Published 2 December 2007
Waitakere City Council has appointed its retiring chief executive, Harry O’Rourke, to the board of its wholly owned development arm, Waitakere Properties Ltd.
Mr O’Rourke retires in March. The board has one more vacancy.
Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey said after the council unanimously endorsed the appointment: “We are delighted we can retain some of Harry’s institutional knowledge of the city & its major projects. The next few years will see Waitakere transition from a city of potential to one of huge growth & opportunity, and Harry and his fellow directors on the property company have a key role in delivering that vision.”
Waitakere Properties has been involved in a number of major recent projects, including the 41.5ha residential development at Harbourview on the Te Atatu Peninsula and building of the country’s largest film studio & soundstage in Henderson Valley Rd.
It is currently undertaking a large mixed-use development in central Henderson including retail, office & residential development beside the new civic centre. The estimated value of the Waitakere Central development, on the 3.5ha former Carter Holt Harvey site on Henderson Valley Rd, is more than $100 million.
The company is also responsible for delivering on the vision of a super-yacht precinct at Hobsonville as a driver of economic growth for the city. The end value of this development is $150 million.
Mr O’Rourke helped establish Waitakere Properties under the then-Waitemata City Council and said he was particularly looking forward to a continuing role with major infrastructure developments he had overseen in his time at the council, including the undergrounding of the railway corridor through New Lynn and the “massive development opportunities” that will bring.
Attribution: Company statement, story written by Bob Dey for this website.