Transformation of Manukau given green light

Publish Date : 14 Apr 2016
Transformation of Manukau given green light

The transformation of the Manukau metropolitan centre has taken an important first step with the approval of the over-arching plan for the regeneration of an area aiming to be the thriving heart and soul of the south.

Auckland Council’s Development Committee has approved a high level project plan for Manukau from the city’s new urban regeneration agency, Panuku Development Auckland.

The transformation could be on an even bigger scale than the award-winning regeneration of Wynyard Quarter.

Exciting news for Manukau

Panuku will work with central government to create more housing choice, including affordable housing, located close to employment opportunities as well as educational, entertainment and shopping attractions.

Panuku will also make better use of council-owned sites in the centre – leveraging off existing investments including the transport hub.

Mayor Len Brown says the committee approval of 14 April is great news for the area.

“Manukau has long been identified as one of Auckland’s strongest communities. With its Māori heritage and position as the world’s Pasifika hub, along with the area’s creative and economic potential, Manukau is unlike any other place in New Zealand.

CBD of the south

Deputy Mayor and Committee Chair Penny Hulse says it’s now time for the “CBD of the south” to realise its potential.

Ms Hulse says the committee approval gives Panuku the mandate as the lead council agency to work with the government, as a major land-owner in the area, to deliver on the plan.

“Panuku has the property expertise and a proven track record in the redevelopment of Wynyard Quarter to deliver quality regeneration at scale and pace. It’s also important we continue our conversations with the local community and mana whenua.”

Development much anticipated

Manukau ward councillor Alf Filipaina says the development of the centre has been a "long time coming."

"People seem to forget that we are one of the fastest growing areas of New Zealand and have nearly half our population under the age of 25. 

"We need to better connect the centre of Manukau with the neighbouring industrial areas and residential suburbs to ensure the economic benefits for the next generation."

Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board chair Efeso Collins says Manukau Central should be a vibrant, family-friendly centre with a local heart that reflects and celebrates the south’s diverse cultures. 

Local communities and council to work closely

Panuku is working closely with The Southern Initiative, and has also begun collaboration with the 11 iwi.

Panuku Interim Chief Executive, John Dalzell, says the successful delivery of the Manukau transformation will depend on participation of the local communities, as well as the council agreeing to fund the projects from the sale of any council-owned properties within the location.

The next steps for the transformation are the completion of a framework plan which will guide the delivery of the project outcomes over a 20-year period.

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