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Eden Terrace’s $380,000 upgrade gets the go-ahead

Eden Terrace business owners have agreed to stump up $380,000 for a plan to upgrade their neighbourhood. The Eden Terrace Business Association held a vote last month asking companies if they were prepared to pay a fee to establish the area as a Business Improvement District (BID), a partnership between the Waitemata Local Board and businesses to make the area more attractive. Sixty per cent voted yes, and at a meeting held this week the board formally accepted the proposal. The association has scheduled a general meeting on May 30, where it will discuss with businesses the spending of the $380,000 budget, and the appointment of a BID manager and executive committee to liaise with the council on businesses’ behalf.

Ron Harcus, association chairman and owner of Eden Terrace bookstore Ariel Books, says two primary issues the BID hopes to resolve are reinstating bus services that were removed from the area and making more short-term parking available. He adds that a lot of the improvements will be more gradual, such as creating a “brand” for the neighbourhood. “You’re talking three- to five-year things, rather than instant fixes. Long-term benefits would hopefully see an improvement in the general look of the area,” says Harcus. Rob Thomas, the Waitemata Local Board representative on the business association, says these enhancements are in traders’ best interest.

“That money that will be allocated with the BID will be able to be invested directly back into the area. “So it’s a unique opportunity for those businesses really to set the direction for the future of that community,” he says. Harcus says the BID should be beneficial to everyone. “At the end of the day what we’re hoping to do is improve the area all-round, not just for the businesses, but [also] for people who just live in the area.” The association is asking for nominations for the executive committee, which close on May 23.
 
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Mayor welcomes economic boost for village centres


13 NOV 11 18°C DEVONPORT by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr​

The Mayor has welcomed a new Auckland Council policy to assist local business associations saying it will boost the economic growth of town centres and business precincts across Auckland. The new policy confirms council support for business improvement districts (BIDs). "This signals we're serious about building our local townships and getting funding behind them, whether their business associations are just starting or wanting to grow,” says Len Brown. BIDs are funded by targeted rates applied to commercial properties in a defined geographic area. The council collects the funds on behalf of businesses that use them to improve the business environment and promote business growth.

"We rightly focus a lot on having a successful city centre but we've got 187 villages and towns in the region and I’d like to see a BID programme operating in every one of them," said the Mayor. The new policy - which will be reviewed in two years - will look at supporting the establishment of new BIDs, exploring proposed BID boundary expansions and delivering targeted business development projects. There are currently 46 BIDs operating in the region representing over 25,000 businesses and up to 25 new BIDs could be established within the next 10 years. Sixteen BIDs wish to expand their boundaries.
 
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Fears over Mt Eden Countdown extension


17 APR 11 21 °C by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr​

Mt Eden residents fear an art deco house and block of apartments will be demolished so the Countdown supermarket can be extended. Auckland Council will this month notify local residents that supermarket owner Progressive Enterprises intends to rezone two neighbouring properties - an art deco house, owned by Auckland Council, and a pre-1940 apartment block conversion, owned by the Melanesian Mission Trust. But a residents' group says the council should not be rezoning the properties without looking at what will happen to them. The council is also looking to sell the art deco house back to Progressive after it bought the property from the company to create a bus corridor through the Valley Rd intersection in 2004.

When the project was scrapped the council was contractually obliged to sell the property back to Progressive. The properties could be demolished to make way for a car park or supermarket extension if the company succeeds in changing the zone from residential to commercial. Auckland Council regional and local planning manager Penny Pirrit said the application states Progressive wants a business zone to allow for future improvements or expansion of the existing retail and commercial activities. Changing zones from residential to commercial gives the owner the ability to build to a height of 12.5m. Valley Road Residents' Association member Astrid Modrow said the community did not want the buildings to be knocked down.

''When you look into the options they could have after they have the zoning, they could have parking buildings, bars, pubs,'' she said. ''It's not what the community would like to see.'' Progressive has told neighbours and concerned residents that the land will be used for car parking. Modrow said ratepayers should have the right to say yes or no to what happens to council-owned amenities rather than go through a hearings process. ''If Countdown went ahead and increased parking and shopping the whole neighbourhood will suffer. It's not improving the quality of living of the area.'' According to the submission report, the Melanesian Trust supports the rezoning. Progressive did not reply to requests for comment.
 
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17 LINK CRESCENT | WHANGAPARAOA

Plans for a mixed retail and apartment development for Whangaparaoa’s town centre were unveiled last week by real estate agents. The mixed-use development with on-site parking is proposed for 17 Link Crescent, Whangaparaoa (behind The Warehouse) – a site put up for sale by the former Rodney District Council. Last year The Family Centre trustees asked the Local Board to note their interest in the land as a possible alternative to the site they’ve been given at 20 Link Crescent, which has drainage issues. The proposed development consists of 44 residential apartments over two levels with 15 retail shops below. It was designed by GMC Consultants and is being developed by Valiant Holdings Ltd. Barfoot & Thompson agent Barry Masefield says a resource consent application is imminent and the developers hope to complete the project by the end of the year.

 
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Green light for V8 Supercars to return to Pukekohe

Auckland Council has today given the go ahead for the return of an annual V8 Supercars event at Pukekohe from April 2013. The Council’s Strategy and Finance Committee endorsed an Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) recommendation to host an annual V8 Supercars event at Pukekohe Park, which will be upgraded for the event. The proposal, backed by Auckland Council, will see the popular race secured for five years with an option to renegotiate for a further five years, after ATEED, the Ministry of Economic Development and Counties Racing Club joined forces to work with V8 Supercars and ensure the event stays in New Zealand. Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says Auckland has carried out extensive due diligence on the V8 Supercar event, which stacks up for the city and will deliver a significant annual economic return. “We’ve seen through Rugby World Cup 2011 and this year’s Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover what major events can do for this city. The V8 Supercars will be a winner, not just for motorsport fans but for all Aucklanders.

” Penny Hulse says the V8 Supercar event clearly meets the robust criteria laid out in Auckland’s Major Events Strategy and furthermore, it is important for Aucklanders to understand that V8 Supercars will underwrite the annual, three day event in a deal which protects ratepayers from financial risk. “This will be circuit race at an existing venue not a street race. That means lower costs and fewer risks. Auckland’s due diligence on this event has included the learnings from Hamilton’s V8 Supercars experience and Audit New Zealand recommendations from its investigation into that event have been taken into account.” ATEED Acting General Manager Destination Jennah Wootten says the V8 Supercars event is expected to deliver a range of tangible benefits to the city. “To make the grade, any proposed event for Auckland needs to deliver a return on regional investment, visitor nights and international exposure while contributing to the city’s livability.”

“Our due diligence reveals that the V8 Supercars event is expected to generate a return on regional investment of $7 million per year. It is also expected to deliver approximately 50,000 visitor nights for Auckland in its shoulder season,” Ms Wootten says. International exposure for Auckland as a destination is assured with V8 Supercars events televised in 137 countries. Ms Wootten says an upgraded motorsport venue at Pukekohe Park will be a legacy for Auckland from the event and ATEED will explore the opportunities to gain further benefits from the event through business, school and community programmes. ATEED will invest approximately $21 million per year for five years in the event. This will include a one off capital grant of $2.214 million towards the $6.6 million upgrade of Pukekohe Park and a $1 million annual sponsorship fee. V8 Supercars is underwriting the event, while the Ministry of Economic Development and venue owners Counties Racing Club also have a significant stake in the event.
 
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Good work Len Brown. The track's only four minutes away from my workplace. :)

Investment

All parties will invest in the event and upgrades to the circuit (V8 Supercars, the Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development, Auckland Council, New Zealand Government, and Counties Racing Club). These upgrades include:

• New safety barriers and debris fencing
• Resurfacing of much of the track
• A new chicane on the back straight
• Additional overhead pedestrian bridges
• Over-track signage
• Enhanced viewing areas
• A general upgrade of the venue’s overall presentation

Infrastructure from the Hamilton event will be transported to Pukekohe as part of the improvements. This infrastructure will be re-engineered and fitted at the circuit permanently for other events throughout the year.

V8 Supercars will be the promoter of the Pukekohe event from 2013 onwards and will thus assume the financial risk of the event. “This is a total commitment from all parties,” says Cochrane. “Then problems of the Hamilton event were unfortunately inherited by the Council and V8 Supercars. The extensive due diligence taken by all parties in this agreement is the right way forward from the outset. The benefit to Auckland and New Zealand is clear. ATEED and MED have done their homework and an excellent job over several months so all parties enter the agreement with eyes wide open.”

Pukekohe Park Raceway

“Pukekohe is an ideal and proven location. The circuit has an amazing history and heritage in New Zealand. It is a terrific layout, has plenty of available space and is just 35 minutes from the Auckland CBD and even closer to the international airport. Pukekohe is easily accessible from the highway and a short drive from the Auckland CBD, as well as having a direct rail link. With improved spectator and corporate facilities V8 Supercars has no doubt it will again be New Zealand’s premium motorsport precinct, and a boost for New Zealand motorsport year-round.”

Pukekohe last hosted the V8 Supercars Championship in 2007 after a span of seven years.

http://www.v8supercars.com.au/champ...o-pukekohe/tabid/70/newsid/12621/default.aspx
 

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Good stuff. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but its a big, colourful event which draws a big crowd and adds to the mix of events on offer in Auckland. Good to have something out of the CBD too.

Great that people can go by train. One person involved said they were looking at having a "fan trail" between the station and the course, like during the RWC for Eden Park.

Although I guess that will be no use to the train users of Manukau who, for some inexplicable reason, can't use their rail spur to go to/from the south.
 
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Victoria Wharf to get $6m repair work


13 NOV 11 18°C DEVONPORT by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr​

A $6 million repair job is set for one of Auckland's most popular wharves for fishing and sight-seeing. The Victoria Wharf, next to the Devonport ferry terminal, was closed for most of last summer because of fears that parts of it were too corroded to take the weight of crowds. This followed a fresh inspection of the 1929 structure, which was closed to vehicles four years earlier after 61 per cent of its concrete surface was found to be damaged.

The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board reckoned about $10 million would restore all of the deck, beams and some of the piles and braces. However, Auckland Council's long-term budget provides only $6 million, which is the same as the former North Shore City council allocated in 2010. Board chairman Chris Darby said the budget would not mean "half a job" on fixing the wharf and stopping its collapse. Engineers were reviewing how to rehabilitate the whole of the wharf's deck and extend its life.
 
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It would appear that this is back on the radar and might deserve it's own thread but until construction starts I will post it here:

PONSONBY BOWLING CLUB






Situated at the transition between the commercial aspects of Ponsonby and the residential area of Herne Bay, The Ponsonby Bowling Club is a historic and important contributor to the local community. The contemporary look of the clubrooms adopts and modifies the architectural style of the Stichbury Building situated on the corner of Curran Street and Jervois Road. Having taken the decision that redevelopment of the site was the only way the Club would survive, they wanted a contemporary modern style that would establish a new presence on the site to reflect the culture of today's participants.

The contrast in facade treatment of the Penthouse apartments which sit above the clubrooms has been carried out to create a greater emphasis and differentiation of the apartments and clubrooms, thereby accentuating the difference in activities. Materials, textures and colours have been selected to create interest, while ensuring that no particular element dominates the streetscape. A high level of transparency is retained using extensive glazing to provide a visual connection with the bowling greens behind. Visual ties have been drawn from the surrounding neighbourhood, in particular the old Glu Pot Tavern and Stichbury Buildings which are both popular landmarks in this area. Close proximity to the bowling greens is a feature of the development and will provide a unique green outlook for an urban community
 
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Prime town centre site in 'Gulf Harbour


16 JAN 11 27°C GULF HARBOUR by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr​

Plans for developing 20 retail outlets on corner development site in Marine Village community. A strategically located triangular corner site at the entrance to the heart of the Gulf Harbour retail and hospitality hub on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, has been placed on the market through a mortgagee sale process. The three-lot bare land site comprises about 1.5 hectares at the headland of the canal around which Gulf Harbour's main retail and residential blocks are located. It has three street frontages, bordered by Harbour Village Drive, Gulf Harbour Drive and Laurie Southwick Parade, and is the largest single piece of flat development land in the town centre precinct, which is governed by its own specific zoning policy.

In 2010 the Environment Court granted consent for intensive development on the 7059 sq m of space - including apartments, offices, food and beverage outlet, library and supermarket. The consent can be taken up over the next six years and limits building height to a maximum of 12 metres. The property block is being marketed for mortgagee sale by Bayleys through Michael Pleciak and Ian Inglis, with tenders closing on July 26. Pleciak says the three titles are being sold as one block or separate titles and have a 2011 combined capital valuation of $4 million. "Gulf Harbour is a long-term residential and lifestyle subdivision development which could be best described as currently being in its 'teenage years'," Pleciak says.

"The opening of Wentworth primary and high schools several years ago, along with members securing the future of Gulf Harbour Golf Course, have both gone some way to maturing the wider peninsula. "Over time, the surrounding residential developments throughout Gulf Harbour will continue to fill in, and will underpin commercial activity within the basin area." Pleciak says part of the three titles is already sealed, with parking for approximately 102 cars using either an existing boutique lodge-style hotel or for customers visiting the neighbouring food and beverage outlets. "The population of Gulf Harbour is growing as bare land sites are converted to residential dwellings. With the planned Penlink roading trunk identified as a Government infrastructure project - making Auckland more accessible for commuters - town planners are forecasting growth at Gulf Harbour to continue at a steady pace."

Pleciak says some Gulf Harbour residents would prefer to see the triangular corner site remain in its current "open park" state but the land's value remained in what could be done on the location. "One of the discretionary activities permitted for the site is the expansion of accommodation facilities. The Environment Court consent allows for the potential creation of an additional 191 accommodation units," Pleciak says. "During the last Rugby World Cup, the Japanese and South African rugby teams stayed in the lodge at Gulf Harbour. It is also a popular weekend retreat for Aucklanders wanting to get out of the city."

Plans exist for the development of about 20 retail outlets on the corner location, with a mid-sized supermarket on out the ground level adjacent to existing car parking facilities. Pleciak says the plans could be made available to any potential buyer. "The Marine Village Town Centre Policy zoning directs that activity should be appropriate to the commercial, social and cultural needs of the Gulf Harbour community retail and marine environment to ensure the aesthetics of development are in harmony with the waterfront position. "The development proposal approved by the Environment Court identified such commercial activities as a creche, doctor's surgery, pharmacy, gymnasium, shops, offices, and more car parking. "Landscaping concepts feature the installation of street furniture such as seating and planter boxes, pedestrian lighting, a water feature, pergola, and substantial planting of trees, shrubs and climbers."
 
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V8 spending will leave legacy, critics told

The council-controlled organisation bringing the V8s to Pukekohe has hit back at suggestions the raceway isn't up to scratch. Auckland councillor George Wood has criticised the condition of the Pukekohe track and has suggested Hampden Downs would have been a better venue for the event Auckland Council is spending more than $10 million on. Wood believes it will cost far more than the predicted $6.6m to revamp the rundown track and its facilities. But Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) chief executive Brett O'Riley said Pukekohe raceway was the best option. O'Reily said in April Pukekohe, where the V8s raced from 2001 to 2007, was assessed as the preferred venue "by all parties".

He said its proven track record and good rail and public transport options added to its appeal. Hampton Downs was discounted because it couldn't host as many spectators. O'Riley said when the race was previously held in Hamilton the council's investment was only beneficial for the race's six days, where as the investment in the Pukekohe track would leave a lasting legacy. "Remember V8 is only using Pukekohe for six days a year which leaves 350 days a year for us to host other events. This investment creates the infrastructure which will have a long term economic impact." ATEED will invest an annual $2.1m over five years in to the event, while a designated capital grant of approximately $2.2m and a $1m annual sponsorship fee will also be received.
 

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Bold new plans for Parnell streets


A new plan for Parnell which would see streets turned into cul de sacs, new buildings in the middle of narrow streets and more pedestrian plazas is causing a stir.

Members of the Parnell Community Committee have combined their skills to put together a plan outlining what they believe is the best way forward for New Zealand's oldest suburb. The document has been submitted to Auckland Council and the committee is hoping it will be included in the unitary plan. Council environmental strategy and policy department manager Ludo Campbell-Reid said his team was considering the proposal. "It's a really interesting, intriguing piece of work,'' he said.

The plan, Tomorrow Parnell, suggests finding new construction sites in the suburb instead of knocking down buildings with heritage value in an attempt to intensify.

Parnell-based planner Jenni Goulding said many of the suburb's narrow streets were rarely used by vehicles and could instead be used for new buildings. She has been working on the plan since her frustration came to a head at a meeting to set up a heritage society in 2005. "I didn't want to just be involved in heritage. I think it's really important that Parnell moves forward. We're very proud of our heritage but want to revitalise and go forward with stunning architecture.

"We want the whole suburb to be design-driven and we want community empowerment in design."

The plan identifies seven roads which could be turned into cul de sacs to create space for new development or recreation areas, including Augustus Tce between Fraser Park and Parnell Rd.

Architect Mike Blackburn has drawn up the concepts for the plan and said the many other entries to the area meant that section of Augustus Tce was rarely used. "It allows that creative thinking. It opens up ideas and it breaks the mould of that stymied thinking,'' he said.

The plan also identifies streets that could be turned into pedestrian plazas and shared spaces. It suggests Tilden St, Faraday St and the church side of Denby St could become permanent pedestrian plazas, while parts of Ruskin St, Heather St, lower Parnell Rd and Windsor St could become pedestrian plazas on weekends. Streets like Falcon St, Bradford St and Gibraltar Cres could become shared spaces permanently or on weekends. Goulding said changing the roads for the weekend could be as simple as moving a couple of pot plants or installing street-level fountains which are on a timer.

She said Auckland Council's policy of intensifying development around main roads often destroyed the character of suburbs. "We're saying it's better to intensify around a community," she said.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/7295199/Bold-new-plans-for-Parnell-streets
 
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New 'tree top' playground for Henderson

Henderson locals will soon get a new destination playground at Tui Glen Reserve. The Henderson-Massey local board has approved the concept plan for a new ‘tree top’ playground at a more central location in the reserve. The plan says Tui Glen is considered to be an ideal location for a destination playground because of its proximity to Henderson town centre, Falls Park and West Wave. It is also easily accessible by road and close to public transport. The playground’s new location will be on a raised central knoll in the reserve, surrounded by trees and ringed on all sides by a pedestrian pathway. There is good visibility from all directions, which is ideal for safety. Visitors to the reserve will have plenty of parking on all sides. The new playground will be specifically designed to work with the natural features of the knoll, which has a big collection of mature trees surrounding it.

Three large towers with connecting structures and an eagle’s nest will elevate people to eye level with the tree tops. There will also be slides and a flying fox which further takes advantage of the existing contours and landscape of the location. The new playground is seen as more physically challenging and will encourage outdoor recreation. Tui Glen Reserve has a long and colourful history as NZ’s first camping ground, established in 1925 before World War II. In its heyday, the reserve had donkey rides, a skate rink, maypole and fairy grotto. However, it lost its popularity in the latter part of the 20th century and became rundown. The campground was closed in 2002 and the council has been working on a major transformation including construction of a new access road and entrance, new car parks, bridge upgrade, cycleway linkages, toilet block and jetty, relocating the historic McLeod’s Cottage, restoring heritage cabins, planting and landscaping. As part of the upgrade, it is also proposed that the original maypole on the site from the 1920s be restored and a plaque installed which records the playground’s history.
 
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Hub West opening soon


A ten-year dream becomes reality next month when a new community facility is welcomed at McLaren Park in the Henderson south area. Hub West, complete with west Auckland’s first Computer Clubhouse, will give the community a heart and a place where young people will want to come. It is an important addition to McLaren Park Henderson South, which is one of the most disadvantaged communities in west Auckland in terms of socioeconomic status and access to recreational and social services. "There is no doubt that this facility will fill a glaring gap," says Henderson-Massey Local Board Chair Vanessa Neeson.

"Community hubs help build cohesive communities and this is a key priority for the board, especially in area like this where growth has outstripped amenity." The new centre includes a hall with capacity to seat more than 250 people, a commercial kitchen, and spaces for community organisations, service providers and events. The clubhouse has elements of an artist's studio, inventor's workshop, television newsroom, architect's office, robotics lab and music studio. It's an exciting environment, which will give young people the opportunity to work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills and build confidence through the use of technology.
 
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Projects given go-ahead

A cool $184 million has been earmarked for spending on developments in West Auckland over the next 10 years. The plans have been released as part of Auckland Council's Long Term Plan. About $17 billion will be spent on new projects across the whole of Auckland. Of that about $9 billion will be for transport and $8 billion will be for Auckland parks, sports grounds, stormwater, water, wastewater and community facilities. Waitakere councillor and deputy mayor Penny Hulse is excited to see these projects progress after having been planned for so long. "We have a new community centre and new libraries being built, key environmental programmes will continue and we're forging ahead with developments in New Lynn and the northwest that will boost the region's economy and bring new jobs." Whau Local Board chairman Derek Battersby says while these plans are exciting for the region he worries that more money is being spent on the central business district and the areas further afield will lose out. "I think the west is getting a pretty fair deal in the plan. I worry about the funds being put into Queen St at the expense of smaller communities. The most exciting thing for us is the Crown Lynn development, if the council can spend the money on the infrastructure then that will mean untold economic benefits when the houses begin to be built," he says.

Crown Lynn public road work, costing $26.2m, will extend some roads and add new ones in New Lynn to cater for the estimated 2500 new houses and apartments.

Other projects planned for West Auckland include Massey North Community Centre and Library, to cost $18.3m. The site will be 3500 square metres with a library featuring a children's reading and storytelling space, community rooms, a cafe and Citizens Advice Bureau.

Te Atatu Peninsula Library will have a new learning centre for customers to learn computer skills, an $8.8m project. An interim premises is being finalised for the library to operate out of while the construction goes on.

Ranui Library will cost $5.7m and will include a new library and community centre four times the size of the current library. But the work has been delayed and is not scheduled to begin until next year.

A new Whau recreation centre and swimming pool gets $7.7m and is expected to be finished by the end of 2014. A location for the facility is still to be decided.

The Lopdell House redevelopment will soak up $11.7m. The upgraded gallery will provide purpose-built education facilities, climate-controlled exhibition and storage space and a secure loading dock area. The Titirangi building will also be upgraded to meet earthquake standards.

Massey North gets $18.4m for a large open plan town centre. Some of it will be a low-speed zone for cars. The area will incorporate the new library and community centre.

Brigham Creek Rd corridor improvements get $9.9m and will go towards upgrading roads to allow for the growth and development in Hobsonville.

Te Atatu Rd corridor improvements get $24.6m, allowing the widening of Te Atatu Rd and Edmonton Rd for a new median strip, cycle lane and wider footpaths. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014.

New Lynn Transit Oriented Development stage five on Great North Rd will get $3.7m to provide a more pedestrian-friendly street with access to retail and the road surface will also be improved.

Wilshire Village redevelopment, $37.7m, is planned to be a retirement village in Henderson made up of more than 200 apartments
 
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Government takes controlling stake in Auckland redevelopment

The government and Auckland City are jointly investing $8.5 million in a new commercial entity to guide the plans to transform the lower socio-economic suburbs of Glen Innes and Panmure over the next 20 years. Housing Minister Phil Heatley and Auckland mayor Len Brown have signed a heads of agreement to create the Tamaki Redevelopment Company, a facilitating entity in which the government will take a 59 percent share and Auckland City a 41 percent share, contributing $5 million and $3.5 million of establishment capital respectively. The company follows a three-year consultation process in which a Tamaki Transformation Plan was created, with delivery of all elements of the vision estimated to cost around $1.9 billion over 20 years, and with potential to create as many as 45,000 jobs over a 30 year period.

The area involved covers the Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure districts, including the Tamaki campus of the University of Auckland and associated nearby new residential developments. The plan gained early negative publicity when Housing New Zealand evicted tenants in state housing to make way for what the plan described as a "first stage mixed ownership redevelopment", in which old state houses were cleared for a mixture of new state housing and private owners. The plan envisages the creation of "more mixed communities" to accelerate the economic prospects of the area, which is forecast to grow swiftly in coming years, being close to both the Auckland and Manukau city centres. Population is expected to double by 2046, the plan says. Today's announcements contained no detail on how the proposed vision would be funded, or how private sector capital could be involved.

"The TRC will lead the transformation, undertaking some projects itself, procuring delivery of other projects, and influencing the direction of others," said Heatley, who last year suggested it could be produce New Zealand's first "urban development agency" and a blueprint for other urban redevelopment projects. Its chief executive will be Debra Lawson has been chief executive at Queenstown Lakes District Council, a post she left two months shy of her three year contract, on June 30. Prior to that, she spent 20 years in urban redevelopment initiatives in the United Kingdom, particularly south London. "She has worked at the leading edge of public private partnership initiatives, delivering large-scale and complex urban regeneration programmes within the diverse communities of South London, with a strong focus on accountability to local people," Heatley and Brown said in their joint statement. An interim board is expected to be replaced with a combination of government, city council, local and private sector interests.
 
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Has anybody heard of the "Alpers Ave Redevelopment Group" in Newmarket. It sounds as if they are planning something big: 5 star Hotel and 3 apartment blocks with retail. I can't seem to find anything about it. Work has started.
 

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Hub West opening soon



A ten-year dream becomes reality next month when a new community facility is welcomed at McLaren Park in the Henderson south area. Hub West, complete with west Auckland’s first Computer Clubhouse, will give the community a heart and a place where young people will want to come. It is an important addition to McLaren Park Henderson South, which is one of the most disadvantaged communities in west Auckland in terms of socioeconomic status and access to recreational and social services. "There is no doubt that this facility will fill a glaring gap," says Henderson-Massey Local Board Chair Vanessa Neeson.
This is much needed. A neglected area of Auckland. Will hopefully boost the area but along way to go.
 
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