IKEA, Apartments and a Park All-in-One? France Was Able to Do It

France and IKEA show how to do a mixed development


In October last year I floated the idea of IKEA in Manukau City Centre as part of redeveloping Manukau with Panuku Development Auckland’s Transform Manukau program.

I will repost the entire post further down but in the meantime IKEA in France show how to do a mixed use development Manukau needs:


Thank you to 

As it does show what imagination can do to get big retail, apartments, green park space and even probably small retail on the ground floor of the surrounding apartments. Time for Panuku and our Auckland Design Champion to step up to the plate and start making this all happen quickly (please).


Meantime from Octoer 2015


IKEA, Auckland and Panuku @DevelopmentAKL. Where To Put an IKEA? #AKLPols

Unitary Plan Rules do restrict placement options


Debate about IKEA (amongst others) coming to New Zealand and especially Auckland has flared up again if this Stuff article was anything to go by:

Ikea, Aldi & Zara: Big brands keeping Kiwis waiting

TAO LIN. Last updated 11:07, October 13 2015

Topshop was certainly a popular addition to Auckland’s retail offering. So should more international brands be hitting our streets? 

Big brands like Tiffany & Co and H&M announced this year they would be joining a growing list of in-demand international companies setting up shop in New Zealand.

But what about those that seem to have turned a blind eye to their Kiwi fans?



There have been rumours for years that Swedish company Ikea could be coming to New Zealand but it continues to disappoint Kiwi furniture lovers.

The Scandinavian furniture company is famous for its low cost trendy designs, do-it-yourself assembly and forever keeping Kiwis on their toes as to when they may be opening here.

Rumours about Ikea setting up a physical store in New Zealand have been floating around for years, with the latest being an announcement at the end of last year that the company may start taking internet orders and ship to New Zealand.

It was understood then that Ikea had looked at several locations for a store but were having trouble finding the right one as it needed to be both large and have good links to transport.

A Facebook fanpage dedicated to bringing Ikea to New Zealand expressed disappointment that the new NorthWest Shopping Centre in Auckland did not come with an Ikea.

Many of the page’s more than 17,700 followers took to their keyboards to lament “Why oh why” Ikea was not coming and telling the company to “hurry up and come to NZ!!”

It is a different story across the ditch, with Ikea Australia country manager David Hood unveiling a plan in July to increase store numbers from eight to about 22 over the next few years.

For now, Kiwi furniture lovers plagued with FOMO (fear of missing out) will just have to buy Ikea products from My Flat Pack, Zoomly and some other furniture retailers.


Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/72911217/Ikea-Aldi-Zara-Big-brands-keeping-Kiwis-waiting


I believe not long ago IKEA were looking at a Mt Wellington site however, the traffic generation and management ran afoul of the current Auckland City Isthmus legacy rules and killed off any establish attempts.


That said the Unitary Plan rules which go live next year will also be technically restricting to where IKEA can as well given the Council is following a Centres=Plus policy with business and retail. Meaning the City Centre and Metropolitan Centres would be preferential for larger retailers (seeming I am talking IKEA) with the General Business Zone, and Identified Growth Corridors taking any overflow as a pressure relief situation. Light Industry zones would as currently proposed out of the question for IKEA to establish in as well given what Council wants the industrial zones for.


So where to establish an IKEA?

The Metropolitan Centres of which there are 10 would be the most logical place to comply with the Centres-Plus focus of the Unitary Plan. Now Westgate Metropolitan Centre has been touted given it is in the middle of no-where at the moment. I am going to leave Westgate alone for now but remember for an IKEA to establish in a Metropolitan Centre both roads AND public transport need to be adequate.

If IKEA are looking for Metropolitan Centre that has a very large catchment and served adequately by public transport and roads then only two come to mind straight off the bat. Albany and Manukau City Centre, both Metropolitan Centres and both as proposed Super Metropolitan Centres (per my submission to the Unitary Plan). Given Albany and Manukau (and the reason why I push for them to be Super Metros) have both good road and public transport access AND sub-regional, regional and inter-regional catchments establish IKEAs in both would seem as Mr Spock would put it ‘logical.’


However, Albany has issues of land ownership fragmentation that Development Auckland, IKEA and existing landowners at Albany would need to sort for an IKEA to establish. This is because IKEA need around 16,000 metres square of floor space minimum or 20,000m2 for optimum conditions. This is something Albany does not have without strong intervention yet. Intervention that will not be happening any time soon looking at this: Panuku Development Auckland’s Big Urban Renewal Development Program #BetterAuckland.

But if you look at that same report Manukau is at the top of the list for Development Auckland intervention (urban renewal) and Council owns still a lot of land in the Manukau City Centre – Super Metropolitan Centre area.

Manukau development sites Land owned by Auckland Council
Manukau development sites (including all of Lot 59)
Land owned by Auckland Council

That is Council owned land (managed by Development Auckland) inside the Manukau (Super) Metropolitan Centre.

So we are looking at a 20,000 square metre IKEA and IKEAs like going multi-level if they are in Centres rather than paddocks.


Okay time to zoom in on some of the larger land holdings in Manukau City Centre owned by Council:

Manukau Mall East Extensions Overview MK2
Manukau Mall East Extensions Overview MK2


And closer up

Manukau Mall East Extensions MK2
Manukau Mall East Extensions MK2


How it works is the following:

  • Car parks and land is owned by the Council and leased back to Scentre who own the mall to the left.
  • The two light Cyan parcels are there for two large format retailers
  • The smaller northern parcel is 5,800m2 and ideally Pak n Save would relocate here
  • The larger 8,700m2 piece is where a two or three storey IKEA would go giving a maximum floor space of 26,000m2
  • Car parking is multi-level under the stores
  • Blue is small retailers surrounding bigger retailers to avoid triggering Blank Wall provisions in the Unitary Plan
  • Red is where I had placed a Hotel or Office complex
  • Green is an arcade connecting the mall to the new retailers and Great South Road
  • Buses and Trains are at the Manukau Interchange about 700 metres to the west although further bus stops would be on Ronwood Avenue to the north and Manukau Station Road to the south
  • The Motorway interchanges are the following:
    • Te Irirangi Drive
    • Manukau State Highway 1 Interchange
    • Manukau State Highway 20 – Lambie Drive Interchange
  • Wiri Heavy Industry Complex is about two kilometres to the west and south west and ideal for IKEA distribution plants.
  • If IKEA and Council are ambitious extra levels for more retailing, office or even apartments could be built over the IKEA store.
  • Manukau City Centre currently has an Auckland catchment servicing 545,000 people as of 2013. This does not include the northern Waikato.3


Manukau City Centre Area
Manukau City Centre Area


Panuku Development Auckland?

As noted here: Panuku Development Auckland’s Big Urban Renewal Development Program #BetterAuckland Development Auckland and the Auckland Development Committee are getting ready to whittle down from nine to three urban areas of Auckland for Type 1 intervention. Type 1 being like Waterfront Auckland overseeing Wynyard Quarter’s renewal (long-term, Council public works, and public-private partnerships with residential and commercial development).

Manukau is at the top of that list as seen below:

Panuku Development Auckland Type 1 short list Source: Auckland Council
Panuku Development Auckland Type 1 short list
Source: Auckland Council

The meaning of the score types can be seen in the respective blog post.

Note the following high individual score points for Manukau:

  • Community
    • Community Readiness
    • Community Facilities
    • Deprivation Index
    • Maori Wellbeing
  • Capital Complexity
    • Deliverablity
    • Investment
  • Land and Influence
    • Council Owned Opportunities
    • Site Fragmentation
    • Partnership
  • Scale
    • Capacity (redevelopment floor space)
    • Accessibility to cars or public transport


As far as I see it if Panuku Development Auckland, Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board, and the Auckland Development Committee were to engage in a Waterfront Auckland style development partnership that would also satisfy The Southern Initiative requirements on employment and Maori wellbeing through employment and economic output*, then a possible partnership with IKEA into Manukau City Centre might be the key to unlock Manukau even further.

*Economic output (in an area that has a high Maori population base) not only through direct training and employment with IKEA Manukau, but also wider effects such as employment through an IKEA distribution plant in Wiri, logistics movements of the freight for IKEA, and maybe manufacturing potential if IKEA are “encouraged” to also stock NZ manufactured goods.

And if IKEA were good they would do home delivery (for a fee) which means if I caught the train from Papakura to Manukau (hopefully via the South Link) then I could walk to IKEA, browse, purchase goods and then have it delivered to my home while I continue shopping elsewhere in Manukau before taking the train home and not giving two perverbal monkeys about traffic and parking ^_^ . Win for me, win for IKEA, win for Manukau, win for the well transit system.


Ikea: https://www.brandwatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/ikea3.jpg
Ikea: https://www.brandwatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/ikea3.jpg


Source: https://voakl.net/2015/10/13/ikea-auckland-and-panuku-developmentakl-where-to-put-an-ikea-aklpols/




One thought on “IKEA, Apartments and a Park All-in-One? France Was Able to Do It

  1. I proposed this many years ago when they were initially looking at an AKL location. The idea that I had submitted at the time was to put it in the area where Mitre10 Mega and Kmart distribution centre is now where there would be direct rail and motorway access. The area could have then been cleaned up with a feature made of the Puhinui Stream along side cafes next to IKEA; instead of being left to rot as it now is.
    There would be a station with park and ride in this area; giving the park and ride direct access to the motorway system and not the ridiculous white elephant carpark they eventually built which is not connected to the station and means vechicles travelling through city centre to get to it.
    This proposal was before the current station was settled on and a second Manukau station would have been located next to the mall which was orginally planned – still what I believe could have been a better outcome if the council did not take the cheap option to save $12 million and extend the line further.
    IKEA also looks at market within a certain driving distance (I think 1 hour); Manukau could also claim Hamilton within this area, something that other centres in AKL could not giving it a much better market than the others.

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