An introduction in the Manukau City Centre – Panuku Development Auckland Transform
On Thursday the Auckland Council Auckland Development Committee will endorse the Panuku Development Auckland High Level Project Plan for the Manukau City Centre Transform urban renewal program.
The Manukau area is home to people from many cultures, and has a rich diversity with vibrant neighbourhoods that makes it unique.
Recent developments such as the new transport interchange and Manukau Institute of Technology campus have further enhanced the town centre. Auckland Council owns a number of sites in the Manukau area, which Panuku will use, in partnership with private developers, to increase the housing supply in the area. There is an opportunity to create new mixed-use housing and commercial buildings, retail shops, and to improve connections around the area between homes, public spaces, public transport and the town centre.
Why are we doing this?
There’s a strong desire from the local community, as outlined in the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board plan to create a thriving heart for Manukau – an attractive visitor destination, business centre and place to shop, live, learn, work and play in world-class facilities and spaces.
Some of this development is already underway including the proposed Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) Manukau site; the planned Wero tourism experience which will include an artificial white water rafting course, Polynesian cultural exhibition and an art gallery; and further opportunities around Hayman Park.
Auckland Council owns a number of sites in the Manukau area, which Panuku will use, in partnership with private developers, to increase the housing supply in the area. There is an opportunity to create new mixed-use housing and commercial buildings, retail shops, and to improve connections around the area between homes, public spaces, public transport and the town centre.
Panuku will look to leverage these opportunities to transform Manukau metropolitan centre and surrounds in the following areas:
- Creation of 50-plus homes at 20 Barrowcliffe Place
- Residential or mixed housing on Manukau Station Road
- The Hayman Park area
We will also look to form a partnership with Housing New Zealand, who own a large amount of land in the area which they are looking to use to build more, and higher quality housing. We will also work with Auckland Transport, central government and the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board when creating the master plan for the area.
The Auckland Plan outlines the strategy to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city. A number of the transformational shifts required to meet this vision, such as ‘radically improve the quality of urban living’, ‘substantially raise living standards for all Aucklanders and focus on those most in need’ and ‘significantly lift Māori social and economic well-being’ can be achieved by developing locations such as Manukau metropolitan centre and surrounds.
This project also aligns closely with The Southern Initiative which is referenced in the Auckland Plan. The initiative’s purpose is to mobilise strategic and transformational social, physical and economic change in south Auckland over 30 years.
There are two Special Housing Areas (SHAs) in the Manukau metropolitan centre and surrounds that provide for the potential development of more than 800 new homes including retirement living, potential student accommodation and hotels. SHAs allow for a streamlined consenting process that allows houses to be built more quickly and with an affordable housing component, which will help ease Auckland’s housing crisis.
There is also potential under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, currently in the hearings phase, to add significant housing and business floorspace developments that would potentially create three times as many jobs in the area.
Panuku is in the early stages of investigatory work and master planning. It is anticipated we will:
- Establish a master plan for a wider area in partnership with government and the council family
- Work with Auckland Transport to identify opportunities to redevelop car parks, especially near rail, Manukau Institute of Technology, buses and Hayman Park
- Continue current development activity at 20 Barrowcliffe Place and explore mixed use development opportunities at Lot 59 on the corner of Manukau Station Road and Davies Avenue.
- Explore possible opportunities for development at 50 Manukau Station Road and the corner of Osterly Way and Amersham Way.
The full agenda with the High Level Project Plan (or master plan for short) for Manukau should be out later day and will be uploaded with initial commentary tomorrow.
But some quick facts on Manukau City Centre (both the Metropolitan Centre zoned area and immediate surrounds):
Geographical location of Manukau City Centre, Southern Auckland and wider Auckland:
The Southern Initiative area for which Manukau is at the heart of:
- Scentre (Westfield) Manukau Mall catchment is 393,000
- Southern Auckland including Franklin and Howick Wards is about 545,000
- Unitary Plan Happenings via AMP Capital (now PSBIB)
- Unitary Plan Happenings via my Supplementary Evidence
Retail capacity in Manukau
As Scentre (Westfield) Manukau illustrates:
Westfield Manukau City is one of the main regional shopping centres in southern Auckland. The centre caters to a diverse multicultural trade area population of around 393,000 residents.
The language above is different than what Scentre gives for its other malls for example St Lukes and Albany:
- Westfield St Lukes is situated in the central Auckland suburb of Mt Albert, approximately 5 kilometres from the CBD. The centre serves a trade area population of around 371,000 residents.
- Westfield Albany is located approximately 18 kilometres north of Auckland CBD. The centre offers an extensive retail, lifestyle, and entertainment offer and serves a trade area population of around 361,000 residents.
Newmarket has the largest catchment of 489,000
But notice the language with all Westfield Malls apart from Manukau mentioning distance from the City Centre (CBD) while Manukau is mentioned for its prominence in the South and the South’s multicultural population.
All the above factors into what makes up the geography of Southern Auckland and its heart Manukau City Centre. So when bringing around this Master Plan and subsequently executing it (given this will be a 30 year project at minimum) we need to factor in this geography.
As I said earlier once the agenda item containing the Master Plan for Manukau comes out later today I will upload it into the blog and start the initial commentary on Tuesday.
The Auckland Development Committee will meet at Town Hall on Thursday. It will be both live streamed and me live Tweeting.
Exciting times ahead.