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Old June 19th, 2013, 11:52 PM   #1
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NZ unis in top 100 newcomers

Two New Zealand universities have been named in the top 100 tertiary institutions younger than 50-years-old. The University of Waikato made it into the top half of Times Higher Education's list ranking at 46th and Massey University came in at 81st. Both were founded in 1964. The magazine said the rankings provided a fresh perspective on the new breed of global universities. "Those that have managed to join the world's best in a matter of decades rather than centuries, and which have the potential to become future global leaders." Editor of the tertiary publication, Phil Baty, said the results showed Britain and America were facing a threat from continental Europe where there was a strong drive to attract students with cheaper fees. "You know that things are hotting up when France start considering teaching in English. The French have traditionally been extremely hostile to English speaking, but now their universities are recognising that it's important to attract international students." ... MORE
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New Z station for Hamilton inner city

A new large-scale petrol station is set to pop up in central city Hamilton by the end of the year.

Z Energy has received land use consent for a filling station on a site on the corner of Willoughby St and Mill St.

The vacant lot has sat in the company's portfolio for about 15 years.

Company representative Sheena Thomas said the company would build a top-tier service station complete with a convenience store, carwash and forecourt on the site.

The new station will create 10 jobs. A contractor has not yet been appointed but the company is hoping it will be operating by November.

Thomas said Z was investing heavily in new network and, after a decrease in gas stations of late, it was time to start building more. "It's on a busy arterial route, it's an attractive location with really good access and . . . it's a good idea to be so near the stadium."

The station will be operated by Selwyn Cook, who also runs the other eight Z service stations in Hamilton.

The Waikato branch of Property Council New Zealand is holding a seminar on roading and transport for commercial property stakeholders.

New Zealand Transport Agency's Waikato-Bay of Plenty regional manager Robert Brodnax will speak on the relationship between transport investment and land use planning. He will also detail the National Land Transport Programme for the Waikato, key state highway and local road investments and how New Zealand's transport system is funded

Hamilton City Council's city development manager, Andrew Parsons, will talk about roading projects and investments. The event will be on Wednesday, 4pm, The Long Room, Wintec House. For more information, or to register, email [email protected].
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A large-scale residential housing complex set for development on an iconic Hamilton rugby park is getting closer to breaking ground.

Details have emerged about the future of Stan Heather Park in Melville that the Hamilton Rugby Union (HRU) sold for upward of $2 million in June last year.

The seven-hectare lot went into the hands of local firm CKC Holdings, the company of developer duo and brothers Craig and Keith Clapson.

The company is in the process of receiving land use consent from Hamilton City Council and it has been revealed that CKC Holdings are planning to build 92 dwellings on the site.

Bayleys property agent Stephen Shale is involved in the upcoming marketing campaign.

The development's point of difference is that the company will sell house and land packages. CKC will not sell empty sections.

Mr Shale said this will give the development's residents peace of mind around the consistent standard of quality housing in the area.

The first stage of housing sales is set to open in November.

Mr Shale said construction on the dwellings would start as soon as pen was put to paper.

He said the house and land sizes would vary but the developers are targeting buyers looking at the middle of the market.

That would put house prices roughly in the $400,000-$500,000 price range.

CKC Holdings took on the property after HRU failed to entice the Hamilton City Council to buy the park, despite the offer of a long-term payment plan.

The union board received eight tenders for the land but agreed upon CKC Holdings.

Part of the deal brokered was that CKC Holdings would allow HRU to continue using the fields at the park until the current rugby season ends at the beginning of August.
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This is great for the south of Hamilton. Nice to see higher end housing being built there as well. When Peacockes comes online, the south is really going to take off. Interesting rolling country side, and close to the CBD.
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Popular Frankton Markets to Stay Open on Saturdays

After several years of debate, the Hamilton City Council have found a way of keeping Hamilton's popular Frankton Markets open on Saturdays. The markets were at risk after a dispute, ironically with their own creator, Furlongs. Furlongs are a Frankton institution that are similar to Harvey Norman, and have been open for decades. Furlongs created the Frankton markets in the 1990s, however they grew so big that they started to effect Furlongs own business. Attempts were made to shift the markets to Sunday (when Furlongs have not traditionally been open) and then to argue neighbouring road closures were not legal under the Local Government Act. The situation got complicated, but has ultimately resulted in Council finding ways around the LGA. Good news for the city as a whole. The markets are fantastic.

Hamilton also has several other regular markets, Hamilton East's Sunday market (up and down Grey Street) and the Saturday Hamilton Farmers Market in Sonny Carpark just across from the CBD. There are several other Farmers markets within 15mins drive, Te Awamutu's, Cambridges and Tamahere markets and many other craft type markets.


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Closure of the popular Saturday Frankton Markets has been averted.

A way forward has been reached in the issue of how and when the weekly Frankton Market operates, after a decision by the Hamilton City Council. The weekly market has traditionally operated under a Local Government Act schedule allowing closure of one road - Commerce St, from Lake Rd to High St - every Saturday morning.

Frankton retailer Forlongs voiced concern over that road closure.
Frankton Business Association subsequently applied to council for three revised road closures, which general manager city infrastructure Chris Allen says will cover three different time periods.

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Mr Allen says the new arrangements allow Frankton Market to continue to operate, with some lay-out changes at varying times of the year."
The decision was passed by a majority of 7-5 in favour of approving the closures
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Frankton's Commerce St west end could become a pedestrian mall on market days.

Hamilton City Council has been asked to consider making the zone pedestrian-only for Saturday market days.

The request has come from Frankton Business association chairman Jim Ashton, Frankton Market organiser Vinod Bhikha and Forlongs' managing director Terry Forlong. The trio has worked together on a proposal to move the market to the western end of Commerce St.

Mr Ashton said he had the support of all the retailers in that section of Commerce St from Kent St to High St.

If approved, making the street pedestrian-only on Saturdays would save the Frankton Business Association about $900 a week in traffic management costs. Mr Ashton said the cost to the association was crippling, but was necessary in the meantime as traffic management was part of the market's current operating conditions.

The move is expected to cost council about $7000 which would see removable bollards and signs installed.

Ashton, Bhikha and Forlong have also asked council to consider a 30kph speed limit around Frankton village to make it more pedestrian friendly. Council will consider the changes at a strategy and policy committee meeting on June 25.
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This is great for the south of Hamilton. Nice to see higher end housing being built there as well. When Peacockes comes online, the south is really going to take off. Interesting rolling country side, and close to the CBD.
Interesting to read that they are proposing to sell fully developed sites rather than vacant sections. This is a common approach overseas and there are a few in Auckland like this now too. Perhaps we will see more of this in the future? The new Hamilton District Plan provides for this sort of thing in the comprehensive medium density areas.
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Maersk move a winner for Waikato hub
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The Waikato economy looks set to be a winner from the decision by shipping line goliath Maersk to switch 52 ship calls a year from Auckland to the Port of Tauranga.

The move, which will cost the Ports of Auckland $20 million annually in lost revenue, means its Tauranga rival is now focusing on the Waikato as its next inland port site, similar to its successful Metroport in Auckland.

And that means preliminary talks between Port of Tauranga and $3 billion Ruakura inland port planner Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) could intensify, with the Bay of Plenty port's chief executive Mark Cairns making it clear he would like to operate the planned transport hub for TGH.

Mr Cairns is due to meet TGH chief executive Mike Pohio tomorrow.

TGH, developer of Te Rapa retail precincts, The Base and Te Awa, plans a commercial, industrial and transport hub on more than 400ha it owns at Ruakura. The hub will link to AgResearch and Waikato University, also on Tainui land. The project could create up to 12,000 new jobs over 30-50 years and TGH hopes to make a modest start on the inland port in 2015, providing regulatory consents progress smoothly.

Transport officials anticipate that by 2031 Waikato will be the biggest generator of freight in New Zealand. The Ruakura site, equidistant between the ports of Tauranga and Auckland, is bi-sected by the promised new Waikato expressway and the East Coast Main Trunk line.

Maersk's decision is being partly blamed on strike action at Ports of Auckland, but Mr Cairns said it came after several months of talks with his NZX-listed port company. Maersk is the world's biggest shipping line and has one of its largest ship-building programmes.

Mr Cairns said the switch would bring an extra 50,000 to 70,000 containers a year to the Tauranga port. Asked if the port was up to the task of handling more big ships, given the Rena container vessel's devastating grounding on the Astrolabe Reef two months ago, he said it happened "a long way from the port".

"That was quite a different situation which will come out in the wash with the different investigations. It was 24 kilometres off Mount Maunganui, a long way from the port."

Mr Cairns said Maersk's decision was an opportunity for New Zealand to attract mega-ships and, because it would provide cargo scale, was a catalyst for the Tauranga port to move to more inland ports. The port is committed to being New Zealand's "super port". In a $150m capital development, it has ordered its sixth giant container crane and is about to add 170m to its container wharf, making it, at 770m, the longest in the country.

"The next stage is for us to ask ourselves are we getting enough cargo to make a similar site [to Metroport] in the Waikato and establish a railhead?"

The port had expressed an interest in TGH's plan, he said. "There are a number of opportunities – we think that will be the next development [for us], a Waikato inland terminal."

The port company wants to use rail more. But Mr Cairns said there were other possible sites in the Waikato. "We could look at something different, but that [Ruakura] is one option. We are certainly interested in taking a long-term lease, not being a concession operator." Mr Cairns said by that he meant the port company was not interested in "driving forklifts and providing labour" for TGH. It would want to be the inland port operator.

Mr Pohio said the Ruakura plan was for the good of the whole New Zealand economy. The Tauranga port was "an important ingredient". But he said decisions over who operated the port had to made in the interests of "New Zealand Inc". However, there was no question Maersk's decision would escalate freight volumes and the need for a solution to provide for them in the Waikato.

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I am on my iPhone so can't really put links up tht well but in the news thismorn is a good article about fonterra building a new $100m port in Hamilton because they are about to outgrow their te rapa one. This is ontop of what Tainui are planning with their $3b port at ruakura.

Sounds to me like Hamilton is going to become the main centre for all freight In the country. makes sense as it is accessible to both Auckland and tauranga.

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Fonterra ponders Hamilton freight hub
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Dairy juggernaut Fonterra is eyeing Hamilton for its second $100 million plus regional freight hub development, as recognition of the Waikato as an important future import and export axis gathers steam.

New Zealand's biggest company expects to have outgrown capacity at its big six-year-old $100m Crawford St stores and freight hub complex at Te Rapa within two to four years and is looking for a second site, said Fonterra director of group supply chain Joe Coote.

Fonterra is well aware of Tainui Group Holdings plan for a 400-plus hectare, $3 billion inland port on its land at Ruakura, he said.

But there were other "good sites", including the "interesting" Northgate industrial park land north of Te Rapa.

"A lot of freight comes up from the lower North Island to Auckland and Tauranga (ports) and in my mind will continue to come up through the Waikato. Our interest is somewhere around Hamilton, south of Hamilton and north of Hamilton and even South Auckland."

Coote said the likely investment in the second freight hub would be "at least $100 million".

Fonterra is the second big company in a week to announce it is considering the Waikato for freight logistics development. Port of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said his company was eyeing the region for an inland port. The announcement this week by global shipping giant Maersk that it was switching 52 ship calls to Tauranga from Auckland had sharpened the focus on the Waikato, Cairns said.

Transport officials predict that by 2031 the Waikato will be the biggest generator of freight in the country.

Global logistics company Mainfreight said Hamilton is a "high priority" for expanding its freight facilities. The company, currently based in Tasman Rd, Te Rapa had development site "irons in the fire", said managing director Don Braid.

Any future Mainfreight hub had to be served by rail. The Ruakura option was "four years away and we need something sooner," Braid said.

KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn said the Ruakura proposal was "an exciting idea" and his company was working with interested parties.

"But a lot more work is required to really understand what the potential is and how much it will be an inland port versus a freight village. But clearly if industry wants to invest in an area like that we would want to be involved."

Quinn said some KiwiRail import and export customers would be more keen on hubbing with the main North Island trunk line, rather than the east coast main line that bisects Ruakura.

Tainui Group Holdings chief executive Mike Pohio said the Ruakura project was different from other companies' freight hub plans because it was "master planned" for 50 to 100 years into the future. It would not be developed in a fragmented way by different parties.
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Hamilton sure is becoming an important hub for business!

Call centre boosts CBD economy
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Hamilton's central business district will get a shot in the arm with the opening of a new call centre.

AA Insurance will next week start to recruit 80 staff for the call centre, with the insurer fitting it out with sufficient capacity for 120 workers to also act as the company's disaster recovery backup for its Auckland operations.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the news," said Sandy Turner, general manager of the Hamilton Central Business Association.

"This will mean workers in the city who will have lunch in the city and run their working life in the city.

"It will bring a wonderful vibrancy to the CBD and we welcome the news."

Hamilton City Council announced it had struck a lease deal with AA Insurance in late November, and the company yesterday said it expected a massive fitout at its cost to the third floor of the council's Victoria St BNZ Building to be finished by mid-February.

Spokeswoman Melodie Vickars said the company would launch the first wave of its recruitment drive on employment websites next week, and planned to have the first 20 staff begin a four-week induction at the beginning of February and at work in March.

The BNZ Building is one of the assets of the council's municipal endowment fund, and the lease has an initial term of three years, with two three-year rights to renew.

AA Insurance was last year named the best workplace at the JRA Best Workplaces Survey Awards, winning the Overall Award and Large Company category for 2011.

The former tenant was the Health Funding Authority, which sub-let a third of the floor.

The sub-lessee did not renew the sublease at the beginning of the year and because the Health Funding Authority did not require the entire floor itself, it chose not to renew its lease at expiry and exited the building on June 30.

The Health Funding Authority is now located in the Bridgewater Buildings on Grantham St.

The call centre was only the start of a "wonderful" period of growth for the CBD, with several more businesses either relocating there or moving back there in the next six months, Miss Turner said.
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Heritage hotel: Built in 1919, the old Anchor building opens today as Quest Hamilton after a $10 million makeover.

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Property developers and the Historic Places Trust aren't often on the same page, but when Hamilton's nearly 100-year-old NZ Dairy Company building opens today as a boutique international-class hotel, our heritage watchdogs will be there and smiling.

Historic Places Trust manager for the Waikato area Gail Henry says Auckland developer Safari Group has done an "outstanding" job renovating the derelict and vandalised brick building on the corner of London and Victoria streets.

A Category II registered building and A-listed in the Hamilton City Council district plan heritage schedule, the attractive brick four-level landmark has become the serviced-apartment complex Quest Hamilton, in a $10 million redevelopment.

Only seven of the 38 apartments are still unsold, with French and Singaporean property investors the main buyers of the furnished, studio, one- and two-bedroom units.

Ms Henry says it is fitting that a building which was a centre of international commerce will continue to have that international connection when visitors from around the world stay.

"The... building was once the centre of Waikato's economic universe... at the heart of an enterprise that incorporated 16 central butter factories, 17 cheese factories, two Glaxo factories, three milk powder factories and a central casein factory," she says. One of the glass doors still carries an Anchor logo, one of the world's most recognised brands, and devised by the "father" of Waikato dairying, Henry Reynolds, who was inspired by a sailor's tattoo.

Buyers will lease the apartments under a commercial arrangement of up to 30 years to Quest Serviced Apartments (NZ), a client of Safari, which has done several developments around the country for Quest.

Ms Henry says it was good to hear from Safari Group that it was more economically viable to redevelop the building than demolish it – "at a very challenging time for heritage in New Zealand".

Safari went above and beyond in its restoration, she says.

"The building has crittle windows and the firm (that made them) still exists. We said it they could get new crittle windows, that would be wonderful, but they took the windows out and restored and reinstalled them."

Broker Mike Neale of CB Richard Ellis says the building has always been challenging to tenant because of the refurbishment and earthquake strengthening work needed and because it had no car parks.The building now has an earthquake strength rating of 67 per cent.

Safari has created 14 car parks underneath and three retail or office areas on the ground floor.

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Plans are under way to breathe new life into Hamilton's central business district.
Hopper Development – the company behind some of the highest profile residential developments on the Coromandel – has confirmed its interest in a strategic central Hamilton landbank.

The company is the latest to be drawn to the city's CBD, adding to a surge of developer and business interest in the precinct.
It is best known for residential and coastal developments such as its twin Coromandel waterways projects, and several retirement and commercial developments.
The company has asked Hamilton City Council for an exclusive development agreement for the Sonning Car Park site (currently home ot the Farmers Market) and hopes to have firm concept plans within a year.
Company business development manager Evans Young told the Waikato Times Hopper wanted to partner with the city council to find the best possible use for the city-owned site.
The site's connection with the river was "the attraction of it", he said.
"You've got the walkway across the bridge, the river, the residential area right there. It is quite a unique site, it's just under a hectare, and very level, within a hundred metres of the main drag."
"We're offering our services at no cost to develop something which adds to the vibrancy of the city. It's a strategic site, and it needs developing to its full potential," Mr Young said.
The company's interest, and that of bigger players such as McConnell and SkyCity, was a strong indicator of developer's regard for Hamilton's central city, he said.
Mr Young believed at most 12 months would be needed to work up a proposal with the council, and a further 12 months to test the concept's commercial viability.
Commercial realtor Colin Jones said the market had "bottomed out" over the past two or three years as developers sat on their hands.
"But now the big players are coming out and saying `what are our options for the next ten years, and that's the change," he said.
"It's all been about rates per square metre and parking.
"Now I think some people would prefer to come back into the CBD because it's a better environment for their staff."
Mr Jones said a major city employer was considering relocating to the CBD, while one of the major banks was looking at relocating and staying inside the zone.

He said he knew of several other as yet unannounced projects.

"Just watch this space."

The city council is keeping its cards close due to the sensitive nature of commercial development, but it is also understood to have received an expression of interest from a company looking to build a residential and commercial development on Brooklyn Rd, opposite the Claudelands Arena, although existing leases there run until 2016.
SkyCity is still reluctant to talk about its plans, which are understood to involve building to five-star standards, including an enclosed pool, but operating initially as a 4 1/2 star property.

It has confirmed it is in talks with the city council over its intention to progress plans to add a 135-room hotel on top of its Victoria St casino "to bring much needed quality hotel accommodation to central Hamilton and significantly improve the facilities that we are able to offer to our customers in a market which continues to demonstrate growth."

Other major development projects – at varying stages of readiness – include
  • McConnell's Citygate project. The five-storey, 5300sqm office and retail development next to Wintec and the Centre Place shopping mall has been granted resource consent, and secured PricewaterhouseCoopers as the anchor tenant. Construction is due to start next year.The development includes a large-scale public open space and is due to open in 2013.
  • McConnell is in the early stages of considering the Victoria on the River block.
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If I was to guess, trading revenue has mostly dropped because they have been letting tenancies run down (without renewal) so they can begin construction, pretty normal stuff. This is a big redevelopment when you consider the Victoria/Ward street corner and the western Ward Street road stopping. I'm quite excited about it as I think it will bring the heart back to the city, the concept of the retail pods, on what used to be a street, mirrors what you see when you visit cities like Brisbane.
There is room for a CBD movies offering, in fact it it vital, when you consider the population that doesn't live by the Base of Chartwell, the 40,000+ students that come every year, and the indirect money it will bring to KIPT from kids that are dropped off in town to go to the movies and look around the shops before and after. My guess would be Hoyts will grab it.
The CBD is in a good state at the moment.
'A' grade office space is, I think, at an all time vacancy low, which is opening up opportunity for new 'A' grade mid-level office towers to be developed. In addition to the developments mentioned above, I have heard rumors that a major power company is planning to move its Hamilton office back to the CBD (southern end overlooking the river) which would be great.
The retail vacancy rate in the CBD is also very very low, 11.3% overall, and the 'A' grade retail vacancy rate is even lower than that. When you walk around the CBD you get a good feeling about it. When the CentrePlace redevelopment is completed, and the SkyCity 4.5 star hotel (with an enclosed pool - which is key for many business people / conference attendees / tourists, at the upper end) is completed the CBD will be a much more attractive proposition for business.
Business-wise, I am not sure this forum is aware of the $30 million dollar DataCom data centre being built which is a huge boost to $1+ billion Hamilton IT industry (this will be in addition to the huge existing Telecom Caro Street data centre). Also Ultrafast Broadband Limited (owned by WEL Energy) won the tender for ultrafast broadband (regions from New Plymouth to Hamilton/Tauranga) which is/will have its head office in Hamilton and will continue to grow its employment base. I know there are sharing testing resources in Auckland with other tender winners, but once roll out has occurred, those facilities for UltraFast Broadband Ltd will move down to Hamilton, further boosting the Hamilton economy. I am also pretty sure that Fonterra's office tower in the city is becoming more entrenched as the Operations centre for Fonterra globally (the more commercial function is in Auckland, research function in Palmerston North), it also has the global accounting function, two key areas for the company which are vital to the business day to day and employ many $100,000+ jobs. I also understand parts of Titanium Park (near the airport) have also sold out, which can only be a good thing, it will be great when Torpedo7 and 1 Day Sale start building their $100 million new campus later this year.


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Thanks for the update Tron! Very interesting news about Mighty River Power - hopefully they construct something architectural, and in fitting with the river-side location.

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You can almost feel the air humming around Hamilton these days - and it's not just from the earthmovers and road graders and rerouted traffic, as we pick our way around daily-changing detours and increasing congestion.

Hamilton is growing up fast.

While we curse and gripe as "peak" traffic times stretch, those returning to the Waikato from a few years away marvel at the changes and celebrate the city's new pizzazz, while new developments and big projects seem to be unveiled weekly.

In Saturday's Waikato Times was news of a bold project by the Mystery Events Centre and today we learn of a major plan for Hamilton International Airport, both sure to lift our profile nationally and offshore.

But along with the new energy comes the need to lose the slightly apologetic air we carry around for loving living in Hamilton, the slightly defensive tone we adopt when justifying why we do live here ("it's close to everywhere else") and the inclination to hang on to wounds like the V8 race debacle and old resentments and make a meal of it.
As the new Mystery Creek chief executive, Jon Calder, a returned and passionate Waikato son, says, "it's time to move on, to find new events that we can be very proud of".

Calder is one of an emerging breed of business people and entrepreneurs in Hamilton keen to spotlight Hamilton's advantages, to reconnect with the city, to move forward rather than look back, to nurture city pride.

More importantly, these people are talking to each other. Brainstorming, looking for opportunities to help always positive, always aspiring.

Not for personal gain though that will come if they do a good job but to celebrate the potential offered by living and working in Hamilton.

Tainui Group Holdings' Mike Pohio, the Property Council's Graham Dwyer, and Hamilton Airport's Chris Doak are others with an infectious positivity and a vision for Hamilton's future, while getting on with their day jobs.
And there are many others energising the city but flying below the radar.
A new breed of leaders is among us.
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Hamilton International Airport is planning a blue-chip horse freighting hub to handle the thousands of thoroughbreds flown in and out of Auckland International Airport each year for racing and breeding.

The plan has been applauded by prominent thoroughbred players in the Waikato, the industry's capital, who spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on horse air travel, mainly to and from Australia.

Yesterday, Cambridge trainer Roger James was preparing New Zealand Derby winner Silent Achiever for a trip to Sydney tomorrow where the smart filly will take on Australia's top three-year-olds in Saturday's A$500,000 Rosehill Guineas.

"That trip is made, at best, in 8 1/2 hours," James said. "So to cut three hours off that time by flying out of Hamilton will be huge for us and it helps to keep our horses in peak condition."

Airport chairman John Birch said the latest available figures show that almost 3000 horses are flown out of Auckland a year, and 50 per cent of them start their journey from Waikato stables and 25 per cent are from south of the Waikato region.

"So effectively, we have 75 per cent of equine freight going past our gate," Mr Birch said. At least the same number are flown back into Auckland a year.

Mr Birch said the top-class hub would be purpose-built and would require a partnership between the airport company and the likes of New Zealand Bloodstock, which is owned by Waikato's Vela brothers, who are involved in the Auckland freight service.


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One of Hamilton's largest businesses, New Zealand Home Loans, is to break the $1 billion barrier in loans for one year for the first time, and has a plan to double that over the next five years.

Hamilton entrepreneur Neil Richardson, who established the home loan company in 2006, said business had gradually grown and would eclipse $1b at the end of this financial year in June.

"We have just passed last year, at $700 million, and we have three months to go," said Dr Richardson, an adjunct professor at Waikato University's Waikato Management School.

"We will end up with $1 billion by the end of the year ... We have a national bank which is headed out of Victoria St, Hamilton, and we are committed to stay here for another six years."

New Zealand Home Loans has 57 branches throughout New Zealand, employing about 150 people serving around 20,000 customers.

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One of my family members works there and was talking about they are looking at centralising the central north islands medical IT systems and support in Hamilton. That way the smaller hospitals in palmy, napier, new plymouth etc can concentrate on providing medical services. Those places have problems attracting IT people anyway, so makes sense.
Interesting, thanks for the info.
As for being able to centralise operations, personally I think it could be realistic if that is what the powers that be wanted. I know Fonterra has centralised its IT operations for all its NZ factories in Te Rapa, (RD1 similarly so, although much less critical than if Fonterra's factories went down!). And then there are the huge data centres built in the city. While the continual roll out of fibre means location becomes less relevant, what is very relevant is trying to get a consistent number of quality job applicants, and in the IT world that is unfortunately difficult outside of Akl, Well, Chch and Hmtn.
It is not well known, but the IT industry in Hamilton is big, very big. Some have estimated its annual revenue at up to $1 billion dollars[/URL] for the city. Of course, that is not to say you can't build an industry in any other city, very possible, especially if you can get the right people to come.
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April 2012

I thought people might be interested in some concept drawings of Hamilton from the latest district plan. Some interesting concepts for the city. Looks like the are planning for a lot of 5-7 story buildings in the future.
Corner of Hood and Angelsea Street (next to the KPMG tower):

I think this concept is for the empty lot on Victoria Street (sort of opposite Collingwood Street)

This is what the promenade would look like on the same site (linking to SkyCity)

This is a concept for the current Warehouse site (you can see the CityGate building on the left. CityGate by the way is to start being built in the next two months)

This is what the northern end of Angelsea Street could look like:

The council also has plans for across the river from the CBD. There are two areas they are targeting.
The first area is Opoia Road / Jesmond Park (which is opposite the Novotel):


The second area targeted on the other side of the river for development is the River Road carpark (opposite the IRD building/Ibis Hotel area). This area is likely to be built sooner rather than later. (If you are wondering where the Farmers Market is going to go, I heard Garden Place, which would make sense):

The last concept is down past Waikato Museum. It would be further down Grantham Street (next to the new 6 story Mighty River Power office building which, by the way, they are currently preparing the ground for the foundations and build):


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Gourmet grocer opening doors on a new brand

The founders of high-end gourmet grocer Farro Fresh are opening a new brand at their existing Hamilton site tomorrow as part of an expansion which could challenge New Zealand's supermarket duopoly. Janene Draper, a Farro director, outlined how six new stores were planned and said a new store brand, Trader Jacks, would open at Tainui's The Base tomorrow. In what could be a tilt at Progressive Enterprises and Foodstuffs, she said plans were in hand for Trader Jacks to open in Auckland areas soon. "We're running under two separate formats: quality and value," she said of the Farro/Trader Jacks offering.

Trader Jacks would offer value but retain quality and was different to Farro Fresh because it would stock a wider range of items such as toiletries and cleaning products, she said. On May 15, the new Farro Fresh will open at 34 Westmoreland St, Grey Lynn and 70 staff had already been employed, she said. About 30 people would work at Trader Jacks in Hamilton.

Critics said budget-conscious Waikato shoppers forced Farro to change to Trader Jacks, going downmarket with the type of goods it was offering because locals would not pay the high prices which worked so well in Auckland. Some people were surprised by the name change in such a short space of time. Farro opened only nine months ago at The Base.

Last year, the Mt Wellington Farro won the Auckland Central Business Awards Excellence in Retail category, sponsored by the Herald. It opened in 2006, specialising in New Zealand-produced artisan food. Staff there are trained to give advice and guest chefs present cooking demonstrations with in-store tastings.

Since opening, Farro says it has achieved sales growth of an average of 65 per cent per year and staff numbers had risen from 16 to a team of 180 across three stores. Draper said the business had grown mostly by word of mouth. Progressive and Foodstuffs are also on a big expansion drive, developing 39 new or replacement supermarkets, worth nearly $600 million, throughout New Zealand.

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Gourmet grocer opening doors on a new brand



The founders of high-end gourmet grocer Farro Fresh are opening a new brand at their existing Hamilton site tomorrow as part of an expansion which could challenge New Zealand's supermarket duopoly.

Thanks for the update. This is very interesting. I always asked myself why Farro would choose a mall (albeit a high-end one) to set up shop. The Base is really only busy in the weekend, and those sort of people aren't really buying deli goods.

Farro would definitely have worked if they hadn't chosen such a bad site. A site that is hampered by parking issues and location. I bet the rent there is huge as well!

Nosh is doing well in a more central location with parking, can hardly get in there it is so busy! Vetro Mediterranean Deli is doing well. Dante's Fine Foods is also doing well. The two big asian supermarkets are always busy, as are some of the more specialist ones like the Thai supermarket. Also, a number of specialist green grocers are doing well at the higer end of the market.

Farro, fail, not because people didn't like the concept, but the location/prices-rent/parking made it an impossible place to easily visit. Shame. Still it will be interesting to see the new offering which they say will still be deli style but more with value. Good luck to them!

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May 2012

Zealong Tea Estate Development

Hamilton’s Zeelong Tea Estate got excellent publicity in the China Post after Hong Kong’s chief (prime minister) visited for trade talks. Extract from the article:
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“We all know that Rome wasn’t built in a day. The same is true about the establishment of Zealong, the world’s only tea company that is fully certified to the highest food safety standard internationally: ISO 22000 HACCP. The premium quality organic loose oolong tea leafs are grown near Hamilton, New Zealand — the first oolong tea to be grown outside of mainland China, Taiwan, or Vietnam. What is now a multimillion-dollar operation grew out of a sense of nostalgia for the taste of homegrown oolong tea.

Gallagher - Huge Overseas Growth Predicted


Gallagher business today employs 1000 people and has annual sales approaching $200 million, mostly overseas. Those numbers place the company 7th in the annual NZ TIN100 report that ranks New Zealand's leading technology exporters. Gallagher is placed just behind another Hamilton company the NDA Group sitting at 6th place. Gallagher's forecast for the year ahead is about $212 million with future growth predicted to be $500 million in the next 5-10 years.

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May 2012

Zealong Tea Estate Development

Hamilton’s Zeelong Tea Estate got excellent publicity in the China Post after Hong Kong’s chief (prime minister) visited for trade talks. Extract from the article:
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“We all know that Rome wasn’t built in a day. The same is true about the establishment of Zealong, the world’s only tea company that is fully certified to the highest food safety standard internationally: ISO 22000 HACCP. The premium quality organic loose oolong tea leafs are grown near Hamilton, New Zealand — the first oolong tea to be grown outside of mainland China, Taiwan, or Vietnam. What is now a multimillion-dollar operation grew out of a sense of nostalgia for the taste of homegrown oolong tea.

Gallagher - Huge Overseas Growth Predicted


Gallagher business today employs 1000 people and has annual sales approaching $200 million, mostly overseas. Those numbers place the company 7th in the annual NZ TIN100 report that ranks New Zealand's leading technology exporters. Gallagher is placed just behind another Hamilton company the NDA Group sitting at 6th place. Gallagher's forecast for the year ahead is about $212 million with future growth predicted to be $500 million in the next 5-10 years.

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New Car Dealers





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Waterworld Redevelopment



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New ECOLAB Head Office



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May 2012

The Stack

An interesting way to get many cars on a very small site. This was partly built to accommodate parking requirements for a nearby multistory office building without carparking:



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May 2012

New Te Wananga o Aotearoa National Library and Conference Centre, Glenview, Hamilton




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May 2012

Hamilton's new Aviation Painting Services is taking off
Large overseas narrow-body aircraft could be regularly flying into Hamilton if the pace of business continues for the new four month old start-up, Aviation Painting Services.
The joint venture owners of Aviation Painting Services are planning a $10 million expansion by 2014 to take narrow body jets (which can currently only be painted in Australia). Land next door to its current hi-tech operation at Hamilton International Airport has been earmarked for the expansion.
APS paints turbo-prop passenger and commercial aircraft, light planes and helicopters. Its first job was a commission to paint Eagle Air B1900s black with silver fern livery.

The large format painting booth (32mx32m) can take up to eight aircraft at a time, however demand for the services (New Zealand's only purpose-built aviation painting facility) has seen the operation booked up until the end of the year.


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May 2012

NBR Article – Hamilton: New Zealand’s secret success story?
The former Waikato farming town has blossomed into a city centre of high-tech business, engineering, education and retail.

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Sprawling new suburbs are springing up at its north and south ends, new ring-roads and expressways are being built and new jobs are planned by the thousand.

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May 2012

$3 Billion Inland Port Development
Summary of NBR Article – Hamilton: New Zealand ’s secret success story?


Central to Hamilton’s future is a $3 billion inland port project at Ruakura on the eastern side of the city, next to the planned Waikato Expressway Hamilton bypass, a project that will also cement the role of Tainui, the local iwi, as a major player in the region’s economy.
The port is set to cover 500ha and will ultimately create 6000-10,000 jobs.

Ruakura is seen as complementing Ports of Auckland and Tauranga Port. There will be a small port of 30ha but the rest of the site will feature value-added activities, supply-chain logistics and warehousing, with early stages of development from 2014-15.

These businesses will use state-of-the-art technologies, with staff being skilled operators, using robotics for greatest efficiency, rather than the handpicking unskilled labour of the past.
Such a “step jump in productivity” coupled with lower land and labour costs, with Hamilton being “a great place to live” should be attractive to business, Tainui’s CEO said.


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Tainui’s Future Developments in the CBD and City
Summary of NBR Article – Hamilton: New Zealand ’s secret success story?
Tainui has been developing the Huntington suburb, a 650-section project as well as owning the Ibis and Novotel hotels in Hamilton’s CBD
“We have substantial landholdings in the CBD including our office in Bryce St. We own the land and buildings. We own the land under Centreplace, land under Wintec, the police station, the court house,” Mr Pohio said.
“We bought land and buildings from the old post office in London St, which we will ultimately redevelop. The value of our investments in the CBD is still more than the Base. We are a substantial landholder in the CBD. We have a keen interest in encouraging its growth,” he said.


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May 2012

Architectual Awards Finalists

Among them is the new Cancer Society's Lions Lodge on top of the hill overlooking the lake.





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May 2012

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Telecom's Hamilton call centre could absorb some of 42 Auckland positions which the telco is proposing to cut in a couple of months.
Staff at Telecom's 123 call centre based at the company's Victoria St, Auckland, headquarters were told of the proposal on Wednesday and the Waikato Times understands from one staffer, who asked not to be named, that some of the jobs could end up in Hamilton.
It is not a stretch as Hamilton's call centre, in the CBD, is one of Telecom's largest that handles the company's 123 calls.
Telecom's 140-strong Hamilton call centre manages about 40 per cent of the company's calls. Another 40 per cent are routed to the Philippines with other Kiwi call centres picking up the slack.


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May 2012

Mighty River Power will move into the renovated historic Hamilton Club building on Victoria St when work is done later this year, bringing another 160 corporate roles into the central business district.

Might River Power will then move into the Project Grantham building once completed.






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May 2012

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Over the next six months CTC Hamilton is to add 25 additional flight instructors to its current pool of 43. Recruitment will happen internationally.

CTC trains 200+ commercial pilots a year for airlines such as EasyJet, JetStar, Qatar Airlines, British Airways, etc.

CTC's commercial flight school makes Hamilton Airport one of the top three busiest airports in the country for plane movements.


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May 2012



As someone that splits time between living in Hamilton and also in Sydney, this amused me! Whenever friends come to visit in Sydney they always want to ride the monorail. Although it is a bit of fun, the monorail is hugely impractical and is definitely not set up for commuters (carriages fitting 10 at the most!). Still, it made me laugh!
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Hamilton should buy Sydney's monorail and install it in the city, running from the public library to Hamilton Gardens and back, a resident says.
Grant Stantiall put the plan to city councillors during the final day of submission hearings for the draft long-term plan.
"They had this 'the Tron city of the future' slogan floating around for a while, and maybe we need to think a little bit beyond what we are.
"Monorail has been around forever but no one in New Zealand's got one. I thought why not?"
The 3.6km Sydney monorail is to be dismantled to make room for a new convention centre at Darling Harbour and Mr Stantiall said Hamilton should consider offering "a cheeky price" to bring it to the Waikato as a visitor attraction.
The monorail was at the end of its economic life, according to New South Wales premier Barry O'Farrell whose government bought it for $19.8 million.
Mr Stantiall's submission comes at a time when the council is proposing to sell dozens of assets to repay debts.
But the administration manager said it could be just the ticket to lift Hamilton as a tourist destination.
"It was just an idea pitched there to see if it would spark anyone's imagination."
Once the monorail was up and running Mr Stantiall suggested a co-ordinated water taxi service on the Waikato River, ferrying passengers from a park-and-ride at Flagstaff, in the northern suburbs, to a monorail stop on Grantham St at the southern end of the central business district.

The boats would be for commuters and tourists, providing another transport link between the city and the suburbs, he said.
The 47-year-old acknowledged the submission, which provided no costings, was one of the quirkier received by the council during the week-long hearings.
"If someone decided to take it up and run with it that would be great."
However, Mr Stantiall wasn't expecting councillors to give his submission serious thought.
"I went in there thinking to myself if they ask how much it's going to cost basically the thing would have gone down like a lead balloon.
"But it was just there to maybe inspire some different thoughts about what we can do."

Other unlikely suggestions from submitters included moving Seddon Park cricket ground out of the city to make way for housing, and erecting statues and sculptures to record Waikato history in art for future generations.

The council must adopt the 2012-22 10-year plan by June 29.
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Raglan's new multimillion-dollar wharf building is close to securing two key tenants – but concerns over rent costs continue to linger.
Construction of the $1.9 million wharf building is on track to be finished by July and will replace the old building destroyed by fire in April 2010.
Waikato District Council water and facilities general manager Richard Bax said lease documents were with the Raglan Coastguard and Raglan Seafoods for signing, and discussions were continuing with other prospective tenants.
There are seven separate tenancies, with tenants having the option of letting multiple tenancies.
The building will have 635.5 square metres of leasable space, plus toilets and common areas.
Mr Bax said it was "possible" there could be empty space when the building opened, but was confident it would be fully tenanted this year.
"As with all commercial leases there are always times when tenancies are vacant for a while," he said.
Rents were based on market rates set by a contracted commercial valuer.
Raglan Community Board chairman Rodger Gallagher said some residents had expressed concern over rent costs, but he believed the council had followed standard letting processes.
"The project seems to be going down the right path. It really gets down to the fact this is a working wharf. Obviously the more activity there is on the wharf the better, but the core tenants appear to be there."
Mr Bax said the council was aware some prospective tenants had expressed concern with lease prices but said there was no plan to reduce rates.
"But there is always a negotiation opportunity."
The council would not say how much it charges per square metre, citing commercial sensitivity.
The building is expected to cost the council $1,943,000 and the total project cost, including design work and wharf repair work, $2,893,570.
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May 2012

Tainui Group Holdings starting a $2.5 million redevelopment




Redevelopment at this site.



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The drive to revitalise Hamilton's CBD has moved up a gear with Tainui Group Holdings starting a $2.5 million redevelopment of one of its lower Bryce St properties and luring a new cafe name to the city.
A Joe's Garage outlet and new boutique-style offices for TGH will be ready at 6 Bryce St by the end of the year. The existing aged-brick building on the TGH-owned land is being gutted and rebuilt inside.
TGH chief executive Mike Pohio said having Joe's Garage in Bryce St and the city's award-winning Palate restaurant moving into TGH's riverside building in lower Alma St complemented the recently completed Dining on Bryce development, and improved hospitality in the mid-Victoria St area.
TGH headquarters' move into the rejuvenated building cemented the company's commitment to the CBD, he said.
The developer of Te Rapa's The Base retail precinct plans to lease out its current headquarters off Bryce St behind the new development.
Pohio said TGH had tried to keep the aged bricks on the redeveloped building where it fronts Bryce St, but earthquake-proofing requirements and the enlargement of windows for natural light had meant all the brick exterior walls could not be retained.
A TGH-owned building fronting Bryce St closer to the Waikato River will also be leased out, with the company aiming to create a boutique office cluster in the area, Pohio said.
TGH had been prepared to wait for the right tenant for the new development, and it was good to be able to bring a new business to the region.


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Joe's Garage, which markets itself as a home of good coffee and food, great music and "fringy" magazines, started in Queenstown in the old Post Office sorting room/garage 12 years ago, and is now in five lower North Island and South Island locations.
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PWC's new 5 level office building finally begins the construction

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It has sat empty for the past 17 years – save for a brief period when it was home to a giant pile of sand – but now the block of land on the corner of Ward and Anglesea streets is finally a construction site.
Work on the Citygate project started yesterday, and by June next year a five-level gleaming glass building, inspired by greenstone and designed in the shape of a triangle, will be open and ready for business with a mix of retail and office space.
On hand to give the final plans the once over yesterday was Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker, a long-term and vocal supporter of the project.
"Citygate is an exciting example of innovative urban design and we're pleased to see construction getting under way," she said.
Citygate has been developed by McConnell Property, which has already secured PricewaterhouseCoopers as its anchor tenant.
The development is expected to be fully occupied by the completion date, development manager Aidan Donnelly said.
The corner development will create street level retail opportunities, with businesses such as book shops, pharmacies and cafes expected to open.
Citygate's visible presence in the city was deliberate, Mr Donnelly said.
"The striking building and the sunny north-facing plaza will become a landmark for the CBD.
"More than 300 Citygate workers, 20,000 Wintec students and staff, and the Hamilton people will be able to enjoy the many benefits of these new and inspiring spaces."
Mrs Hardaker said the project was good for Hamilton's future.
"This development is a strong show of confidence in Hamilton and it is a significant contribution to our plans to drive investment into the CBD."
Wintec chief executive Mark Flowers believed the development, being right on Wintec's doorstep, was "extremely positive".
"It will open up our campus further to the heart of Hamilton City," he said.
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May 2012

Up to 70 new jobs for Hamilton CBD - New Nationwide Service Centre





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A major restructure aimed at saving $7.5 million is about to drop at the Conservation Department.
Ninety-six fulltime positions will disappear across the country on July 1 but Hamilton is an anomaly in terms of employment, and stands to benefit.
The regional Waikato conservancy, on the corner of Rostrevor and Harwood streets, has 33 positions and that number will drop to the mid teens.
The big change comes with the creation of one of the three nationwide service centres in the same building.
When the restructure kicks in, 40 new staff will be based in Hamilton and that number could rise to 70 as reorganisation kinks are ironed out.
New space will also be leased in the building, taking the area to two floors.
The other service centres will be in Wellington and Christchurch, which will replace the 12 conservancies dotted around New Zealand.
Their services will include legal, planning, permits, science and technical advice, as well as financial processing.

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May 2012

New European Style Garden Centre coming to Hamilton


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Palmers is bringing a European-inspired new concept in garden centres to Hamilton.
Hamilton’s store will be similar to the new Palmers Planet store in Albany, customers will not only be able to buy plants and get garden inspiration, but also visit a florist, shop for home wares, outdoor furniture, jewellery and gifts in the large retail area, and relax in the spacious licensed cafe while their children burn off steam in the playground.
"It's the first time a true European-style garden centre has opened in New Zealand," says Janalle McMeekin, Marketing Manager for Palmers. "Kiwis have become used to finding a cafe nestled into a corner of their local garden store, but the Palmers Planet store will take this a step further.
"It will be a pleasant destination in itself, for gardeners, shoppers and casual diners. This is a trend that's sweeping Europe - particularly the UK and The Netherlands - as time-poor people gravitate towards one-stop shopping.
"At Palmers Planet, shoppers will be able to tick a bunch of items off their lists at once, from picking up a pot plant to buying a gift, and then stop for lunch, a coffee or even a glass of wine."

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May 2012

What does a 41,700m2 glasshouse look like?

Well, like this one in Hamilton...


Just past Avalon Drive in Hamilton, it is used for an orchid exporting operation.
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I just wanted to share this photo (sorry not development related!), thought it was pretty cool:
NASA pilot Colonel Eric Boe unfurled the flag during the space ship Discovery's historic flight last month as the craft passed in orbit high above Hamilton, New Zealand.


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Hamilton's development shifts focus to the south


I think this is great news, the land at the south is far more interesting and hilly, will create some interesting suburbs over the next 10-20 years.
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Agreements have finally been struck over residential development on Hamilton's southern flanks, paving the way for suburbs eventually housing 20,000 people.
In the past three days the Environment Court has sealed an agreement resolving outstanding dissent over the proposed Peacocke Structure Plan, which as Variation 14 of the city's district plan provides a planning context for a major new growth area.
City real estate agent Colin Jones, representing two major landowners in the Peacockes area, told the Times that talks were already under way with "some big players" about developing significant portions, including a commercial centre and housing.
"You're talking $100million worth of land, and another $100m-to-$150m to develop. This is huge. It will rebalance the city, Ruakura is going to come on stream, Peacockes, Rotokauri and Rototuna, so there'll be a lot more choice for people to consider.
"It will be a combination of medium-density housing, and a mix of affordable housing with some quite exclusive housing along some of the areas of river frontage," he said.
A commercial centre on a similar scale to the existing Rototuna centre is also planned.
City planning manager Robert Hodges said that effectively "it's all done and dusted".
"There's no longer any uncertainty about how the planning rules will be applied and it actually allows urban development to go ahead provided some strategic bits of infrastucture are put in place.
"You've got to have a bridge across the Waikato River to hook it into the city's road network, and a wastewater connection as well," he said.
"Those are significant things obviously, but it frees the way for development to go ahead provided those are in place. They would need to be funded by developers at this point in time because they are not part of council's long-term-plan programme.
"But those developers fully understand that situation," Mr Hodges said.
Even once the major infrastructure was provided, a comprehensive master plan would need to be completed, including for some specific neighbourhoods with significant gully systems, which would then be subject to the resource consent process, he said.
The council has been trying to resolve the cluster of Environment Court appeals by landowners and other interested parties of Variation 14 for the past two years.
Mr Jones said he believed the council's removal from infrastructure funding would prevent development bottlenecks he said had contributed to high section prices.
"Ten years ago you could buy a section in Huntington for $70,000-to-$90,000. Now it's $180,000-to-$200,000. One of the major factors has been council acting as a gatekeeper on infrastructure development in order for developers to release more sections."
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June 2012

Worley Place Shared Zone Opens


Looking South
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The opening of the Worley Place shared zone marked the conclusion of the CityHeart project. Other developments included the upgrading of Victoria St, Garden Place, Ward St, Worley Pl and the Garden Place car park over the past few years.
Mayor Julie Hardaker said shared zones were part of several other New Zealand cities. “I’d like to thank businesses and the public for their patience as we’ve worked through the various stages of this big project over a number of years,” Mayor Hardaker said. “The work is now finished and it is great to see how good Garden Place and the rest of the central city are looking.”
The opening of the shared zone also coincided with the alteration of Ward St between Worley Pl and Victoria St which has seen the road converted into two-way.
Drawing of Completed Design Looking North:


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[SIZE=5]The TechHUB Opens in Hamilton
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A new technology hub opened last month:


Photos courtesy the TechHub's website and facebook site (photographer: K.Raggett)
The Tech Hub is tenanted by specialists in the fields of
electrical, electronic and electro-technology industries. Currently tenanted by eight different companies, I understand there is room for more within the new hub.

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Waikato Snooker and 8 Ball Club





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New Zealand Food Innovation construction project completed

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New Zealand’s first and only independent product development spray dryer – known as NZ Food Innovation Waikato - is open for business.
The $11 million product development spray dryer facility, primarily funded by Innovation Waikato Ltd, is the Waikato component of the Government-sponsored New Zealand Food Innovation Network.
Construction of the facility was completed in late April 2012 and took just eight months to take it from a bare paddock to a fully operational plant. “We believe this is the fastest build of its type in the world,” says Plant Manager, Dave Shute.
Mr Shute and his team have spent the past month commissioning and testing. The first fresh milk was converted to powder on 25 May.
Mr Shute says the commissioning has gone very smoothly.
“I’ve been working in dairy factories for 20 years and I can say we’ve probably had the smoothest commissioning process of any factory in New Zealand. Of course, our small size had a bit to do with this.
“We will spend the next month ironing out any small glitches we’ve found and we’ll be ready to start processing our first product in July,” says Mr Shute.
Hamilton-based Dairy Goat Co-operative has committed to utilising the plant and up to eight new Dairy Goat Co-op staff will work on site. The company is using the dryer facility as extra capacity to meet expansion requirements.
“The Dairy Goat Co-operative’s commitment was a critical factor in creating the commercial case, and gaining government funding and approval to build the plant as a true Private Public Partnership,” explains Mr Shute.
CEO of the Dairy Goat Co-operative, Dave Stanley, says the project is a win-win-win for those involved.
“Not only did our backing help the Park get the project off the ground, but it also provides Dairy Goat Co-operative with valuable extra processing capacity when our milk flow is at its peak.
“And finally, there are many smaller producers out there – both in milk processing industries and others – who will also experience a win through this project. It gives them a place to do research and development as well as process smaller batches of products that just can’t be done in larger factories,” says Mr Stanley.
Dave Shute says the Co-operative’s commitment “gives NZ Food Innovation Waikato an excellent source of initial revenue while also allowing us the breathing space we need to get further customers on board.”

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NZ Food Innovation Waikato is looking for commitments from companies that want to research and develop new spray dried food products in the pilot plant. Mr Shute says it is talking with specialty milk producers as well as companies looking to spray dry fruit and vegetable extracts.
NZ Food Innovation Waikato offers potential for specialty milk producers, in particular, to innovate. The facility creates opportunity for companies who are ready to scale up a new spray-dried product to commercial production.
Mr Shute says the long-term strategy for the plant is to expand the spray dryer’s capability to manufacture infant formula.
“We are currently receiving several calls each week from companies enquiring about our ability to process infant formula. Many of these companies are exporting into China, where demand for infant formula is exploding. This is definitely in our long term plans for NZ Food Innovation Waikato,” says Mr Shute.

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Finance for the spray dryer came from Innovation Waikato Ltd debt and a Government grant of $3.95 million. Its capacity is one-half tonne/hour, making it one of the smallest commercial spray dryers in the world.


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June 2012

Record numbers attend Hamilton's 2012 Fielddays



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A record number of people attended the Fieldays that wound up this afternoon at Mystery Creek in Hamilton.
Just over 128,000 people went through the exhibitions showcasing new products and technologies for farmers.
Chief executive Jon Calder says some of the exhibitors are reporting huge sales numbers."Last year's exhibitor survey shows that we've generated something in the vicinity of $430 million in sales and there's certainly an improved air of confidence across our exhibitor base so I'd be pretty confident we've exceeded that target."
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June 2012

WRC needs a lot more office space in the CBD



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Waikato Regional Council is assessing dozens of office blocks around Hamilton to accommodate its growing operation after plans to build a new $34 million building in the city were shelved.
The regional council pays more than $600,000 a year in rent for 15 properties. Most of the money goes towards buildings in Hamilton because the council's headquarters at 401 Grey St is ill-equipped to house growing staff numbers and has leak problems, according to information released to the Herald under the Official Information Act.
But the seven extra buildings in Hamilton are not enough for the council's 416 staff and it is looking at leasing more properties to accommodate 33 new staff being employed from next month and to house existing staff while $1.6 million of remedial work is carried out on the leaky headquarters.
Last month the council shelved plans to build a $34 million headquarters on council-owned land on the corner of Cook and Grey Sts for two years after council chief executive Bob Laing said it should wait for the outcome of the local government reform before going ahead with it.
The council's corporate services manager, Junine Stewart, said the rationale for the council to develop a new building on one site was to reduce accommodation costs related to multiple services.
Already two short-term leases have been signed for buildings near the headquarters in Grey St while the leaky building is repaired and two more are being considered in Grey St and Beale St along with various other options around Hamilton.
A longer-term lease on a Victoria St premises has also been signed to address overspill and house new staff.
The council is also considering 12 large premises it could lease in central Hamilton for all its staff.
Meanwhile, the council is still searching for a site in or around Tuakau for the proposed northern depot which would focus on draining and flood protection.
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June 2012

150+ New Jobs for Hamilton's CBD
EQC Government Roles


A new Earthquake Commission centre in Hamilton will bring more than 150 jobs to the city.
EQC national claims manager Gail Kettle said the new centre, on London St, is scheduled to open in late August with more than 150 claims advisors and staff in support and management roles.
The operations were previously outsourced in Australia.
''By processing in Hamilton, we capture cost savings through better integration with out other operations in New Zealand, and we also get the benefits of local knowledge,'' she said.
One of the reasons claims processing had been offshore was so there would always be a secure office, no matter where an earthquake occurred in New Zealand.


More great news for the central city and Hamilton generally. The new EQC centre is a further boost for the city's office space landlord
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I would have to add it up, but with all the new announcements (over the last 2 months) of new staff for the CBD it must be 1000+ (AA, Dept Conservation, Victoria on the River occupants, new Skycity hotel, Citygate occupants, Mighty River Power staff, WRC staff, etc). Great great news!

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June 2012

Boutique Le Grand Hotel attracts international hotel chains
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It seems that there is strong interest in Le Grand Hotel from overseas hotel operators. The boutique 39 room hotel is Heritage A Listed, built in 1925 and last redeveloped in the mid 90s.







If bought by a hotel chain I imagine it would be redeveloped back to a 4 or 5 star level.

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June 2012

Tainui commercial assets rise to $700 million

Waikato property investor Tainui Group Holdings, has declared a record $11 million dividend at the end of its 10th year of operations. The combined after-tax profits of TGH and the tribal fishing venture, Waikato-Tainui Fisheries, rose 40 percent to $20.7 million, boosted by a near 60 percent increase in revenue from completed hotel and large scale retail complex developments to $54.8 million.
Combined investment in both was worth $210 million and took tribal commercial assets managed by TGH to $700 million, while gearing fell slightly to 26 percent.

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June 2012

Tainui’s next major project – looking for commercial partners to build $3 billion port in Hamilton


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The iwi is now looking for commercial partners to build a new “inland port” on a strategically located 500 hectare site in Ruakura, adjoining major rail and trucking routes. The project will be developed over three to four decades and is estimated to require $3 billion of investment.
TGH chief executive Mike Pohio said “TGH is a very long term investor,” and is “committed to further deep investments in the Waikato economy.”

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June 2012

Tainui to build $15 million auto centre at the Base



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Tainui are planning a new $15m auto precinct at Hamilton's The Base. The development will provide a range of vehicle services, such as cleaning, tyres, warrants of fitness, muffler and brake workshops.
It is hoped that customers will shop, eat or go to the cinema while their vehicles are being worked on. The development of "the highest standards" will go up next to Heathcote Appliances and house eight businesses providing jobs for between 50 and 75 people.
Foundations will be laid at the end this year, and it is expected to be open for business about the end of the first quarter of next year.
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100+ Year Old Heritage Hamilton Club Move Update:

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July 2012

New public link between Grantham Street and River:



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July 2012

Update on Torpedo7’s $100million Project


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Torpedo7, recognised last year as one of New Zealand's fastest-growing companies with revenue of $100 million, announced in October a plan for a $100m complex at Hamilton's airport after buying 12 hectares at the new Titanium Park.


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Torpedo7 had indicated to McConnell Group, which is jointly developing the business park with the airport, that it would start building in April.

Louden said no start date had been decided, as a "very robust rescoping project" for the site was under way as the business was "moving and changing so much".

Torpedo7 had recently launched a new online footwear retail business Urban Daddy, which would change the demand on warehousing needs, he said.

Torpedo7 employs just under 200 staff in Hamilton and is spread across six warehouses in the city.

McConnell Group spokesman Aidan Donnelly said the sale of the airport land to Torpedo7 had been settled.
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July 2012

Hamilton struggling with enough office space to supply the demand from national corporates



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Hamilton is struggling to satisfy new demand from national companies and corporates for office space that passes seismic reports as the earthquake safety of buildings continues to top their shopping list, real estate brokers say.
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NAI Harcourts managing director Mike Neale said there was more office inquiry activity than in several years, with companies looking to set up branches in the city but discovering that unless they were quick they missed out because of the shortage.

"We are seeing some significant decisions being made to relocate, with companies saying `we can get economies of scale with smaller space but it must be new'," Neale said.
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Lodge Real Estate commercial manager Nigel Corkill said there was plenty of inquiry in the market, with businesses looking to contract and expand.


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July 2012

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Waikato shoppers spend money more frequently

[IMG][/IMG] DRAWCARD: Waikato shoppers have been spending more at retail outlets in places such as The Base Shopping Centre at Te Rapa.


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July 2012

$25m proposal for airport

Hamilton Airport is proposing the Government pays $25 million to extend its runway so the city can be the North Island alternative for big jets if a tsunami or other disaster hits Auckland Airport. Airport company chairman John Birch believes Hamilton Airport would be a "national asset" in the event of a calamity such as a plane crash, a terminal fire or a natural disaster closing Auckland Airport for an extended period. The only airports currently able to take long-haul aircraft are Christchurch and Auckland. "If a disaster should befall Auckland there is only Ohakea, which is six or seven hours drive south; Wellington, which is about the same length as us; Whenuapai which is only 10 kilometres from Auckland Airport in a straight line and could be affected by the same event; and Christchurch.

The impact on the national infrastructure of shuffling people north from there is not a realistic proposition," Mr Birch said. "It is something the country needs to look at and make a decision about." The airport company, owned by Waikato local councils, has discussed the idea with local MPs, its shareholders, and briefed some government agencies including the Transport Ministry, the agency that would have to do the required risk assessment. The company is developing an economic case to support a formal proposal to Cabinet ministers, Mr Birch said. The airport already has resource consent, subject to three appeals, to extend the runway to 2900 metres. This would enable the airport to handle all long-haul aircraft, including the new Boeing 777 and 788, but not the Airbus 380s, he said. It would mean Waikato people could fly directly from Hamilton to Europe, the US and Asia.

They can now fly only to Australia from the city. But the airport company itself has no business case to extend the runaway at an estimated cost of $25m. It would take only four-long haul aircraft visits a week to provide the downstream economic benefits that would justify the region spending this amount, Mr Birch said. Auckland Airport handles 21,000 visitors a day, who are estimated to generate $1500 each for the economy, a total of $31m, he said. The proposal would be for the Government to pay for the runway extension and the airport company to pay it back either under a usage agreement or a one-off payment in perhaps 20 years. Mr Birch said the $25m would cover the runway extension, new apron cost and lights, but not terminal facilities.


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July 2012

Amazing Stuff Happening in Hamilton .....



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July 2012

$14 Million CBD-Finge 'Village' Project to Start August



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A $14 million residential development planned for Frankton is being hailed as the desirable "urban design" Hamilton needs for the future, putting people first and the motor vehicle in its place - behind the house.

Queens Park, on 1.7 hectares fronting Queens Ave and Fraser St, one block back from the city's Lake Rotoroa and walking distance to the CBD and Frankton, will feature 38 stand-alone homes, tree-lined streets, a village green and discreet garages.

Developer Andrew Yeoman, who bought the vacant site from Tainui Group Holdings, said the design harks back to "good" suburbs such as Hamilton East, where house fronts, not garages, overlook the street, acting as a deterrent to prowlers and burglars.

"It's crime prevention through environmental design. You don't have garages with 6 to 7 metres of blank wall looking out on the street. Garages will be tucked away in service lanes, as they should be," he said.

"In Hamilton East, you can walk everywhere you need to go."

"Character" houses of varying sizes will come in weatherboard and brick, and roofs will be long-run and tile. They will start at $350,000 for three bedrooms, one bathroom and double garage. Mr Yeoman said "in-fill" housing close to the city should be the way of the future for Hamilton.

Offering residents the opportunity to work and play within walking distance of their homes, they were a counterfoil to the "urban sprawl" to the north.

"It's healthier to live in in-fill areas, there is less traffic pollution, petrol costs, walking is good [for weight loss] and it's important for the city if we want to keep rates down.

"It's so expensive to install and maintain all that new infrastructure out there [in the northern suburbs]."

Mr Yeoman is not concerned at starting a major housing project in a continuing economic downturn.

He said he has people waiting to buy the houses as they go up and is confident that as the Hamilton house market is usually about a year behind Auckland, come spring the city market will sharpen. The project has resource consent, with construction of the first house, a show home, starting within a month.
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July 2012

An update on this story:

New $6 million Palmers European-style Concept Store for Hamilton

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New European Style Garden Centre coming to Hamilton | Palmers is bringing a European-inspired new concept in garden centres to Hamilton.


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Hamilton suburb Rototuna is to get the country's second new Palmers European-style concept store, a $6 million development aiming to lure as many serious homeware shoppers as keen gardeners.
The store, Palmers Planet, is due to open in September next year on the corner site at Horsham Downs and Thomas roads, alongside the existing Countdown supermarket and a planned McDonald's, and opposite a planned mixed-use office, apartment, retail and hospitality development. It will create around 30 full time equivalent jobs.
The first Palmers Planet opens in Albany, north of Auckland this September.
Palmers Franchise Systems general manager Garry Stone said the 1000 sqm new-style store would offer decor, gifts, outdoor furniture, clothing and possibly jewellery, as well the gardening outlet, a cafe to seat up to 90, and a florist.
"It will still be a garden centre, very much so, but retail will be far more dominant."
Palmers will build the store for around $4m, and is selling the franchise for around $2m.
Mr Stone said there was plenty of interest from prospective franchisees, but Palmers was being "quite particular" in its choice of operator.
"We want good retailers, they will need a retail background, whereas in the past they've needed an interest in gardening," he said.
"But here, it will be critical to have someone experienced in operating large retail with three big components."
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July 2012

Council speeds up Tainui Port build by 5 years

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City councillors have backed a rule change clearing away a possible five-year delay to Tainui's Ruakura inland port plans.
Council lawyers hadrecommended amending rules banning commercial and industrial development in Ruakura inherited from Waikato District.
The change was to resolve a long-running Environment Court appeal of the ban by dairying giant Fonterra and allows Tainui to start seeking consents.
Under the ban its port consent applications would have been declined.
The area affected by the amendment was inherited from Waikato District last year but remained subject to its rural planning rules, banning commercial and industrial development.
The city's draft district plan has far different intentions for the area, but remains unadopted and subject to appeal, possibly for five years or more.
Under the Resource Management Act, city lawyers Tompkins Wake advised council, any interim consent applications, weighed against the draft plan but more importantly, the current rules, would have to have been declined.
Amending the rules to make commercial and industrial activities such as those being proposed by Tainui Group Holdings and Chedworth Properties descretionary, allows - but does not guarantee - consent applications.
Councillor Martin Gallagher sought an assurance from staff the decision would not lock the city into agreeing to the inland port
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July 2012

Retirement village proposal for carpark

A large-scale retirement village with a rest home, hospice, medical centre and retail shops is being proposed for the Hamilton City Council-owned Sonning carpark near Claudelands Bridge. Hopper Developments this week unveiled its initial concept for the site to council management to gauge whether it meets the council's desired outcomes. City managers told Hopper Developments they would consider the idea and discuss it with the councillors. The Orewa-based developer, which was behind the Pauanui and Whitianga Waterways and Maygrove Retirement Village in Orewa, holds a two-year investigation licence to look at the feasibility and economic viability of developing the 9760sq m carpark. The licence expires at the start of 2014.

Sonning carpark was one of four sites - including Victoria on the River and the site behind Arts Post - which the council put on the market last year in a bid to attract development in the city. The site has a capital value of $1.425 million and is used by commuters during the week and the Hamilton Farmers Market on a Sunday. Hopper director Evans Young said the concept included walkways through the site to link Claudelands Event Centre with the CBD, which was in line with the council's city strategy. "We are at very early stages where we are just doing a block-up of how things could be done, how things could work and seeking some feedback before we go any further down any particular paths," Mr Young said.

The developer had considered a range of ideas for the site before putting the retirement concept forward. While it was too early to say how many people the village would house, Mr Young pointed to Auckland, where there appeared to be a new model for high-density retirement villages. It was also likely the retail development linked to the site would target services for the village's residents. The firm has already opened one retirement village in Orewa, and has resource consents for two more. Hamilton City Council events and economic development general manager Sean Murray confirmed that Hopper Developments met staff about developing the site as part of ongoing informal discussions around selling some of the council's property.

The council declined to comment further, but Mayor Julie Hardaker said there had been limited discussions between the two parties about plans for the site and no proposal had been put forward at this stage. "It's very much in its infancy." Last month, McConnell Property was given the green light over its plans to buy the council-owned Victoria on the River site and build a contemporary 5000sq m office block with two basement levels of carparking, a cafe and restaurant.

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July 2012

CBD's next big project?

Could this proposed high density project be the next $50-$100+million project for the CBD?




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A large-scale retirement village with a rest home, hospice, medical centre and retail shops is being proposed for the Hamilton City Council-owned Sonning carpark near Claudelands Bridge.

Hopper Developments this week unveiled its initial concept for the site to council management to gauge whether it meets the council's desired outcomes.

City managers told Hopper Developments they would consider the idea and discuss it with the councillors.

The Orewa-based developer, which was behind the Pauanui and Whitianga Waterways and Maygrove Retirement Village in Orewa, holds a two-year investigation licence to look at the feasibility and economic viability of developing the 9760sq m carpark. The licence expires at the start of 2014.

Sonning carpark was one of four sites - including Victoria on the River and the site behind Arts Post - which the council put on the market last year in a bid to attract development in the city.

The site has a capital value of $1.425 million and is used by commuters during the week and the Hamilton Farmers Market on a Sunday.

Hopper director Evans Young said the concept included walkways through the site to link Claudelands Event Centre with the CBD, which was in line with the council's city strategy.

"We are at very early stages where we are just doing a block-up of how things could be done, how things could work and seeking some feedback before we go any further down any particular paths," Mr Young said.



The developer had considered a range of ideas for the site before putting the retirement concept forward.

While it was too early to say how many people the village would house, Mr Young pointed to Auckland, where there appeared to be a new model for high-density retirement villages.

It was also likely the retail development linked to the site would target services for the village's residents.

The firm has already opened one retirement village in Orewa, and has resource consents for two more.

Hamilton City Council events and economic development general manager Sean Murray confirmed that Hopper Developments met staff about developing the site as part of ongoing informal discussions around selling some of the council's property.

The council declined to comment further, but Mayor Julie Hardaker said there had been limited discussions between the two parties about plans for the site and no proposal had been put forward at this stage.

"It's very much in its infancy."

Last month, McConnell Property was given the green light over its plans to buy the council-owned Victoria on the River site and build a contemporary 5000sq m office block with two basement levels of carparking, a cafe and restaurant.
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July 2012


Palmers' 'concept' store




Hamilton suburb Rototuna is to get the country's second new Palmers European-style concept store, a $6 million development aiming to lure as many serious homeware shoppers as keen gardeners. The store, Palmers Planet, is due to open in September next year on the corner site at Horsham Downs and Thomas roads, alongside the existing Countdown supermarket and a planned McDonald's, and opposite a planned mixed-use office, apartment, retail and hospitality development. It will create around 30 full time equivalent jobs.

The first Palmers Planet opens in Albany, north of Auckland this September. Palmers Franchise Systems general manager Garry Stone said the 1000 sqm new-style store would offer decor, gifts, outdoor furniture, clothing and possibly jewellery, as well the gardening outlet, a cafe to seat up to 90, and a florist. "It will still be a garden centre, very much so, but retail will be far more dominant." Palmers will build the store for around $4m, and is selling the franchise for around $2m. Mr Stone said there was plenty of interest from prospective franchisees, but Palmers was being "quite particular" in its choice of operator. "We want good retailers, they will need a retail background, whereas in the past they've needed an interest in gardening," he said. "But here, it will be critical to have someone experienced in operating large retail with three big components."

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July 2012

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Found this on my friend's Facebook page.

Some building over looking River Road and Waikato River.
Prett nice I would say.

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Hamilton's Population Projects (2011-2041)

Waikato University produced a http://www.futureproof.org.nz/file/hcc_subregion_finalreport.pdf"]report [/URL]on population projects for Hamilton's urban area. A little bit of calculation produced this:



It will be interesting to see if these projections comes true. I suspect they are understated and growth will be larger. Population statistics for the region have continually been understated for the last 20 years, I don't know why, but the modelling used by the professionals seems to ignore macro factors such as the drift north, house affordability, city development, etc. Either way though, big growth is coming, with no less than a quarter million in 10 years!

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August 2012

$1m Zeal Creative Arts Hub For CBD To Open 2013

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Zeal, a national youth organisation, is setting up an after-school retreat on Victoria St for Hamilton teens aged 13-18 years.
The venue will include a performing space, a recording studio, band rehearsal rooms, a dance studio and a cafe.
Workshops and classes, from barista training to technical filming, will be run by industry professionals that offer their time and services for free.
It will be the third Zeal location established in 13 years, with two others set up in Wellington and West Auckland. Zeal chief executive Brook Turner said the central city location was chosen because of the high youth activity, and its close proximity to schools and the Hamilton Transport Centre.
Mr Turner said Zeal's arts focus was an alternative but "strengthening" way to reach out to young people.
The Hamilton facility is expected to be open by July next year.


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August 2012

Hamilton's Future as Economic Powerhouse

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A glimpse of Hamilton as it could be in 40 years will be available next week.
Mayor Julie Hardaker and Tainui Group Holdings chief executive Mike Pohio will outline their visions for the city's future in a free public lecture.
As part of the University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series, the look-to-the-future address will focus on the 500 ha inland port planned at Ruakura.
Mayor Julie Hardaker will present a big picture view of the city's future.
She's driving a plan to make Hamilton a river city and like Mr Pohio sees potential in becoming the North Island's main commercial hub.
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August 2012

Urban Design 1# Consideration in $14 Million Housing Development
I saw this article and have abridged it for this forum, some interesting approaches in it, and shows the type of developers that are fast tracking Hamilton’s development.

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Monopoly, naturally, was the favourite childhood game of emerging young Hamilton housing developer Andrew Yeoman.

By 19 he had bought, renovated and sold his first house, and by the time he graduated from Waikato University with a double business major in finance and strategic planning, he had bought and sold several properties and learned how to use other people's money to drive his passion for real estate.

Now 31, Yeoman has several residential building developments on the go with price tags carrying several zeroes, and is about to start on his “baby” and most ambitious project yet - a $14 million 38-house development in Frankton.

With its garages tucked into the rear of houses and accessed from discreet service lanes, the in-fill development on the corner of Queens Avenue and Fraser St embodies the principles of good modern “urban design” says Yeoman.

Queens Park will be Yeoman's two-fingered salute to the sprawl of Rototuna, a housing concept he loathes for its homage to the car, with huge garages facing the streets, parents forced to take their children everywhere by car because of its distance from everything, and sections he swears only a lawnmower runs over.

The 1.7 hectare project is a result of Yeoman's “ah ha” career moment.
He confesses to having built “boring” Rototuna houses too, but after being introduced to the principles around urban design and books on the subject by fellow developer and Waikato Property Council member Kevin Honiss, he had the developer's equivalent of an epiphany.

“He's a fantastic guy, I really look up to him. He got me interested in urban design. That was an eye-opener for me - that was my ‘ah ha' moment. The Queens Avenue project could have turned out completely different if I hadn't talked to Kevin.”
LINK [/URL]for the rest of article.

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August 2012

Kiwi Air (or similar) to rise from the ashes?

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Well VA may be departing in October, but is there a place for a charter service? Say two return flights a week to Gold Coast and two return flights a week to Sydney? I can't see why not.

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The man who blazed the trail for international flights from Hamilton is hinting he may step into the breach left by Virgin Australia's withdrawal.
Kiwi Air founder and Hamilton city councillor Ewan Wilson has told the Waikato Times there is a proven niche for a charter operator flying seasonal trans-Tasman flights and he would be "making some calls".
Mr Wilson said that the withdrawal of international flights "pumping tens of millions of dollars a year into the Waikato economy" was a massive loss.
"The immediate step for the city and region is to find a replacement."
However, it was also "incredibly exciting news for any entrepreneur wanting to launch charter services out of a gateway like Hamilton," he said.
Pressed as to whether he would seriously consider re-entering the aviation industry 16 years after the collapse of Kiwi Air, Mr Wilson said he was "certainly going to make some phone calls. Regular passenger flights would always be vulnerable but a charter operator who runs seasonal flights would do well".
Kiwi was famous for pioneering low cost "peanuts and cola" charter services in the New Zealand market, but collapsed after its successes goaded Air New Zealand into full-on competition with scheduled trans-Tasman services.
Mr Wilson said it may be possible to charter spare capacity on other carriers to operate trans-Tasman services out of Hamilton, removing the need for an operator to find their own planes and staff, and lowering market entry costs.
"I'm an entrepreneur, I love aviation and this city. There was always a market, it's about whether you can develop that niche and if it isn't me it will be somebody else. You wouldn't do regular passenger transport," he said.
"The barrier to entry is relatively low, and that system works perfectly if you're only doing one or two flights a week. We did a lot of things wrong with Kiwi, but if we'd stuck to that very simple model, it was effective," he said.
"The internet has revolutionised things since Kiwi. In those days I had 70 reservation staff and a $100,000 telephone bill per month. I could run that now with three reservations staff and phone costs of four grand a month."
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August 2012

Growing demand for CBD Offices
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More stringent earthquake codes could help to revitalise Hamilton central city, a commercial property specialist says.

Lodge Real Estate commercial property managing director Nigel Corkill said though it may be costly to upgrade city buildings to comply with expected building standard changes, it will improve the quality of buildings in the city and bring new life to it.
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Expansion of commercial and industrial spaces in the outlying suburbs of the city like Te Rapa and Chartwell has left both new and upgraded office spaces open to support the growth of those businesses and the expansion of their support staff.

But the demand is for better quality office accommodation, which supports the major commercial hub which Hamilton is growing into, whereas lower grade accommodation buildings are becoming marginalised, Corkill said.

"It's the accommodation at the bottom of the pile that something has to happen with, and that is either completely redevelop, knock it over or do something new with it." He pointed to the three office buildings still in construction and pre-construction phases in the central city - Project Grantham, City Gate and Victoria on the River - as boosts to the city's building standards with commitments to higher earthquake standards and sustainability.

"You'll see life come into the city if more people come back to the new office buildings. It's a challenging time because you're trying to get the mix right . . . but it's exciting."
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August 2012

Hamilton Plane Manufacturer Breaks into Chinese Market with first $37 million deal
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Growth to come, good news
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Hamilton planemaker Pacific Aerospace has broken into the monster emerging China general aviation market, selling 15 aircraft in a deal worth about $37 million.

The airport-based company a year ago had to lay off 27 people because of falling sales due to the economic downturn, and though chief executive Damian Camp said it was too early to know if the Chinese deal could see hiring start again, the potential sales numbers around the China market "look quite silly".

The Chinese Government had cited general aviation - all aviation other than commercial, military and passenger - as a key growth sector, Camp said.

"No-one really knows how big the market could be other than it will be really big.

"There's a lot of infrastructure issues to work out yet because general aviation does not exist in China currently."

Pacific Aerospace's first customer in China is Xi'an Yanliang National Aviation High-Tech Industrial Base (CAIB).

CAIB will be its partner and exclusive sales representative for sales of Pacific Aerospace's P-750s XSTOL aircraft in China, which the Hamilton company promotes as the world's best short takeoff and landing single-engine plane.

The deal is for Pacific Aerospace to supply 15 of the aircraft over the next three years.

The process of getting the aircraft certified in China is under way, and Camp is hopeful the first five aircraft can be delivered after Christmas. There were no plans to shift manufacturing from Hamilton.

Camp said CAIB approached Pacific Aerospace after China started "putting feelers out" for help in creating a general aviation sector.

In China it was "all about choosing the right partner" and it was encouraging that CAIB had been prepared to invest in the P-750s, he said.

"It's a very good first step for us into what could be a significant market.

"It's a good step towards growth."

Pacific Aerospace, which still employs more than 100 people, has been designing and manufacturing rugged, high performance utility aircraft for 60 years.

The P-750 XSTOL is its flagship product.

It is operating in demanding global aviation environments including Nepal, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Africa.

It takes just 220 metres to take off carrying a load of 1905 kilograms, which is more than its empty weight of 1497kg.

The aircraft is being used for freight, passenger, aerial survey and surveillance, medical evacuation, agriculture and skydiving operations in 16 countries. Its long-range wing gives it a 2183km range which is ideal for China, Camp said.

Shaanxi province-based CAIB was established eight years ago by the national state council, the first national-level aviation base.
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August 2012

Hamilton Experiences 7.3% Yearly Growth in Guest Night Demands

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Strong growth in Hamilton’s guest nights. I am looking forward to SkyCity’s announcement over the next couple days. Hopefully they will announce they are building their new flashy hotel.

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The latest Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM) statistics showed the Waikato region, including Hamilton, experienced a 4.4 per cent increase in guest nights for the year to June 30, compared with the national decrease of 0.2 per cent.

The region did particularly well in the month of June, where there was a 12.6 per cent increase in guest nights on June 2011’s figures. Hamilton and Waikato Tourism chief executive Kiri Goulter said the growth was ‘‘very positive’’.

"This is a fantastic result in what has been a challenging year for the industry, with a combination of strong business tourism and sport-related events including Rugby World Cup, the filming of The Hobbit movies at Hobbiton movie set, regional campaigns and an extended summer season attributing to the increases,’’ she said.

Ms Goulter was also pleased about the growth that specific areas within the region achieved, specifically Hamilton city with a 7.3 per cent increase and the Matamata Piako area with a 6.4 per cent increase


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Hamilton from above
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August 2012

Tainui upcoming plans in Hamilton:

  • 50,000m2 more space at the Base (Retail/Health/Auto/Hotel/Parking)
  • First Ruakura commercial buildings completed at Port by 2014/2015

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August 2012

Well it is sort of a construction project!
Chipmunks opens three storey indoor playground in Hamilton
Largest in New Zealand
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Looks fun! Opened last month.

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August 2012

Very Strong Demand for Hamilton's CBD Office Space


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Despite 3 new mid rise office buildings being built in 2013, demand for Hamilton's office space keeps on going up. Perhaps more buildings will be needed in the coming year.

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Vacant space in Hamilton's CBD office supply fell 1 per cent in the six months to June, new survey results show.
The survey, a collaborative biannual report produced by CB Richard Ellis and NAI Harcourts, showed that overall inner city office vacancy rates fell from 10.6 per cent in December 2011 to 9.6 per cent in June 2012.
Overall floor space fell by 23,977 square metres. It is the second lowest vacancy rate recorded since 2009.
It is also the second consecutive six-month period there has been an improvement in occupancy following a two-year period of decline.
The results suggest business confidence in future prospects may be improving, the survey says.
However occupancy levels are expected to fall over the second half of this year as relocations outside of the city occur, specifically RD1 which has vacated more than 1500 square metres in the CBD and moved into Te Rapa.


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Three of the five quality grades showed improvement over the six-month period, the survey said.
Grade B fell from 9.4 per cent to 1.2 per cent vacancy following AA Insurance leasing 904sqm of space in the BNZ building. Grade D fell from 8.6 per cent to 7 per cent and grade E decreased from 34 per cent to 28.4 per cent.
Grade C saw the largest increase from 3.4 per cent to 5.5 per cent due to large tenancies like Te Puni Kokiri (the Ministry of Maori Development) relocating into smaller city spaces.
NAI Harcourts managing director Mike Neale said that while Grade A space remained in demand, vacancy had increased from 2.5 per cent to 4.2 per cent because of new space becoming available in the six-month period.
"But there still is consistent demand for A and B quality space . . . especially for smaller spaces of those grades," Neale said.
Grade A and B office space combined made up only 15 per cent of overall office space capacity in the market, but that was expected to increase with the current Citygate and Project Grantham construction under way and the proposed Victoria on the River project, he said.
Professional, scientific and technical services still remain the largest business sector occupying office space in the city but market share for the sector has fallen from 25 per cent to 19 per cent.
Public administration and safety make up 17 per cent of the local market while financial and insurance services had a 2 per cent boost in the last six months to make up 13 per cent of the market.
The three sectors occupy 49 per cent of the overall central city office space.
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KiwiRail Report indicates continual future focus on Golden Triangle
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This bodes well for Hamilton and the surrounding Waikato exporters





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August 2012

Photo update time? I think YES!

HGHS Performing Arts Centre
...Almost finished.



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August 2012

Joe's Garage Outlet




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Waikato River
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Just wanted to share some photos of our beloved river with so many potential. After studying so many urban riverfronts around the world, we sure do have a unique and special one.
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August 2012

Hamilton Laser Eye Clinic - Project Completion
Specialist Medical Offices for Laser Eye Theatre Surgery completed.
The Laser Eye Clinic is a new a high performance clinic developed as an expansion to the client’s existing operation and to accommodate new laser technology. The concept for the building was "a clean contemporary style with a strong street presence".
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August 2012

Second Wendy's Restaurant to be opened in Hamilton in 2013

Well I guess there will be two opened for 2013 given the first one is still 'having issues', wonder if they are council, RMA or building issues.


Perhaps they will look like the more modern overseas Wendy's?

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Square burger pattie fans brace yourself: Wendy’s has secured resource consents for a second Hamilton restaurant site, this time in Te Rapa.


Hamilton Wendy’s fans can expect to be ordering their favourites in the city for the first time in the new year, a company spokesperson has confirmed.


Wendy’s is the world’s third biggest burger chain by restaurants but in the home of fast food, the United States, is second only to McDonald’s in sales.


Wendco spokesperson Fay Stretch said while unresolved issues had caused delays with its proposed Greenwood St site, it now had consents for a Te Rapa site.


It was now seeking building consents for that restaurant and planned to open next year. ‘‘We are really keen to open in Hamilton," she told the Waikato Times.
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New CBD Zeal Building - Construction Timeframe

$1 million Zeal project will be completed July 2013
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Zeal, a not-for-profit youth organisation, will be building their first venue in Hamilton.

The Zeal building will be located on 421 Victoria St and its doors will open around July next year.
Zeal holds events ranging from skate competitions, acoustic nights, craft markets to hip hop dance competitions.

Zeal Hamilton’s design includes a 350 standing capacity performance space, band rehearsal rooms, after school hang out space with cafe/kitchen and recording studio complete with high tech equipment.

Zeal also offers industry focused workshops including barista/hospitality training, live sound and lighting or event management.
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Investment in Waikato Transport Infrastructure Welcomed

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker has welcomed the Government’s investment in Waikato transport infrastructure. Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee yesterday announced a $12.3 billion package of land transport investments, including a $1.3 billion allocation to Waikato projects – namely the Waikato Expressway, the Hamilton Ring Road, public transport systems and other transport infrastructure. Mayor Hardaker says the level of investment in Waikato transport infrastructure will benefit the city and the region. “Hamilton is part of the upper North Island economy, which is the major contributor to the New Zealand economy,” Mayor Hardaker says. “This is an excellent result for our city and our region and demonstrates the importance the Government has placed on us, and the economic growth we can contribute to the country."
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