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Councillors get confidential report on way forward as St Marys Bay sewage project heads to Environment Court

4 objections have been lodged with the Environment Court against Auckland Council’s plan to dig a giant drain under houses along the St Mary’s Bay ridge, aimed at improving stormwater & sewage flows into the Waitemata Harbour.

Above: An aerial image showing where the 1km drain would be constructed.

The council’s Healthy Waters general manager, Craig McIlroy, told the strategic procurement committee yesterday 2 community organisations & 2 individuals had lodged objections, and the council had asked the court to set up a mediation process.

In his report to the committee, Mr McIlroy said the aim was to have the drain working by the end of 2020, meeting a timeframe for a number of large infrastructure projects to be in place before the America’s Cup yachting event, meeting of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation, to meet in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch) and biennial Te Matatini festival, all in 2021.

The project involves the construction of a new trunk sewer to capture current overflows and divert them to a new pump station at Point Erin. When the capacity of the pump station is exceeded, overflows will go to a new sea outfall from Point Erin to deeper moving water in the harbour.

The key ingredient of the $30 million-plus project is a 1km conveyance & storage pipeline (1.8m internal diameter, about 2500mᶟ capacity) extending from New St to Pt Erin Park, underground & beneath residential properties, recreation areas & road reserve, with an invert depth ranging between 5m and up to 22m deep. (Check the 14 November story link below for further details of the project proposal).

The St Marys Bay & Point Erin improvement project went to a hearing by independent commissioners in November. They approved it on 9 November, but objectors were then heard by the council’s regulatory committee a week later. The committee deliberated in private, didn’t issue a decision in a minute but said the decision would be made public within a week.

Although that didn’t appear to have happened, committee chair Cllr Linda Cooper told me the committee had confirmed the commissioners’ decision. The project was back before the strategic procurement committee yesterday – starting in public then going to the confidential section of the agenda for discussion of financial implications, risks & mitigations arising from procurement of the project and next steps for procurement.

Mr McIlroy outlined the present situation in his report to the procurement committee: “At present, a combined sewer network carrying both stormwater & wastewater services about 15,000 households in central Auckland, including St Marys Bay. The network is very close to capacity and combined sewer overflows are frequent, with increasing public concern regarding these and pressure to reduce them.

“The St Marys Bay area experiences high frequencies of wastewater overflows from mainly 3 engineered overflow points. A further 2 discharge onto Masefield Beach.

“The St Marys Bay & Masefield Beach water quality improvement project has been designed to resolve these issues. It is the first major project to be funded through the council’s new water quality targeted rate and forms part of the broader western isthmus water quality improvement programme.”

Mr McIlroy said that, through undertaking this project, “further improvements to the combined network can take place without continued contamination of these beaches. This is important as the full suite of proposed solutions will take some time to implement.”

He said the regulatory committee had noted in its deliberations that “they do not think there is a causal link between the works & ‘cliff instability due to the depth at which the pipeline will be installed, the construction methodology, monitoring & the technology used.’”

Earlier story:
14 November 2018: Tank to solve western isthmus overflows approved, round 2 begins Friday

Attribution: Council committee meeting, agenda, hearing documents.

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Tank to solve western isthmus overflows approved, round 2 begins Friday

Objectors to a stormwater & sewage holding tank to be built under expensive houses along the St Marys Bay ridge overlooking the Westhaven marina had their complaints rejected by a hearing panel last Friday, but a council committee will be back to hear them again this Friday.

Auckland Council’s regulatory committee has called a special meeting to hear objections, and to rule on them in a confidential session the same day.

As with the original hearing decision, the recommendation before the committee is to proceed with the project.

At stake is a $30 million-plus project designed to reduce – close to zero – the frequency of sewage spills into the Waitemata Harbour.

At stake from the property owners’ points of view are:

  • Loss of property value through potential development restriction
  • Extreme, unavoidable stench through vents
  • Concerns about cliff stability
  • Construction impacts, including the fear that the foundations of old houses along the route will be disturbed, and

On top of those questions is the issue of separation of storm- & wastewater – required of property owners in this area for the last 20 years when renovating, altering or redeveloping their properties, only to become mixed again at the gate.

Mr Hill commented on separation in the panel decision: “While we might accept the sincerity of the applicant’s (the council’s) assurance that this proposal is a stepping stone to that eventual outcome, the political history of this issue, as amply demonstrated by the submitters, gives no such assurance.”

Against the council desire to move forward with this project now, submitters also suggested further review, including alternatives, benefits & costs, ought to be undertaken.

However, Mr Hill said the panel had no lawful basis for requiring the application to be suspended for further analysis.

The objective of healthy waters

Auckland Council renamed & refocused its stormwater department, calling it the Healthy Waters department (Wai Ora – Healthy Waterways), in a bid to – at long last – rid the western isthmus in particular of the extremely frequent overflows arising when a deluge of rain hits the dual-purpose sewage & stormwater drains.

For years, local body politicians have fallen short of meeting the dirty-water challenge, limiting the budget and thereby ensuring the certainty of continuing spills by not separating sewage from stormwater.

But councils are now required to abide by the 2014 national policy statement for freshwater management in full by the end of 2025.

In Auckland, the Western Isthmus Water Quality Improvement Work Programme is the largest workstream funded through the targeted rate. Its aim is to progressively reduce overflows into the Waitemata Harbour from hundreds of events to 6 or fewer/outfall/year.

Auckland Council figured, at the end of 2015, it couldn’t meet the national policy statement conditions then, and set about establishing programmes last year so it could meet the policy.

Analysing the watersheds

The council has divided Auckland into 10 watersheds, where water drains to a stream, or ultimately to the harbour or open sea, and has drawn up this staged approach:

  1. Mapping the current state & key issues for each watershed
  2. Determining how to achieve the objectives & consulting the community, and
  3. Developing action plans to meet objectives, limits & targets set in collaboration with key stakeholders.

According to the outline on the council website, the third of those stages should be reached by 2020.

The hearing on the St Marys Bay project was held in September, with a final day in late October, and the hearing panel issued its decision on Friday 9 November. The panel was chaired by David Hill with panellists Mark Farnsworth, Dr Sharon De Luca & Nigel Mark-Brown.

Part of the wider western isthmus programme

The project is part of the wider St Marys Bay improvement programme which aims to improve water quality within St Marys Bay. It’s also part of the western isthmus water quality improvement programme for the wider combined sewer network catchment area, and it’s been designed to integrate with all potential long-term options to improve the network without constraining finalisation of a preferred solution.

It involves reconfiguring the Healthy Waters stormwater network, which is also used by the council-controlled Watercare Services Ltd as a means of safely conveying overflow discharges from 5 engineered overflow points in the combined sewer network, returning these overflows back into Watercare’s branch 5 sewer for treatment at the Mangere wastewater treatment plant when there is capacity.

Any residual combined sewer overflow would be discharged into the Waitemata Harbour via a new, longer marine pipeline that will replace the existing failed outfall at Masefield Beach, which would be removed.

The reconfigured network would enable combined sewer overflows to be captured & stored within the pipeline and returned to the sewer when it has capacity, for subsequent treatment at Mangere. As Mr Hill noted in the hearing decision: “This will significantly reduce the number of combined sewer overflows occurring from approximately an average of 206/year (into St Marys Bay & Masefield Beach) to approximately an average of 20/year. In addition, the replacement outfall will extend further into the Waitemata Harbour, such that when overflows do occur during larger rainfall events this will enable better dilution & dispersion.”

Additional information provided at the hearing indicated that the Masefield Beach outfall “currently discharges combined sewer overflows onto Masefield Beach approximately an average of 107 overflows/year”; and that the expected results would reduce the estimated current average annual overflow discharge volume from this part of the network to the harbour from 101,800mᶟ to 35,000mᶟ, and the proportionate contribution from domestic wastewater in those volumes from 18,300mᶟ to 700mᶟ”.

The project requires:

  • a 1km conveyance & storage pipeline (1.8m internal diameter, about 2500mᶟ capacity) extending from New St to Pt Erin Park, underground & beneath residential properties, recreation areas & road reserve, with an invert depth ranging between 5m and up to 22m deep
  • weir structures, pump stations & odour control units in Pt Erin Park & St Marys Rd Park
  • 4 (subsequently reduced to 3) air exchange poles, 8-10m high, within the road reserve on New St & London St
  • construction of shafts in Pt Erin Park (8m deep), St Marys Rd Park (9m diameter by 8m deep) and the New St/London St intersection (5m diameter by 24m deep)
  • a new 750mm internal diameter gravity pipeline along Sarsfield & Curran Sts connecting engineered overflow points 194 & 196 directly to the Pt Erin Park pump station
  • installation of a new 500m long by 150mm internal diameter rising main between Pt Erin Park & Sarsfield St, connecting to Watercare’s branch 5 sewer
  • connections to the new conveyance & storage pipeline from 5 engineered overflow points (points 194 & 196 (Sarsfield St), 172 (London St), 180 (Hackett St) & 1020 (New St)) – with point 180 remaining operational
  • construction of a new 450m by 1.4m internal diameter marine outfall pipeline with diffusers in the coastal management area off Masefield Beach, and
  • removal of the existing failed Masefield Beach 300mm outfall pipeline.

The panel concluded that, while separation is referred to, this would not be a wastewater facility because the volumes of wastewater overflow would be low.

The panel also concluded that the air discharge from the storage tank (distinct from a pipeline where the contents are continuously flushed away) would pass the required odour standard.

Experienced civil engineer Ross Thurlow proffered an alternative to eliminate the tunnelled detention tank & above-ground ventilation poles & electrically driven ventilators. But the panel concluded that his option of an odour ventilation pipe inside an enlarged pipe tunnel with discharge at Pt Erin would require too long a tunnel and would not be viable.

On the issue of land settlement once the tunnel has been put in place, the predicted settlement effects were very low ad the panel accepted that any adverse effects would be detected early to allow appropriate mitigation measures to be put in place.

The panel also accepted that neither the shaft nor tunnel construction would cause groundwater changes that would adversely affect cliff stability. Overall, on stability, the panel said: “We find the investigations sufficiently detailed to allow reasonable predictions of settlement & stability effects. These can & will be further managed through consent conditions, including implementation of a groundwater & settlement monitoring & contingency plan and a construction noise & vibration plan to measure actual behaviours of the ground in terms of groundwater levels, vibration & settlement that will allow early detection and, if necessary, implementation of mitigation measures should the works cause unexpected effects that could affect existing buildings, utilities & roads, or cliff stability.”

The final paragraph of the decision sums up the resource management issues: “While the proposed development does not achieve the outcome sought by many submitters specific to the network discharges management solution advanced in the application, it is a significant improvement over the existing coastal marine discharge situation and, we were assured, is not the end of the matter as far as council (Healthy Waters) is concerned. We have accepted that assurance and, in that context, agree that it represents an appropriate sustainable management response to the identified problem and ‘promotes’ the purpose & principles of part 2 of the Resource Management Act.”

The next round, on Friday, takes the council into more complicated territory, away from the project itself and into the realm of values.

9 November 2018: Hearing decision
Hearing documents
Auckland Council, Looking after our waterways
Regulatory committee agenda, 16 November 2018
7, Objections to St Marys Bay & Masefield Beach improvement project
Maps showing project overview & objectors’ properties
Options analysis for location of new infrastructure
Examples of formal notices sent to residents under the Local Government Act 2002
Copies of all objections received
Record of communications
Engineering assessments & review of development controls for each property
C1, Deliberations on objections to St Mary’s Bay & Masefield Beach improvement project (in confidential agenda)

Attribution: Hearing documents & decision, committee agenda.

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Council votes for plan change to clarify overlay status

Auckland Council will proceed to a plan change to get the weighting it wants between the special character overlay & the underlying residential zoning in the region’s 2-year-old unitary plan.

Image above (part of council map): Special character area overlays – residential, across the centre of the Auckland region, showing Birkenhead, Northcote & Devonport north of the harbour bridge, Ponsonby & southern suburbs, plus Parnell & Remuera on the southern side of the bridge.

The council’s planning department took the view that special character overlays should take precedence over the underlying zoning where the 2 were in conflict.

Council regulatory services director Penny Pirrit & resource consents general manager Ian Smallburn said in a briefing in September the council had sought external legal advice, which supported the council view of precedence, but the Environment Court, in a series of judicial review decisions that started last December, had opted for the conflicting view that the rules as written meant the overlay didn’t prevail over or cancel other rules.

Mr Smallburn said: “The court agreed with the council that the unitary plan rules were not clear, but it disagreed with our approach, ruling that both sets of rules – the special character areas overlay rules & the underlying zoning rules – should be considered equally.”

Notification next month

The council’s Auckland-wide planning manager, Phill Reid, told the planning committee today the intention was to publicly notify the plan change on 6 December, but it might be June next year before hearings are held.

The first step in the consultation process would be to talk to local boards at the chairs forum next week.

The application at the heart of this issue, by the London Pacific Family Trust, is to remodel a residential property at 12 Seymour St, St Marys Bay. An application by the owners of a neighbouring property at 10 Seymour St, Craig & Kym Andersen, to remodel their house was due for hearing on 25 October but has been put on hold. The 10 Seymour St owners have been section 274 witnesses (claiming effect as non-parties) in the 12 Seymour St process.

The review process

At the start of these judicial review proceedings in July 2017, the council told the court neighbours & others who were potentially affected had advised the council they considered its approach to administering the new unitary plan to be unlawful, and that this had caused, and would continue to cause, “prejudice to them in the form of loss of amenity, loss of development rights & consequential financial losses”.

In August, council planners identified 420 consents potentially affected by the overlay/zone conflict. That number has since been reduced to 319. Some have had to reapply for resource consent, and the council has waived those processing fees.

As well as clarifying the overlay’s dominance in sections of the unitary plan on development of buildings & subdivision, council planners want to make the wording in 4 other sections consistent – height:boundary, building coverage & paved & landscaped area, yards, and fences & walls.

Resource consents general manager Ian Smallburn told the committee today the council had about 115 potentially affected consents before it to review and had granted 54 of those.

Emotional element, and effect on neighbours

Waitemata ward councillor Mike Lee.

Mr Smallburn said there was clearly an emotional element on top of the planning confusion, and Cllr Mike Lee, whose Waitemata ward contains most of the affected properties, backed that up: “There is another aspect to this, affected neighbours, who have not been told, who apparently are still not being considered. I have had a number of distraught people asking for help, about buildings next door which are blocking out their view or their light, and nothing is done about it.

“It seems to spotlight another problem with the council’s administration of the unitary plan & Resource Management Act, and that is, we deal with the people who apply for resource consents as our customers and we treat the whole process as some sort of commercial contract between us & the customer.

“But there’s more to it than that. The Resource Management Act is a social contract. It’s not between the council & individuals, it’s between the council & the community, including neighbours, and we seem to have drifted away from that. Section 5 of the Resource Management Act, or the definition of sustainability, has at its heart ‘people & communities’ and, in practice, we just ignore it.”

Cllr Lee said the council’s heritage panel at its last meeting asked for the council to make public all of the affected areas or addresses, “so affected neighbours have some notice of what’s happening to their neighbourhood, and to their property, and to their property values. I would urge the council to do that, otherwise we’re inflicting an injustice on way more than the 423 or the 319 who have been inconvenienced by an invalid process.”

For the moment, at least, Cllr Lee’s points were left unanswered as the committee voted to support the process to a plan change.

Committee agenda:
9, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – proposed plan change – special character areas overlay – residential
Summary of proposed changes to the special character areas residential overlay

Court decisions:
24 July 2017, council application for declarations
19 December 2017, first interim decision
23 January 2018, second interim decision
15 March 2018, third decision (including declaration)
28 June 2018, costs decision

Earlier story:
12 September 2018: Council wants overlay precedence over zone rules, even after court findings

Attribution: Council committee meeting.

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Wharf studio sells at auction

A leasehold Princes Wharf studio sold at Ray White City Apartments’ auction today, but the other 4 units on offer were all passed in. One of those was in a multi-offer as the auction ended.



Kiwi on Queen, 421 Queen St, unit 912:
Features: 52m², fully furnished 4 bedrooms
Outgoings: rates $1536/year including gst; body corp levy $6794/year including gst
Income assessment: $760/week, fixed until June 2019
Outcome: passed in at $482,000
Agents: Mitch Agnew & Ryan Bridgman

Victoria Quarter

Ascent, 149 Nelson St, unit 307:
Features: 42m², 2m² deck, one bedroom
Outgoings: rates $1091/year including gst; body corp levy $2298/year including gst
Income assessment: $390/week current
Outcome: passed in at $221,000
Agents: Dominic Worthington & Ady Huang


Princes Wharf, 139 Quay St, shed 20, unit 3:
Features: leasehold, 37m² studio, sliding panels to separate bed, deck
Outgoings: rates $1188/year including gst; opex, ground rent & rates total $18,950/year ($394.80/week), all including gst; opex $5212/year, ground rent $12,551/year; 97-year ground lease from 1999, now with 3%/year increases, next ground rent review 20139
Income assessment: $450/week, fixed until July 2019
Outcome: sold for $123,000
Agents: Dominic Worthington & Ady Huang

Isthmus east


Stonemason’s, 27 Falcon St, unit 1E:
Features: 41m², one bedroom, basement parking space; building has remediation issues
Outgoings: rates $1340/year including gst; body corp levy $3989/year including gst
Outcome: passed in at $410,000
Agents: Judi & Michelle Yurak

Isthmus west

St Marys Bay

The Ridge, 21 Hargreaves St, unit 5F:
Features: 73.2m², 11m² balcony, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1980/year including gst; body corp levy $5938/year including gst
Income assessment: $1855/week fully serviced & furnished, minimum one-week stay; $650-700/week long-term unfurnished; $750-795/week long-term furnished
Outcome: passed in after sole bid by vendor at $900,000
Agents: Krister Samuel & Steve King

Attribution: Auction.

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Westminster Court & College Hill apartments sell

2 of the 3 older, character apartments auctioned at Bayleys today were sold under the hammer.

The sales were in Westminster Court, opposite the High Court, and Penningtons on College Hill. A unit in George Courts was passed in.

Overall, 6 of the 9 homes on the auction list were sold.


Learning Quarter

Westminster Court, 5 Parliament St, unit 2D:
Features: one bedroom, parking space
Outcome: sold for $700,000
Agents: Julie Quinton & Diane Jackson


George Courts, 238 Karangahape Rd, unit 3M:
Features: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4m stud, parking space
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Diane Jackson & Julie Quinton

Isthmus west

St Marys Bay

Penningtons, 101 College Hill, unit 8:
Features: 2-bedroom art deco apartment, own garage
Outgoings: rates $2217/year including gst; body corp levy $3195/year
Outcome: sold for $890,000
Agents: Blair Haddow

Attribution: Agency release.

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6 apartments & a commercial unit sell at auctions

6 apartments & townhouses were sold at Bayleys auctions over the last 2 weeks, and 7 were passed in. One was withdrawn.

A commercial unit in the Wairau Valley was also sold under the hammer.




Hopetoun Residences, 15 Hopetoun St, unit 1206:
Features: 2-bedroom penthouse, 2 bathrooms, balcony, 2 parking spaces
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Julie & Trent Quinton

Isthmus east


14D Sarawia St:
Features: 4-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, balcony, 2 parking spaces
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Harry Cheng & Wei Wei Elder

One Tree Hill

83 Moana Avenue, unit 4:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, internal-access garage
Outcome: passed in
Agent: Dianne Nichol


57 Gladstone Rd, unit 5:
Features: 2 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, parking space
Outcome: sold for $1.55 million
Agent: Fleur Denning


Broadway Park, 38 James Cook Crescent, unit 1E:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment in D’Urville building, balcony, internal-access garage, storage locker
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agents: Shona Walding & Cheryl Regan

Broadway Park, 38 James Cook Crescent, unit 7A:
Features: 215m² including balcony, 3-bedroom penthouse in D’Urville building, 2 living rooms, 3 bathrooms, internal-access garage, 3 parking spaces, storage locker
Outcome: sold for $3.05 million
Agent: David Rainbow

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

33L Charlotte St:
Features: multi-level 3-bedroom terrace, 2 bathrooms, balcony, double internal-access garage, in electronically gated complex
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Julie Quinton & Diane Jackson


70 Ponsonby Rd, unit 106:
Features: studio, parking space, under Quest Ponsonby hotel management
Outgoings: rates $4006/year including gst
Outcome: sold for $132,000
Agents: Dave Hamlyn & Wendy Nichols


14 Fowlds Avenue, unit 8:
Features: 3-bedroom terrace, courtyard, parking space
Outgoings: rates $2100/year including gst; body corp levy $3096/year
Outcome: passed in
Agents: David Downie & Lisa Smyth

St Marys Bay

101 Shelly Beach Rd, unit 6:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, deck, parking space; no body corporate
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $915,000
Agent: Luke McCaw

80 St Marys Rd, unit 2:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, parking space; no body corporate
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $780,000
Agent: Chris Batchelor



28D The Avenue:
Features: 70m², one-bedroom apartment, deck, 2 parking spaces
Income assessment: $440/week current, appraisal $450-500/week
Outcome: sold for $400,000
Agent: Ryan Steven


48A Exmouth Rd, unit 1:
Features: 3-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, double garage
Outcome: sold for $700,000
Agents: Yan Davies & Ryan Steven


Hobsonville Point

44 Onekiritoa Rd:
Features: 2-level 2-bedroom terrace, 2 living rooms, 2 bathrooms
Outcome: sold for $755,000
Agent: John Procter



Wairau Valley

25 Ashfield Rd, unit 7:
Features: 139m² industrial unit, 2 office levels, 2 parking spaces
Outcome: sold vacant for $370,000
Agent: Trevor Duffin

Attribution: Agency release.

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Quiet week for intensive residential in the auction room

It’s been a quiet time for the auction process at Barfoot & Thompson’s city branch this week as 19 apartments, suburban units & cross-leases in the central city (Precinct) and around the isthmus were auctioned at 5 sessions. Another 5 were auctioned at the regular Thursday morning apartments session – all passed in (see separate story).

Outside that Thursday morning session, 4 were sold under the hammer, 11 were passed in, 2 were withdrawn from auction and 2 were sold pre- or post-auction.


Lorne St

Precinct, 6 Lorne St, unit 2205:
Features: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, parking space
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Danny Upton & James Yu

Isthmus east


1A Campbell Crescent, unit 1:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, parking space
Outcome: no bid
Agents: George Fong & Laura McAuley

Epsom Mews, 533 Manukau Rd, unit 15:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, carport, storage locker
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $788,000
Agent: Robert Thompson


48 Mays Rd, lot 10:
Features: 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double internal-access garage, 10-year master builder warranty
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agent: Kevin He

One Tree Hill

11A Houpara St:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 945m², 3 bedrooms, double garage
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $849,000
Agent: Paul Hodgman

71 Rawhiti Rd, unit 3:
Features: cross-lease, 1/3 share in 1230m², 3 bedrooms, garage
Outcome: sold for $1.121 million
Agents: Wendy Sadd & Helen Lam


45 Abbotts Way, unit 2:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, carport
Outcome: sold at pre-auction
Agent: Ricky Fan

746 Remuera Rd, unit 1:
Features: 2-level 2-bedroom townhouse, double garage
Outcome: sold for $835,000
Agent: Sam Bowen

Royal Oak

29 Inkerman St, unit 3:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, carport
Outcome: passed in
Agent: Oscar Zhao

29 Mt Smart Rd, unit 3:
Features: cross-lease, 1/5 share in 1191m², 2-bedroom unit, offstreet parking
Outcome: sold for $672,000
Agent: Di Martens

St Johns

52 Merton Rd, unit 1:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, carport
Outcome: passed in
Agent: Zdenka Zinajic

Isthmus west

Freemans Bay

Star Apartments, 59 Hepburn St, unit 5:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment
Outcome: sold for $822,500
Agent: Matt O’Brien

Grey Lynn

424F Richmond Rd:
Features: reclad 2-level 2-bedroom unit, 2 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces, code compliance certificate not yet attained
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agents: Sherryl Jones & Jack Atherton


13A Locke Avenue:
Features: 3 bedrooms, garage
Outgoings: body corp levy $1040/year
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Michelle Mi

Mt Eden

Paddington Green, 7 Balmer Lane:
Features: 219m² site, 4-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, garage
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Sara Knight & Vern Hines

Valley View, 351 Mt Eden Rd, unit 6:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, Juliet balcony
Outcome: sold post-auction
Agent: Anna Copeland

Mt Roskill

3 Keystone Avenue, unit 3A:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, 2 parking spaces, storage locker, full reclad completed
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Prasanna Kumar

353 Mt Albert Rd, unit 1:
Features: cross-lease, 95m² 3-bedroom upstairs unit, garage
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $699,000
Agent: Kelly Zhang

St Marys Bay

117 Shelly Beach Rd, unit 9:
Features: 3-bedroom terrace, 3 bathrooms, balcony, secure double garage
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Carl & Rosanne Madsen

Related story today: 5 apartments out of 5 passed in

Attribution: Auction documents.

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Half Moon Bay unit sells, Shelly Beach Rd passed in

A Half Moon Bay unit in walking distance from the ferry was sold under the hammer at Bayleys’ suburban residential auctions last week.

2 units up from the harbour bridge on Shelly Beach Rd, St Marys Bay, were passed in when offered together & separately.

The agency did well at its city branch auction on Wednesday, selling 4 of the 6 apartments offered.

Isthmus west

St Marys Bay

20 Shelly Beach Rd, units 1 & 16:
Features: 2 2-bedroom apartments, each with 2 parking spaces
Outcome: both units passed in
Agents: John Howard & Margaret Politis


Half Moon Bay

121 Prince Regent Drive, unit 1:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, study area, internal-access garage, walk to ferry
Outcome: sold for $750,000
Agent: Odelle Cornes

Earlier story:
5 October 2017: 4 apartments out of 6 sell at auction

Attribution: Agency auctions release.

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4 out of 5 apartments sell at auction

All but one of the 5 apartments auctioned at Ray White City Apartments yesterday were sold under the hammer, or shortly after. Pictured are the Embassy Apartments on Wakefield St.


Learning Quarter

Forte, 37 Symonds St, unit 909:
Features: 46m², 2-bedroom corner unit, deck
Outgoings: rates $1370/year including gst; body corp levy $4494/year
Income assessment: $540/week current
Outcome: passed in at $481,000
Agents: Aileen Wu

Embassy, 18 Wakefield St, unit 6M:</strong
Features: 109m², 2 bedrooms, balcony, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1825/year including gst; body corp levy $4688/year
Outcome: sold for $792,000
Agents: Daniel Chen & Amy Tsai

The Quadrant, 10 Waterloo Quadrant, unit 1910:
Features: 32m², one bedroom, balcony, out of the hotel lease
Outgoings: rates $1237/year including gst; body corp levy $3930/year
Income assessment: $430/week, fixed until March
Outcome: sold for $388,000 shortly after being passed in at $360,000
Agents: Lucia Gao

Isthmus west

St Marys Bay

Hargreaves, 23 Hargreaves St, unit 201:
Features: 57m², one bedroom, study, parking space, remedial work underway
Outgoings: rates $1116/year including gst; body corp levy $2516/year
Outcome: sold for $121,000
Agent: Victor Liu



Spencer on Byron, 9-17 Byron Avenue, unit 1501:
Features: 48m², one bedroom, under hotel management
Outgoings: rates $4154/year including gst; body corp levy $3247/year
Outcome: sold for $271,000 + gst
Agents: James Mairs & Gillian Gibson

Attribution: Auction.

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Updated: Now 3 commercial sales but homes passed in at auction

Published 17 August 2017, updated 22 August 2017
2 of the 3 commercial properties auctioned at Bayleys on 16 August were sold under the hammer. The other, an Avondale development site (pictured), was passed in at $5.3 million and has since been sold, price confidential.

Both apartments & a cross-leased Grey Lynn home in the auction were passed in.



Learning Quarter

Celestion Waldorf, 19 Anzac Avenue, unit 1502:
Features: furnished 2 bedrooms
Outgoings: body corp levy $4725/year
Income assessment: in hotel pool, lease 2020 + 2 10-year rights of renewal
Outcome: passed in at $265,000
Agents: Caleb Rufer & Julie Prince

Isthmus west

Grey Lynn

14A Westmoreland St:
Features: leasehold (999-year lease), cross-lease, half share in 697m², 3 bedrooms, study; neighbouring property at 16-18 Westmoreland St a potential development site in business local centre zone
Outcome: passed in at $1.1 million
Agents: Robyn Clark & Peter Tanner

St Marys Bay

117 Shelly Beach Rd, unit 1:
Features: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, central vac system, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: body corp levy $7206/year
Outcome: passed in at $1.5 million
Agents: Sally Ridge & Daryl Spense


Isthmus east

Mt Wellington

132D Marua Rd:
Features: 170m² industrial unit – high stud warehouse, office, mezzanine & amenities, 3 parking spaces
Outgoings: body corp levy $2449/year for year ending today
Outcome: sold for $675,000
Agents: Greg Hall & James Valintine

Isthmus west


Updated: 1843 Great North Rd:
Features: 2309m² site, 250m² floor area – café & villa; height limit under unitary plan 32.5m in business town centre zone 
Outcome: passed in at $5.3 million, sold post-auction, price confidential
Agents: Laurie Bell & Kate Kirby

Mt Roskill

58 & 60 Dornwell Rd:
Features: 2 properties offered together, vacant, each of 825m², zoned business – light industry, No 60 on corner of Carr Rd, floor area 1088m² contains warehouse showroom & office
Outcome: sold for $2.8 million
Agents: Mike Adams, Genevieve Thompson-Ford, Cameron Melhuish

Attribution: Company release.

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