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Council committee insists on promised consultation over Tamaki reserve land swaps

Auckland Council’s planning committee agreed last week to remedy the council’s failure to consult the public over plans for reserves in the Tamaki regeneration area.

Consultation had been promised, but council staff arrived at last Tuesday’s meeting with a recommendation to notify the proposed open space plan change without that prior notification going ahead.

However, the committee agreed public consultation should be carried out on the Tamaki open space network plan before proposed rezoning & land exchanges of Taniwha Reserve, Maybury Reserve West & Boundary Reserve are progressed.

Planning team leader Tony Reidy said the council had acquired about 200 land parcels on subdivision over the last year, including the 3 Tamaki reserves & some land swaps in the Tamaki regeneration area.

The council-controlled organisation in charge of its land management & disposal, Panuku Development Auckland, had discussed with council departments & iwi the rezoning of 10 land parcels as part of its land disposal & rationalisation process, and intended to bundle them into one open space plan change to dispose of them efficiently & cost-effectively.

Quizzed by former Tamaki-Maungakiekie Local Board chair Josephine Bartley – who was elected as a councillor last year, replacing Denise Lee after she was elected to Parliament – Mr Reidy said the local board had consulted “at a broader level”.

He told Cllr Bartley the current batch of changes were for land swaps and were more straightforward than a number of others where more controversial changes were proposed, and on these later changes the board had asked for community consultation.

While Mr Reidy said the board had told staff they were comfortable with these 3 reserve changes proceeding, but wanted to see consultation on others, Cllr Bartley commented: “It’s a very piecemeal approach… They’ve almost given up hope on the consultation. I don’t think that’s good enough – the local board are just another tick in the box, and one that has implications for other areas of Auckland. It doesn’t make sense to do it this way.

“The only implication I can see is timing [for the Tamaki regeneration project], but this is just doing it the right way in the community that has lost trust. The good thing is that trust could be rebuilt.”

Links for 7 August 2018 planning committee agenda:
9, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – proposed open space plan change Recommendation   
Proposed open space plan change maps [published separately]   
Proposed open space plan change section 32 evaluation report [published separately]   
Panuku land disposal & rationalisation process    
Open space zoning guidelines

Attribution: Council committee meeting & agenda.

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Tamaki reserve rationalisation up for approval

Auckland Council’s planning committee will consider a proposal tomorrow to rezone open space, primarily arising from land exchanges under the Tamaki regeneration project and under Panuku Development Auckland’s land disposal & rationalisation process.

At Tamaki, changes are proposed to the 3 reserves in the regeneration area.

Planning team leader Tony Reidy says in his report to the committee the rationale is that many of Tamaki’s parks are poorly located with respect to the built environment around them.

“For example, many parks are located behind private residential properties. These parks generally have little street frontage, small alleyway-type entrances and are bounded by high solid fences.

“The shape & topography of much of the open space restricts its usefulness for recreation activities. Many of the parks consist of sloping ground, are fragmented by creeks and are of narrow, linear shape. Many open spaces also serve a drainage function and, as a result, become boggy during wet periods, reducing access & useable space.

“There is generally an unco-ordinated approach to the provision of amenities such as playgrounds & walkways within Tamaki. The varying quality of existing assets, missing sections of path network and poor surveillance of many parks greatly reduces the recreational potential of Tamaki’s uniquely connected network of open spaces.”

Planning committee agenda, 7 August
9, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – proposed open space plan change Recommendation   
Proposed open space plan change maps [published separately]   
Proposed open space plan change section 32 evaluation report [published separately]   
Panuku land disposal & rationalisation process    
Open space zoning guidelines    
10, Request to make operative private plan change 9 to the Auckland unitary plan (operative in part)

Attribution: Council committee agenda.

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Yield slashed as panelbeating shop sold again

A Penrose property occupied by a panelbeater has been sold by Bayleys agents on a 4.9% yield. It was previously sold in December 2014 for $1.23 million at a 7.52% yield.

Another 4 properties around Auckland’s southern suburbs were sold vacant.

Isthmus east

Glen Innes

233 Taniwha St:
Features: 429m² site zoned town centre (height limit 32.5m), dual street frontages; 248m² industrial building more recently used for offices, with potential to convert to retail/showroom; 7 parking spaces
Outcome: sold vacant for $1.22 million
Agent: Phil Haydock

Mt Wellington

218K Marua Rd:
Features: 549m² industrial unit – 332m² high stud warehouse, 168m² mezzanine, 48m² office & amenities, 90m² fenced courtyard, 9 parking spaces
Outcome: sold vacant for $1.75 million
Agents: James Valintine & Greg Hall


8-10 O’Rorke St:
Features: 1563m² corner site in 2 titles, with frontage also to Neilson St, zoned mixed use (height limit 21m); large yard areas with multiple buildings including 2 dwellings converted for office & storage
Outcome: sold with vacant possession for $2.165 million
Agents: James Valintine & James Hill


176-178 Station Rd:
Features: 1621m² site zoned light industrial, 2 separate workshop buildings totalling 863m², leased to panelbeating business over both titles
Rent: $98,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $2 million at a 4.9% yield
Agents: William Gubb, James Hill & Greg Hall


East Tamaki:

24 Sir William Avenue, unit E:
Features: 367m² industrial unit, mixture of tilt slab and block construction, 2 roller doors, 7 parking spaces
Outcome: sold vacant for $1.12 million at $3051/m²
Agent: Nelson Raines

Attribution: Agency 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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Pt England reserve law passed, but still rankles with mayor & board chair

The Point England Development Enabling Bill became law on Wednesday after a 7-month jaunt through the parliamentary process, enabling the Government to complete a Treaty of Waitangi settlement with Ngati Paoa.

The bill was introduced to Parliament on 7 December, passed its first reading 6 days later, its second reading on 23 May and committee stage on 21 June. It returned for its third reading on Tuesday and was given royal assent on Wednesday.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff and Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board chair Josephine Bartley said they accepted Parliament had a sovereign right to dispose of the land and they didn’t oppose the treaty settlement, but they remained concerned about the use of special legislation to lift reserve status outside normal statutory processes.

The new law allows for largescale housing development on 11.7ha of the reserve, enabling Ngati Paoa to build 300 houses on the reserve land as part of its treaty settlement.

Mr Goff said: “While the council is supportive of action to accelerate house building in Auckland, this bill raises a number of issues. This legislation prescribes to Auckland Council what it must do with land vested in & administered by the council under the Reserves Act. This prescription circumvents the statutory powers of a local authority responsible for public reserve land under the act.

“That the minister [Nick Smith, former housing minister and now Minister of Building & Construction] intends to micro-manage Auckland’s future rather than give residents the opportunity to have their say sets a worrying precedent. Going forward, the minister needs to promise Auckland that he will consult the council & Aucklanders on matters that affect their future.

“Auckland Council will now engage with the Government to ensure the loss of reserve land is properly managed and that decisions are made by locally elected representatives with public consultation.”

Ms Bartley said: “Our community has been denied the right to shape its own future. There is nothing more that residents can do now. Sadly this bill may further endanger wildlife and reduce green space in Maungakiekie-Tamaki & Auckland.”

Attribution: Parliament, council releases.

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Last-ditch attempt to derail Pt England bill questions super-city rationale

As the Point England Development Enabling Bill heads to its third reading in Parliament tomorrow – and therefore enactment – Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board chair Josephine Bartley posed a last-minute question about the rationale for governance changes made in 2010.

It’s not likely to change the course of the legislation, which will turn 11.7ha of the 48ha Point England Reserve over to housing, 2ha for a marae, as part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement with Ngati Paoa.

But, in an era of carefully ensuring all those who ought to be consulted are consulted before decisions are made, Ms Bartley has asked why Building, Construction & former Housing Minister Nick Smith has usurped powers the Government gave local boards when they were established as part of the super-city governance structure.

She wrote to Dr Smith on Friday: “With the change in Local Government in Auckland in 2010, the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board is responsible for local parks & reserves in our area.

“We aim to make decisions & plans for our parks & reserves based on community engagement. The minister, Dr Nick Smith, in his supplementary order paper [for the bill] circumvents this by stating that no grazing & farming will take place on Point England Reserve, and that Auckland Council must provide sportsfields on the headland where the dotterels & other shore birds are.

“As a local board, we opposed the Point England Development Enabling Bill because of the lack of consultation by the Government with our community and the dangerous precedent it sets of circumventing legislation that protects reserves.

”Again we are being stood on by Government and are being told what to do in our local reserve. If this is the case, then what was the point of the Auckland super-city structure put in place by Government to empower local decision-making?

“I have asked the minister for a meeting to remind him of the issues with this bill and his supplementary order paper on behalf of our local board & Tamaki community.”

Earlier stories:
26 May 2017: Pt England housing development bill passes second reading
19 December 2016: Bill to enable housing on Pt England Reserve passes first reading
7 December 2016: Ngati Paoa to build 300 homes on Pt England Reserve, talks continue on reserve upgrade

Attribution: Board release.

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Pt England housing development bill passes second reading

The Point England Development Enabling Bill, to turn 11.7ha of the 48ha Point England Reserve over to housing and to advance Ngati Paoa’s historical Waitangi Treaty settlement, passed its second reading in Parliament on Tuesday by 62 votes to 43.

Building & Construction Minister Nick Smith said having 18ha on the Tamaki River fenced off for cattle to graze for over 30 years was a poor use of Crown land just 10km from Auckland’s city centre: “We are going to use 12ha for new houses & 2ha for a marae, as part of a treaty settlement with Ngati Paoa. The remaining 4ha will be added to the 32ha of public reserve space.”

Dr Smith said the legislation would guarantee an increase in the accessible public space, retaining at least the same area of playing fields and committing to spending all of the Crown’s proceeds from the housing development in enhancing the local recreational facilities & environment.

Earlier stories:
19 December 2016: Bill to enable housing on Pt England Reserve passes first reading
7 December 2016: Ngati Paoa to build 300 homes on Pt England Reserve, talks continue on reserve upgrade

Attribution: Ministerial release.

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Auction raises more questions than bidders’ hands

Barfoot & Thompson’s apartments auction today raised more questions than bidders’ hands.

In a sparsely population city auctionroom, the 4 properties on offer were a cbd apartment, a cross-lease in Ellerslie, a unit in Papatoetoe where the unit title wasn’t yet issued, and a Glen Innes house on a section – like thousands around Auckland now – with subdivision potential following rezoning.

The Connaught apartment had a bidder, but the margin between them and the vendor was about $200,000, setting the vendor’s target about $20,000 above the price achieved for a larger unit last July, when the market was far more active.

Excluding parking & balcony, the vendor would have been seeking about $14,000/m² internal, compared to a bid set at about $9000/m².

New apartment developments’ prices have moved well above the $10,000/m² that was a benchmark 2 years ago – construction costs have helped push some about $15,000/m² – but for older buildings those sorts of returns raise a question of how much of the windfall arising from price rises over the last 4 years is acceptable or readily achievable.

The Ellerslie cross-lease sold under the hammer after the vendor edged down but the other 2 properties attracted no bid.

A unit where the unit paperwork hadn’t been completed presented a risk most wouldn’t take in a declining market.

And, while the far eastern Tamaki suburbs on the isthmus started to attract more interest late last year, the unitary plan has opened thousands of residential properties up for potential subdivision, negating windfall opportunities and (in theory at least) opening suburbia up to cheaper new housing.

The mindset of cheaper new suburban development hasn’t set in yet, and may need a council push in terms of infrastructure provision & pricing, but the number of sections starting to come to the market indicates enough willingness to sell, and for intensification to gradually get underway.


Learning Quarter

The Connaught, 14 Waterloo Quadrant, unit 5I:
Features: 50m² including balcony, one-bedroom apartment, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $4455/year
Income assessment: $400/week
Outcome: passed in at $450,000
Agent: Bernard Scahill

Isthmus east


141 Celtic Crescent, unit 5:
Features: cross-lease, 1/5 share in 1760m², 3-bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, internal-access garage
Outcome: sold for $800,000
Agent: Paul Studman

Glen Innes

16 Epping St:
Features: 688m² site in terrace housing & apartments zone under the unitary plan, 4 bedrooms
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Jack Hu



81A Huia Rd, unit 2:
Features: 69m² 3-bedroom unit, 25m² sleepout with own bathroom, double carport – unit title yet to issue and body corporate levy yet to be determined
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Neno Radinovich

Attribution: Auction.

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Updated: 3 of 6 sell at Ray White auction

Published 13 April 2017, updated 15 April 2017:
The first 4 properties auctioned at Ray White City Apartments on Thursday – 3 apartments & a Glen Innes section – were passed in, but one was sold and another close to being sold through multi-offers by the end of the auction. The remaining 2 apartments were sold under the hammer.

The first unit on the auction list, a large 2-bedroom apartment on Wakefield St (pictured above), was sold shortly after the auction for $780,000.

The Glen Innes property is in a street of old houses which have steadily been demolished to make for new housing.


CBD east

The Beach, 85 Beach Rd, unit 510:
Features: 35m² furnished studio,
Outgoings: rates $1177/year including gst; body corp levy $2346/year
Income assessment: $385/week current
Outcome: passed in at $307,000
Agent: Dominic Worthington

Learning Quarter

The Crescent, 26 Eden Crescent, unit 1101:
Features: 38m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, balcony
Outgoings: rates $1202/year including gst; body corp levy $4248/year
Income assessment: $480-500/week furnished
Outcome: sold for $416,500
Agents: May Ma & Mark Li

Silo, 23 Emily Place, unit 5J:
Features: 22m² studio, parking space
Outgoings: rates $999/year including gst for the unit, $152/year for the parking; body corp levy $3037/year for the unit, $829/year for the parking
Income assessment: $400/week current
Outcome: passed in at $355,000
Agents: Ryan Bridgman, Mitch Agnew, Damian Piggin & Daniel Horrobin

Updated: 18 Wakefield St, unit 8L:
Features: 92m², 2 bedrooms, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1861/year including gst; body corp levy $4649/year
Outcome: passed in at $750,000, sold after a multi-offer process for $780,000
Agents: Tanya Kwasza & Marie Graham


Winsun Heights, 113 Vincent St, unit 6F:
Features: 30m², fully furnished 2 bedrooms, balcony
Outgoings: rates $1148/year including gst; body corp levy $4368/year
Income assessment: $400/week current
Outcome: sold for $282,000
Agent: Victor Liu

Isthmus east

Glen Innes

Kestrel Place, Glen Innes, empty lots seen from No 10.

10 Kestrel Place:
Features: 799m² section, 90m² house, 3 bedrooms, in a street where old houses are making way for new
Outgoings: rates $1982/year including gst
Outcome: passed in at $810,000
Agent: Tim Warmington

Attribution: Auction.

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Sales a rarity at final Barfoots auctions for year

A Bucklands Beach house on a cross-lease sold at Barfoot & Thompson’s city auction yesterday, but 2 others in Epsom & Mt Albert were passed in. Both city apartments offered this morning were also passed in, and at this afternoon’s final auction session for the year 2 houses were sold and the other 7 on the list were passed in.


Commerce & Gore

HarbourCity, 16 Gore St, unit 8C:
Features: one-bedroom apartment
Outgoings: body corp levy $1969/year, additional levy of $1984 for building defects claim; claim will be assigned to buyer
Outcome: passed in at $190,000
Agents: Stephen Shin & Rhys Chen

Victoria St

QV Building, 6 Victoria St East, unit 3J:
Features: 77m², 2-bedroom corner apartment, high stud
Outgoings: body corp levy $6328/year
Outcome: passed in at $500,000
Agents: Stephen Shin & Zoran Farac

Isthmus east


14B Liverpool St:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 968m², 2 bedrooms, double carport
Outcome: passed in, back on the market at $928,000
Agent: Robert Thompson

Pt England

39 & 39A Waddell Avenue:
Features: 812m² in 2 titles, 2-bedroom house & 2-bedroom unit, each with a garage, in terraced housing & apartments zone under unitary plan
Outcome: withdrawn from auction, back on the market at $1.175 million
Agent: Fae Bryant

Isthmus west

Mt Albert

21 Ruarangi Rd, unit 14:
Features: cross-lease, 1/6 share in 1280m², 2-bedroom unit, carport, storage
Outcome: passed in, back on the market at $668,000
Agents: Christine & Mark Wooding


Bucklands Beach

33 Hattaway Avenue, unit 1:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 874m², 3 bedrooms
Outcome: sold for $910,000
Agent: Roger Franklin

Attribution: Auctions.

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