NZ Urban Development News - 28 August


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 28 August 2018.

6,400 more public housing places for New Zealanders by 2022

The Government announced locations around New Zealand for 6,400 new public housing places being built over the next four years which were funded as part of Budget 2018.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has released the 2018 Public Housing Plan which outlines the number and size of the homes which will be part of the biggest public housing programme in more than a decade.

The plan will see 3,550 new public housing places being made available in Auckland with thousands of much-needed new state houses in regions around New Zealand. This has been fully funded through a combination of:

  • $234.4 million in operating funding from Budget 2018,

  • $2.9 billion of Housing New Zealand borrowing from third parties, with a further $900 million from its operations.

Fu Wah reveals $400m 435-unit Wynyard apartment/retail plans

One of China's wealthiest women is planning to build a 435-unit apartment and retail complex worth up to $400 million in Auckland.

Fu Wah New Zealand has lodged resource consent with Auckland Council, seeking permission to build on an entire block at the rapidly expanding Wynyard Quarter.

Fu Wah is also building the $300m Park Hyatt on Auckland's waterfront, which is expected to be finished around June next year.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff welcomes Skypath commitment

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has welcomed the government’s pledge of $67 million to build Skypath, the long-awaited walkway and cycleway across Auckland Harbour.

Mayor Phil Goff said, “This decision will be transformational for Auckland, allowing pedestrians and cyclists for the first time to have permanent access across the harbour.

Public to have their say on eight storey Taupo hotel proposed for Tuwharetoa St

The developers of a eight-storey hotel on Tuwharetoa St in downtown Taupō have now lodged a resource consent application.

The developers of the building, Cypress Capital, have volunteered its resource consent application be publicly notified.

Shelly Bay height debacle spurs Wellington City councillors to vote 8-7 against special housing areas

A Wellington community group has gone to the Court of Appeal to try to force a rethink of a $500 million plan to develop Shelly Bay.

For decades, the Miramar Peninsula site was a Defence Force base and a design guide already recognised the unique character of the coastal location across the harbour from central Wellington.

The Wellington Company and the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust plan to build hotels, 350 apartments and townhouses, a rest home, a ferry terminal, a marina and a cable car link to Mt Crawford

Takapuna Town Square development to proceed with community support

Public consultation and a representative survey have both shown support for a new town square and revitalisation on the central Takapuna car park at 40 Anzac Street. 

In an independent survey conducted by Colmar Brunton, 69% of people preferred one of the two development proposals. In the Auckland Council-run consultation, 55% of people who responded were in support.

Earlier engagement with the community identified the two preferred sites for the town square. A site between Hurstmere and Lake roads came out as the preferred location for this new public space in both the consultation (46% of responses) and the independent survey (40%).

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