#OurManukau Update: Feedback Due Again for A2B, Manukau Mall Expansion, and new Hotel notifed!

More cranes for Manukau

Exciting times for Manukau as more cranes are due to go up as even more projects get under way. Also an update on Airport to Botany Rapid Transit.

Airport to Botany Puhinui Interchange with Stage 1. Source: Auckland Transport
Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board. 16 April 2019 

Auckland Transport April 2019 report to the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board

File No.: CP2019/05184

Airport Botany Rapid Transit – Puhinui Station

31.     The Airport to Botany Rapid Transit project will deliver a new public transport link between the airport, Manukau and Botany, improving accessibility in the south-west, southern and eastern areas of Auckland. Puhinui station has been identified as an important public transport link to the rail network and as such, will be significantly upgraded.

32.     Workshop briefings are scheduled with the OPLB for early April 2019.           

33.     Public consultation on proposed early improvements are scheduled for later this year in May/June 2019.

Source: Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board, April Agenda

While NZTA continue to be the source of frustration through their endless delays, at least Auckland Transport is getting on with the job. The next round of feedback has been noted for next month and the feedback report from the first round is due back any time. Auckland Transport still have late 2020/early 2021 as the operational start date for Airport to Botany Rapid Transit.

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board. 16 April 2019 

Panuku Development Auckland Local Board six-monthly update 1 September 2018 – 28 February 2019

File No.: CP2019/04048

Development

13.       Transform Manukau – Panuku’s property marketing testing ‘expression of interest’ process was completed in November 2018. This campaign presented five site opportunities in central Manukau. It also sought interested parties to assist council with its corporate accommodation requirements. The responses to this process have been evaluated. However, we have halted further negotiations as a result of the Panuku Board’s desire to see a refreshed precinct development plan for Manukau central.

14.       The agreement with Hayden & Rollett to develop 52-54 Manukau Station Road for an extension of Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) facilities has been executed. A formal site blessing by MIT will take place in early April. MIT is leading the organisation of this process.

15.       A Development Agreement for the development of a Quest Hotel on Lot 3 should be executed in late March. The developer was selected after a tender process.

16.       Scentre Group (Manukau Westfied) has confirmed its intent to bring forward commencement of construction works to extend and remodel the mall.

17.     Panuku is working closely with Healthy Waters to plan the regeneration of the Puhinui Stream in conjunction with the Ōtara-Papatoetoe and Manurewa Local Boards. A Steering Group has been established to provide direction and harness community stakeholder interest and involvement – it consists of Local Board members and mana whenua.

18.     Negotiations with Counties Manukau District Health Board (DHB) are underway in regard to extending a walkway along the Puhinui through the existing Super Clinic land (the northern paddocks) from Rata Vine to Kerr’s Road.

19.     Panuku, Healthy Waters and Community Facilities are working together to develop a plan for the improvement of Hayman Park. Assessment of stormwater treatment options is underway to present to the Local Board in May 2019.

Source: Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board, April Agenda

Quite a bit of exciting news from Panuku in regards to Transform Manukau. Panuku have been finally able to reveal two exciting projects that will change Manukau for decades to come. The first being the new Quest Hotel that will be built on the empty bit of grass right next to the Manukau Bus Station, the second being Westfield starting the upgrades and expansion of Manukau Mall.

Word has it in regards to the Mall that the cranes will be up around Quarter Three this year, rather than after the completion of the Newmarket Mall. Questions will be filed to Scentre (the owner of Westfield) on what the designs of the upgraded mall could possibly look like. Nonetheless, once the expansions are complete Manukau will be the biggest Westfield Mall in Auckland and the second largest mall in the country behind Sylvia Park again.

In other Panuku news the Board has asked for a new Precinct Plan in the Manukau City Centre Area again. I wonder what this is entailing thus more questions are off to Panuku.

Exciting times ahead as Airport to Botany, the new hotel and finally the mall expansion get under way.

First blocks of land to be developed via Panuku and the market. Once the Precinct Plan is done. The new Quest Hotel is going where the yellow arrow is pointing.