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Goodman settles Henderson purchase

The Goodman Property Trust has settled its $18.9 million acquisition of the Concourse Industry Park in Henderson.

The trust announced its purchase of the former Alloy Yachts premises & an adjoining industrial property on the corner of Selwood Rd & The Concourse, Henderson, last September.

The 2 former boatbuilding premises have about 22,120m² of high volume warehouse space & 1250m² of associated office.

Management company Goodman (NZ) Ltd’s chief executive, John Dakin, said last year the trust intended to amalgamate the 2 sites into a single 4ha estate: “Close to the cbd and with direct access to State Highway 16 from the Lincoln Rd interchange, this property will become one of Auckland’s best located industrial estates when the western ring route completes in 2017 [and it’s just opened].”

Mr Dakin said the vacant warehouse buildings would be refurbished & reconfigured. Fully leased, they were expected to generate a passing yield of about 7%. The estate also offered 2ha of further development opportunity.

Image above: Goodman’s map showing its Concourse site.

Earlier story:
15 September 2016: Goodman sells Christchurch package on top of Fanshawe St lease confirmation & Henderson project

Attribution: Company release.

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Auction results, and a market assessment

Amid the noise over a decline in residential sales, it’s important to establish where that’s happening and in what types of market.

In Auckland, it was not at all surprising that a steep rise in prices should be followed by a decline, while Reserve Bank measures tightening borrowing have forced a further decline through the inability to borrow, and the absence of Chinese borrowers this year – compared to auctionrooms last year that were filled with Chinese buyers who appeared to have no limits – has taken further steam out.

The auction results presented below are from Barfoot & Thompson’s cbd apartments auction yesterday – 2 units, one sold – and from residential auctions on Tuesday & Wednesday.

Of the total 13 properties listed below, 8 sold, but the selection I’ve focused on is presented for the geographical mix as much as for the housing type.

Now that Auckland Council’s unitary plan is almost entirely in place, the real estate world has begun presenting more properties for their redevelopment potential, and many of those with such potential at lower prices are in isthmus fringe areas such as Point England & Glen Innes to the east, Mt Roskill & Mt Albert to the west. Unlike the regional fringes where new subdivisions are being developed – on the Hibiscus Coast to the north, across the top of the harbour to the west, and in a number of districts through old Papakura & Franklin to the south – these ones are close to the city centre, within 10km compared to beyond 25km or 40km.

On the isthmus, a house that was once in a bad neighbourhood can now command a price tag above $1 million, and all it’s done is age. Bad neighbourhoods could be defined as having a high state housing ratio, low-decile incomes, large families squeezed into small homes, poorer construction materials, and a general lack of foliage on sections and in streetscapes.

Those new price tags will force the old families out, and little is being created for them to move to. Those price rises in the bad neighbourhoods will also help lift already-soaring prices in the good neighbourhoods – the leafy areas of the eastern suburbs, for example.

Much of the entry-level housing is in cross-leased houses or mostly old brick-&-tile units. The prices for those can be as high as a modern product such as a 3-year-old GJ Gardner home (one in Mt Albert is listed below).


Learning Quarter:

Forte, 37 Symonds St, unit 505:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, 2 bathrooms, deck
Outgoings: rates $1253/year including gst; body corp levy $3634/year
Outcome: sold for $540,000
Agents: Justin Choi & Zoran Farac

Longview, 6 Whitaker Place, unit 4D:
Features: 55m², one-bedroom apartment, deck
Outgoings: rates $1278/year including gst; body corp levy $3996/year
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Justin Choi & Stephen Shin

Isthmus east


50 Amy St, unit 9:
Features: 3-storey townhouse, 3 bedrooms, carport
Outcome: sold for $785,000
Agent: Karin de Leeuw


10 Orakau Avenue, unit 2:
Features: 2-bedroom townhouse, internal-access garage
Outcome: sold for $1.32 million
Agents: John Zhang & Louissa Bao

Glen Innes

52 Taniwha St:
Features: 837m² section, 3 bedrooms, study, garage, 4 offstreet parking spaces – in redeveloping Wai O Taiki Bay area bordering Glendowie, zoned mixed housing suburban
Outcome: sold for $1.09 million
Agents: Paul Neshausen & Sam Bowen

Mt Wellington

13A Wilkie Place:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 935m², 5-bedroom house – 3 bedrooms upstairs, separate & consented 2-bedroom flat downstairs with own entrance, carport, 2 offstreet parking spaces
Outcome: sold for $920,000
Agents: Jane Wang & Luke Shi


10 Robert Sale Rise:
Features: 354m² section, 235m² townhouse, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 family rooms & separate lounge, double garage
Outcome: sold for $1.6 million
Agents: Frances Li & Ian Thornhill

Isthmus west

Mt Albert

60D Taylors Rd:
Features: 291m² section, 4-bedroom house, 3 bathrooms, family room, separate lounge, double internal–access garage, built 3 years ago by GJ Gardner
Outcome: sold for $1.36 million
Agents: Paul Donovan & Sharon Walls

Tremont Apartments, 4 Wagener Place, unit 409:
Features: top-floor apartment, 2 bedrooms, secure parking space
Outcome: passed in
Agents: George Fong & Laura Mc Auley

Mt Eden

706 Mt Eden Rd & 2A Watling St:
Features: 2 houses on 809m² corner section, each with own half-share cross-lease – 80m² 2-bedroom house on Mt Eden Rd, 140m² 3-bedroom house, double garage on Watling St
Income assessment: current rental expectation $1000-plus/week
Outcome: passed in when both offered together, no bid on Watling alone
Agents: Kelly Zhang & Hattie Liu

Mt Roskill

98 Melrose Rd, unit 3:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, carport
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Richard Han



16 Matuhi Rise:
Features: 3-bedroom duplex, garage & workshop, carport, in-ground pool
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $649,000
Agents: Repeka Lelaulu & John Elgar

Te Atatu Peninsula

8 Celsmere Lane:
Features: renovated 2-bedroom house on 528m² section
Outcome: sold for $1.12 million
Agents: Angel Li & Louis Lai

Attribution: City apartments auction, auction documents.

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New owner retains WestCity name for mall

The new owner of the WestCity mall at Henderson has rebranded it as WestCity Waitakere.

The Adelaide-based Angaet Property Group signed up to buy the mall from the manager of Westfield Group’s New Zealand malls, Scentre (NZ) Ltd, at the end of last year, and settled on Monday.

Colliers assumed management for Angaet, owned by the DiMauro family, headed by Nick DiMauro & his son Michael, who have built up a portfolio of 25 shopping centres around Australia.

Colliers International Real Estate Management Ltd national director Richard James said rebranding would take 2-3 months.

Angaet paid $A147 million for WestCity, over 20% short of the $A175 million price tag quoted by the Australian Financial Review when the property went back on the market last September. However, that price was just short of the book value ($NZ161.5 million/$A150.6 million) ascribed to WestCity in Scentre’s annual report out in February. The Scentre report put WestCity’s cap rate at 8.38%.

WestCity has a net lettable area of 36,108m² on a 5ha site, is anchored by Countdown, Farmers, The Warehouse & Event Cinemas, and has 130 specialty stores & 1492 parking spaces.

Earlier story:
22 February 2017: Colliers to manage WestCity for new Adelaide owners

Attribution: Agency release.

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8 out of 12 sell at Bayleys’ auction

8 of the 12 commercial properties in Bayleys’ Total Property auction on Wednesday sold under the hammer. Heaviest bidding was between intending owner-occupiers for a Penrose property on Olive Rd (pictured). 

Isthmus east


481 Parnell Rd:
Features: 300m² site zoned mixed use, in double grammar zone, 225m² 2-level character dwelling converted for commercial use with resource consent to demolish; new 4-year lease from May 2017 to Mt Hobson Properties Ltd (Hamish Firth)
Rent: $80,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $2.45 million at a 3.26% yield
Agents: Alan Haydock, Damien Bullick & Phil Haydock


9 Olive Rd:
Features: 2043m² site, 1281m² older style industrial building, 884m² manufacturing warehouse, 257m² of offices & amenities and 109m² of mezzanines, first time on market in 34 years
Outcome: sold with vacant possession for $3.32 million at $2591.7/m² land & building
Agents: John Bolton & Roy Rudolph

Royal Oak

Royal Oak Mall, 691 Manukau Rd, unit AL:
Features: 226m² retail unit, occupied by Paper Plus since 1993
Rent: $48,845/year net + gst
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Nicolas Ching & Beterly Pan



47 Nile Rd:
Features: 688m² site zoned neighbourhood centre, 2 roadfront shops (superette & Thai takeaway) totalling 132m² and 92m² residential dwelling occupied by superette tenant; longer-term redevelopment potential
Rent: $56,200/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.56 million at a 3.6% yield
Agents: Eddie Zhong, Terry Kim & Ranjan Unka

170 Wairau Rd, unit 22:
Features: 180m² retail unit in rear portion of Wairau Junction convenience centre, occupied by Wairau Foods & Spices which renewed in February for 6 years
Rent: $55,500/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $840,000 at a 6.61% yield
Agents: Matt Mimmack & Ashton Geissler


4 Titan Place, unit R:
Features: 169m² workshop & office unit built in 2007, 3-phase power, air-conditioning, security alarm system, 2 parking spaces; 2-year lease to Ice Industrial Engravers Ltd from 1 July 2017
Rent: $22,500/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $426,000 at a 5.28% yield
Agents: Rosemary Wakeman & Mustan Bagasra


The Grange, 67 Auckland Rd, unit 21A:
Features: 61m² unit in retail complex, currently fitted out as office accommodation and leased to Hawthorn Geddes Engineers & Architects for 6 years from April 2017; could be converted to retail
Rent: $21,315/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $432,000 at a 4.93% yield; auction brought forward, bidding starting at declared reserve of $338,500
Agents: Matt Lee & James Chan

The Grange, 67 Auckland Rd, unit 15:
Features: 367m² unit in retail complex occupied by Fit Factory gym for 6 years from March 2017
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Matt Lee & James Chan



114 Henderson Valley Rd:
Features: 2140m² site, 80-unit storage complex
Rent: $145,218/year net + gst
Outcome: passed in on vendor bid of $1.7 million
Agents: Shane Snijder & James Hill


160 Hobsonville Point Rd, unit 5R:
Features: 118m² ground-floor retail unit, 2 parking spaces occupied by café on 10-year lease
Rent: $56,200/year net + gst
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Steven Liu & Eddie Zhong



232 Great South Rd:
Features: 2141m² site, 2025m² bulk retail building owned & occupied by family furniture business for 20 years, 2-year lease back
Rent: $170,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $2.4 million at a 7.08% yield
Agents: Shane Snijder & Piyush Kumar


32 Elliot St:
Features: 809m² corner site, 2-level main building, 157m² of ground-floor offices plus 106m² residential floor & 36m² terrace above currently occupied by beauty therapy business; 1920s 90m²  bungalow at rear with separate entrance & residential tenancy
Rent: $46,540/year net + gst from 2 commercial leases; $23,400/year from residential tenancy
Outcome: sold for $1.32 million at a 5.3% yield
Agents: Rod Grieve & Peter Migounoff

Attribution: Agency release.

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Ryman plans retirement village for Lincoln Rd

Ryman Healthcare Ltd announced plans on Friday for a new retirement village on a 4.5ha Lincoln Rd site in Henderson.

The land is part of Laidlaw College’s Henderson campus, but is surplus to the college’s needs. Laidlaw College is an evangelical theological college, formerly the Bible College of NZ.

Laidlaw College Foundation chair Graham Burt said: “Ryman is an ideal organisation to become our new neighbour. We feel very much part of the Henderson area having been here for over 50 years and we’re keen to ensure a good fit for both ourselves & the community as a whole.’’

Ryman Healthcare group development manager Andrew Mitchell said the company intended to redevelop the site as a resort-style retirement village which would be home to over 400 residents.

The village would offer independent retirement housing, a full range of aged care services including serviced apartments, and resthome, hospital & dementia care.

Ryman group sales & community relations manager Debbie McClure said the village would be named in honour of a West Auckland local and suggestions were welcome.

The village will be Ryman’s 11th in Auckland. The company is developing villages at Hobsonville, Greenlane, Lynfield & Devonport and has existing villages in St Heliers, Remuera, Howick, Pukekohe, Birkenhead & Orewa.

Attribution: Company release.

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Henderson warehouse sells

A vacant warehouse on Brick St, Henderson, sold under the hammer at Colliers’ auction on Wednesday.



14 Brick St:
Features: vacant 1444m² site on corner of Mihini St, 551m² office & warehouse, 3 roller doors
Outcome: sold for $1.7 million
Agents: Dhiru Patel & Dwayne Warby

Attribution: Auction documents.

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Updated: Wairau Valley car yard sells at over $2000/m² at Bayleys auction

Published 18 May 2017, updated 21 & 28 May 2017:
11 of the 21 commercial properties auctioned by Bayleys on Wednesday in its third Total Property portfolio for the year were sold under the hammer. 2 more have been sold post-auction – first, 100 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead, followed by 44 College Hill.

The first were sold, followed by a lull, but 2 of the most expensive offerings were well down the auction list.

One was a Wairau Valley car sales yard, set among a line of lowrise buildings jammed between the Northern Motorway & Wairau Rd on the North Shore, a stretch where the height limit is now 20m under the unitary plan.

The car yard was sold at $2365/m², which means it’s destined for multi-level development.

2 properties were sold for $4 million, both in Henderson. The first was a bank branch on Great North Rd, sold on a 5.5% yield, and the second, a Supercheap Auto outlet in the Lincoln North shopping centre, sold on a 5.3% yield.


Victoria Quarter

166 Hobson St:
Outcome: sold prior
Agents: Sarah Boles & Terry Kim
Story, 11 May 2017: 12 years after demolition order scrapped, Hobson St building sells

Isthmus east


63 Queens Rd:
Features: 97m² retail unit on 2 levels occupied by Willow Hair Design, parking space
Rent: $24,000/year net + gst on new 3-year lease with 2 2-year renewals
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Ken Hu


385 Parnell Rd, unit E:
Features: 54m², retail fully leased on month-to-month basis, 2 secure parking spaces
Rent: $32,760/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $505,000
Agents: Andrew Wallace & Cameron Melhuish


563 Remuera Rd:
Features: 144m² cafe, Upland Rd shopping village
Rent: $76,104/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.6 million
Agents: Cameron Melhuish & Andrew Wallace

Isthmus west

Freemans Bay

42 College Hill:
Features: 511m² section, house with 124m² floor area, onsite parking
Rent: $44,500/year net + gst
Outcome: passed in at $1.5 million
Agents: James Were & Scott Kirk

Updated: 44 College Hill:
Features: 389m² section, house, onsite parking
Rent: $44,000/year net + gst
Outcome: passed in, sold post-auction for $1.5 million
Agents: James Were & Scott Kirk

Mt Roskill

74 Carr Rd:
Features: 835m² site, 697m² single-level building
Outcome: withdrawn from auction, changed to sale by deadline private treaty
Agents: Tony Chaudhary & Sunil Bhana



39 Station Rd:
Features: 7199m² commercial property in 2 titles
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agents: John Greenwood & Paul Dixon


The Grange, 67 Auckland Rd, unit 11:
Features: 59m², Fish Nets fish & chips shop on 10-year lease in new retail development
Rent: $30,975/year net + gst
Outcome: passed in at $480,000
Agents: Matt Lee, Jan Hutcheson & James Chan



75 Corinthian Drive, unit L1:
Features: 197m² first-floor office, new 6-year lease in place with renewal rights, 5 parking spaces
Rent: $58,800/year net + gst + outgoings
Outcome: sold for $1.095 million
Agents: Jane Sims & Tonia Robertson


Updated: 100 Hinemoa St:
Features: 757m² corner site, 421m² 2-storey building
Rent: $103,907/year net + gst from 6 tenancies
Outcome: passed in at $2.7 million, sold post-auction for $2.7 million
Agents: Simon Aldridge & David Huang

27-33 Mokoia Rd, units 4, 5 & 7:
Features: 59m² total, 3 strata units next to Highbury mall, tenants are a dry cleaner & kebab shop, third unit vacant
Agents for all 3: Michael Nees, Owen Ding & Oscar Kuang
Unit 4, vacant:
Outcome: passed in at $300,000
Unit 5, kebab shop:
Rent: $24,000/year net + gst, lease running to 2030
Outcome: passed in at $470,000
Unit 7, dry cleaners:
Rent: $18,942/year net + gst, lease 6 years from last October
Outcome: passed in at $300,000

225 Onewa Rd:
Features: cross-lease, 1/3 share in 913m², vacant ex-surgery, 5 parking spaces
Outcome: sold for $650,000
Agents: Michael Nees, Owen Ding & Oscar Kuang


7 Vega Place, unit E:
Features: 272m² industrial unit,
Rent: $52,000/year net + gst from established tenants on new leases
Outcome: sold for $980,000
Agents: James Kidd & Matt Mimmack


1 Polarity Rise, ground floor:
Features: 145m², 2 shops on 2 titles for sale as one
Rent: $61,966.70/year net + gst + opex
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Ashton Geissler, Eddie Zhong & Mustan Bagasra


424 Lake Rd:
Features: 3 tenancies
Rent: $61,950/year net + gst, rising to $63,383 in November,
Outcome: sold for $1.5 million
Agents: Michael Nees & David Huang

Wairau Valley

107 Wairau Rd:
Features: 1184m² site, 13-year-old car dealership Car7, 40m² office 
Rent: $63,600/year net + gst, redevelopment potential up to 20m height limit
Outcome: sold for $2.8 million at $2365/m²
Agents: Brian Caldwell & Ranjan Unka



Lincoln North Shopping Centre, 192 Lincoln Rd, unit A1:
Features: 756m² retail unit, 7-year lease to Supercheap Auto from July 2016
Rent: $212,292.82/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $4 million at a 5.3% yield
Agents: Matt Lee, Tony Chaudhary & James Chan

373 Great North Rd:
Features: 808m² corner site, 1240m² floor area, BNZ as tenant on lease to 2020 with further renewal rights, basement parking
Rent: $219,360/year net + gst + opex, rent review in December
Outcome: sold for $4 million
Agents: Mike Adams & Laurie Burt


East Tamaki

44D Andromeda Crescent:
Features: 400m² industrial unit – high stud, clearspan warehouse 300m², office/amenities 40m², mezzanine 60m²
Outcome: sold for $735,000
Agents: Nelson Raines

Mangere Bridge

19 Coronation Rd:
Features: 273m² town centre site, 160m² bank branch, seismic rating 67% of new building standard
Rent: $34,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $973,000
Agents: Nicolas Ching & Beterly Pan

South of the Bombays

Hawke’s Bay

Napier, Onekawa

Deco City Motor Lodge, 308 Kennedy Rd:
Features: 2682m² site, 30 studios and 1- & 2-bedroom units, conference suite, manager’s quarters, freehold going concern, Qualmark 4.5 stars, in Host Accommodation Group, seismic rating 80% of new building standard
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Paul Dixon, Daniel Moffitt & Carolyn Hanson

Attribution: Company release.

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7 of 19 intensive homes sell at Barfoots

7 intensive properties sold out of 19 auctioned at Barfoot & Thompson’s city office over the last 3 days. They include apartments, suburban units, townhouses & homes on cross-leases.

At times the auctionroom was busy, more often quiet – not surprisingly so, given that the agency is putting through about the same number of properties in a week as it was pumping through in a day at the frenzied height of the market last year & briefly this year.

The properties listed below were auctioned between Tuesday afternoon & Thursday morning.


Learning Quarter

Silo, 23 Emily Place, unit 11H:
Features: 3-bedroom apartment, deck, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: body corp levy $8677/year for the unit, $746/year for each parking space
Outcome: passed in at $900,000
Agents: Aaron Cook & Leo Shin

Argent Hall, 2 Eden Crescent, unit 14F:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, storage unit, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $6183/year
Outcome: passed in at $540,000, sold shortly after the auction for $557,000
Agents: Zoran Farac & Justin Choi

Isthmus east


22 Marua Rd, unit 3:
Features: cross-lease, quarter share in 1214m², 4 bedrooms, double carport
Outcome: sold for $858,000
Agents: Alex Yang & Xia Wang

Mt Wellington

16 Bertrand Rd, unit 4:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, carport
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Robben Li & Will Liu


Queens Lodge, 176 Broadway, unit D505:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, secure parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $1353/year for unit, $638/year for parking
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $580,000
Agent: Duncan Wu


90 Victoria St, unit 2:
Features: cross-lease, 1/9 share in 2056m², 2 bedrooms, garage
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $589,000
Agents: Leonie Stabler & Di Lynds


4 Churton St, unit 4:
Features: 3-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces
Income assessment: appraisal $1350/week
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $1.775 million
Agent: Linda Galbraith

4 Churton St, unit 5:
Features: 3-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces
Income assessment: appraisal $1350/week
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $1.775 million
Agent: Linda Galbraith

4 Churton St, unit 7:
Features: 3-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces
Income assessment: appraisal $1350/week
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $1.775 million
Agent: Linda Galbraith

Isthmus west

Grey Lynn

23A Pollen St, unit 102:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, study nook, balcony, storage unit, secure parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $3382/year
Outcome: sold for $741,000
Agents: George Damiris & Carl Madsen

Herne Bay

27 Wallace St, unit 1:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $3193/year
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Ashley Tait & Andre Bodde


52 Aitken Terrace, unit 1A:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, double garage
Outgoings: body corp levy $4743/year
Outcome: sold for $930,000
Agents: George Damiris & Carl Madsen

Mt Roskill

41A Marion Avenue:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 839m², 4 bedrooms, carport
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Denis Dias & Calvin Roche

25A Rogan St:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 813m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garage
Outcome: passed in
Agent: Tanzi Rose


32 Fowlds Avenue, unit 3:
Features: cross-lease, quarter share in 655m², 2-bedroom unit, garage
Outcome: sold for $687,000
Agent: Felix Bogdanovic

24 Morningside Drive, unit 4:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, garage
Outgoings: body corp levy $591/year
Outcome: sold for $639,000
Agent: Repeka Lelaulu

St Marys Bay

101 Shelly Beach Rd, unit 1:
Features: cross-lease, 1/6 share in 695m², 2-bedroom unit, deck, private courtyard
Outcome: passed in at $800,000
Agents: Carl & Rosanne Madsen

117 Shelly Beach Rd, unit 9:
Features: 3-bedroom terrace, 3 bathrooms, balcony, double garage
Outgoings: body corp levy $5418/year
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Carl & Rosanne Madsen



85 Edmonton Rd, unit 18:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, offstreet parking
Income assessment: $360/week fixed until August
Outcome: sold for $489,000
Agent: Rosemary Giborees

Attribution: Auctions.

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Council supports regeneration actions

Auckland Council’s finance & performance committee approved 3 actions yesterday to support urban regeneration, and another likely to result in the transfer of a town centre carpark from Auckland Transport to a supermarket owner.

The 3 regeneration-supporting actions were:

Divestment of 2 areas in the New Lynn town centre totalling 3384m², which Infratil Ltd has first development right on

Sale of council landholdings in central Henderson – with the intention of the local board to recoup at least some of the sale funds – to enable urban renewal & town centre housing

Sale of a number of council landholdings in Onehunga, also to support regeneration and the development of housing, and also with at least some of the sale funds being applied to that, and

Sale of the 19 Anzac Avenue carpark in Browns Bay, most likely to remain a parking lot because a high proportion of users park there to go to the nearby supermarket.

The regeneration proposals are all part of council-controlled Panuku Development Auckland’s task of selling off land the council doesn’t use, and secondly to support Panuku’s programme of transforming town centres.

Onehunga is marked as a “transform” centre and Henderson as an “unlock” centre in Panuku’s priority list of urban renewal around the region.

  • I’ll return to these redevelopment topics in considerably more detail, probably starting in about a week.

Attribution: Council committee meeting.

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Unlock Henderson project moves toward firm transformation proposal

Council property & development arm Panuku Development Auckland will present proposals to the Henderson-Massey Local Board tomorrow for the transformation of Henderson town centre, based on residential intensification at 3 clusters of sites.

The proposals fall under Panuku’s unlock category of centre transformation developed in 2015 – the main category for big projects, transform, is being led by plans for Onehunga & Manukau Central and work already underway in the Wynyard Quarter and under the Tamaki regeneration partnership; the unlock category covers 7 centres plus housing for the elderly; and the third category, support, covers another 8 centres.

Senior project planning leader Richard Davison, who wrote an extensive paper on how to unlock value in Henderson and transform the town centre, said the vision built on the strong foundations of Waitakere City’s eco-city & inclusive approach.

To get to this stage, Panuku has worked with both the local board & mana whenua, but the assessment which led to Henderson being listed as a transformation target in the first place wasn’t flattering. Mr Davison wrote:

“The Henderson centre is fragmented by the 2 streams & the rail corridor, impacting the connectivity from east to west and from the surrounding suburbs into the central area.

“A combination of reduced public reinvestment & maintenance, along with the poor market perception, exacerbated by local crime rates, the area’s lower socio-economic profile and a main street dominated by shopfront vacancies has acted as a deterrent for private investors & businesses to take risks in delivering new projects to the market.

“While there is a broad & general demand for residential growth, the current housing stock lacks diversity, with apartments & terraced housing difficult to justify or get off the ground in a market that has a limited appetite and a clear limit to price point.

“Thus, combined with an eroded strategic mandate, Henderson has been rendered a financially challenging development location. Therefore, Henderson was chosen as a Panuku ‘unlock’ location as a result of a council-led assessment across the region’s urban centres that had potential for urban regeneration.”

Panuku’s high level project plan is aimed at catalysing & reinvigorating “wider private development potential in central Henderson through 3 broad stages of proposed development on specific council landholdings within the project area. The plan takes a cross-council, town centre-wide view of property opportunities to potentially facilitate & enable high quality, residential-led development.”

Panuku sees opportunities for the short, medium & long term in 3 land clusters. 2 along Henderson Valley Rd are the council site (the old Waitakere City Council headquarters) and the film studios area. The third cluster is a group of surface carparks in key central & gateway locations, which Mr Davison said would create the most urban impact if developed.

Panuku seeks the local board’s endorsement of the proposed vision, the 5 principles that would guide development and the 4 goals guiding development.

Assuming effective transformation, Henderson would have high quality medium-density residential & commercial development, walking & cycling links supporting the Twin Streams pathway, public art and Henderson Valley Rd turned into a high quality, mixed-use residential corridor.

Attribution: Local board agenda.

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