Jurisdiction: Manukau City
Neighbourhood: Town centres
Applicant: Manukau City Council
Application detail: Expressions of interest, provision of professional services for planning & development of town centre revitalisation projects. Documents available from Wednesday 17 November
Closing date: Thursday 9 December
Relatively new city that it is, Manukau is finding that change has severely damaged the economic futures of several of its main business & retail neighbourhoods.
On my first visit to Auckland, in the early 60s, the family car wound its way slowly up the Great South Rd through these fascinating, bustling outskirts villages that are now in trouble â€“ Papakura, Manurewa, Papatoetoe, Otahuhu. A decade later, with the exclusion of Papakura, they were incorporated in the new Manukau City.
Manukau has since been carpeted with houses â€“ a paradise for subdividers & builders, with a straightforward consent process, mostly flat land to work on and a population now around 300,000.
Although Penrose & Mt Wellington, across in Auckland City, are still industrial heartland, Manukau is home to some of New Zealand’s main industrial zones, such as Wiri & East Tamaki.
Supermarket company Foodstuffs long had a development site at Botany, which it sold to AMP for the development of a 17ha shopping centre, changing the complexion of the city 4 years ago. Manukau City Centre, a retail development owned by Westfield, had been the biggest mall and Westfield also owns the Pakuranga town centre’s mall.
Adding to Westfield’s worries, Kiwi Income Property Trust has started work on its town centre at Sylvia Park, across the Tamaki River in Auckland City.
Sylvia Park will draw retail trade from many smaller centres, especially Pakuranga and probably Howick, both already affected by Botany.
Meanwhile, down the Great South Rd, those old villages have all seen better days. There’s a bustle about some of them, but it’s the bustle of poor & rundown neighbourhoods.
The advent of the regional growth strategy saw 13 of Manukau’s town centres identified as growth areas, and upgrading them was put in a priority order by the council.
Manukau Square, in the heart of the city, is undergoing a $4 million makeover at the moment â€“ the council has a request out for provision of 2 works of art for the square, closing on Wednesday 15 December â€“ and concept plans are being produced for Manukau City Centre, Manurewa, old Papatoetoe & Hunters Corner growth centres in phase 1.
From a council decision in April, next in priority order are Middlemore/Favona, Mangere Bridge & Mangere town centre. In phase 2 are Pakuranga, Otara & Botany town centres, Homai, Howick & Te Mahia.
Website: Manukau City centres strategy