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Kiwi Property sells Majestic to Investec fund

Kiwi Property Group Ltd has secured an agreement to sell the Majestic Centre in Wellington for $123.2 million to Investec Property Ltd, as the responsible entity for the Investec Australia Property Fund.

As part of the sale arrangement, Investec will appoint Kiwi Property to manage the office tower, which has undergone one of New Zealand’s largest seismic upgrades. It’s Investec’s first New Zealand purchase.

Kiwi Property chief executive Chris Gudgeon said yesterday: “We are immensely proud of what we have achieved for the tenants of the Majestic Centre, raising the seismic performance rating of the office tower to 100% of new building standard.

“Notwithstanding, the Majestic Centre was identified for sale as part of our capital recycling programme. Proceeds from the sale, which is due to settle in December, will be used to pay down bank debt, providing further flexibility for Kiwi Property to invest in line with our strategy.”

In the company’s annual accounts to March 2017, the value of the 21-storey Majestic Centre increased to $119.4 million, but a net value loss of $5 million was recorded after allowing for capex on the seismic upgrade programme completed in January. The building, at 100 Willis St, has a net lettable area of 24,469m² (2322m² retail, 22147m² office) & 240 parking spaces and typical floorplates of 1000m².

Kiwi Property is due to release its result for the September half-year next Monday, 20 November. At the moment it’s showing the Majestic Centre has 92.1% occupancy, a weighted average lease term of 6.8 years & net rental income of $7.1 million.

The buyer, Investec, said it was acquiring the property on an initial yield of 7.1% and with average annual contractual rental escalations of about 2.75%. It said the property was 98% occupied and had a long weighted average lease expiry of 6.6 years.

Investec is a South African investment bank which has a dual listing in Johannesburg & London. It floated the Investec Australia Property Fund on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2013, launching with an $A130 million portfolio of 8 industrial & office properties.

That portfolio now comprises 25 properties worth $A942 million, and fund chief executive Graeme Katz said yesterday that was a scale at which management believed an ASX listing could be considered.

He added: “We continue to believe in the case for investing in good quality investment properties in Australia & New Zealand. The fund’s current equity yield of 8.2% is attractive for South African investors, especially as it is underpinned by the region’s favourable macro-economic conditions, property yield spread over historically low funding costs locked in and income returns in hard currency.”

14 November 2017: IAPF portfolio value approaches $A1.0bn mark through acquisition & value uplift

Attribution: Kiwi & Investec releases.

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6 sales south of Bombays, 3 in Christchurch development in Total Property auction series

6 properties south of Auckland were sold last week in Bayleys’ Total Property 7 auction series down the North Island.

In Christchurch, 3 units in a 17-unit development by Latitude Group Ltd (Ken Wimsett & Callum Baker) were sold in the Total Property auction. The developer envisaged uses would range from retail, office, hospitality & commercial services to trade supplies.

South of the Bombays

Bay of Plenty

Mt Maunganui

314 Maunganui Rd, units E & F:
Features: 2 adjoining office units totalling 223m², on the ground floor of Custom House commercial complex in high profile corner position; Bayleys’ franchisee Success Realty Ltd has occupied for past 10 years & renewed for further 10 years from October 2017, with 2 5-year rights of renewal
Rent: $99,668/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $2.22 million at a 4.49% yield
Agents: Brendon & Lynn Bradley

Hawke’s Bay

Havelock North

2A Lindsay St:
Features: 472m² site, 195m² single-storey commercial building, seismic assessment 75% of new building standard, 5 parking spaces; occupied by hair stylist on 12-year lease from September 2016 following completion of building extension for a beauty clinic division
Rent: $45,751/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $815,000 at a 5.61% yield
Agent: Jacob Smith


New Plymouth, Bell Block

29-37 Paraite Rd:
Features: 1.084ha site, dual access, 2182m² industrial building including 621m² of canopies; international oil & gas company has occupied the site since 2012 on 7-year lease with 3 one-year rights of renewal
Rent: $199,112/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $2.6 million at a 7.66% yield
Agents: Alan Johnston & Iain Taylor



21-29 Bell Rd South, unit 6:
Features: 475m² tilt slab industrial unit built in 2008 and occupied since then by Fletcher Building subsidiary Foreman Commercial Interiors Ltd, current lease until June 2020 & no renewal right; 217m² high-stud warehousing plus 258m² of offices over 2 levels, 8 parking space
Rent: $70,400/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.04 million at a 6.77% yield
Agent: Richard Faisandier


216 Jackson St:
Features: 227m² site, 313m² 2-level mixed-use building, ground-floor 138m² dairy, rear access to courtyard, 175m² 3-bedroom character apartment above completely refurbished in 2009
Outcome: sold for $1.1 million at a 5.5% yield on periodic tenancies
Agents: Andrew Smith & Paul Cudby

30-32 Waione St:
Features: 1568m² corner redevelopment site zoned general business, in 2 titles, 3 street frontages; 625m² of industrial buildings, large yard area at rear
Rent: holding income $91,650/year gross + gst until 30 April 2018
Outcome: sold for $1.4 million
Agents: Andrew Smith & Richard Faisandier

South Island



987 Ferry Rd, unit 2:
Features: 158m² unit, 4 parking spaces on own titles in retail complex opened last year; 10-year lease to law firm Saunders & Co plus 3 5-year rights of renewal
Rent: $58,455/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.028 million at a 5.69% yield
Agents: Blair Young & Mitchell Wallace

Unit 6:
Features: 292m² unit, 7 parking spaces; 2 tenancies, one with a 10-year lease to Moroccan restaurant & the other with a 6-year lease to Bayleys’ Canterbury franchisee Whalan & Partners Ltd, both with further renewal rights
Rent: $122,798/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.935 million at a 6.35% yield
Agents: Blair Young & Mitchell Wallace

Unit 10: 
Features: 209.5 unit, 6 parking spaces; ANZ Bank has done an extensive fitout and has a 6-year lease from July 2016, with 3 3-year rights or renewal, 3-yearly market rent reviews plus annual CPI-indexed increases
Rent: $71,332/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $1.3 million at a 5.48% yield
Agents: Blair Young & Mitchell Wallace

Attribution: Agency release.

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Judge overturns year-old highrise consent next to heritage substation because of non-notification

High Court judge Rebecca Ellis has set aside a year-old resource consent for a 10-storey 39.5m building Equinox Capital Ltd proposes to build in central Wellington because the owners of a 2-storey heritage-listed former substation next door weren’t notified.

In her decision issued last Wednesday, Justice Ellis wrote: “In summary, I consider: (a) Sydney St Substation Ltd should have been given limited notification of Equinox’s resource consent application; (b) there was a material error in the 14 October 2016 decision not to publicly notify Equinox’s resource consent application; and (c) there were material errors in the 14 October 2016 decision granting Equinox’s resource consent application.

“There have been no matters raised which persuade me I should not exercise my discretion to grant relief here. I therefore make orders setting aside the notification decisions & the substantive resource consent decision, all of which are dated 14 October 2016.”

The dispute concerns buildings (heritage & proposed) a few doors from the courthouse, on what was Sydney St until 1993 and is now Kate Sheppard Place in Thorndon, a street noted for its “Elizabethan & Jacobean” architecture.

The category II heritage building is the old Sydney St substation at 19 Kate Sheppard Place, which has historical significance as one of the first substations constructed to distribute electricity in Wellington after the Mangahao hydro power station began operation in 1924.

Justice Ellis said it also had “some architectural significance due to what has been described as its ‘quirky mixture of architectural styles’”.

The lower of its 2 storeys originally housed the transformers & other substation equipment. The upper level has always been a home. “That unusual & experimental combination of utilitarian & residential design is regarded as adding to its architectural interest. A heritage covenant was placed on the building in 2011.”

In 2013 the Government sold the substation building to Sydney St Substation Ltd, owned by Trevor & Jillian Lord. They renovated & strengthened the building to some acclaim, with the assistance of a Wellington City Council grant. The entirety of the building is now used for residential purposes.

Justice Ellis concluded: “There can be no real doubt that the substation’s heritage value was highly influential in the decision to purchase it, and to renovate it at some expense. To suggest that an adverse effect on the substation’s heritage value does not, equally, adversely affect its owner seems unattractive. So if there is a minor adverse effect on the heritage value of the building there is a minor adverse effect on Sydney St Substation Ltd.

“Even if there is some flaw in that logic, there remains the further & more substantive (“anticipated development model”) issue. The views I have expressed about that strongly support the conclusion that the adverse effects on the owner of the substation (in terms of the matters of which discretion is restricted under rule 13.3.4, namely design, external appearance, siting & placement of building mass) have been understated and are at least minor.

“On any of the above analyses, therefore, Sydney St Substation Ltd was an affected person and should have received limited notification of Equinox’s resource consent application.”

In contrast with the judge’s view, the council notification said: “There are no affected persons in respect of this application (sections 95B/95E). It is noted that neighbours have registered an interest in works occurring on the subject site. Neighbour interest does not deem them to be affected parties under the tests of the act or qualify as special circumstances under the act in this case.”

The judge said most other buildings in the vicinity were multi-level office blocks “of limited street appeal”. The Lords sought judicial review of Wellington City Council’s approval of resource consent “authorising the construction of another such building immediately adjacent to the substation, on a site which is presently a carpark. In short, Sydney St Substation Ltd says that the council was wrong to grant the consent and also wrong to even consider it on a non-notified basis. They say that the substation will be significantly adversely affected by the proposed construction.”

Equinox (Chong Du Cheng & Kerry Knight) has plans for 63 apartments, a 39-room hotel with ground-floor lobby and ground-floor commercial space with a total floor area of 32,422m².

An important factor in the judge’s consideration was that the proposed building would exceed the height limit of 35.4m in the “low city” area, set out in the district plan.

According to the district plan guidelines, “Where a new development adjoins a heritage building that is 4 storeys or less, its height should be not more than one storey above the heritage building, over an area extending approximately 5-8m along & back from the street frontage at the common boundary with the heritage building”.

Link: Substation judgment

Attribution: Judgment.

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Statistics House demolition confirmed

CentrePort Ltd confirmed yesterday that Statistics House in Wellington would be demolished because of damage sustained in last November’s Kaikoura earthquake, now that insurers have decided the building is not economically viable to repair.

CentrePort will apply to Wellington City Council for consents to safely demolish the 5-storey office block. Chief executive Derek Nind said: “We’re pleased to have final certainty on the matter and will start planning for the building’s removal, working with our tenants, neighbours & other key stakeholders for its safe demolition.”

CentrePort is still working with its engineers & insurers on the status of the BNZ building.

Government Statistician & Statistics NZ chief executive Liz MacPherson welcomed an end to the uncertainty: “This announcement by CentrePort means we can draw a line under our past connection with Statistics House. Stats NZ staff have been progressively moving on, both physically & mentally, from Statistics House after the quake 11 months ago.

“We will be forever thankful that the quake happened just after midnight last November when nobody was in the building, rather than at midday during the work week.”

She said Statistics NZ was fully insured and was still working with insurers to determine a settlement. Staff have occupied other buildings in central Wellington since late 2016 and have leases in place for at least another year.

The Government Property Group is looking more broadly at accommodation for Wellington-based agencies, including Statistics NZ.

Attribution: CentrePort & Statistics NZ releases.

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H&M to lead retail revival at Queensgate

Swedish fashion & homegoods retailer H&M will open its third New Zealand store in October, leading in to the return & arrival of a large number of other retailers at the quake-hit Queensgate Shopping Centre in Lower Hutt.

Kiwi Property Group Ltd brought the Swedish listed company, H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB, to New Zealand first, opening an H&M store at its Sylvia Park shopping centre in Auckland a year ago. Philip Carter’s The Crossing development in Christchurch, which incorporates offices and food & beverage outlets in a precinct which combines new & restored heritage buildings, opened the second H&M this month.

Queensgate, managed by Stride Investment Management Ltd for the Diversified NZ Property Trust, will open its H&M on Thursday 26 October, in 2700m2 on 2 levels in the Centre Court.

The Diversified trust bought the former Westfield mall from Scentre Group (NZ) Ltd in August 2016. Part of it was closed after the Kaikoura earthquake in November and a portion of the carpark & its cinema complex were demolished. After a partial reopening, the centre was fully reopened in April.

Stride shopping centres general manager Roy Stansfield said on Wednesday the company was also readying sites at Queensgate for other new stores and stores that were returning, relocating & upgrading: “We expect many of these to be completed before the busy Christmas period. These include Skechers, Bed Bath N Table, Health 2000, Portmans, Merchant, Bed Bath & Beyond and Boost Juice.

Earlier story:
9 July 2017: H&M to open at Queensgate

Attribution: Stride release.

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4 provincial sales for Bayleys

Bayleys has sold 4 properties down country in its Total Property auction series – in Tairua, Taupiri, Opotiki & Lower Hutt.

South of the Bombays

Bay of Plenty


108 Church St:
Features: 413mcbd site, 330m2 building occupied by ANZ Bank since construction in 1985
Rent: $48,685/year net + gst       
Outcome: sold for $516,000 at a 9.44% yield, bank currently on a one-year lease from July with 5 one-year rights of renewal
Agents: Brendon & Lynn Bradley and Kim Williams



148 Main Rd:
Features: 822mcommercially zoned site on State Highway 25, single-level streetfront building with established bakery tenancy, 3 storage sheds at rear
Rent: $29,807/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $553,000 at a 5.39% yield
Agents: Josh Smith & Belinda Sammons



1 Railway Rd:
Features: 3948m2 site, 986m2 Fonterra subsidiary Farm Source rural supply services store
Rent: $137,842/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $2.25 million at a 6.12% yield, 8-year lease runs until 2023, 4 3-year eights of renewal
Agent: Josh Smith


Lower Hutt

305 Jackson St:
Features: 290m2 site, 175m2 single-level office building, 71% new building standard seismic assessment
Rent: assessed potential rent $43,700/year net + gst   
Outcome: sold with vacant possession for $676,000
Agents: Andrew Smith & Paul Cudby

Attribution: Agency release.

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Summerset buys at Porirua for 5th Wellington village

Retirement village developer Summerset Group Holdings Ltd said today it had bought a 6ha site, price undisclosed, in the Kenepuru Landing development at Porirua for its 5th village in the Wellington region.

Kenepuru Landing is a joint residential housing project between developer Carrus Corp Ltd & local iwi Ngati Toa.

Summerset chief executive Julian Cook said the proposed village on Bluff Rd would have over 290 homes, including 2- & 3-bedroom villas & apartments, one-bedroom serviced apartments and resthome & hospital care. The village would also include Summerset’s memory care centre concept, offering 20 one-bedroom apartments in a safe environment for people with dementia.

The company expects to build 450 retirement units nationally this year.

Attribution: Company release.

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Updated: Reserve Bank sublets to help pay the rent

Published 4 September 2017, updated 6 September 2017:
The Reserve Bank has gone further into commercial sub-leasing – not because it saw how to use space better, but to meet its schedule of payments to the Government. The NZ Defence Force has signed a lease to occupy 3 floors in the Reserve Bank building in Wellington, beginning sometime in the next 4 months (the bank said ‘later this year’).

Update paragraph: The bank told me yesterday it owned the building and wasn’t subletting. In my shorthand I called it subletting because the bank is leasing out space so it can pay its owner, the Government, not because it didn’t need the space. Strictly, it’s a lease. In effect, the bank’s not an owner in control.

The bank’s head of currency, property & security, Steve Gordon, said today the Defence Force would be the fourth tenant in the building, joining the Parliamentary Counsel Office, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and the State Services Commission.

He said the bank had vacated the floors being leased to the Defence Force as part of a strategy to increase its property income to meet its funding agreement.

The bank has been leasing space in the building, at No 2 The Terrace, since at least mid-2016.

Mr Gordon said the appeal of the building lay in its top seismic rating & proximity to Parliament. The building is being refurbished to modernise its interior.

Attribution: Bank release.

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Wellington industrial property & development prospect sold

Bayleys agents in Wellington have sold a Ngauranga industrial property and 3 sites with development potential in Hopper St, Te Aro.

South of the Bombays



1 Lower Tyers Rd:
Features: 7138m² site, modern 4662m ² high-stud industrial building, 100% new building standard seismic rating, 30 parking spaces; leased to The Information Management Group (NZ) Ltd (a Freightways Ltd subsidiary) for 12 years until April 2021, with 4 5-year rights of renewal
Rent: $741,943/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $9,893,000 at a 7.5% yield
Agent: Grant Young

Te Aro

7, 9 & 11 Hopper St:
Features: 1424m² site in 3 titles, 966m² 2-level 1970s warehouse & showroom; 2 bare land titles have residential development potential (height limit 27m)
Outcome: sold to an owner-occupier for $3,601,111 with vacant possession
Agents: Mark Walker & James Higgie

Attribution: Agency release.

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All 6 southern properties sell at Bayleys auctions

Bayleys sold all 6 properties south of the Bombays in its Total Property auction series last week.

South of the Bombays

Bay of Plenty


1 Valley Grove Rd (pictured):
Features: 1310m² site, 978m² 2-level A grade office building constructed in 2008, 18 parking spaces, 2 tenancies, anchored by national insurance broker BrokerWeb Risk Services Ltd
Rent: $144,128/year net + gst
Outcome: sold to an Auckland buyer for $2.195 million at a 6.57% yield
Agents: Brendon & Lynn Bradley

Rotorua – Glenholme

193 Ranolf St:
Features: 348m² suburban site, 3 retail units totalling 170m², leases ranging from 12 months to 4 years, all with renewals
Rent: $28,103/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $285,000 at a 9.86% yield
Agents: Brei Gudsell & Paul Stewart



11 Manchester Square:
Features: 157m2 cbd site, 100m² character building recently fully refurbished and seismically  strengthened to 70% of new building standard, new 10-year lease term to the Thai House group, which operates 14 restaurants in the North Island
Rent: $38,000/year net + gst, fixed 2-yearly CPI rent increases
Outcome: sold for $455,000 at an 8.35% yield
Agents: Bede Blatchford, Karl Cameron & Lewis Townshend


Grenada North

50 Takapu Rd:
Features: 1247m² truck refuelling site on corner of Jamaica Drive at the gateway to the Grenada Business Park, leased to BP Oil NZ, which has exercised a right of renewal until November 2022 and & owns maintains all of the truckstop plant & equipment
Rent: $60,766/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $799,000 at a 7.6% yield
Agents: Fraser Press & John Pritchard

Lower Hutt

423 High St:
Features: 1000m² site, 643m² single-level building tenanted by a Jetts 24-hour fitness centre on a renewed lease from June 2016 and a tyre/auto centre, 14 parking spaces
Outcome: sold for $2.1 million at a 6.8% yield
Agent: Andrew Smith

Stokes Valley

18-20 George St:
Features: 1665m² site, rundown 1145m² double-bay warehouse/workshop building with mezzanine & office space
Rent: potential income assessed at $55,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold with vacant possession for $6.15 million
Agents: Richard Faisandier & Andrew Smith

Attribution: Agency release.

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