NZ Urban Development News - 14 August


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 14 August 2018.

Mission Bay $200m face-lift: Big housing and retail redevelopment planned for popular Auckland beach suburb

Landmark waterfront buildings will make way for a $200 million, multi-storey housing and retail development if a bold plan to change the face of one of Auckland's most cherished beach suburbs is approved.

Urban Legacy & Partners Limited, known as Urban Partners and founded under the name Retail Holdings by brothers Haydn and Mark Staples in 1983, will next week lodge a land use resource consent application with Auckland Council to demolish buildings and houses it owns on a 6527sq m block between Tāmaki Dr, Patteson Ave and Marau Crescent in Mission Bay.

In their place, the company plans to build up to 100 apartments and townhouses, a 2920sq m hospitality and retail space, up to 265 basement and ground level car parks and a 955sq m cinema complex with four or five theatres, all across seven buildings of varying heights up to seven storeys.

Long vacant site in Masterton's CBD to get retail and residential development

A planned residential and retail project on a long vacant site in the centre of town is just the latest in a string of developments designed to capture demand for "high-end" apartments in the provincial hub.

Prominent Wairarapa developer David Borman said Masterton has changed and people are now wanting quality residence in the middle of town, but it has to tick all the boxes.

"Smart" hotel the latest to open in tourist mecca Queenstown

Queenstown has a new "smart" $15 million hotel, the fourth hotel to open in the past 12 months, but hundreds more beds are needed, according to a local real estate agency.

Billed as "New Zealand's first fully smart hotel", it adds another 57 rooms to the resort town.

The Japanese owners of The George Hotel in Christchurch in a joint venture with local developer Lewis Gdanitz have opened the six-storey Mi-pad Queenstown overlooking Lake Wakatipu and are targeting the digitally savvy and professionals. 

It features keyless 24 hour check-in and check-out through an app downloaded by guests, which also enables them to set room temperatures and mood lighting.


The vision for Onehunga has been unveiled

The Onehunga Framework Plan, a document developed by Panuku Development Auckland in consultation with the Tamaki-Maungakiekie local board and key stakeholders, outlines the overarching vision for the neighbourhood and the key moves Panuku will take to deliver transformation. The plan confirms that Panuku will focus on the revitalisation of the Onehunga town centre as a priority.

Panuku seeks to complement the existing character of Onehunga Mall by promoting new development and activities in the blocks behind it. The existing buzz from Onehunga Mall will be extended to the rest of the town centre.

One of the first things you’ll see is the revitalisation of existing laneways. Panuku will work with local business owners and the community to make these laneways safer and more attractive.

KiwiBuild pre-qualification opens

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford has welcomed the opening of pre-qualification for first homebuyers and second-chancers wanting to buy a KiwiBuild home.

From today, aspiring homeowners can apply online at to determine if they are eligible to enter a ballot for a KiwiBuild home.

Phil Twyford says the opening of the pre-qualification process is good news for New Zealanders who are locked out of the housing market.


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