Panuku Development Auckland

Who we are

About us

Shaping spaces for Aucklanders to love

Panuku Development Auckland helps to rejuvenate parts of our city – from small projects that refresh a site or building, to major transformations of town centres or neighbourhoods.

To do this it's important to understand the communities in which we work. We manage around $2 billion of land and buildings that Auckland Council owns, which we continuously review to find smart ways to generate income for the region, grow the portfolio or release land or properties that can be better used by others.

We identify development opportunities and plan and prepare the ground to attract private investment and make it easier for others to take on the development of houses and commercial buildings. Together with our partners we unlock the full potential of this land to create spaces for Aucklanders to love.

Auckland is facing rapid growth, and as a result of this is experiencing significant housing and infrastructure pressures. Around 800 people move to Auckland each week, and current projections suggest the population could reach 2.01 million by 2033 - an increase of more than 517,000 people within the next two decades.

To cater for this growth there is a need for a step change in urban redevelopment and intensification of town centres and brownfields.

Panuku has the role and mandate to address this challenge.

Panuku – to move on or move forward

Our name

The demonstration that we are a progressive and inclusive organisation starts with our name: Panuku Development Auckland.

We are the first of Auckland Council’s organisations to have a name that represents what makes us unique as a New Zealand-based company: our connection to Māori culture and identity.

Our name was a long time in the making. We asked our mana whenua partners from across the region who work with us regularly on a range of different projects, what they thought we should be called.

The name would need to show dynamism, flair, innovation and fluidity, but also stability, credibility and our belief in our role as custodians of Auckland’s precious land and sea.

A number of options were presented. One name, proposed by Tame Te Rangi (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua) resonated amongst the group immediately and strongly.

Eke Panuku, Eke Tangaroa!

This whakataukī or proverbial saying acknowledges and tributes the unseen energies from the realm of the land and sea.

These energies are often called upon through Māori oratory traditions to help invigorate, inspire and manifest success, excellence and progress within groups or for an individual.

This best describes the application of Panuku, the abbreviated form of this whakataukī that we have incorporated in our name, Panuku Development Auckland.

Our organisation, like a waka, not only requires strength to move forward, but skill to navigate, balance to ride smoothly and teamwork to propel. Working in unity, the large and heavy wooden canoe surges forward, performing beyond what one might expect when viewing its large, hulking form.

Alongside ‘Development Auckland’, the Panuku sense of momentum is anchored in the region and clearly states what our organisation is all about.

Our purpose

As mandated by Auckland Council:

Panuku Development Auckland will contribute to the implementation of the Auckland Plan and encourage economic development by facilitating urban redevelopment that optimises and integrates good public transport outcomes, efficient and sustainable infrastructure and quality public services and amenities. Panuku Development Auckland will manage council’s non-service property portfolio and provide strategic advice on council’s other property portfolios. It will recycle or redevelop sub-optimal or underutilised council assets and aim to achieve an overall balance of commercial and strategic outcomes.

Our objectives

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Facilitate redevelopment of urban locations

Consistent with the urban form and infrastructure objectives of the Auckland Plan, Panuku Development Auckland will facilitate private sector, third sector, iwi and government investment and collaboration into the sustainable redevelopment of brownfield urban locations. It will co-ordinate provision of council’s infrastructure and other investment in these locations.

Accommodate growth

Panuku Development Auckland will contribute to accommodating residential and commercial growth through facilitating the quality redevelopment of urban locations with excellent public infrastructure and services. Redevelopment of the overall portfolio should offer a range of residential choices and price points to cater for diverse households.

Facilitate vibrant development

Panuku Development Auckland will facilitate the creation of adaptive and resilient places that inspire wellbeing, promote health and safety and are fully accessible to disabled people and older adults. It will harness and incorporate the local community’s unique identity, attributes and potential to create vibrant communities.

Waterfront development

Consistent with the Waterfront Plan 2012, Panuku Development Auckland will continue to lead the development of the Auckland waterfront in a way that balances commercial and public good objectives, including high quality urban design.

Optimisation of council’s property portfolio

Panuku Development Auckland may facilitate quality redevelopment of underutilised council landholdings within current urban boundaries.

Contribute to the management of non-service properties

Panuku Development Auckland will also manage council’s non-service properties in partnership with the council group.

McConnell Property is making excellent progress with civil earthworks, drainage and roads due for completion by May 2017.


We love getting your feedback and ideas. If you have any questions, complaints or compliments please get in touch.

Ground floor, 82 Wyndham Street, City centre

PO Box 90343

Auckland Mail Centre

Auckland 1142

The Panuku Development Auckland reception is monitored 9am - 5pm weekdays only.

Phone: +64 9 336 8820

If you are a tenant please contact Auckland Council on 09 301 0101 and they will direct your call to the correct property manager.

Useful numbers:

Auckland Council - 09 301 0101

Auckland Harbour Master - 09 362 0397

Pollution Control Hotline - 09 377 3107

Westhaven Marina - 09 360 5870

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