the stream has struggled underground, causing problems in the neighbourhood. Done right, this project will bring health back to the people who live here and life back to the environment.

“What is so fantastic about the Awataha Greenway Project is that it will connect the community, give people a sense of pride, of unity, of empowerment. While this project will improve the environment, the community will also be able to build an identity around the stream and the greenway that will ground them for years to come.”

Environmental group Kaipātiki Project is taking an active role bringing the community together to restore the health of this important waterway.

Kaipātiki Project’s Kaitakawāenga Hāpori (Community Activator) Sam Tu’itahi explains the greenway project is different from other restorations he has worked on in the past.

“We’ve gratefully received the Take Mauri, Take Hono tool created by Mana Whenua specifically for this project and we will be using this to inform the restoration work in a way that acknowledges indigenous indicators and understandings alongside our western ecology and science.

“This project takes a new approach to restoration work. We’re looking beyond the water ways and the trees to the local community and how they can give input, participate and grow kaitiakitanga (stewardship) in the local area.

“It’s a holistic, community-led approach that will breathe life back into the stream and connect the Northcote community.”

Kaipātiki Local Board is thrilled to see work beginning and is looking forward to seeing improved health outcomes among the community in the years to come.

"Local Board members are very excited about the daylighting and restoration of the Awatawa Stream and the creation of the greenway. It will have a huge positive effect on our local people and environment, provide new recreational opportunities, and reduce incidents of flooding in the neighbourhood," says Local Board Chair John Gillon.

Restoration work officially started this month following a blessing by Mana Whenua on site. Kaipātiki Project will be leading monthly weeding, planting and education days, with the next one scheduled for Saturday 6 April. Earthworks on Greenslade Reserve to address flooding is expected to begin by the end of the year, with the school’s edge portion of the greenway also kicking off soon.

This project is a collaboration between Panuku Development Auckland, HLC, Kaipātiki Local Board, Healthy Waters, Kaipātiki Project and Mana Whenua.

For more information on attending a community restoration day, contact Sam Tu’itahi –

Jessie Tonar Reserve blessing

14 March 2019

New technology hub confirmed for Manukau

A new centre of excellence for MIT’s trades and engineering schools that will be used by more than 1,200 students and deliver more high-value jobs to the community has been approved for Manukau.

The 9000m2, modern, purpose-built Technology Hub will be created by Haydn & Rollett opposite the current MIT campus, bordered by Manukau Station Rd, Lambie Drive and Wiri Station Rd. Panuku Development Auckland facilitated the development as part of its regeneration of Manukau.

Haydn & Rollett will own the building and MIT will take up a thirty-year lease on the facility once it is completed.

Panuku Development Auckland Project Director Clive Fuhr says Panuku has worked closely with MIT and Haydn & Rollett to bring this transformational project in the heart of Manukau to fruition.

“We are thrilled that through this partnership Tech Park has been able to become a reality.

“This facility will not only bring benefits to those who live in South Auckland but will reinforce Manukau as a hub for learning and a place where people can live, work, learn and celebrate”, he says.

Mayor Phil Goff has welcomed the announcement saying, “Creating a vibrant centre for technology, education and commerce will bring new opportunities to those living in South Auckland. Its position in the heart of Manukau will also reinforce council’s plans to transform and regenerate this area.

“Manukau will benefit hugely from the new learning institutions, cultural centres and new houses planned for the area which bring jobs, homes and educational opportunities,” says Mayor Goff.

Technology Park will bring all MIT’s trades and engineering schools under the one roof, for the first time since it was founded nearly 50 years ago, including:

  • Building and civil construction
  • Engineering
  • Plumbing and gasfitting
  • Refrigeration
  • Electrical
  • Automotive

MIT is the country’s largest provider of industry training for plumbing and is the biggest polytechnic provider for electrical training. It is also the only industry training provider for air conditioning and refrigeration technicians in New Zealand.

It is also a key educator in the mechanical and automotive trades and provider of the NZ Diploma of Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering Technology.

Construction is planned to start later this month and be completed by mid-2020.

05 February 2019

New marine facility confirmed for Wynyard Quarter

A new marine refit facility expected to create a boom in marine jobs and deliver significant marine and tourism spending has been confirmed for Wynyard Quarter.

The development has been advanced after the signing today of a Development Agreement between the city’s redevelopment agency Panuku Development Auckland and leading marine services company Orams.

The new facility will feature a marine haul out and refit facility, commercial buildings and a residential tower on the northern end. It will target marine vessels up to 800 tonnes, which accounts for 85% of the world marine market.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “The new marine facility in the Wynyard Quarter is expected to generate more than 500 jobs including as many as 200 apprenticeships.

“A piece of currently poorly utilised land will become the heart of a thriving marine enterprises precinct, which carries on the historic presence of boat building in this area.

“Built in time for the America’s Cup 36 races, the precinct will benefit hugely from the refit work which will be generated during the challenge from visiting superyachts and vessels. There can be no better time to launch this facility.”

The facility will be developed on the corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe streets on a site that adjoins Orams Marine Village and is known as Site 18.

It will provide increased maintenance facilities for Auckland’s ferries, fishing vessels and commercial vessels. The majority of existing marine business on the site will be accommodated within the new development.

The development agreement is conditional on the approval of the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office, which is expected to be known late February 2019.

Orams Marine CEO Neven Barbour says their proposal is for an exemplar development, being a unique mix of marine and residential uses.

“This proposal is the result of numerous studies focused on adding sustainable value to the marine industry and Auckland’s economy.”

Orams Marine Services Managing Director Craig Park says the marine sector is an important economic contributor to New Zealand and Auckland, and the city has a strong reputation for quality marine work.

“The marine refit facility will create more than 500 jobs and generate significant income for the marine and tourism industries,” says Park.

“The establishment of the Orams Site 18 facility will ensure the opportunity for wider industry and economic benefits will not be lost to offshore competitors.”

Park says Site 18 is considered to be the only marine-zoned site, of significant scale, within the Auckland area able to deliver a facility of this nature, and as such both parties are keen to see this development progress.

As part of the development the existing seawall will be replaced and contamination remediation works undertaken.

15 January 2019

University students given chance to re-design Henderson's future

It’s not every day you get a chance to take part in an international design competition, but a group of architecture students have shown they’re up to the task, thanks to a partnership with Panuku Development Auckland.

The competition called Reinventing Cities is an international initiative to inspire world-leading sustainable design and is run by C40, a group of cities around the world working together on climate change.

Two Henderson sites – the Falls and Alderman carparks – were nominated for the contest last year and after expressions of interest were called for, Auckland University and Unitec approached Panuku to see how they could be involved.

As part of the process, the group of fourth year students presented to local iwi, Panuku and some of the design teams taking part in Reinventing Cities.

Project Director for Henderson, Richard Davison says it’s great to be able to offer a real-world project for the students and they’ve been very impressed by the calibre of thinking.

“We’ve got an opportunity to do something really special with these prominent ‘gateway’ sites, to make a strong visual statement about Henderson’s vision and identity and create resilient, future-focused neighbourhoods that will be wonderful places to live.

“The students got this brief perfectly and their fresh thinking and bold visions for the sites will be a source of great inspiration for the teams taking part in Reinventing Cities.”

Final designs for the redevelopment of the sites are due to be submitted by a shortlist of five design teams in March.

11 January 2019

Join The Kitchen Project for a helping of success

Budding food entrepreneurs with a hunger to succeed are being sought to join The Kitchen Project – an initiative that looks to help emerging foodies take their business to the next level.

Since launching in March 2018, eight food entrepreneurs have been welcomed onto the programme, which teaches candidates business smarts and helps prepare them for the food industry. Of those, five have successfully graduated and emerged to sell their products at 11 markets as well as online and in stores across Auckland. The remaining three are currently in the midst of the 26-week course. Panuku Development Auckland Commercial Place Operations Manager Connie Clarkson says spaces have now opened up for new candidates ready to take a leap of faith with their culinary idea.

“The Kitchen Project is on a mission to enhance Auckland’s foodscape by supporting the development of food and beverage with a focus on culture, healthy food and sustainable business practices,” says Connie. “Every candidate who’s taken part in The Kitchen Project so far has set the bar high in terms of showing how much progress can be made by joining it. We’re looking for more people like them with the same thirst to succeed and whose food also tastes great.”

Applications are open until 8 February 2019. Based in Henderson, The Kitchen Project offers participants access to affordable kitchen space and classroom style sessions designed to help them understand the nuts and bolts of running a business. Candidates are also matched with mentors with vast experience in the food and beverage industry to suit their specific business’ needs.

Davide Caprara, owner of Italian preserve start-up Luna Pura says: “Taking part in The Kitchen Project has been an incredible experience. It gives the participants all the tools they need to establish a food company, develop it and bring it to success.”

Yvette Brooks, owner of Mexican-inspired salsa business The Red Hot Kiwi Company, says the programme has been an amazing opportunity. “The gratitude I feel towards the organisers, mentors and tutors – and amount of knowledge that has been shared with us throughout this process – blows my mind,” says Yvette. “It’s been a lot to grasp and master in a short space of time, but I’ve been given such a great head-start.”

The Kitchen Project is inspired by La Cocina in San Francisco – one of the most successful kitchen incubators in the USA – and is a cross-collaboration led by Panuku Development Auckland between Henderson-Massey Local Board, Ateed, Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura and Healthy Families Waitakere.

05 December 2018

Ormiston Town Centre takes shape

Further details have been revealed about a $200 million-plus town centre being built in Flat Bush in southeast Auckland.

The Ormiston town centre is a newly created urban environment taking shape on a 4.5-hectare site beside Barry Curtis Park which will eventually include retail stores, restaurants, a gym and a movie theatre.

Todd Property Group is working in partnership with Panuku to create the town centre as part of a broader agreement to develop 19ha of formerly council-owned land in the area into a new community.

Construction is underway for the 40,000sqm town centre, which will include 100 shops and businesses, a three-level car park building and four major businesses including The Warehouse, a HOYTS complex, the existing PAK’nSAVE and an additional supermarket.

New images by the designers NH Architecture of Melbourne and Jasmax of Auckland, have revealed a contemporary architectural design, setting it apart from traditional closed-in suburban malls, or big-box retail developments.

Compact and pedestrian friendly, Todd Property Managing Director Evan Davies says the centre will have a strong focus on food and entertainment, featuring a dining lane, a quality food hall and a restaurant precinct, along with an eight-cinema entertainment complex.

“The Ormiston community is experiencing phenomenal growth, and the town centre is going to be a massive transformation for the area,” says Davies. “It’s going to create an exciting new focal point for the community and we are really excited to see it begin to take shape.”

Panuku Chief Executive Roger MacDonald said: “This is about taking a vacant site and turning it into an entirely new master planned community. In time, Ormiston could provide a blueprint for how we take other townships in Auckland forward to provide for the growing population.”

Historically a dairy farming community, the population of Ormiston is predicted to balloon by 36,000 between 2013 and 2028 – the size of a town like Gisborne.

Built by Scarbro Construction and Savory Construction, the town centre is expected to open in 2020.

About two-thirds of the overall Ormiston development has either been completed or is underway, including commercial spaces and 63 terraced homes, with another 66 under construction.

04 December 2018

Panuku to help shape Pukekohe's future

A new future is being envisaged for Pukekohe.

Auckland Council has green-lit Pukekohe for a regeneration programme being led by Panuku Development Auckland - news welcomed by the Franklin Local Board and the town’s business association.

Panuku will create development opportunities and board chair Angela Fulljames says, with the area’s population forecast to increase to 106,800 by 2033, being proactive is crucial.

"Housing development at Special Housing Areas in Paerata, Drury, Clarks and Glenbrook beaches means that growth is fast approaching. We need to be proactive to meet the needs that will come with that," Ms Fulljames says.

"We’ll advocate for better transport connections to ease the congestion we have, and which will increase with growth. Improvements have been made to public transport, including a new bus network and the train station, but there is still much to be done.

"Having the expertise and support of Panuku will be critical to shaping the way Pukekohe can provide economic opportunities to attract more investment into job creation."

Local board chair Angela Fulljames also says the future must be about improving quality of life and enhancing the area’s rural heart character, and the value Panuku can add in that space shouldn’t be underestimated.

"Panuku has undertaken developments across wider Auckland that have been transformational - bringing people, business opportunity and vibrancy to areas that were crying out for regeneration. We have the benefit of good bones to work with already."

Deputy mayor Bill Cashmore says having Pukekohe as an Unlock development centre is great news.

"It brings a greater focus on partnering with the private sector and that will maximise the opportunities and deliver a great community in which to live and operate," he says.

Board member Alan Cole represents the board on the Pukekohe Business Association. He says Pukekohe is already a great place to do business, but rapid growth will bring challenges, and the board needs to be able to respond to that.

"A strong local economy is vital because it is the cornerstone of employment, and our quality of life depends on jobs.

"Our economic development plan is a map for growing the local economy and having Panuku on board can only add expertise and fresh-thinking as we develop local business alongside our business associations."

"Panuku will be able to help us create the kinds of places where people feel connected, and that they have a strong stake in their community," Ms Fulljames says.

12 October 2018

New Engagement tool launches in Panmure

As we continue to review the way we engage with the community, Panuku has launched a new website in Panmure to reach out to new and younger audiences.

The city’s redevelopment agency Panuku Development Auckland has launched Social PinPoint for Panmure as another way to engage with the community on changes happening in their local area.

The website features an aerial map of the project area with the upcoming upgrades of the town centre's streetscape and community facilities highlighted for feedback until 5 December. Users’ views will be passed for review to the Panmure project team and where appropriate applied to the design or running of the upgrades.

It is hoped the new site will help to engage new audiences with the redevelopment project, in particular young people. An upgrade of a network of streets in Panmure is planned to make it easier for people to get in and around the town centre and between local nature spaces such as the Panmure Basin and Mount Wellington. This will include Queens Road, Clifton Court, Pilkington Road, Jellicoe Road and Basin View Lane.

A multi-purpose community facility with a civic space is envisaged at the heart of the town centre where local people can come together and access key facilities such as a library and a community centre. Panuku was given the green light to lead the refresh of Panmure town centre in partnership with the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board, Auckland Council and mana whenua in March this year.

Throughout the project, Panuku will also partner with Auckland Transport, which will deliver the next phase of the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) Eastern Busway from Panmure to Pakuranga, and Tāmaki Regeneration Company (TRC) as it delivers 7500 new homes across Tāmaki over the next 15-20 years.

Visit the website to share your views and be a part of shaping the future Panmure.

25 September 2018

Affordable housing model proves successful in Avondale

Twenty-two new homes in Avondale have been made available to low income families to purchase using either an affordable shared-ownership or a rent-to-own model.

A partnership between Panuku Development Auckland and the New Zealand Housing Foundation, a charitable trust, resulted in a development in Avondale of 33 homes which includes these 22 homes. The development was recently completed and all the residents have now moved in to their new homes.

The development, at 1 Trent St, includes 33 houses, 22 of which were made available to low income families to purchase if they met criteria set by the Housing Foundation. The criteria includes being a New Zealand resident or citizen, at least one member of the family in full time employment and a gross household income for this development of $65,000 - $95,000. Successful applicants receive ongoing financial management mentoring from the organisation if they require it.

The Housing Foundation is a charity that provides alternative affordable housing options which help New Zealanders get out of the renting trap and in to into new affordable homes. They then help households manage their finances so over time they can transition to become independent homeowners.

At Trent Street, Panuku created a development partnership with the Housing Foundation that included a deferred settlement date of two years, helping the Housing Foundation to pass on development savings to prospective homeowners.

The homes are well-designed, sustainable and resilient in accordance with Panuku’s Corporate Responsibility Framework.

“Panuku is committed to increasing housing supply in Auckland as part of our wider strategy to create a liveable and accessible city through urban revitalisation,” says Panuku’s Development Director Allan Young. “It’s fantastic to see projects like Trent St come to fruition. Through this development, low income families can see their dreams of owning a home in Auckland come true.”

“For the Housing Foundation, projects like this enable us to help low income families access affordable housing in locations which would never be available to them when they remained trapped in Auckland’s tough rental market,” says Housing Foundation General Manager Operations Dominic Foote.

The Trent St development borders the Waterview Shared Path and is just minutes from the Avondale Train Station and the town centre.

The development is happening in parallel with a project by Panuku to regenerate Avondale over 15 years. The revitalisation will focus on:

  • Enlivening the heart of Avondale’s town centre
  • Creating high-quality, residential neighbourhoods
  • Strengthening connections with the town centre
  • Fostering the growth of local businesses

14 September 2018

Putney Way gets new upgrade

Putney Way has undergone a series of landscaping improvements in recent months to make it more pedestrian friendly and to ensure it can better serve as a main street for the Manukau city centre.

As part of the upgrade, 10 artworks designed by local students with support from the Roots Collective have been installed on lampposts along Putney Way to illustrate the melting pot of cultures that make up the Manukau community.

To celebrate the street’s new look a programme of free activities and entertainment will be taking place in Manukau Civic Square from 10am to 2pm this Saturday 15 September.

The line-up features a range of emerging singer/songwriters including Tayler Thomson-Taupo and duet, Puna Hotene and Shaiann Maue as well as a host of other Māori performers.

A variety of games and activities will also be on offer including basketball, face painting and Virtual Marae building using Mindcraft.

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Chair Lotu Fuli says it’s great to be able to celebrate the opening of the street in this way and to see changes in Manukau that benefit the community.

“This type of street design is the first of its kind for central Manukau, improving the area for pedestrians and encouraging use of the new bus station, which sits at the heart of the south Auckland public transport network.”

“It’s only fitting we activate it in this way and I look forward to Putney Way and the Civic Square becoming a much more vibrant place to be in the future as part of the overarching plan to transform Manukau into the thriving heart and soul for the south.”

In May, Mayor Phil Goff announced 300 new homes at 20 Barrowcliffe Place, Manukau. Read more here.

About the Putney Way upgrade

The upgrade of Putney Way has been carried out by Auckland Transport on behalf of Panuku Development Auckland and includes:

  • a new single-level surface extending from the new bus station to the opposite pathway
  • native trees along both sides of the street to make up rain gardens that help to clean stormwater before it reaches our drains.
  • new lighting to create a stronger sense of safety for evening commuters and residents.

The finely detailed artworks on the lamp posts depict cultural symbols and patterns specific to ten different cultures (Māori, Samoan, Niue, Chinese, Fijian, European, Tongan, Cook Island, Indian, Tokelau). Each of the works is done in a Kōwhaiwhai style (the painted scroll ornamentation - commonly used on meeting house rafters in marae) and can be lit up at night.

For sale -

53 & 65 St George St, Papatoetoe Mall

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

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

For more information visit Colliers

For sale -

Freehold development site, Papatoetoe

Freehold development site

The property is a near-rectangular plot of land with a gentle contour, falling from the eastern end to the western end of the site, with some low level retaining walls at the western boundary serving to mitigate the contour still further. It is accessed from Bisley Street. The site is approximately 37.4 sq m long and 18.6 sq m wide, extending to 685 sq m, and is zoned Business – Town Centre.

For sale -

Development opportunity in Takapuna

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

The sites

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

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

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

The opportunity

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

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

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

Agents details

For more information visit CBRE

or contact Martin Boys on +64 9 359 5331

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4-10 Mayoral Drive

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


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

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


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

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

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

John Schellekens
Sole agent
027 489 9541

Robert Cameron
021 471 057

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Original Villa in Substantial Garden Setting, New Windsor


Screened from the road by a hedge and mature trees, this historic villa sits in a 1,053 sq m garden, and offers a not-to-be-missed opportunity to restore a piece of authentic kiwiana to create a family home.

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35 Graham St

Grandstand value-add CBD investment comes to the market

35 Graham Street comprises a four storey office building constructed in 1997 on a 4,841 sqm site. Large atriums provide good natural light to all floors, which consist of large rectangular floor plates up to 3,439 sqm with a central core.

The property will be sold with a leaseback to Auckland Council for two years, beyond which there are a range of value-add opportunities including extension and redevelopment, or conversion to residential or hotel uses.

The property will benefit from the significant and ongoing investment into infrastructure and high quality commercial developments within the immediate surroundings.

Potential buyers are invited to participate in the sales process by registering their interest with the team at CBRE, after which access to an online electronic data room will be made available.

35 Graham Street is offered for sale by way of an Expressions of Interest campaign closing Thursday 14 March 2019 at 4:00pm NZST.

All offers must be provided to CBRE, the exclusive agent.

Brent McGregor Mark Maginness John Holmes
Mob : 021 870 508 Mob : 021 904 456 Mob : 027 489 9095

Email : Email : Email :

For lease - $900,000

1-7 The Strand, Takapuna

Modern office space in Central Takapuna

Good quality office space available for lease in Central Takapuna.

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

Rent and term by negotiation.

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

OR contact agents:

Tonia Robertson (Bayleys) - 021 619 200

Omri Yahel (CBRE) - 021 791 165

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1 Victoria Street, Otahuhu

Compact Residential Development Opportunity

Set Date of Sale: 2.00pm Thursday 14 December 2017

  • 1,093 sq m, held on two titles
  • Zoned Mixed Housing Suburban and Single House
  • Close to centre of Otahuhu
  • Excellent transport links

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