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Rotorua retailer buys Waikato Innovation Park property assets

Rotorua supermarket owner Neil Foster has bought the property assets of Waikato Innovation Park from Hamilton City Council for an undisclosed price.

The sale was finalised on 15 December and announced by the council a week later.

Mr Foster owns the Rotorua Pak n’ Save supermarket and was a director of Foodstuffs North Island Ltd until August. He said it would be business as usual for the Waikato Innovation Park & its tenants: “It’s a winning formula for a huge economic success story, thanks to a great philosophy and an array of technology-based businesses.”

The 4-building business park, on 17ha beside the Ruakura research station, leverages collaboration in the agribusiness sector. 4 local business people established Innovation Waikato Ltd in 2001, and Waikato Innovation Park Ltd was established in 2012. Hamilton City Council took full ownership of the 2 entities in 2013, had a masterplan drawn up in 2015 and decided early this year it wasn’t the right owner to take the park forward.

However, the council will remain involved in Waikato Innovation Park’s subsidiary, NZ Food

Innovation Waikato Ltd, which owns the spray-dryer building on the site. $4 million of the proceeds from sale of the property arm of the park will be channelled back into NZ Food Innovation Waikato.

Waikato Innovation Park
Masterplan, November 2015

Earlier story:
5 April 2017: Hamilton council seeks buyer to take innovation park to next stage

Attribution: Waikato Innovation Park release.

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KGL unveils plans for Hamilton East refurb

KGL Property unveiled plans this week for a $6 million refurbishment of the 1970s-built 1

Clyde St in Hamilton East, to start in mid-2018.

In an innovation by the founders of outdoor gear retailer Torpedo7 Ltd, Luke Howard-Willis & his father Guy, the renovations on Clyde St will create what they think will be the largest modern, shared office space in Hamilton.

The Howard-Willises sold a majority stake in Torpedo7 to The Warehouse Ltd in 2013, and exited completely early last year. 2 months later they bought 1 Clyde St from Hill Laboratories Ltd, which moved to new headquarters in the former NZ Post building on Duke St, Frankton – also owned by the Howard-Willises’ KGL Property.

KGL Property entered a joint venture early this year with Foster Construction Ltd and the partners will work together on the Clyde St refurbishment project.

Foster’s commercial manager, Leonard Gardner, said:  “The building’s main structure will stay as is, but we’ll strip it right down to the concrete and reclad it with modern construction materials. In addition to a new modern look inside, we’ll also install new mechanical & electrical kit through the building. The internal & external facelift will also keep in character with Hamilton East’s unique community & the surrounding buildings.”

KGL commercial property manager Ray George said: “Hamilton East has been revitalised over the past few years, making it the perfect location to host a shared office space.

“The neighbouring Deloitte building opened in 2009, Ebbett Prestige’s Volkswagen & Audi dealership opened opposite in 2015 and the Mavis & Co Café integrates into the precinct’s design. The location gives access to the Waikato River as well as to local amenity such as parks, river walks, cafes & gyms.

“A shared office environment is a great option for businesses as it allows them to expand quickly without the large capital costs of setting up an office with associated infrastructure. The interaction within the common open plan environment also facilitates cross-pollination of ideas.”

The 3-storey building, with 2700m² of floor area, will be able to accommodate 200-

225 staff on site. One of the floors will be the shared space, and the other 2 will be leased to corporate tenants.

Attribution: Company release.

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Goodman sells in Christchurch, signs another addition to Highbrook

The Goodman Property Trust announced 2 transactions yesterday – a new industrial development at Highbrook Business Park in Auckland and the sale of a commercial building at 7 Show Place in Christchurch.

Management company Goodman (NZ) Ltd’s chief executive, John Dakin, said: “We’re executing a development-led growth strategy that’s converting the trust’s landholdings into high quality, income-producing properties. Funded through asset sales, it’s repositioning the portfolio and focusing our investment in the Auckland industrial sector.”

Goodman will develop the new 7300m² industrial facility at Highbrook for Plytech International Ltd, a manufacturer & supplier of plywood-based products, which is doubling its space requirements to facilitate its business growth.

The development has a forecast total cost of $11.4 million (construction, and excluding land allocation) and is expected to be completed in November 2018.

“This new project adds to the $107 million of development work currently underway at Highbrook. The volume of activity reflects the strong demand that exists for prime industrial space in Auckland and the unique attractions of this world-class business park,” Mr Dakin said.

The sale of 7 Show Place for $14.5 million continues the sales programme funding Goodman’s development work book. The 3-level 3037m² office building in the Show Place Office Park in Addington, has been sold to a local syndicator.

The transaction is expected to settle in January.

Mr Dakin said completion of all current developments & contracted sales would result in Goodman’s Auckland industrial weighting increasing to almost 85% of its total portfolio, while strategic landholdings represent less than 5%.

Attribution: Trust release.

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Stride defers NorthWest 2 option expiry at Gunton’s request

Stride Property Ltd said today it had agreed to defer the expiry date of Westgate Town Centre Ltd (Mark Gunton)’s 3-year option to acquire Stride’s NorthWest 2 development.

The option was due to expire on Tuesday, 19 December, but will be extended to a date in the new year which depends on the outcome of Stride’s discussions with Mr Gunton.

Stride developed NorthWest 2 alongside the NorthWest Shopping Centre at Westgate, at what was then the top of Auckland’s North-western Motorway.

Stride chair Tim Storey said the company undertook the development after Westgate Town Centre Ltd granted Stride a conditional right & ground lease for the NorthWest 2 site. Under the agreement, Stride granted Westgate Town Centre Ltd rights allowing it to acquire the development from Stride within 3 years of the ground lease’s effective date (the deadline being Tuesday), at a price equal to 115% of Stride’s total development cost (including holding costs).

In the event that Westgate Town Centre Ltd didn’t acquire the development within the 3-year period, the agreement also permits Stride to obtain freehold title to the land for a nominal $1. In its accounts to 30 September, Stride held the NorthWest 2 development in the consolidated interim financial statements at $36.3 million.

Link: Stride interim report to 30 September 2017 (see accounts page 30, note 11 re NorthWest 2)

Earlier stories:
5 October 2015: Albany settlement helps Stride’s Westgate programme
30 September 2015: Westgate opens for business tomorrow
24 July 2015: DNZ looks to grow investment management as first Westgate project nears completion
11 February 2015: DNZ puts next property on market as NorthWest mall leasing hits 90%

Attribution: Stride release, interim report.

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Lighter Quay unit passed in

A Lighter Quay leasehold apartment attracted bids at Ray White City Apartments’ final auction for the year today, but offers fell $25,000 short of the asking price.

Unusually, the city apartment specialist also had 2 houses listed today, in Mt Roskill & Te Atatu. Both attracted a bid but were passed in.


Wynyard Quarter

Lighter Quay Stratis, 83 Halsey St, unit 515:
Features: leasehold, 49m², fully furnished one bedroom
Outgoings: rates $1825/year including gst; body corp levy $6429/year including $3901 ground rent, residents’ society levy $201/month
Outcome: passed in after bid at $195,000, vendor asking price of $220,000 disclosed
Agents: Liz McCarthy

Attribution: Auction.


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Updated: Parking space for a millionaire, Vinegar Lane apartment sold

Published 14 December 2017, updated 21 December 2017:
Update: A Vinegar Lane apartment has been sold post-auction (see below under Isthmus west).

A basement carpark space in the Quay Regency building on Auckland’s downtown waterfront sold at Ray White Apartments auction for $265,000 today – $9815 for every square metre of its 27m² share of the basement.

The woman selling the space, Shelley Jones, said after the auction she’d joked about getting $200,000 for it and couldn’t believe the sale price.

Bidding had started at $70,000 and rose quickly in $10,000 & sometimes $20,000 steps, with several bidders in the room & on the phone.

I’ve been using figures of $70-80,000 for parking spaces around the central city – and higher where there’s a distinct inability to park nearby. A parking space in the Metropolis building recently sold for $140,000.

After that, anything under a million dollars for the next offering, a spacious brand-new apartment in the Aria Ponsonby development on Vinegar Lane, was going to feel flat, and bidding fell well short of that. The apartment has 68m² of internal space, and balconies in new developments like this one aren’t a Juliet where you can’t sit down. Parking is also at a premium.


Victoria Quarter

Zest, 72 Nelson St, unit 214:
Features: 23m², furnished one bedroom
Outgoings: rates $1045/year including gst; body corp levy $1788/year
Income assessment: $320/week, fixed until 12 January
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Michelle & Judi Yurak


The basement parking space (above) and the space, with vehicle.

Quay Regency, 148 Quay St, carpark 5:
Features: 1/20 share in 540m² basement parking area (so, 27m², but the actual parking space is about 12m²)
Outgoings: rates $759/year including gst; body corp levy $601/year
Income assessment: $275/month on fixed rental just ended, appraisal $80-100/week
Outcome: sold for $265,000 at $9815/m² share of whole basement
Agents: Daniel Horrobin & Damian Piggin

Isthmus west

Grey Lynn

Updated: Aria Ponsonby, 11 Vinegar Lane, unit 203:
Features: 68m² internal + 8m² balcony, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: rates $1972/year including gst; body corp levy $4916/year
Income assessment: $800-850/week furnished
Outcome: passed in at $800,000, sold post-auction for $860,000
Agents: Michelle & Judi Yurak

Attribution: Auction.

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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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Augusta settles Hub purchase

Augusta Capital Ltd has settled its $44.9 million acquisition of the Hub industrial property at Seaview in Wellington, which it wants to use as a seed asset for a new open-ended industrial fund.

It covers 4.06ha at 17 & 25 Toop St, 101-103 & 109-117 Port Rd, Seaview, and has a net lettable area of 32,600m² of warehouse & office.

Managing director Mark Francis said today the company would release the timing for the initial public offering of the industrial fund in the New Year.

Mr Francis said last week the company was also investigating & undertaking due diligence on several Auckland industrial properties and expected to launch the industrial fund with a mixture of Auckland & Wellington stock, but with a weighting towards Auckland.

Augusta expects the fund to initially raise between $50-70 million of equity. Augusta will underwrite $35 million of that and is working with a consortium of high-net-worth private investors to underwrite the balance.

It will be Augusta’s first open-ended unlisted multi-asset fund.

Earlier story:
13 December 2017: Augusta buys Wellington property as seed for new industrial fund

Attribution: Company release.

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2 sales out of 7 at apartments auction

2 apartments were sold today at City Sales’ final auction for the year, out of 7 on offer.

The first sale was a one-bedroom unit in the Renaissance (pictured), Manukau Central, and the other was a leasehold unit at Lighter Quay.


Learning Quarter

Tetra House, 85 Wakefield St, unit 913:
Features: 39m², one bedroom, 2 bathrooms; approved for short-term student accommodation only
Outgoings: rates $1201/year including gst; body corp levy $4794/year
Outcome: passed in at $300,000
Agent: Iona Rodrigues


Volt, 430 Queen St, unit G01:
Features: 48m², 2 bedrooms, courtyard
Outgoings: rates $1175/year including gst; body corp levy $4703/year
Outcome: passed in at $375,000
Agent: Dave Cousins

132 Vincent St, unit GD:
Features: 73m², 2 bedrooms, parking space
Outgoings: rates $2610/year including gst for unit & parking; body corp levy $6646/year for unit & parking
Outcome: passed in at $650,000
Agent: Susan Frear

Victoria Quarter

Fiore, 152 Hobson St, unit 302:
Features: 35m² studio, deck
Outgoings: rates $1071/year including gst; body corp levy $2544/year
Income assessment: $370/week, fixed until October 2018
Outcome: passed in after a bid at $150,000 & vendor bid at $200,000
Agent: Dave Cousins

Wynyard Quarter

Lighter Quay, 77 Halsey St, unit 409:
Features: leasehold, 60m², fully furnished 2 bedrooms, 4m² deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1903/year including gst; body corp levy $9374/year including $4547/year ground rent, plus $2571/year residents’ society fees
Outcome: sold for $320,000
Agents: Val Luo & Maggie Sun


New Lynn

Karekare Apartments, 17 Crown Lynn Place, unit 5K:
Features: 40m², one bedroom, deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1061/year including gst; body corp levy $3888/year
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Trisha Shanaghan


Manukau Central

Renaissance, 18 Ronwood Avenue, unit 11H:
Features: 32m², one bedroom, 6m² deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1131/year including gst; body corp levy $2856/year
Outcome: sold for $315,000
Agent: Andy Faulkner

Attribution: Auction.

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F&P Healthcare signs construction contract for 4th East Tamaki building

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd said on Monday it had signed a contract for Leighs Construction Ltd to construct the fourth building on its 42ha Auckland campus at Maurice Paykel Place, East Tamaki.

The new building will have a gross floor area of 35,700m² and consist of a mix of research & development, pilot manufacturing and warehousing areas. Groundworks have been substantially completed and construction will start in late January, with an expected operational date of 2020.

2300 employees – over half Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s global workforce of 4100 – work at the campus’s existing 3 buildings. Supply chain, environment & facilities general manager Jonti Rhodes said the new building would accommodate expected growth until about 2023.

“The blend of R&D, manufacturing & warehousing that we have in our existing buildings gives us a very open working environment and helps us work collaboratively across functional groups. It’s a unique, modern way of working that we are looking forward to developing further in the new building,” he said.

The company has also started a building programme in Tijuana, Mexico, where construction of a second manufacturing facility is underway with an anticipated completion date of late 2018. The company has 950 employees in Tijuana, where it’s been manufacturing in a leased facility since 2010.

The total cost of the building projects in New Zealand & Mexico is expected to be about $200 million.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare designs, manufactures & markets products & systems for use in respiratory care, acute care, surgery & the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. The company’s products are sold in over 120 countries.

Attribution: Company release.

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