NZ Urban Development news from the media | 18 Feb | Waikato Expressway driving towards completion


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 18 February 2020.

Provided by Rockhopper Development Advisory

Waikato Expressway driving towards completion

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today with Māori King Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII officially opened the country’s newest road, the $384 million Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway.

The 15km four-lane highway with side and central safety barriers takes State Highway 1 east of Huntly town, across lowlands and streams and over Taupiri Range, which is sacred to Waikato-Tainui.

Phil Twyford said the Waikato Expressway was a key driver of growth in the region.

“This section opening will improve safety and help grow the local economy by improving the link for businesses and tourists between Auckland and Hamilton.

“Once completed, the Waikato Expressway is expected to reduce travel times by 35 minutes between the Bombay Hills and south of Cambridge.

Te Ara Awataha – the path of the Awataha

Te Ara Awataha, Northcote’s new greenway, is a 1.5km network of existing and new reserves that will run through the Northcote neighbourhood, connecting the town centre, schools and homes.

Now, thanks to input from mana whenua and members of the community, as part of Te Ara Awataha greenway project the Awataha Stream will be brought to light for long distances of the greenway. This regenerative process, known as ‘daylighting’, will boost the mauri (life essence) of the stream, improving water quality and allowing it to become a habitat for birds, insects and tuna (eels) once more. It will also reconnect the community to this lost environmental taonga (treasure).

National chain Sudima expands its operations adding a new hotel in Queenstown in 18 months

National chain Sudima Hotels is adding a new hotel of 120 rooms in Queenstown to its stable of six hotels in New Zealand.

Sudima has an agreement with Auckland developer Clearmont Group to operate the new 4.5 star hotel at Five Mile, in Frankton. It is expected to open in the summer of 2021-22.

The hotel will be part of a retail and business centre development by Clearmont and will be branded Sudima Queenstown. Construction of the four-storey development, to be built by Naylor Love, has started.

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