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ARC maintains stand against urban limit shift for Manukau foodbowl

Published 2 December 2007

Auckland Regional Council remains determinedly opposed to a major change of the metropolitan urban limit around Auckland International Airport, which has been sought by the Manukau City Council, with support by the airport company for urban growth in a far larger area than required for purely aviation purposes

 

The regional council’s strategy & policy committee endorsed a submission this week, still agreeing to adding 1200ha to the metropolitan area but opposing the city council’s plan change affecting 100ha, where the city wants to see a Food Bowl business cluster established.

 

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Attribution: Council committee meeting & agenda, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Westfield completes $70 million Manukau City Centre redevelopment

Published 2 December 2007

Westfield NZ Ltd has completed the $70 million development of Westfield Manukau City Centre with an official opening on Thursday 29 November.

 

It’s added 40 specialty shops, an outdoor dining & entertainment area and a 2-level parking building.

 

Westfield Manukau City now has over 170 specialty stores, major retailers Foodtown & Farmers and mini-majors JB Hi Fi, Number 1 Shoes and a new-format Whitcoulls store.

 

The SkyCity Cinemas complex will open in 2008.

 

Westfield also opened the new $210 million Westfield Albany shopping centre in November, taking the value of the group’s investment in New Zealand over $3 billion. The company plans to invest a further $500 million in its New Zealand assets over the next 5 years.

 

Westfield entered the New Zealand market and then bought the St Luke’s Group portfolio of shopping centres with an initial investment of around $1 billion in 2000.

 

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Attribution: Company release story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Manukau wants old consent applications tidied up

Published 15 November 2007Manukau City Council is calling on people whose resource consent applications have been on hold for more than 6 months to send in missing information.

City form & environment portfolio leader Cllr Sharon Stewart said it was part of a drive to improve consent processing times. She said applicants would be given 10 days after they receive an explanatory letter to provide the required information. “If this doesn’t happen the consent can be declined and the applicant asked to cover all the costs of processing.”

She said 56% of non-notified resource consent applications were completed within the statutory timeframe of 20 working days.

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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Bendon puts up Oaks HQ for leaseback

Published 29 October 2007Fashion underwear company Bendon Ltd’s new head office in the Airport Oaks subdivision in Auckland goes on the market as a sale-&-leaseback this week with expectations of a $20 million-plus price tag.

“This is the kind of investment the pension funds will have a crack at,” said Derek Harries, senior director at CB Richard Ellis’ industrial and logistics services division.

Bendon moved its office from comparatively primitive quarters in the East Tamaki industrial done when the new headquarters building was completed in 2004. The distribution centre followed early last year.

In keeping with its high-profile fashion image, Bendon snared the Montgomerie Rd-George Bolt Memorial Drive corner site, on the Auckland City approach to Auckland International Airport and the gateway to the extensive Airpark & Airport Oaks industrial estates.

If the property achieves the anticipated price bracket, it will stamp an international seal of approval on the industrial estates around the airport, with a yield in the low 7% range, firmer than the office market in the central business district was managing 2 years ago.

The Bendon site occupies 1.64ha and has 3 road frontages, backing on to Airpark Drive for warehouse access. The head office area of 2167m² has a rental rate of $250/m², and a small part of it a rate of $255. The high-stud 3818m² section of the warehouse has a rental rate of $110/m².

Including a fitout rental for the 8½ years of the initial Bendon term, total passing rent is just under $1.65 million. Bendon has 2 6-year rights of renewal.

The property is managed by Jeremy Keating, of Site Retail Ltd, who has worked with Bendon for many years and was instrumental in arranging the shift from East Tamaki into the new design-build premises.

The combined Airpark & Airport Oaks subdivisions are the fastest-growing industrial areas in Auckland, fed by growth in customs clearance, logistics & distribution centres. Trans Tasman Properties Ltd began the Airpark subdivision with 29 industrial sites in 2002, but sold out in 2004 after adding a 52ha second stage to the original 35ha.

The whole Airport Oaks now has 517,000m² of industrial property in it, all outside the boundary of the airport, where the airport company has been carrying out its own developments.

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Attribution: CBRE release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Manukau City Diary for the week to 4 November 2007

THIS WEEK

Manukau City Council

Informal meet-the-mayor meeting, Thursday 1 November 4-6pm, The Chambers in Old Papatoetoe

BEYOND

Manukau City Council

Informal meet-the-mayor meeting, Thursday 8 November at 4-6pm, Orere Pt Hall

Council:

Thursday 22 November at 5pm

Committees:

Community development, Wednesday 14 November at 5pmCorporate governance, Tuesday 13 November at 5pmCouncil plan, Tuesday 27 November at 5pmEconomic development, Wednesdays 7 & 28 November at 5pmEnvironment & urban design, Thursday 15 November at 5pmHearings, Tuesday 6 November at 9.30amStrategic directions, Tuesday 20 November at 5pmTransport, Thursdays 8 & 29 November at 5pm

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MUL changes around airport notified

Published 23 October 2007Jurisdiction: Manukau City, Auckland Regional Council

Neighbourhood: Mangere

Applicants: City council, Auckland International Airport Ltd

Application detail: Mangere Gateway heritage area, plan change 14, application by the city council to establish a framework for the use, development & protection of natural & physical resources in the area north of Auckland International Airport and east of the Mangere wastewater treatment plant, and for some additional capacity for business.

Secondly, an application by the city council, private plan change 13 to the Auckland regional policy statement, to extend the metropolitan urban limits in 2 areas:

The Kirkbride area, 25ha east of the treatment plant odour buffer & west of Kirkbride Rd between Ascot Rd to the south & Creamery Rd to the north, andAirport land plus land to the north.

Notification date: 18 October

Submission closure date: Friday 16 November

Earlier stories:29 August 2007: Curtis says Manukau will appeal 100ha MUL rejection28 August 2007: ARC agrees to notify 1200ha Mangere MUL shift, but rejects 100ha of change

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Attribution: Council notices, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Manukau City Diary for the week to 28 October 2007

THIS WEEK

Manukau City Council

Council:

Inaugural meeting of new council, Thursday 25 October at 5pm

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Manukau City Diary for the week to 21 October 2007

THIS WEEK

Manukau City Council

Consultation:

Auckland International Airport Ltd, council 10.05% stake, submissions close on Friday 19 OctoberEarlier story, 13 September 2007: Manukau consults on future of airport stake

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Manukau City Diary for the week to 14 October 2007

Manukau City Council

Consultation:

Auckland International Airport Ltd, council 10.05% stake, submissions close on Friday 19 OctoberEarlier story, 13 September 2007: Manukau consults on future of airport stake

Hearings:

Mangere, 63 McKenzie Rd, application by Chinmaya Mission NZ for land use resource consent for a 2-storey 1870m² community cultural & educational activity centre and a separate administration block incorporating caretaker’s accommodation, with associated parking, on 5554m² site, which currently has 2 disused glasshouses and a house on it; the site is next to a residential property owned by the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa, another property zoned for residential subdivision and, on Kirkbride Rd, an industrial property owned by Workforce Auckland Inc; council planner Bruce Junor has recommended consent; hearing Monday 8 October at 9.30am, Finn McCools Irish Pub, 712 Great South Rd

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Airport company starts work on second runway

Published 7 October 2007Auckland International Airport Ltd started construction of its $32 million northern runway with a blessing on Thursday.

The new runway, off Ihumatao Rd in Mangere, is north of & parallel to the existing runway. It will be developed in stages, eventually to be 2150m long. The 1200m stage 1 is expected to be operational early in 2011, in time for the Rugby World Cup. It will initially accommodate general aviation and small non-jet aircraft.

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