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4 more sales take Wellington auction clearance to 100%

4 properties that were passed in at Bayleys’ Total Property commercial auction in Wellington on 6 December have since been sold, giving 100% clearance. 11 properties were sold on the day.

South of the Bombays


Lyall Bay

219 Onepu Rd:
Features: 491m2 corner site, 2-level, recently refurbished 170m2 character timber building; Botanist Café & Restaurant occupies ground floor with 9 years to run on lease; 2 2-bedroom apartments above
Outcome: sold for $1.91 million
Agents: Richard Faisandier & Mark Walker


53-55 Treadwell St:
Features: 298m2 corner site, dual street frontage, in heart of Naenae shopping centre, 470m2 2-level commercial premises; opportunity to add value through building strengthening
Outcome: sold with vacant possession for $325,000
Agents: Jon Pottinger & Ethan Hourigan


5-7 Lower Tyers Rd, unit 13:
Features: 955m2 industrial building, seismic assessment 80% new building standard, 5 parking spaces
Outcome: sold with vacant possession for $900,000
Agents: Fraser Press & Ethan Hourigan


47 Hutt Rd:
Features: 369m2 site zoned general business, 251m2 showroom/warehouse building
Rent: estimated potential net annual rental income $55,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold with vacant possession for $750,000
Agents: Andrew Smith & Paul Cudby

Earlier story:
10 December 2018: 11 sell at Bayleys’ Wellington commercial auction

Attribution: Agency release.

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Spencer & Zest apartments sell

2 apartments in the Spencer on Byron (pictured) & Zest were sold at Ray White City Apartments’ final auction for the year yesterday.

No bid was made for a unit in the leasehold Docks complex, where owners are progressing a leaky building claim & remedial work. The top bid for the fourth property up for auction, a house at Greenhithe, went on an offer contract.

The agency will resume its auctions on 24 January.


Quay Park

The Docks, 4 Dockside Lane, unit 311:
Features: leasehold, 74m², 2-bedroom corner apartment, balcony, parking space; the building has leaky issues and the buyer waives any right of recovery against the vendor; the buyer will be liable for any further levies
Outgoings: rates $1904/year including gst; body corp levy $18,586/year including gst, which includes ground rent of $11,785/year
Income assessment: $660/week until August
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Victor Liu

Victoria Quarter

Zest, 72 Nelson St, unit 627:
Features: 37m², 2 bedrooms, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1265/year including gst; body corp levy $4901/year including gst
Income assessment: unit $400/week until February, park $65/week until April
Outcome: sold for $380,000
Agent: Victor Liu



1 Northbrook Close:
Features: 505m² section, 176m² house, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garage + offstreet space
Outgoings: rates $2694/year including gst
Outcome: passed in with offer on contract at $1.01 million
Agents: Zoran Farac & Marco Sahar


Spencer on Byron, 9-17 Byron Avenue, unit 1008:
Features: 48m², one bedroom with French doors to balcony, parking space
Outgoings: rates $5391/year including gst; body corp levy $3874/year including gst
Outcome: sold for $336,000 + gst
Agents: Gillian Gibson & James Mairs

Attribution: Auction.

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Veritas to buy Citizen Park

Veritas Investments Ltd subsidiary The Better Bar Co Ltd has entered into a conditional agreement to buy the business & assets of Citizen Park from Kingsland Trading Co Ltd as a going concern, for $2.7 million plus stock (estimated to be $30,000).

Citizen Park is a gastro pub at 424 New North Rd, Kingsland, on the western fringe of Auckland’s central city. Veritas chair Tim Cook said on Friday it was an established, profitable business with a good reputation in the community.

“Following refinance of the Veritas group earlier this year, the board & the management have been investigating potential opportunities to grow the group. Citizen Park is in a highly desirable location and represents a complementary acquisition for The Better Bar Co on a number of levels, from which we could drive synergies through our existing hospitality outlets, procurement base & supplier relationships. This is an exciting opportunity for the Veritas group.”

Veritas will debt-fund the full purchase price from the acquisition & capital expenditure facility provided by Pacific Dawn Ltd, a subsidiary of Japanese financier Nomura Holdings Inc, which had consented to the proposed transaction.

Mr Cook said the acquisition remained conditional on Veritas shareholder approval by ordinary resolution, which would be sought at a special meeting in January. It’s also conditional on landlord & key supplier consents, relevant permits & licences being obtained to ensure the day-to-day operation of the business, and key staff transferring their employment to The Better Bar Co.

A deposit of $270,000 will be payable when the transaction becomes unconditional (expected to be in late January), with the balance payable at completion. Subject to satisfaction of all conditions, Veritas expects completion in early- to mid-February.

Citizen Park

Attribution: Company release.

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Precinct secures tenants for Wynyard & 1 Queen St

Precinct Properties NZ Ltd has secured the Media Design School as a tenant in its 10 Madden St development in the Wynyard Quarter, and law firm Bell Gully in the refurbished 1 Queen St, which will be incorporated into the Commercial Bay precinct.

The Media Design School will occupy 4760m² in 10 Madden St on a 15-year lease term. As announced in November, Precinct committed to stage 2 in the Wynyard Quarter on an uncommitted basis. Chief executive Scott Pritchard said yesterday the Media Design School lease took leasing commitment to 60% of the project’s office area.

He added: “The addition of the Media Design School to our Innovation Precinct is significant and demonstrates the momentum that’s underway to create a vital new creative community. We believe Wynyard Quarter will be on a par with leading international innovation precincts and, having secured one of the world’s leading design & digital tertiary institutions, is a huge advance.”

The building, scheduled for completion at the end of 2020, will have a total net lettable area of 8290m². Mr Pritchard said that, once fully leased, the project should generate a yield on cost in excess of 7.0%.

At 1 Queen St, Mr Pritchard said Bell Gully had committed unconditionally to about 3800m² of office space. The law firm has been a tenant of the Vero Centre on Shortland St for 18 years.

Mr Pritchard said the 1 Queen St project was 76% precommitted following the previously announced commitment by InterContinental Hotels Group to 11 levels of the building: “We are delighted to have secured leading law firm Bell Gully at 1 Queen St, 3 years ahead of practical completion. Securing this commitment from outside our existing portfolio is a great result and illustrates the quality of the Commercial Bay precinct.”

Attribution: Precinct release.

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Law firm says it’s leaving Vero Centre, not saying exactly when

Law firm Bell Gully has told its Auckland landlord, Kiwi Property Group Ltd, it will vacate its premises in the Vero Centre on Shortland St between the 2023-25 financial years.

Separately, Precinct Properties NZ Ltd said Bell Gully would move to its 1 Queen St office tower, which is to be refurbished over the next 3 years. It will have a hotel on the lower 11 floors, offices above, and now has 76% precommitment.

Bell Gully hasn’t determined exactly when it will leave. The firm has been a Vero Centre tenant since the building opened 18 years ago. It currently occupies 5912m² on 5 floors.

Kiwi Property chief executive Clive Mackenzie said: “We wish Bell Gully every success in their onward journey. While we are disappointed to see the firm leave, the advance notice by Bell Gully provides us with sufficient time to begin discussions with prospective tenants.”

The Vero Centre is 94% occupied, with a weighted average lease term of 7.0 years. Kiwi Property’s whole office portfolio has 98% occupancy and a portfolio weighted average lease term of 10.0 years.

Attribution: Kiwi Property & Precinct Properties releases.

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Mantells’ third Auckland venue opens on Tamaki Drive

Auckland wedding & event business Mantells is opening a function centre in the historic Navy League building on Tamaki Drive, following a lease deal negotiated by Ray White Commercial.

Mantells has taken a long-term lease to the first floor of the landmark 1134m² building at 19-21 Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay, which was formerly home to Hammerheads restaurant and, more recently, True Food & Yoga.

Ray White Commercial director Finn Hurst said yesterday the Navy League building was ideally suited to Mantells, which was well known as a leading function venue provider in Auckland: “Mantells was keen to expand its venue portfolio, providing an additional option to complement its 2 venues in Mt Eden & Westhaven. The Navy League building was a great fit for their requirements.

“This building is one of Auckland’s waterfront icons and is easily recognised by the many locals & visitors who often pass by along Tamaki Drive. The upper level offers a beautiful character space with stunning harbour views – it’s an ideal spot for events.

“The building is already well known as a restaurant & events venue, having been a destination for waterfront dining in Auckland for nearly 30 years.”

Mr Hurst said the space had been leased to Mantells following a complex negotiation process involving several parties including Auckland Council property arm Panuku, the Navy League, liquidators for the former occupiers and lawyers acting for all parties. Separate negotiation processes were required around several aspects including rent, head lessor’s consent & chattels.

“The negotiation process was fairly complicated but we’re thrilled with the end result, which will see Mantells up & running in time to host functions this side of Christmas. We are also very pleased to have completed the negotiations in a relatively short timeframe, which is a great result for all involved.”

The Auckland & Suburban Drainage Board constructed the building in 1935 as a pumping station, part of the Orakei wastewater scheme. It was later transferred to Auckland Harbour Board ownership.

Following the closure of the Orakei scheme, the harbour board sold the building to the Navy League’s Auckland branch in 1963, on the condition that it be used for the sea cadet movement in Auckland.

The Navy League added a mezzanine floor in 1965 and sublet the area for restaurant use, with the rent used to fund Auckland sea cadet activities.

The aquariums which form part of Kelly Tarlton’s attraction next to the Navy League site were constructed in the disused wastewater holding ponds of the Orakei wastewater scheme.

The Navy League still occupies the lower level of the building and holds the ground lease to the site, with the freehold interest owned by Auckland Council.

Attribution: Agency release.

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Rosedale office sells

A vacant Rosedale office has been sold by Colliers agents.



27-29 William Pickering Drive, unit C2:
Features: 179m² ground-floor office, airconditioned, alarmed & data-cabled, open plan, 5 exclusive parking spaces
Outcome: sold for $738,000 + gst
Agents: Kerry Cook & Janet Marshall

Attribution: Agency release.

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Self-drive, the catalyst for monumental transformation

I read a US newsletter at the weekend that looked at change resulting from self-driving electric cars, but not just about the vehicles themselves. In this commentary, I take the possibilities further.

My conclusion: Change is not going to happen overnight, but it will be rapid, it will change how you regard your personal convenience and it will wring fundamental changes in property use, and therefore in property ownership, tenancy, value, design.

While you work through the questions & issues below, keep in mind that common use of land-based self-driving electric vehicles might become historic almost before it becomes common.

First, the questions:

Will you own a car – or, in families, multiple cars?

Will you expect to drive to work, as you do now?

Where will you park?

Who will provide that parking?

How do you shop? Mostly, weekly at the supermarket?

Do you use your car for lazy storage?

Do you use storage, music up loud, door-to-door as your excuses for an aversion to public transport?

How might pricing of vehicle ownership, journeys & parking change, and how might public transport be transformed?

Why own for minimal use when you can summons a vehicle at will, to take you door-to-door if necessary?

Now go through some answers:

While you might maintain that you need your car, most decisions of that nature have never really been yours to make.

The people who created mass production of cars were able to do so based on pricing low enough for widespread ownership. But think back to New Zealand’s brief era of carless days, when your vehicle had to be off the road for a stipulated one day/week, which roughly coincided with the start of mass importing of second-hand cars from Japan. Suddenly, from the inconvenience of having to travel by public transport occasionally, New Zealand was awash with cheap cars. You could go where you wanted, whenever you wanted.

Except, it’s reached the point that you can’t quite go whenever you want, because congestion has reached such a level that your journey becomes much slower. In response you look at passengers passing you in the bus lane and ponder joining them, or you drive to work in the dark.

In Auckland, if you cross the harbour bridge in peak traffic, you can see maybe 10 people near you – one per vehicle, all forced by congestion to travel slowly.

Parking made harder

The era of Uber is upon us – and the suggestion is that the Uber will lose its driver too. Pricing will dictate whether you travel as a solitary occupant in a car, or multiple. Either way, you will be taken from your door to your ultimate destination, or perhaps to a conveyance which carries more people.

Your own car will sit in its garage, and soon you will figure you don’t need it. One reason will be that you can order up a vehicle to suit your travel purpose – if you have more luggage, a bigger vehicle; travelling to the supermarket you don’t need space, but travelling home you do. Or perhaps you do all that shopping onscreen, without going anywhere.

You may see those possibilities as pure & unlikely conjecture until you consider the next point: the decision won’t be yours.

The next stage in your decision on how to get to a fixed place of work will occur when your employer, or the building owner, decides you don’t need a parking space because self-drives & public transport eliminate the need. Parked cars which do nothing but sit, waiting for you to come back in 8 hours, are a very large expense. The building owner will convert that parking space to other uses, especially if it becomes harder to fill every space.

Then, the road maintenance equation

It occurs to you that your journey could be much faster because there’s less competition on the road… Except, who pays for that road’s existence & maintenance? The motorist, the local council & the Government do – the motorist via taxes & levies, the council via rates & perhaps fuel taxes & targeted rates, the Government via those taxes & levies.

If there are fewer users, or use is far more efficient courtesy of the self-drive & decline of private ownership, government & council will pursue ways to lower their costs. And when they discover less road surface is needed, or they can get away with providing less, they will reduce maintenance. Much like Auckland Council’s decision not to mow the berm outside your house anymore, authorities will see the way clear to trim road surfaces based on saving money – 4 lanes back to 2 and, within suburbs, 2 back to a single lane.

This can happen because there will be fewer parked cars, and eventually none, the self-drives will be able to negotiate a single lane, and.. well, you’ll have even more berm to mow. The road surface that remains will be a coarser, cheaper product next time it’s laid, the maintained suburban road surface can be shrunk, and arterials – even motorways – probably can too.

You’ll turn your garage over to storage, or another bedroom, or a games room or home office.

The city end of the equation

Your decision on how to travel will be driven by external imperatives – council maintenance costs, shifts in tax spending, reduced provision of parking. Many of the parking lots around the inner city have existed because of property development downturns. The bungy site on Victoria St, right in the heart of the city, is vacant because the 1987 property & sharemarket crashes killed development plans, and more recent plans there have been more grandiose than real.

Feeding on to Victoria St East, the exit from the council’s Victoria St parking building is briefly on to High St – which is a popular nominee as one of the streets for a council project to trial more car-free areas. The council’s Downtown parking building has been considered for a number of years as a high value development proposition. Changes such as those would be dramatic, but no longer whimsical once self-drive vehicles start to appear.

Now to city occupants, and then to fringe centres

Offices & apartments without parking provided will become the norm, and those old basement parking floors will lose that value. Owners will look to new uses in old buildings and design parking out of new buildings. In the old buildings that will be an interesting exercise, because in many of them the ceilings will be too low. It will take ingenuity to find economic solutions.

For the individual, you’ve lost your parking floor in the office building, and all the other parking floors & parking buildings are being converted. You will be forced to seek other travel options – bus & train for distance or, as we’re starting to see, bike or scooter for shorter journeys.

But not everybody works in a central city office or shop. Suburban work centres are likely to face the same pressures for change, and industrial precincts might too. Think, as a property owner, what you can do with the space occupied by 30 or 50 employees’ cars. Tenants, especially in outlying areas, pay low rent for parking. Building them out will provide a better return.

Other consequences

If you accept that these kinds of change are not just on their way sometime, but more likely imminent – perhaps within a decade – you can turn your mind to other consequences.

Fewer cars, fewer motor mechanics, a whole sector of insurance becomes redundant. Car sale yards & car loans will be history. Tradies will become lords of the road, but their costs will also rise through higher contributions for upkeep. Delivery vans will have a bigger role.

Just the change from oil to electric is a revolution in itself. The oil industry has held sway for a century, but its decline will be swift if battery-operated travel can prove efficient, practical & cheap. That will ring in momentous change in international affairs, in economic relationships, in degrees of political power. Revolutions in self-drive & public transport will force local change.

Real or unreal? We don’t know yet. What we do know is that if change like this is catapaulted into our lives, it pays to start thinking of options early.

Attribution: Comment.

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St Marks apartment sells

One apartment was sold at Bayleys auctions last week out of 4 on offer.


Quay Park

Hudson Brown, 57 Mahuhu Crescent, unit 417:
Features: leasehold, 84m², 2-level 2-bedroom apartment, parking space, storage locker
Outgoings: rates $1808/year including gst
Income assessment: $650/week-plus
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Habeeb Urrahman, Steve Kirk & Chris Cairns

Isthmus east


The Ivory, 10 Lion Place, unit 504:
Features: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, balcony, parking space
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $899,000
Agents: Grace Lee & Eric Cher


St Marks, 10 St Marks Rd, unit 202:
Features: 124m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2.9m-high stud, 2 parking spaces
Outcome: sold for $1.925 million
Agents: Karen Spires & Trisha Vincent

96 Upland Rd, unit 2E:
Features: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 covered + 2 offstreet parking spaces
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Warren Fenning & Louise De Martin

Attribution: Agency release.

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9 commercial, industrial, retail & rural sales

Colliers agents have concluded a range of sales in Auckland & elsewhere around the North Island.

They include the Whoa! Studios at Henderson (pictured above) on a leaseback, industrial sites in East Tamaki & Hamilton, a Mt Maunganui retail development and a central Hamilton office building.



Whoa! Studios, 8-16 Henderson Valley Rd:
Features: 5916m² entertainment venue & restaurant The Grounds in 1902m² warehouse & office building, on 2 titles, 42-space carpark + separate staff parking, zoning allows mixed used evelopment up to 72.5m high
Rent: new 10-year leasebacks for studios & restaurant at $636,339/year net + gst, 5-year rights of renewal, fixed 2.75%/year rental growth
Outcome: sale & leaseback at 6% yield, which puts the price at $10.61 million
Agents: Andrew Hooper, Hamish West, Josh Coburn, Caroline Cornish & Cherry Higginson


East Tamaki

42 Allens Rd:
Features: 1647m² industrial site, 862m² floor area – warehouse 736m², office 126m², shared driveway
Current rent: $100,000/year net + gst, putting the purchase price at a 4.05% yield
Outcome: sold to an owner-occupier for $2.47 million
Agents: Paul Higgins & Jolyon Thomson

South of the Bombays

Bay of Plenty

Mt Maunganui

Mount Central, 233 Maunganui Rd:
Features: 3096m² site,1345m² building, 9 tenancies of 80-120m² in retail development built in 2016, 52 parking spaces managed by Wilson Parking on lease expiring next June; commercial zone allows development to 12m, design allows subdivision into 4 titles
Outcome: sold for $16 million at a 4.9% yield
Agents: Duncan Woodhouse, Simon Clark & Mat Gibbard



164a Lake Rd:
Features: 698m² site, 2-storey 528m² warehouse & office, tenant has renewed with final expiry in 2027
Rent: $54,000/year net + gst
Outcome: sold for $900,000 at a 6% yield
Agents: Mat Gibbard & Mark Rendell



Rockwood Farm, 2999 Whakarau Rd:
Features: 404.69ha breeding & finishing farm, sheds, centrally located homestead, 85ha of bushland 
Outcome: sold at auction for $2.9 million
Agent: Rod Chrisp

Hawke’s Bay


306 Ellison Rd, unit 1:
Features: 800m², Ideal Electrical Ltd’s new showroom & warehouse, due for completion in April
Outcome: sold off the plans to an investment syndicate for $3.2 million
Agents: Ian McLachlan & Danny Blair



256 Brymer Rd:
Features: 16.17ha development site, zoned residential, elevated views 
Outcome: sold for $7.8 million
Agent: Alan Pracy

The Kiwibank Centre, Hamilton.

Kiwibank Centre, 410 Victoria St & 12 Alma St:
Features: 1912m² floor area, ground-floor retail, 3 office floors, multi-tenanted, seismic rating 67% new building standard, 5-level 32-car The Stack on separate Alma St title
Rent: estimated $567,500/year net + gst, putting a 7.1% yield on the approximate sale price
Outcome: sold for around $8 million to Tauranga-based property fund manager Property Managers Group
Agents: John Hagar & Alan Pracy


Ingram Rd, lot 11:
Features: 17,748m² industrial development site between State Highway 3 & the Hamilton Airport runway
Outcome: sold for $3,141,396 at $177/m²
Agents: Mark Brunton &Alan Pracy

Attribution: Agency release.

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