NZ Urban Development News


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Apartments galore: city's biggest projects mapped

Apartment towers are rising across Auckland, delivering nearly 4000 new units to a city grappling with a housing shortage, but it is only one year's supply and not enough to meet demand, warns a real estate expert.
Some of Auckland's biggest new apartment projects have been mapped, showing 49 blocks with 3795 new units being marketed or under construction.
Colliers International tallied up the projects, and to show the spread of some of the larger schemes the Herald has mapped the five biggest projects in the central business district (CBD), city fringe and suburbia.

 Proposed development on Valley Road Mt Eden being worked up by Auckland Council's development arm Artist impression September 2017 Source / Panuku Development Auckland
Major housing development planned for prime Dominion Rd site

A rundown but prime site on Dominion Rd is being sold with plans for 102 apartments and nine shops - to be sold at premium prices - by Auckland Council's development arm.
Panuku Development Auckland is copying the model at Wynyard Quarter to provide well designed intensive housing within the character area on the corner of Dominion and Valley Rds for what it is calling Dominion Valley Apartments.
Instead of just selling the land for development, Panuku has used its own design team and Isthmus Architects to come up with a scheme that meets council objectives for intensification along transport corridors.

Paerata Development Vision Plan. Photo: Supplied
The vision for South Auckland's newest village

Ground has been broken and the foundations for a small village that will provide thousands of new homes less than an hour south of Auckland City are being laid.
The first of these homes will be ready to welcome new residents, into the small town near Pukekohe, as early as the middle of next year.
Maps and artist's impressions of the village soon to rise out of the South Auckland landscape have been released to the Herald.

Conceptual drawings of what has been dubbed "Project Kupe".
Wellington's grand plan

An ambitious plan for an indoor arena, along with a huge tower, hotels and a retail park in downtown Wellington has been outlined to senior figures in the Government.
Dubbed Project Kupe, the $1 billion project would stretch from the Wellington Railway Station, to near the existing Westpac Stadium.
A presentation brands it as a "transformational" investment in the capital, complete with a 12,000 seat indoor stadium for sport and entertainment, 150 shops, a "cultural tower" celebrating New Zealand's history, and three hotels.

Getting more housing, making it more affordable: what's the plan?

Housing has been a key issue as the election draws near and the main political parties' policies on development, first-home ownership, tax, foreign buyers and increasing supply in high-demand areas such as Auckland differ widely.
From the Labour Party's 100,000-residence national KiwiBuild scheme to National's plan to build 34,000 new Auckland places, and NZ First's proposed ban on foreign buyers, housing is an area that has galvanised the parties.

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