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Heritage Grand & Citta units sell

A Heritage Grand Tower studio was sold under the hammer at City Sales’ auction yesterday, and a Citta studio (building pictured) with parking space was sold before the auction for $48,000 more than it went for in December.

A large unit in The Mews on Basque Rd, Eden Terrace,with remediation work almost complete, was passed in, and 2 leasehold units in Q Central, at the top of Queen St, were also passed in.



Q Central, 26 Liverpool St, unit 2B:
Features: leasehold, 65m², 2 bedrooms, deck, tandem lockup garage
Outgoings: rates $1341/year including gst; body corp levy $3642/year, ground rent $6893/year
Outcome: passed in at $135,000
Agents: Maryanne Wong

Q Central, 34 Liverpool St, unit 6B:
Features: leasehold, 70m², 2 bedrooms, deck, storage locker, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: rates $1341/year including gst; body corp levy $4907/year, ground rent $8808
Income assessment: $600-650/week
Outcome: passed in at $120,000
Agents: Kristine Snore

Victoria Quarter

Heritage Grand Tower, 22 Nelson St, unit 315:
Features: 37m² studio including deck
Outgoings: rates $1063/year including gst; body corp levy $3734/year
Outcome: sold for $268,000
Agents: Iona Rodrigues

Isthmus east


Citta, 186 Symonds St, unit 302:
Features: 36m² studio, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1093/year including gst; body corp levy $3143/year
Outcome: sold in December for $320,000, sold prior for $368,000
Agents: Steve Kirk & Habeeb Urrahman

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

The Mews, 8 Basque Rd, unit 7/4C:
Features: 122m² including deck, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, tandem parking; remediation project almost completed, final repair costs not yet known, code compliance certificate still to be issued
Outgoings: rates $1030/year including gst; body corp levy $5126/year
Outcome: passed in at $790,000
Agents: Trisha Shanaghan

Attribution: Auction.

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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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Station penthouse sells

The penthouse in the newly converted former Mt Eden fire station (pictured) was sold at auction last week, one of 3 apartment & suburban unit sales under the hammer at Bayleys’ auctions around Auckland.

Isthmus east


30B Buckley Rd:
Features: 1105m² section, block of 3 units, each with 2 bedrooms & carport
Outcome: sold for $1.8 million
Agents: Cherry Killgour & Steve Leyland

Isthmus west

Mt Eden

The Station, 64 Valley Rd, unit 5:
Features: 220m² internal, deck 23m², 4-bedroom penthouse taking up the entire top floor of the old Mt Eden fire station, 4 ensuites, 2 basement parking spaces
Outcome: sold for $3/85 million
Agents: Gary & Vicki Wallace



19 Luton Avenue, unit 2:
Features: m², 2-bedroom unit, single garage converted to extra bedroom
Outcome: sold for $760,000
Agents: Gary Robertson & Roger Sumich

Attribution: Agency release.

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Design leaders appointed for “airport of the future”

Auckland International Airport Ltd has appointed a specialist consortium to lead design of the “airport of the future”, starting with creation of a combined domestic & international terminal.

The consortium will be led by management, engineering & development consultancy Mott MacDonald NZ Ltd, and includes Grimshaw Architects NZ Ltd, Architectus & Holmes Consulting Ltd.

Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood said: “The selected consortium’s experience covers over 1000 aviation projects in 120 countries across 260 airports. In addition to specialist experience & knowledge, the consortium’s architects have a proven record of successfully bringing local cultural influence into the fabric of their passenger-focused design. This is a significant factor for us as we build a world-class airport with a uniquely New Zealand feel.”

The scope of the design project covers building works over the next 10 years. This includes the new integrated domestic terminal, expansion of border processing and the integration of extensive new transport & parking facilities.

The design is expected to be completed in early 2018.

Attribution: Company release.

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Accor to run Chows’ Rotorua hotel

NZAX-listed property company Chow Group Ltd’s management company, CGML Ltd, has awarded the management contract for its Rotorua hotel to AccorHotels.

CGML bought the 30-year-old, 10-storey, 8000m² office Zens Centre at 1135 Arawa St in 2015 and is converting it into a 130-room hotel.

Director John Chow (pictured in front of the building with mayor Steve Chadwick) said it would carry a 5-star brand. Work on architectural plans has started and the conversion should start in July. It’s expected to open at the end of 2018 or early 2019.

AccorHotels already operates a Novotel in Rotorua and the ibis Rotorua Lakeside.

Ms Chadwick said the retail & tourism sectors were doing extremely well in Rotorua and its economy was performing above the national average: “Rotorua is growing & thriving. Our population now exceeds 70,000 and continues to grow, and unemployment is dropping. It’s important that we continue to build on these positive achievements, and projects such as the Chow Group’s new upscale hotel are critical to our success, improving our tourism infrastructure and creating work opportunities.”

Attribution: Company release.

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7 leases around Shore

Bayleys agents on the North Shore have completed 7 lease transactions in Albany, Browns Bay, Rosedale, Takapuna & the Wairau Valley. They were also involved in 5 sales at Bayleys’ Total Property auction on Wednesday (reported separately, link below).




28 Corinthian Drive:
Features: 256m² retail, 10 parking spaces
Rent: leased in May for $135,960, parking $35/space/week, net excluding parking $117,760/year, premises rental $460/m²
Agents: Alex Strever, Eddie Zhong & Dean Gilbert-Smith

3 William Laurie Place, level 1:
Features: 378.05m² office, 11 parking spaces
Rent: leased in May for $111,672.50/year et + gst, parking $$30/space/week, net excluding parking $94,512.50/year, premises rental $250/m²
Agents: Dean Gilbert-Smith/Jane Sims & Ryan Dannhauser

Browns Bay

76 Clyde Rd:
Features: 89.1m² retail
Rent: leased in April for $34,000/year net + gst, premises rental $382/m²
Agent: Steven Liu


9 Beatrice Tinsley Crescent, unit A:
Features: 408m² industrial unit – warehouse 266m², showroom 64m², office 78m², 7 parking spaces (not separately charged for)
Rent: leased in May for $66,000/year net + gst, premises rental $162/m²
Agents: Laurie Burt, Ranjan Unka & Ashton Geissler


433 Lake Rd, level 3:
Features: 48.4m² office, parking space
Rent: leased in May for $12,468/year net + gst, parking $35/space/week, net excluding parking $10,648/year, premises rental $220/m²
Agents: Jane Sims & Chris White

Smales Farm, B-Hive, level 1, suite 114B:
Features: 27m² office, no parking
Rent: leased in May for $32,560/year net, premises rental $1206/m²
Agents: Dean Gilbert-Smith

Wairau Valley

18 Link Drive, unit 15:
Features: 498m² industrial unit – warehouse 434m², other area 64m², 13 parking spaces (not separately charged for)
Rent: leased in April for $100,000/year net + gst, premises rental $201/m²
Agents: Steven Liu, Trevor Duffin, Alex Strever & Eddie Zhong

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

Attribution: Agency release.

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12 Total Property auction sales south of Auckland

All 6 properties in Bayleys’ third Wellington Total Property auction for the year were sold under the hammer on Thursday, and another 6 on the Coromandel, Waikato & Rotorua were sold.

South of the Bombays


243 Colville Rd (pictured above):
Features: Shelly Beach campground, 5.0627ha beachfront site operating under Top 10 Holiday Park brand, 5km from Coromandel township, comprising a variety of camping facilities plus manager’s accommodation & house
Outcome: sold as freehold going concern for $3 million
Agents: Josh Smith & Belinda Sammons


458 Pollen St:
Features: 2836m2 mainstreet site, Mitre 10 the anchor occupant, 1659m2 of buildings earthquake strengthened to over 67% of new building standard, various lease terms to Mitre 10 running to 2021 with renewal rights, plus small upstairs office lease to Home IT Solutions
Rent: $145,500/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $2.165 million at a 6.7% yield.
Agents: Josh Smith & Mary Walker



81 Pururu St:
Features: 1012m2 industrial site, large yard area, 471m2 high-stud warehouse & office building previously split into 2 tenancies
Outcome: sold vacant for $401,000
Agents: Mark Slade & Brei Gudsell



56 Grey St:
Features: 9800m² site, 1150m² ex-bulk petfood-processing facility
Outcome: sold vacant for $1.2 million
Agent: Josh Smith

7 Station Rd:
Features: High-exposure 1062m2 corner site with 900m2 warehouse/factory, ex Lemon & Paeroa bottling plant
Outcome: sold vacant for $420,000
Agent: Josh Smith

Te Awamutu

355 Rickit Rd:
Features: 653m2 road-frontage site, 410m2 building, fully leased to 2 established electrical tenants
Rent: $56,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $760,000 at a 7.4% yield
Agents: Alex ten Hove & Mike Swanson



5 Albert St:
Features: strengthened & refurbished 1356m² commercial building, 1006m² of mostly office space leased to Department of Corrections for 9 years from October 2015, 350m² at the front of the building is vacant
Rent: $118,216/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.275 million
Agents: Andrew Smith, John Pritchard & Dave Wish


Lower Hutt

444 Cuba St, Lower Hutt.

444 Cuba St:
Features: 1295m² corner site, 300m² rear parking & yard area, high-stud 1100m² refurbished retail building, Hunting & Fishing in occupation for over 20 years, current 6-year lease from October 2014 plus one 4-year right of renewal
Rent: $86,800/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $975,000 at an 8.9% yield
Agent: Mark Sherlock

MacKay House, 92 Queens Drive, level 2:
Features: 326m² office floor needing renovation, in 1960s building adjacent to Queensgate Mall, part leased to 2 tenants, two-thirds vacant
Rent: $31,500/year gross + gst
Outcome: sold for $50,000
Agents: Paul Cudby & Andrew Smith


17 Glover St:
Features: 603m2 business 2-zoned narrow, bare site, 300m2 flat usable area, excavation required for greater footprint, concept plans for 270m2 warehouse
Outcome: sold for $280,000 at $464/m2
Agents: Matt Gibbs & Fraser Press

2 Hartham Place South, Porirua.


2 Hartham Place South:
Features: 380m², 2-level cbd commercial building, tenant parking at rear, ground floor leased to Pacific Radiology, first floor occupied by law firm & physiotherapist with leases until 2019 & 2020 plus rights of renewal
Rent: $50,350/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $712,000 at a 7.1% yield
Agent: Jon Pottinger


108 Main Rd:
Features: 161m² purpose-built dental surgery on 1019m² residentially zoned site with large parking area, 5-year lease to Lumino the Dentist from October 2016, with one 5-year right of renewal
Rent: $33,280/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $582,000 at a 5.72% yield
Agents: Jon Pottinger & Stephen Lange

Attribution: Agency release.

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Waiheke marina approved

Commissioners approved Kennedy Point Boatharbour Ltd (Tony Mair)’s 186-berth floating marina at Kennedy Point in Putiki Bay, Waiheke Island, yesterday after a hearing in early April.

The marina will be located west of the existing SeaLink car ferry terminal at Kennedy Point and will be accessible from Donald Bruce Rd, to the south of the breakwater. The marina will include:

  • about 186 berths, up to 19 pile moorings & 30 public day berths
  • 2 Swedish-designed floating breakwaters to protect the berths, floating pontoons piers & wharf
  • marina office, storage for kayaks & stand-up paddleboards, visitor facilities, café/public space, meeting room and a carpark with up to 72 spaces.

The 5-member hearings panel, chaired by Greg Hill, found the marina proposal was overall consistent with all relevant statutory policy provisions and that its adverse environmental effects were fully addressed and either minor or appropriately avoided, remedied or mitigated.

Developer Tony Mair said: “The hearing heard from people both in support and in opposition to the marina. But I believe the decision we made earlier this year to change the design from rock breakwaters to floating attenuators helped to reduce any concerns of environmental impact at the site.

“In my 35 years of marina development, I have never seen a more appropriate site. The water is deep, avoiding the need for dredging, and the coastline is already modified. The design is also unique – like Waiheke – with all structures, including the carpark, marina office, community building, breakwaters & marina fingers floating. These structures, to be manufactured by world-renowned company SF Marinas in Sweden, will all be towed into place, mitigating a lot of construction noise & onshore disturbance.”
Mr Mair expects construction to take 18 months.

Earlier story:
26 May 2016: Mair unveils designs for Kennedy Pt marina on Waiheke

Attribution: Company release.

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5 intensive residentials & 2 warehouses sell at Barfoots

Barfoot & Thompson sold 5 intensive residential properties – apartments, townhouses, suburban units, cross-leases – at its city auctions on Wednesday-Thursday, leaving 9 unsold, and sold both commercial properties on offer.

After some long silences during the residential auction yesterday, one of the warehouses was brought back and sold after some spirited bidding. The other warehouse was sold shortly after auction.



Queen St

Queen’s Residences, 8 Airedale St, unit 1104:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, study, balcony
Outgoings: body corp levy $1858/year
Outcome: sold for $470,000 at auction brought forward
Agents: Simon Cai & Terry Kim


Amora, 100 Greys Avenue, unit 7D:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, management contracted to the hotel until 2020, hotel pays body corporate & council levies, annual CPI increases for income
Outgoings (paid by hotel): body corp levy $4531/year + one-off $1628 special levy to install common area air-conditioning
Income assessment: exceeding $9800/year + gst
Outcome: sold for $215,000
Agents: Mike Campbell

Victoria Quarter

Harbour Green, 11 Union St, unit 1110:
Features: refurbished 2-bedroom apartment, balcony, carport
Outgoings: rates $1316/year including gst; body corp levy $5185/year
Income assessment: $520-540/week
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Selina Zheng

SugarTree, 27 Union St, unit 809:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, 2 bathrooms, study, 2 balconies, storage locker, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $6999/year
Outcome: passed in at $870,000, back on market at $890,000
Agents: Livia Li & Alan Guo

Isthmus east


1 Epsom Avenue, unit 1:
Features: cross-lease, 1/10 share in 1438m², 3-bedroom unit, balcony, carport
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $765,000
Agents: George Fong & Paul Sun

614C Manukau Rd:
Features: cross-lease, 1/4 share in 800m², 3 levels, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 living areas, double internal-access garage
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Diana & Peter West

Mission Bay

Garden Court, 105 Tamaki Drive, unit 12:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, parking space; the asset offered was 6500 shares in Garden Court Flats Ltd & the right to vacant possession of this flat
Outcome: passed in at $1 million
Agents: Andy Dye


Farnham Terraces, 8 Farnham St, unit 2A:
Features: 140m², 2-bedroom terrace, 2 bathrooms, storage locker, tandem parking
Outgoings: body corp levy $6278/year
Outcome: passed in at $931,000
Agents: Selina Zheng & Jason Li

Royal Oak

16 Beckenham Avenue, unit 1:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 817m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, internal-access garage
Outcome: sold for $1.301 million
Agents: Leonie Stabler & Di Lynds

St Johns

23 Strong St, unit 1:
Features: cross-lease, quarter share in 622m², 2-bedroom unit, deck, parking space
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $610,000
Agents: Cristina Casares & Jacqui Freeman

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

10 Flower St, unit 105:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $3912/year
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Jason Buckwell

Herne Bay

37 Sentinel Rd, unit 2:
Features: cross-lease, 1/3 share in 1442m², 3-bedroom freestanding townhouse, 2 bathrooms, attic, double garage
Outcome: sold for $1.56 million
Agents: Jack Atherton & Sherryl Jones

Mt Albert

21 Burch St, unit 6:
Features: 86m², 2-bedroom unit, balcony, garage
Outgoings: body corp levy $1040/year
Outcome: sold for $795,000
Agents: Lisa Redgrove & George Damiris

Mt Eden

69 View Rd, unit 4:
Features: cross-lease, 1/6 share in 769m², 2-bedroom apartment, offstreet parking
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $745,000
Income assessment: $540/week current
Agents: Frank Excell & Ketiesha Elliott


Isthmus east


154 Captain Springs Rd:
Features: 1793m² site, 1321m² warehouse with small office, 300m² front yard, 250m from Te Papapa Station
Rent: $122,000/year net + gst + outgoings on monthly arrangement
Outcome: passed in at $2.275 million, sold for $2.476 million after further negotiation
Agents: James Marshall & Nick Wilson


922 Great South Rd:
Features: vacant 1163m² site, 482m² warehouse, showroom & office, 450m² yard, 21 parking spaces
Outcome: passed in with no bid, sold for $1.302 million after auction reopened
Agents: Nick Wilson & James Marshall

Attribution: Auctions.

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Updated: 2 more sold; apartment sales take hefty discounting

Published & updated 19 May 2017
Update: 2 more apartments were sold shortly after yesterday’s auction at Ray White City Apartments, taking sales to 5 out of 7. The post-auction sales were at HarbourCity & The Wakefield, details below.

Under the hammer

3 apartments were sold under the hammer out of 7 auctioned at Ray White City Apartments yesterday, but the road to a sale demonstrated the slide in pricing in Auckland’s residential markets.

A unit in the Aura on Cook St was knocked down after the vendor’s bottom price was revealed, followed by a long pause before it was taken up.

That was followed by the sale of leasehold units in Q City at the top of Queen St and Scene 3 in Quay Park. The unit in Q City (pictured) went for $13,000 under the declared reserve.

2 small units in Winsun Heights – real shoeboxes – were passed in.

Updated details:



Updated: HarbourCity, 16 Gore St, unit 37A:
Features: 38m², one bedroom
Outgoings: rates $3077/year including gst; body corp levy $2479/year (excluding water & gas); $5099 levy for remediation investigation & legal fees, of which first instalment $1283 paid
Income assessment: $430-460/week furnished
Outcome: passed in at $300,000, sold shortly after the auction for $315,000
Agents: May Ma & Mark Li

Learning Quarter

Updated: Wakefield, 18 Wakefield St, unit 2C:
Features: 98m² including 4m² deck, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, parking space, renovations completed
Outgoings: rates $1671/year including gst; body corp levy $4012/year
Outcome: passed in at $750,000, shortly after the auction for $805,000
Agent: Dominic Worthington

Quay Park

Scene 3, 30 Beach Rd, unit 1408:
Features: leasehold, 77m², one bedroom, study, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1810/year including gst; body corp levy $5496/year, ground rent $11,867/year
Outcome: sold for $151,000
Agent: Andrew Bond


Q City, 15 City Rd, unit 10H:
Features: leasehold, 40m², fully furnished one bedroom, balcony
Outgoings: rates $1050/year including gst; body corp levy $3985/year, ground rent $5642/year
Income assessment: $450-480/week furnished
Outcome: declared reserve $99,000, sold for $86,000
Agent: Liz McCarthy

Winsun Heights, 113 Vincent St, unit 12A:
Features: 17m² top-floor studio
Outgoings: rates $1008/year including gst; body corp levy $2774/year
Income assessment: $280/week current, appraised estimate $350/week
Outcome: passed in at $125,000
Agent: Ann Bennett

Winsun Heights, 113 Vincent St, unit 12B:
Features: 14m² top-floor studio
Outgoings: rates $996/year including gst; body corp levy $2774/year
Income assessment: $280/week current, appraised estimate $320/week
Outcome: passed in at $130,000
Agent: Ann Bennett

Victoria Quarter

Aura, 53 Cook St, unit 713:
Features: 49m², refurbished 2 bedrooms, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1287/year including gst; body corp levy $4949/year
Income assessment: $560-600/week furnished
Outcome: sold for $440,000
Agents: Ron Yang, Damian Piggin & Daniel Horrobin

Attribution: Auction.

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