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Newmarket office building sells, Australian furniture retailer moves into Mt Wellington

Colliers agents have sold a Newmarket office building and leased a large Mt Wellington unit to Australian furniture retailer Nick Scali Ltd.

Isthmus east



1 Broadway:
Features: 1455m² site, 2269m² office building
Outcome: sold to private investor, price not disclosed
Agents: Adam White, David Burley & Hamish West


Mt Wellington

50-56 Mt Wellington Highway:
Features: 2695m² large-format retail unit on the front of the Harvey Norman Centre, leased to Australian furniture retailer Nick Scali Ltd
Rent: no figures
Agent: Leroy Wolland

Attribution: Agency release.

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Eden Terrace deal leads JLL metro year-end sales

JLL’s Auckland metro team ended 2017 with 6 sales on the east & west of the isthmus, in Eden Terrace, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay & Parnell.

They included the $6.8 million sale of a Porters Avenue property in Eden Terrace (pictured).

Isthmus east


10 Augustus Terrace, units 2a & 2b:
Features: 2 office units totalling 246m², 8 parking spaces
Rent: $86,000/year net
Outcome: both sold in December for $1.53 million + gst at a 5.6% yield
Agent: Ben Jamieson

15 Bath St:
Features: 375m² mixed-use site, 539m² office building, 14 parking spaces
Rent: $225,000/year net
Outcome: sold in December for $4.2 million + gst at a 5.35% yield
Agent: Ben Jamieson

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

1A Porters Avenue:
Features: 3371m² site zoned mixed use, 2760m² warehouse, workshop & office
Outcome: sold to an owner-occupier with vacant possession for $6.8 million
Agents: Jarred Hill, Alex Wefers & Nick Cape

Grey Lynn

41C Crummer Rd:
Features: 92m² office unit, 23m² deck, 2 secure parking spaces
Outcome: sold for $624,000, reflecting $6783/m² floor area
Agents: Alex Wefers & Tom Dobier

28 Monmouth St:
Features: 332m² vacant land in mixed-use zone
Outcome: sold to developer for residential purposes for $1.18 million + gst, reflecting $3554/m²
Agent: Alex Wefers

Herne Bay

204-208 Jervois Rd:
Features: 491m² multi-tenanted property, 832m² floor area, hospitality & office tenants
Rent: about $318,000/year net
Outcome: sold for $6.3 million + gst, reflecting a 5.0% yield
Agent: Alex Wefers

Attribution: Agency release.

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Bayleys office ends year with 9 sales & 11 leases

Bayleys agents from the North Shore branch have started the year reporting 9 sales & 11 leases in November & December.

5 of the sales and 9 of the leases were on the Shore and at Silverdale. The rest were in Epsom, Grafton, Huntly, New Lynn & Westgate.


Isthmus east


1B Edgerley Avenue:
Features: 357m² mixed-use property
Rent: $40,037/year net + gst
Outcome: sold at auction in December for $1.26 million + gst, yield 3.18%
Agent: Terry Kim



1-3 Parkhead Place:
Features: 4532m² industrial site, 2424m² building
Rent: $393,400/year net + gst
Outcome: sold in December for $5.1 million + gst at a 7.7% yield, $2104/m² land & building
Agents: Alex Strever, Laurie Burt & Matt Mimmack

4 Piermark Drive, unit D:
Features: 372.2m² industrial unit – office 175m², warehouse 150m², other area 47.2m², 7 parking spaces
Outcome: sold at auction in December for $920,000 + gst, at $2472/m² land & building
Agent: James Kidd

14-22 Triton Drive, unit C2:
Features: 130m² unit – office 90m², warehouse 40m², 3 parking spaces
Outcome: sold in December for $480,000 + gst, at $3692/m² land & building
Agents: James Yu & Alex Strever

14-22 Triton Drive, unit C3:
Features: 237.2m² unit – warehouse 55,9m², office 181.3m², 4 parking spaces        
Outcome: sold in December for $785,000 + gst, at $3309/m² land & building
Agent: Alex Strever


162 Foundry Rd:
Features: 2002m² site, 1032m² building
Rent: about $150,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold in November for $3.05 million + gst, at 4.92% yield, $2955/m² land & building
Agents: Rosemary Wakeman & Matt Mimmack



Northside Drive, lot 1, unit 6:
Features: 294m² industrial unit, 4 parking spaces
Outcome: sold in November for $990,000 + gst, at $3367/m² land & building
Agents: >Matt Mimmack & Ashton Geissler

Northside Drive, lot 1, unit 4:
Features: 309m² industrial unit, 4 parking spaces
Outcome: sold in November for $1.06 million + gst, at $3430/m² land & building
Agents: Matt Mimmack & Ashton Geissler

South of the Bombays



3768 State Highway 1:
Features: motel business on 3065m² site, 690m² floor area
Income: $68,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold in December for $1.25 million + gst at 5.4% yield
Agent: David Han


Isthmus east


14 Burleigh St, part ground floor:
Features: 561m² office, 16 parking spaces
Rent: leased in November for $144,360/year net + gst, $111,080 excluding parking, parking $40/space/week, premises rental $198/m²
Agent: Dean Gilbert-Smith



86 Bush Rd, unit U:
Features: 92m² office unit
Rent: leased in December for $29,660/year net + gst, net excluding parking $25,760/year + gst, premises rental $280/m²
Agent: Jane Sims


65 Birkenhead Avenue, basement:
Features: 200m² industrial space, parking space
Rent: $30,000/year net + gst
Agents: Adam Watton & Adam Curtis

Gulf Harbour

69 Gulf Harbour Drive, unit H:
Features: 145m² retail area, 8 parking spaces
Rent: $38,160/year net + gst
Agent: Terry Kim


5 Beatrice Tinsley Crescent, unit B:
Features: 361m² industrial unit, 5 parking spaces
Rent: leased in December for $50,000/year net + gst
Agent: Laurie Burt

10B Canaveral Drive:
Features: 300m² industrial, 5 parking spaces
Rent: leased in December for $52,000/year net + gst, net excluding parking $52,000, premises rental $173/m²
Agent: James Kidd

7 Vega Place, unit F:
Features: 132m² industrial unit, 2 parking spaces
Rent: leased in December for $23,000/year net + gst, net excluding parking $23,000, premises rental $174/m²
Agent: Laurie Burt

45 William Pickering Drive, unit A:
Features: 340m² industrial unit, 7 parking spaces
Rent: leased in December for $65,000/year net + gst, net excluding parking $65,000/year + gst, premises rental $191/m²
Agents: James Kidd & Laurie Burt

51 William Pickering Drive, unit 9, level 1:
Features: 60m² office space, parking space
Rent: leased in December for $14,000/year net + gst, net excluding parking $14,000, premises rental $233/m²
Agent: Terry Kim


10 Silverdale St, shops 2 & 3:
Features: 262m² retail area, no parking
Rent: leased in December for $98,000/year net + gst, premises rental $374/m²
Agents: Adam Curtis & Adam Watton


New Lynn

3047 Great North Rd, first floor:
Features: 370m² office, 10 parking spaces
Rent: leased in November for $93,000/year net + gst, $80,000 excluding parking, parking $25/space/week, premises rental $251/m²  
Agents: Chris White & Damian Stephen

Attribution: Agency release.

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Augusta gets some remodelling for second industrial fund property

Augusta Capital Ltd confirmed its intention to establish an industrial property fund on 22 December, when it entered into an agreement for the new fund to unconditionally acquire the property at 862 Great South Rd, Penrose.

Augusta managing director Mark Francis said the fund would acquire the Penrose property for $19.05 million, with settlement set for 29 March.

The company settled the $44.9 million acquisition of its first fund asset, the Hub industrial property at Seaview in Wellington, on 20 December.

The 2.37ha Penrose property is fully occupied by Graphic Packaging International NZ Ltd (formerly known as Colorpak NZ Ltd), which will surrender the front portion of the property and enter into a new 8-year lease for the rear portion (from completion of certain works in the second half of 2018).

Graphic Packaging is ultimately owned by NYSE-listed Graphic Packaging Holding Co, which produces packaging for consumer products companies.

Mr Francis said the vendor (a private individual) was obliged under the sale & purchase agreement to complete a demolition of the front portion of the site. Once that’s done, the front portion presents various development options for the new industrial fund. The vendor has also agreed to underwrite $12 million of shares in the new fund (secured by a right to set off against the purchase price payable).

Mr Francis said the acquisition reinforced Augusta’s intention for the fund to be weighted towards the Auckland industrial market. He said Augusta was completing due diligence & negotiations on a further 2 Auckland properties.

Timing of the public offering for the new fund will be announced in the New Year.

Earlier stories:
20 December 2017: Augusta settles Hub purchase
13 December 2017: Augusta buys Wellington property as seed for new industrial fund

Attribution: Company release.

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Suburban cross-leases & apartment sell, central apartment buyers already on holiday

3 suburban cross-leases & an eastern bays apartment were sold at Barfoot & Thompson auctions this week.

One central city apartment attracted a bid, 2 others didn’t, and the auction of a fourth was postponed until January.


Learning Quarter

Forte Residences, 37 Symonds St, unit 1401:
Features: 2-bedroom sub-penthouse, 2 bathrooms, balcony
Outgoings: body corp levy $3694/year
Income assessment: $510/week, fixed until 11 April
Outcome: passed in at $450,000
Agents: Oscar Zhao


Avoka, 31 Day St, unit 8B:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, balcony; remedial works pending, offered with no claim against vendor
Outgoings: body corp levy $6765/year
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Jack Atherton & Sherryl Jones

Victoria Quarter

Hobson Gardens, 205 Hobson St, unit 7E:
Features: 102m², 2-bedroom apartment, 2 bathrooms, parking space, storage
Outgoings: body corp levy $4726/year excluding water
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Stephen Shin & Yasu Ka

Sugartree, 27 Union St, unit 115:
Features: 68m² internal, 2-bedroom apartment, 2 bathrooms, 8m² balcony
Outcome: auction postponed until Wednesday 17 January
Agent: Peter Wu

Isthmus east


4 Averill Avenue, unit 3:
Features: one-bedroom apartment
Outcome: sold for $590,000
Agent: Lynn Gruenwald

Royal Oak

1 Ambury Avenue:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 827m², 4-bedroom bungalow, 2 bathrooms, carport
Outcome: sold for $1.325 million
Agents: Helen Gu

Isthmus west


69 Third Avenue:
Features: cross-lease, 3/5 share in 1131m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garage
Outcome: sold for $1.19 million
Agent: Jo Pickering



30 Kawerau Avenue:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 612m², 3-bedroom house, study, offstreet parking
Outcome: sold for $1.36 million
Agents: Sue Harrison & Toni Gregory

Attribution: Auctions.

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Oceania buys Olliver’s St Heliers land

Oceania Healthcare Ltd has entered into an unconditional agreement to buy a vacant 8945m² site (outlined in picture) in St Heliers, Auckland, cleared for redevelopment by Greg Olliver over 10 years ago.

Sale of the land, in 9 titles at 14-22, 28 & 30 Waimarie St, was held up for several years through court battles between Mr Olliver, who headed development group Landco Ltd, and his ex-wife, Sarah Sparks.

Bayleys began marketing the property in October on behalf of the liquidators of entities which owned the sites, which look down to the Waitemata Harbour, where Mr Olliver had planned the development of new houses & apartments.

Oceania said it intended to settle the acquisition this Friday and would develop an integrated aged care facility & retirement village. It will start work immediately on obtaining planning approvals. The land is zoned mixed housing suburban.

Chief executive Earl Gasparich said it was the company’s first greenfield acquisition and would help maintain activity on its development pipeline for the next 7-8 years. Bayleys said the council valuation of the land was $15.6 million, but Oceania hasn’t disclosed the price it’s paying.

Oceania, backed by Australian bank Macquarie Group Ltd and built up by Mr Gasparich to become New Zealand’s third largest aged care provider & 6th largest retirement village operator, listed in May after raising $200 million through its initial public offering. The company said it proposed to use $173.4 million of the $200 million to reduce debt to provide additional flexibility to pursue development projects.

Macquarie invested in this business from 2005-2008, when Eldercare NZ Ltd & QualCare merged to form Oceania. Macquarie agreed to hold 60.3% after listing and is in an escrow arrangement to retain its stake until the day after the results for the May 2018 financial year are announced. Escrow arrangements affecting Mr Gasparich & other senior executives run until either the 2017 or 2018 financial results are announced.

Earlier stories:
7 May 2017: Oceania Healthcare lists
18 May 2009: Half-cent Olliver debt compromise approved
18 July 2008: Todd ousts Olliver from Landco
7 November 2007: Olliver gets approval for St Heliers redevelopment

Attribution: Company release.

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2 apartments, townhouse & 2 land sales at Barfoot auctions

2 apartments were sold and 2 (plus a city fringe bungalow) passed in at Barfoot & Thompson’s city auction today.

At 2 auction sessions yesterday, the agency sold a Grafton townhouse, and a subdivided Victoria Avenue lot and an ex-state house in Remuera.


Learning Quarter

Tower Hill (pictured), 1 Emily Place, unit 11E:
Features: 60m², one bedroom, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1825/year including gst; body corp levy $4064/year
Outcome: sold for $645,000
Agents: Stephen & Leo Shin

Sapphire, 76 Wakefield St, unit 1212:
Features: 23m² studio
Outgoings: rates $1019/year including gst; body corp levy $2119/year
Income assessment: $330/week current
Outcome: sold for $275,000
Agents: Betty Shao & Donna Rugay

Argent Hall, 2 Eden Crescent, unit 8E:
Features: 31m² studio
Outgoings: body corp levy $3158/year
Outcome: passed in at $250,000
Agents: Stephen & Leo Shi

Isthmus east


Ivory, 10 Lion Place, unit 214:
Features: one bedroom, balcony
Outcome: auction postponed
Agents: Stephen Shin & Rhys Chen


8K Glasgow Terrace:
Features: 2-level townhouse, one bedroom, study, storage locker, double garage
Outgoings: body corp levy $2535/year
Outcome: sold for $700,000
Agents: Bella Stefano & Sherry Shao


11 Balfour Rd, unit 3:
Features: one-bedroom unit on ground floor of 3-storey block, parking space
Outcome: sold at auction brought forward to 1 December
Agent: Alex Baker

13 Cheshire St, unit 102:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, balcony, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $2795/year
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Qiao Liu & Harry Yu


310 Victoria Avenue, lot 3:
Features: 619m² section
Outcome: sold for $2.66 million at $4297m² land; the other 2 lots down this right of way have already been sold
Agents: Leila & David MacDonald

88 Abbotts Way:
Features: 613m² section, 3-bedroom 1950s ex-state house, single garage
Outcome: sold for $1.166 million
Agents: Steve Hood

Isthmus west

College Hill

80 College Hill:
Features: 230m² section, 2 vacant self-contained units in a bungalow, consented for 2 flats but both used as a single office, rear service lane access & parking
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Agnes Teh & Layne Stephens

Mt Eden

18 Edenvale Crescent, unit 6:
Features: one bedroom, parking space, storage
Outgoings: body corp levy $2930/year
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Andrew Gallagher

Attribution: Auctions.

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Ex-state house among 3 intensive living sales

In a mix of 7 intensive living options at Bayleys auctions around Auckland last week, an ex-state house (pictured) sold more for its land value, and a One Tree Hill brick & tile unit also sold under the hammer, while a Hillsborough townhouse sold prior.

All up, the agency offered 34 residential properties at its auctions and sold 11. 3 were withdrawn or had their auction postponed.

Isthmus east


7 Garland Rd:
Features: 668m² corner section zoned mixed housing urban, 1930s ex-state house, 2 bedrooms, garage & carport
Outcome: sold for $1.595 million at $2388/m² land
Agents: Jeff Clayton & Helen Yan

Mt Wellington

8 Thompson Park Rd, unit 25:
Features: studio with sliding door to bedroom, parking space, built last year
Outgoings: rates $1186/year including gst
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $419,800
Agents: Harry Cheng & Cheryl Regan

One Tree Hill

123A Campbell Rd, unit 2:
Features: 2-bedroom 1960s unit, parking space
Outcome: sold for $790,000
Agent: Lindy Lawton


16 Buttle St, unit 2:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, parking space
Outcome: passed in
Agent: John Howard

Isthmus west


138B Hillsborough Rd:
Features: 3-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, parking space
Outcome: sold prior for $780,000
Agent: Dianne Burt


Long Bay

20C Caldera Drive:
Features: 4-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, double garage
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Jiang Kou & Therese Leslie


Te Atatu South

36A Tirimoana Rd:
Features: 3-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, double internal-access garage
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $859,000
Agents: Kees Van Drongelen

Attribution: Agency release.

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Section’s potential becomes more of an issue in residential market

As more of Auckland’s unitary plan has become operative this year, awareness has grown of the changes in residential land potential, and therefore potential value.

Real estate agencies will frequently list properties for auction which may/may not have a house on site, but will be promoted for their development potential rather than the value of those existing improvements.

Sale based on that potential redeveloped value means there will be a steady supply of sites throughout suburbia gaining consents for intensification – perhaps 4 townhouses where there was once a single house. In some areas aggregation of sites may make sense, such as in or near a shopping centre, to enable development of apartments.

The drawback is that we are a nation of close to zero experience of apartment living until the 1990s, unlike Australia, where the 3-floor walkup (no lift required if you kept development below 4 levels) became commonplace in Sydney, in particular.

New Zealand’s one experiment in suburban intensification was the “sausage block” of brick & tile units – flats, usually only on ground level but sometimes with a second layer.

They differ from central city apartments in that they generally have some parking provision, and their construction isn’t nearly as expensive as multi-level apartment blocks. Remedial requirements may be confined to the affected unit/s, rather than being spread across multiple owners as happens in apartment blocks.

Pricing will dictate that the trend to intensification continues, offering a choice between more travel & having closer neighbours.

In my auction reports over the last couple of years I’ve paid particular attention to apartment sales because they’re as much an investment product as a home. Standalone houses, on the other hand, have been more an owner-occupier product, with investors holding under 30% of stock until the onslaught over the last 5 years by foreign investors looking for assets they can quickly convert cash into. That onslaught (not all foreign, but at prices boosted by foreign investors looking for quick conversion) has helped lift the investor holding in housing stock closer to 40%.

Now, with intensification of land use likely to spread and become more widely accepted as a norm, residential land prices will become more significant.

Intensification will be priced in – as a general rule – thereby also pushing the prices of standalone homes up, although there’s a lull at the moment after heavy overbuying by foreign investors, speculators, and the least powerful investors of all, first-homebuyers.

Auction results

At Bayleys’ residential auctions around Auckland last week, 3 properties were sold for their land potential, including one a couple of sections back from the water at Whitianga.



8 Scotia Place, unit 7F:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, parking space; remedial issues, start date set
Outcome: auction postponed
Agents: Marcus Fava

Isthmus east


2 Navarre Rd:
Features: 802m² corner site, zoned residential mixed housing urban, existing house a 3-bedroom 1950s bungalow
Outcome: sold for $1.566 million at $1953/m²
Agents: Dean Markle & Jill Murphy

Mt Wellington

19 Ferndale Rd:
Features: 2 bedrooms, double garage
Outcome: sold for $708,000
Agents: Richard Griffin & Pheon Hung


27 St Stephens Avenue, unit 3:
Features: 1057m² section, 138m² 3-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, deck, courtyard, double internal-access garage
Outgoings: rates $3100/year including gst
Outcome: sold for $1 million
Agent: Fleur Denning


Te Atatu Peninsula

5 Peachgrove Rd:
Features: 809m² flat site, zoned terrace housing & apartment, 3-bedroom house
Outcome: sold for $1.115 million at $1378/m² land
Agents: Tina Tang & Ryan Steven

South of the Bombays


4 Marlin St:
Features: vacant 579m² section near beach
Outcome: sold for $420,000 at $725/m²
Agents: Bev Calder & Sheree Henderson

Attribution: Agency release, my comments.

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Ngati Whatua buys back first of 5 Kupe St tranches from Housing NZ

Ngati Whatua Orakei has signed a deal with Housing NZ Ltd to buy land in Kupe St near the Orakei marae.

The agreement will see Ngati Whatua Orakei buy 5 tranches of land along the ridge between now & 2021. The iwi organisation has bought the first block of 6746m², on the corner of Hawaiki & Kupe Sts, at market rates for $16.5 million.

Ngati Whatua Orakei spokesperson Ngarimu Blair, who sits on the board of the iwi’s commercial arm, Whai Rawa, said in a release last Thursday: “This is a real breakthrough for Ngati Whatua Orakei. As original occupants of Tamaki Makaurau, this land is hugely important to us. We have worked collaboratively with Housing NZ to reach a commercial agreement that gives us access to their land on the Kupe St ridge. Agreements like this one allow us to slowly build our base to what it once was – and that is exciting.

“This land is part of the original 700-acre Orakei block. After almost 120 years in Crown hands, we have managed to buy this land back. This type of transaction comes with responsibilities to our people & future generations.”

Mr Blair said the significant commercial purchase would give Ngati Whatua Orakei the ability to influence & enhance the surroundings & access points to its papakainga landholdings & the whenua rangatira.

He said the hapu was developing a long-term development plan for all of its Orakei landholdings, including the Kupe St ridge lands: “While the hapu has no immediate plans to redevelop the sites, they will carefully consider all of its options to ensure that any decisions made will be the best for reinvesting back in to Ngati Whatua Orakei whanau. The hapu already owns much of the land around the marae, which is the land that can be developed specifically for whanau housing initiatives.

“Whatever we decide to do with these sites should allow us to maximise the land value, which in turn will be used to build on & develop innovative initiatives for whanau & whanau housing opportunities on the papakainga.”

Housing NZ asset development general manager Patrick Dougherty said: “We are very pleased to have concluded this agreement, which is mutually beneficial for both parties. Ngati Whatua Orakei are the respected custodians of this area. It is very much their home patch and we are delighted to be selling this land to them.

“We have 55 tenancies left in Kupe St. They have been advised of the agreement and are aware of the potential sale in future stages. Housing NZ has a specialist tenant liaison team whose role it is to support tenants through the process of rehousing. We will work with the families to find them suitable alternative homes and will cover all reasonable costs related to this move.

“We will be investing proceeds from the sale into development projects across Auckland to deliver modern, warm & dry houses in which our tenants can live.

“The second tranche of property will be exchanged mid-2018 at a price yet to be negotiated. “The values will vary as we progress through to 2021, depending on factors such as the size of the sites and the market conditions at the time.”

Link: Housing NZ Auckland developments & programme

Attribution: Joint release.

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