NZ Urban Development News - 22 January


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 30 January 2019.

The Government is seeking building & development partners for new housing projects

HLC, a wholly owned development subsidiary of Housing NZ, is advertising for builders and developers to become involved in several major Auckland housing projects.

It has issued an Invitation to Participate (ITP) to become involved in several projects, including already announced developments at Mt Roskill, Owairaka, Mangere, Oranga and Tamaki in Auckland.

Many of the projects involve redeveloping Housing NZ land that was occupied by older, lower density homes, that will be replaced by modern higher density housing.

AMETI busway construction contract signed

A $100 million contract has been signed for part of the AMETI Eastern Busway between Panmure and Pakuranga.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff joined Auckland Transport officials to sign the contract with New Zealand-owned construction company Fulton Hogan.

Mayor Goff says, "For too long we have under-invested in public transport for east Auckland. As the area has grown, the roads have become more congested without suitable alternative transport options. The $1.4 billion being invested in the Eastern Busway from Panmure to Botany helps rectify this. It will be transformational for the area."

Wellington is getting its first base-isolated apartment development

Developers at Willis Bond & Co are seeking resource consent to build Wellington's first base-isolated apartment building on Victoria Street.

An 120-apartment development, that will be called the Victoria Lane Apartments will be built over the top of the former Farmers' building, next to the Te Auaha performing arts campus.

The Farmers' building, which has been closed since shortly after the 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake due to seismic damage, will also be redeveloped into a retail building with seven available tenancies, resource consent documents show.

Only 300 KiwiBuild homes are due to be finished by July

Housing Minister Phil Twyford has admitted KiwiBuild will fall drastically short of its first-year target, delivering just 300 homes by July 1.

Twyford made this admission to Stuff after telling RNZ on Wednesday morning he "couldn't guarantee" the first target.

Twyford said 300 houses were due to be completed by July 1 but he was working hard to increase that number - yet meeting the target of 1000 homes by July 1 was not possible.

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