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AUCKLAND: City Development (Part 1)


AUCKLAND - CITY OF SAILS


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Auckland is the largest Urban area in New Zealand located at 37 degrees south latitude.



The City lies between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west. The central part of the urban area occupies a narrow isthmus between Manukau and Waitemata harbours.


HISTORY - DOB: 20 SEPTEMBER 1840, 13H00



As a British colonial settlement Auckland came into existence on 20 September 1840 at 13H00 as the site chosen for his capital by the first governor, Lieutenant William Hobson. A 3,000 acre segment hinging on Mt.Eden (Maungawhau), the highest volcanic cone (643 feet / 196 metres) on the isthmus, was purchased from local Ngati Whatua Maori chiefs. What principally appealed were the splendid Waitemata and Manukau harbours and proximity to both fertile land and river access both north and south. For its first decade, Auckland's rationale was to provide a base for and service the entourage of an infant administration

Within a year nearly 2,000 people were living in primitive wood and raupo dwellings, a number which had swollen to 3,500 by mid-century. A census conducted in 1841 counted 250 mechanics, 150 agricultural labourers, 100 shopkeepers and 100 domestic servants as vastly outnumbering the 125 recorded as `upper class.' While plans had already been laid to reclaim Commercial Bay, the original landing spot, and a `town plan' drawn up by Felton Mathew, the Surveyor-General, the principal obstacle confronting the settlers was in getting from point A to point B along tracks which were often not even metalled. And what became roughly the line of Queen St, the Ligar Canal, doubled as an open sewer.


GREATER AUCKLAND DISTRICTS





AUCKLAND CITY


The most populated district of Greater Auckland. The tranquil outdoors is at the heart of Auckland City, the Auckland Domain. This park includes the Winter Garden, Fernery and the War Memorial Museum. The Domain is a wonderful place to stroll or jog - there are wide bush paths and huge areas of lawn.

Not far from the Domain is Dove-Myer Robinson Park, with its renowned rose gardens. This peaceful park extends to Judges Bay, and includes historic landmarks such as St Stephens Church.

Cornwall Park, surrounding One Tree Hill, is the largest urban oasis. It has picturesque volcanic stone walls, avenues of oak trees, a kauri plantation and dozens of pretty walkways.

Auckland City’s best beaches can be accessed from Tamaki Drive. You can hire skates or a bike to cruise the cycle path that leads to Okahu Bay, Mission Bay, Kohimarama and St Heliers.


NORTH SHORE CITY


The second most populated district of Greater Auckland, North Shore City is all about lifestyle. It has beautiful beaches, lush native bush and unspoiled sea views - all just a short ferry ride, or a trip across the Harbour Bridge, from central Auckland.

A stroll from the wharf in Devonport leads visitors to Mount Victoria for spectacular harbour views. Nearby North Head is riddled with WWII fortifications - bring a torch so that you can explore the tunnels.

Near Takapuna, picturesque Lake Pupuke is a deep freshwater lake and a regular venue for rowing, sailing and canoeing. There is a lakeside café and you are welcome to feed the ducks.

The North Shore overlooks the beautiful Hauraki Gulf, which provides an endless range of leisure activities. You can charter a boat or try sea kayaking. Golfers have a choice of several excellent courses and sports fans can watch a premier sports event at North Harbour Stadium.

If you enjoy creativity, follow the famous Harbourside Art Trail around Birkenhead and Northcote. It combines visits to artists in their own studios with a chance to relax in local cafés.


MANUKAU CITY


Manukau is Greater Auckland's third largest district, situated minutes from Auckland International Airport, there are over 150 cultures in this diverse community. Vibrant, Diverse and Unique!

There is an appealing blend of city and rural spaces, and 300 kilometres of picturesque coastline.

The vibrant city living includes quality shopping and entertainment centres, international standard accommodation, award winning wines and dining, world-class attractions and nine golf courses.

Enjoy ‘the romance of the past’ in living museums and historical sites, visit internationally significant archaeological, cultural and natural historic treasures, or get away from it all in the Clevedon Valley – ‘the genuine country experience' featuring seven local wineries.


WAITAKERE CITY


Framed by the bush-clad Waitakere Ranges and bordered by the wild Tasman Sea, Waitakere City in West Auckland has a character quite distinct from any other part of Auckland. Here the concept of an eco-city, linking both business and environmental excellence has produced a city that is productive as well as clean and green.

The suburbs reach up into the Waitakeres, where the houses cling tenaciously to the hillsides surrounded by gardens of native bush, their high perch giving them widespread views out over Auckland Central and the North Shore.

Centennial Memorial Park is the jewel in Waitakere's crown. Covering an area of over 10,000 hectares, it includes a sizeable chunk of the Waitakere Ranges, plus some of the West Coast beaches. Within the park are 200km of walking and hiking tracks, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Beautiful native bush, cascading waterfalls and pretty bush streams are among the attractions of the Park.

Many Aucklanders head to Waitakere City for their weekend recreation - to enjoy bush walking, picnicking, scenic driving, fishing and boating. Surfers come from all around the Auckland region to ride the waves, fishermen perch atop rocky outcrops to cast a line into the

Other visitors can hit the Waitakere wine trail. West Auckland wines are consistent award winners, which testifies to the excellent growing conditions and viticultural methods of this area. Boutique wineries and major producers are both in existence with many in picturesque countryside settings. Visitors are welcome at the vineyards where tasting of the wine is always enjoyable as are the vineyard prices.

Waitakere City has a rich Maori heritage. The coastal belt to the west of the Waitakere Ranges was favoured by the Maori of the Kawerau iwi (tribe) and about 50 pa were built here to protect the coastal zone. Signs of early Maori habitation are still evident in Centennial Memorial Park, especially on islands and headlands which formed natural defence areas. The Kawerau were force to retreat from Muriwai into the Waitakere Ranges following the invasion by the Ngati Whatua. Today Maori make up about 11% of Waitakere City's population, and Maori language and culture are undergoing a rennaissance. Many of the City's Maori preschoolers being educated in Maori at kohunga reo (language nests) and the Hoani Waititi Marae is a national centre for Maori culture, education and the performing arts.


RODNEY DISTRICT


Rodney, 'Auckland's Playground', is known for its two distinct coastlines, spectacular scenery and abundance of recreational activities.

Explore a world of open spaces only 30 minutes north of Auckland or travel the Twin Coast Discovery Highway through Rodney and enjoy the wonderful sights and attractions along the way.

The District has many attractive beaches from the safe waters of the East Coast, to the awesome surf of the West. More than 1000kms of stunning coastline offers a multitude of activities from boating, sailing and year-round fishing, to surfing, windsurfing, snorkelling and water-skiing.

Explore the magical underwater world at Goat Island Marine Reserve with its variety of habitats, from rocky shores and deep reefs, to underwater cliffs and canyons. The West Coast is known for its wild, unspoilt beauty, rugged coastline and dramatic scenery, along with the only on-shore gannet colony at Muriwai.

The Rodney District offers a wide variety of accommodation catering for all needs, from attractive seaside locations to peaceful rural retreats.


FRANKLIN DISTRICT


Franklin District is a country escape nestled on the Manukau Harbour. Only a short drive from Auckland City, Franklin is a district rich in history and natural beauty. The landscape, coloured by the seasons, is ever changing.

Scenic highlights include the wild west coast of the Awhitu Peninsula, the southern reaches of the Manukau Harbour, the beautiful Hunua Ranges and the Seabird Coast on the Firth of Thames.

Further south are the rugged and dramatic limestone landscapes of Waikaretu and Port Waikato bordered by the Waikato River.


PAPAKURA DISTRICT


Papakura is unique in that it occupies a strategic position. Papakura is at the interface of the southernmost part of the Auckland metropolitan area and the rural areas of Franklin and Manukau beyond. Papakura's southern gateway function is emphasised by its position between the Manukau Harbour and the Hunua ranges.

The District has a diverse physical environment which includes the forest covered Hunua foothills, the rolling to flat plains where agricultural and horticultural activities predominate, and the urban area which abuts the Manukau Harbour and the Auckland-Hamilton motorway. Ten percent of the land in the District is classed as urban.

Papakura features a broad range of rural and urban activities. These include the Ardmore Aerodrome, Karaka Horse Sales, Takanini thoroughbred training track, a major commercial and retail centre, the largest area of covered flower growing in New Zealand at Drury, two large quarries, substantial residential and industrial areas, and a broad range of recreational and community facilities including an all weather athletic track of international standard, an aquatic and leisure centre, a golf course and driving range, and an entertainment and conference centre.



POPULATION


APPROX. 1 300 000



NATURAL ASSETS


3 HARBOURS

2 MOUNTAIN RANGES

48 VOLCANIC CONES

52 ISLANDS
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GREATER AUCKLAND'S TOP 20 STRUCTURES


1 . SKY TOWER 328m/1076ft, 1997
2 . VERO CENTRE 167m/548ft, 38 storeys, 2000
3 . METROPOLIS APARTMENTS 155m/509ft, 39 storeys, 1999
4 . THE STANLEY 152m (including spire), 28 storeys, 2007/8, UC
5 . ANZ CENTRE 143m/469ft, 42 storeys, 1991
6 . RESIDENCES@HARBOURCITY 130m/427ft, 38 storeys, 2006, UC
7 . PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS TOWER 130m/427ft, 29 storeys, 2002
8 . LUMLEY CENTRE 125m/410ft, 29 storeys, 2005
9 . QUAY WEST HOTEL 117m/384ft, 32 storeys, 1997
10 . ASB BANK CENTRE 116m/381ft, 31 storeys, 1991
11 . PRECINCT APARTMENTS 115m/377ft, 33 storeys, 2005, UC
12 . CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL 110m/361ft, 29 storeys, 1990
13 . SENTINEL 107m/351ft , 30 storeys, 2006
14 . BNZ TOWER 106m/348ft, 28 storeys, 1986
15 . IAG HOUSE 104m/341ft, 29 storeys, 1988
16 . QANTAS HOUSE 92m/301ft, 24 storeys, 1986
17 . PHILLIPS FOX TOWER 92m/301ft, 22 storeys, 1989
18 . CITYLIFE AUCKLAND, 90m/295ft, 26 storeys, 1997
19 . CITY GARDENS APARTMENTS, 90m/295ft, 25 storeys, 2003
20 . QUAY TOWER, 87m/285ft, 22 storeys, 1980

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It is interesting to note that Auckland's TOP 12 structures were built in the last 15 Years i.e. 1990 - 2005.
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SENTINEL
- NORTH SHORE CITY, AUCKLAND




NAME: Sentinel
LOCATION: North Shore City, Auckland
STATUS: Under Construction
FLOORS: 30
HEIGHT: 107m/351ft
USE: Residential


The Sentinel will be the tallest building on the North Shore so it's views are unique. Facing north you'll see the sandy beaches and rolling coastline of the Whangaparaoa. To the east there's the sunrise against the stark majesty of Rangitoto. South will be the soft rolling contours and beaches of the Eastern Bays across the sparkling waters of the Waitemata. Then finally out west will be the sunsets, flooding the sky as they melt behind the harbour bridge and the city lights.
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LUMLEY CENTRE
- CITY CENTRE, AUCKLAND




NAME: Lumley Centre
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Completed
FLOORS: 29
HEIGHT: 125m/410ft
USE: Commercial


Introducing Lumley Centre, a striking Peddle Thorp designed 29 level tower. This magnificent building incorporates 14 levels of offices, 10 floors of car parking, a basement mail centre and cart dock, podium floor, business centre and recreation floor, and a top floor function room.

The building reaches skywards to a height of 125 metres at the tip of its mast. The floor plates are 1285m2 with a gross building area is 30000m2, nett lettable area is 18000m2. A regular shape column free environment for maximum space efficiency has been created. Truly a building designed from inside out.

The building will enjoy panoramic views from all floors as level 14 is the lowest office floor. With historically protected buildings on either side, Emily Place Park to the east and a view shaft towards the harbour, the fabulous views are second to none.

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PRECINCT APARTMENTS
- CITY CENTRE, AUCKLAND



NAME: Precinct Apartments
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Under Construction
FLOORS: 33
HEIGHT: 115m/377ft
USE: Residential
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THE ANTIPODEAN
- CITY CENTRE, AUCKLAND






NAME: The Antipodean
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Proposed
FLOORS: 36
HEIGHT: 130m/427ft
USE: Residential


The redevelopment of a national heritage site in Queen Street, Auckland. With an Art Deco reception lobby, high speed lifts, 25 metre pool, a steam and dry sauna, and retractable roof, this project is simply outstanding! It comprises a range of one and two bedroomed apartments, with incredible views from some of the largest balconies we have ever seen. Located on the main street in Auckland, backing onto Albert Park and just a few minutes from the harbour, the location could not be better.
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ALBERT STREET APARTMENTS
- CITY CENTRE, AUCKLAND





NAME: Albert Street Apartments
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Proposed
FLOORS: 36
HEIGHT: Approx. 130m/427ft (to be announced)
USE: Residential
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RESIDENCES @ HARBOURCITY
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NAME: Residences @ Harbourcity
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Under Construction
FLOORS: 37
HEIGHT: 130m/427ft
USE: Residential



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AUT BUSINESS SCHOOL
- CITY CENTRE, AUCKLAND





NAME: AUT Business School
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Completed
FLOORS: 10
HEIGHT: (To be announced)
USE: Commercial



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THE DIAMOND
- CITY CENTRE, AUCKLAND




NAME: The Diamond
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Proposed
FLOORS: 17
HEIGHT: (To be announced)
USE: Residential



Diamond is the latest luxury apartment building to be designed and constructed by the Tony Tay Group in Auckland. Located opposite the Britomart Transport Interchange in the heart of the Auckland harbourfront district, Diamond offers the latest in luxurious city centre apartment for the discerning purchaser.

Diamond raises the standards yet again for comfort and luxury in both design and construction. High quality building materials and state-of-the-art technology have been integrated into generous and modern apartments that provide the ideal setting for contemporary urban lifestyles.

Diamond will soar to 17 storeys, providing magnificent north-facing views of the Auckland harbourfront for most of the 187 residential units. There is a wide choice of apartments, ranging from studios, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom and rooftop penthouses. The ground floor comprises 12 retail units while the third floor contains a restaurant and clubhouse with an outdoor spa pool and lap pool, sauna and recreational facilities.
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AURA APARTMENTS
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NAME: Aura Apartments
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Proposed
FLOORS: 16
HEIGHT: (To be announced)
USE: Residential
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VOLT APARTMENTS
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NAME: Volt Apartments
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Under Construction
FLOORS: 17
HEIGHT: (To be announced)
USE: Residential
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CENTRO APARTMENTS
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NAME: Centro Apartments
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Proposed
FLOORS: 18
HEIGHT: (To be announced)
USE: Residential


These off the plan apartments have only just released in April 2005. With only six apartments per level, over 18 levels, these apartments offer a choice of one and two bedroom designs.

Situated off Queen Street at a high point of the CBD, panoramic views will be available above level eight of the CBD and urban districts, including some water views.
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413 QUEEN STREET APARTMENTS
- CITY CENTRE, AUCKLAND





NAME: 413 Queen Street Apartments
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Proposed
FLOORS: 12
HEIGHT: (To be announced)
USE: Residential



Backing onto to Myers Park these 180 apartments designed to be above average luxury dwellings have a projected development cost of $40million. Currently proceeding through resource consent.
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VERVE APARTMENTS
- CITY CENTRE, AUCKLAND





NAME: Verve Apartments
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Proposed
FLOORS: 16
HEIGHT: (To be announced)
USE: Residential



Verve is the newest connection point between the excitement and amenities of the city centre and the facilities of its education sector. Just a one minute walk to the University of Auckland, less than five minutes walk to the central city and to the campuses of all the major learning institutions, Verve delivers the best of both worlds; quality of living and an unbeatable location that gives easy access to the whole of the downtown area.
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Cook Street comprises 2.8 hectares of land in the Auckland CBD, which at the moment consists of commercial office and warehouse space. A master plan is currently being implemented to produce a high quality residential and commercial development to be completed over the next five years.

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NELSON QUARTER DEPOT SITE



Plans for the last and largest Auckland inner-city block left for redevelopment have been announced and the promoters say the project will better the higher standards demanded by the city council. Pelago is seeking resource consents for 20 new buildings, which would be mainly apartments but including a hotel, underground parking, offices and shops, on the site of the former council depot in Cook St.

The site of nearly 3ha forms part of the Victoria Quarter - which the council has dubbed the former industrial area that runs from the western slopes of the Hobson St ridge down to Fanshawe St and Victoria Park. Pelago director, Sydney-based Douglas Rikard-Bell, said the layout for the project was influenced by the council's vision for the Victoria Quarter.

The vision was leading to a change in the District Plan and demands that any redevelopment be based on a comprehensive structure plan. "They are trying hard to make sure the standard is higher than the city is used to and I've decided to embrace that and work with the council," said Mr Rikard-Bell. He hoped to develop the site over 10 years and have the first part of the project - some shops and offices - underway in three years.

The 1400 residential units applied for would come later. The project is called the Nelson Quarter Depot Site. The application says the layout of the buildings, separated by public open spaces, gardens, lanes and two cross-streets, would provide a high-quality inner-city residential precinct and presented a vision of a precinct with high environmental standards within an ecologically sustainable setting.

"The market is not what it was two years ago and I'm going to have to deliver something really good, otherwise this is not a smart thing to do," said Mr Rikard-Bell. Buildings would be designed by different architects. He would not put a figure on the cost of the project. Auckland City central area planning manager Vijay Lala said the project, with a floor area of 150,000sq m, was similar in scale to the makeover of the Britomart Precinct now underway.

It was about one-sixth the size of the future Western Reclamation redevelopment. "We see the [Nelson Quarter] project as a significant catalyst in the revitalisation of the western side of the CBD," said Mr Lala. He said public feedback on the Victoria Quarter plan generally supported a lively, mixed-use area that blended city living with working opportunities.

A number of developments are in train for the Victoria Quarter. Two resource consent applications are before the council for upgrading of the Victoria Park Market. The Kitchener Group wants to build apartments, designer shops and food and beverage places by mid-2008 and to strengthen the old brick rubbish destructor chimney and restore the carthorse stables.

Kathmandu has applied for resource consent to add floors to the 200 Victoria St premises for mixed use and Les Mills World of Fitness has applied to add a swimming pool and on-site carparking to its Victoria St West premises. A new office block is being built on the corner of Halsey and Fanshawe Sts.
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SCENE APARTMENTS
- CITY CENTRE, AUCKLAND





NAME: Scene Apartments
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Completed
FLOORS: 15
HEIGHT: (To be announced)
USE: Residential


Redwood Group is showcasing an exciting new development right on the Auckland City waterfront. Scene offers one, two and three bedroom spacious apartments, most of which feature spectacular views of city, sea and sun. All have wide balconies for entertaining and outdoor living, and the development has a 25m indoor heated pool, tennis court and fully equipped gymnasium.

Renowned architects and interior designers have combined with Redwood Group to create what they define as "a new era in city living … designed to provide everything you ever wanted - with no compromise."


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SCENE TWO APARTMENTS
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NAME: Scene Two Apartments
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Completed
FLOORS: 13
HEIGHT: (To be announced)
USE: Residential


Next to Scene on Auckland’s waterfront, this is a fabulous location for city dwellers. It is only minutes walk from Auckland’s inner city shops, the CBD, Viaduct Basin, Prince’s Wharf, the ferry terminal and Britomart, Auckland’s new public transport hub.

All apartments have stunning 180 degree views to the north out over the Waitemata Harbour and Rangitoto. Carparks and lockup spaces are available. The development includes a gym, swimming pool, tennis court and BBQ area, and the apartments have large decks for entertaining. The first inner city Foodtown supermarket is being constructed
next door.
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SCENE THREE APARTMENTS
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NAME: Scene Three Apartments
LOCATION: City Centre, Auckland
STATUS: Under Construction
FLOORS: 15
HEIGHT: (To be announced)
USE: Residential


Scene Three is the third and final residential tower on our Quay Street development site and continues on from the success of Scenes One & Two. Scene Three offers spectacular harbour views from the majority of the apartments and wide flexability with layouts and floor plans

Located in downtown Auckland on Quay St, this waterfront location is 200m from Queen St, Auckland CBD's main street. The Britomart transport centre and Ferry buildings are within a few minutes walk.

On site you will find a gym, indoor 25m lap pool and tennis court. A 24/7 supermarket complimented with pharmacy, photo processing store, dry cleaners and cafe are located immediately beside the building. All the ammenties of Auckland's CBD are right at your door step including the proposed Indoor Arena, which when built will be 2 minutes walk away.
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