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| 3 “This strategic partnership will sustain the waves of property cycles and help drive transformational change through the enablement of large-scale development.” Delivering developments - page 4 DEVELOPMENT Classic Group Partners to tackle housing shortage Karen Phelps Classic Group directors Peter Cooney, left, and Matt Lagerberg - teaming up with NZ Super Fund. Classic Group has just signed a $300 million dollar deal with the NZ Super Fund (NZSF) to tackle the housing shortage. The Kaha Ake Partnership sees Classic Group and NZSF come together to bring long-term financial support and experienced development capability to facilitate the creation of homes at pace and scale around New Zealand. NZSF has an 80% share in Kaha Ake and Classic Group owns the other 20%. Founder and director of Classic Group, Peter Cooney says that the partnership has the shared intention to enable transformational change within a sector challenged by a web of complex issues. “It’s about problem solving the challenges of the New Zealand property sector to improve the lives of New Zealanders,” he explains. “This strategic partnership will sustain the waves of property cycles and help drive transformational change through the enablement of large-scale development.” Kaha Ake means ‘strength’ and when the word ‘Ake’ is added it brings ‘wairua’ (emphasis/power/connection) to the word ‘strength’. Kaha Ake will present various councils and Government organisations with opportunities to not only build much-needed housing, but also solve infrastructure issues. Peter describes it as the ideal platform to explore the ‘super build’ concept. “The scale of new entity will allow it to enter into Private Public Partnerships on a more regular basis, which could help unlock land, along with the potential for public/social infrastructure, currently constrained by financial shortfalls.” He says that Kaha Ake hopes to explore ways to improve the future of the sector, through innovation, research and development. Social and environmental objectives will be a key focus of every Kaha Ake initiative. Classic Group was established in 1996 by Directors Peter Cooney and Matt Lagerberg and employs over 300 staff, with its headquarters located in Tauranga. It is an integrated portfolio of businesses with 25 years’ experience in the property sector. It is privately and locally owned and includes Classic Developments, one of the country’s largest land developers, and Classic Builders, one of New Zealand’s largest residential builders. Classic Developments’ has developed over 4000 lots to date and has a current land supply of over 3000 sections. Classic Builders has built over 6000 homes to date. The $58 billion NZ Super Fund is a global investment fund that was established by the New Zealand Government to help pre-fund universal superannuation. A long-term, growth-oriented investor, the fund has returned 10% p.a. since inception in 2003. It currently has more than $7 billion invested in New Zealand including significant stakes in Kaingaroa Timberlands, Datacom, Kiwibank, Fidelity Life and NZ Gourmet, as well as significant investment in a range of locally listed companies. Peter says that Kaha Ake will contribute to helping meet the demand for quality affordable housing in the regions with the first acquisition being a 37 hectare property in Warkworth South (Waimanawa), expected to enable the estimated build of 530 new homes, with more affordable price points being targeted. The development proposes 4ha of public open space, an extensive network of riparian (stream corridor) walkways, and 1ha for a village centre. Peter says that the process to this point was led by Kaha Ake with collaboration from other land owners with the area being part of a 100ha private plan change application expected to be lodged with Auckland Council in early 2022. The plan change process is estimated to take two years with land development commencing in 2024 and housing in 2025. Peter says that Classic Group is delighted to partner with NZSF and is looking forward to the momentum and progress it will have on the country’s property sector. “As an integrated and experienced business, Classic Group can confidently commit to this partnership and help deliver a future pipeline of housing supply for New Zealanders.” CIVIL CONSTRUCTION SPECIALISTS Proudly supporting Classic Developments & Bluehaven (07) 5420419 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.baycivil.co.nz SUBDIVISIONS | DRAINLAYING | COMMERCIAL SITE WORKS EARTHWORKS | UTILITIES | PAVEMENTS AND CARPARKS
4 | DEVELOPMENT Classic Developments “We need a collaborative approach from council and government, an acceptance that we have a major housing shortage and infrastructure issues and a will to resolve these things.” Tauriko West is one of the large-scale urban developments proposed to support the region’s growth. Founder and director of Classic Group, Peter Cooney, is standing next to some empty land on the outskirts of Tauranga. Called Tauriko West the area should be full of thousands of houses by now but years later it’s still a brown fields site with no firm date for development to start. Meanwhile the region’s problem with housing continues to grow. Peter says it’s symptomatic of the broken housing market and Classic Group is at the coalface. Peter says its construction arm makes the Group the second largest construction company in New Zealand. Classic Group purchased the land four years ago and slow process has meant that any progress has been made at a snail’s pace. 09 524 7029 email@example.com ckl.co.nz Frustrations at ongoing project delays Karen Phelps Classic Group is still managing to deliver 500-600 sections to the market each year all around New Zealand but that number could be more. The Group has a landbank of 3000 sections but it can’t release them any quicker at the moment due to lack of funding for infrastructure and red tape that causes unreasonable delay. Tauriko West is one of the large-scale urban developments proposed to support the region’s growth, providing housing and a new community to service Tauranga and the western Bay of Plenty. But the estimated 3000 – 4000 new homes will not begin until 2024/25. The Council’s website states that much of the progress on the Tauriko for Tomorrow project has not been visible to the public over the past two years but work has continued in the background and cites preliminary processes such as a change to the urban limits line (Bay of Plenty Regional Council) and local government boundary alteration (Western Bay of Plenty District Council) being completed while investigations such as geotechnical, stormwater and environmental assessments for the new community continue. For Peter it’s all too slow: “We need a collaborative approach from council and government, an acceptance that we have a major housing shortage and infrastructure issues and a will to resolve these things. “The pace everything happens at is far too slow. In the commercial world this would all happen much faster,” he says. Peter says too many different parties are involved without anyone coordinating the overall process. For example, the Tauriko for Tomorrow project is a collaboration between SmartGrowth partners Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. to page 6
| 5 TDM leading the way at Ramarama A close working relationship between Classic Developments and TDM Construction has helped the 800-lot subdivision at Ramarama to progress quickly. TDM Construction director Todd Black says that the TDM team has been using its civil works experience to provide input to the design and consenting process so that the project can be completed as e iciently as possible. TDM Construction is completing the earthworks and civil construction aspects of the large subdivision and it demonstrates the capabilities of TDM Construction to complete projects of size on time and to budget, says Todd. The TDM Construction team has also installed a vac sewer system as part of the works, which is a new system being used by Watercare. “It is a di erent type of sewer system with very low line and level tolerances. Our drainage and services crew has really mastered it very quickly for a very successful outcome,” he says. TDM Construction has already completed earthworks and expects to complete civil works for Block A of the development early next year. It is gearing up to tackle Block B, which will involve approximately 250,000 cubic metres of cut and ill. Todd says TDM Construction is focused on continuing to foster the good working relationship it has with Classic Developments, as it’s proven extremely successful. “We really value their collaborative approach and are pleased to be able to add value to their projects,” he says. TDM Construction takes projects from a green ield site to ready to construct houses, completing a range of works including earthworks, three waters and services such as power and communications as well as roading and concrete works. The company was started in 2004 by brothers Todd, Dean and Marc Black. The brothers have come from a family involved in the construction industry. Todd and Dean are quali ied drainlayers while Todd also has a quali ication in civil engineering and experience in land development. Company transport and maintenance manager Marc is a quali ied mechanic. All the skills of the brothers add to the mix of the successful business they operate. Todd is responsible for the overall running of the company while Dean oversees the drainage works and Marc takes charge of the company workshop and leet. Todd says that a strength and focus of TDM has always been deep drainage. “This is technically challenging and develops our whole team with high standards and an enduring legacy.” The company employs around 70 sta and Todd says that from the outset TDM focussed on the people as the most critical component of a highly performing company. “We believe in developing a future together – to collaborate in creating great pathways with constant training and up-skilling for our sta that provides opportunities in both their professional and personal lives.” Having the right systems and management practices in place and continual investment in the latest plant is the inal part of the successful formula of ensuring a high quality end result for clients on time and on budget. Located centrally between Hamilton and Auckland, TDM Construction works predominantly in this region. CIVIL CONSTRUCTION SPECIALISTS INFRASTRUCTURE. COMMERCIAL. RESIDENTIAL. CAPABILITIES: DRAINAGE • EARTHWORKS • UTILITIES • PAVEMENTS • GENERAL CIVIL • TRANSPORT WE TAKE PRIDE INOUR: QUALITY WORKMANSHIP • EXPERIENCE/SKILLS • WORK ETHIC • EFFICIENCY • RECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIPS A company built on family values, delivering quality drainage and civil services in the Auckland &Waikato regions. DEVELOPING A FUTURE. TOGETHER. Ground level, 17 Hall St, Pukekohe Todd Black 0275 414 219 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tdmconstruction.co.nz
6 | Covid adds to complex problem from page 4 DEVELOPMENT Classic Developments East Quarter, Papamoa. Joint venture with Bluehaven Group, 300 lots. First three stages sold. Roading and infrastructure being completed on stage one. Throw in the new National Policy Statements and there is yet more complexity. Peter believes the RMA ombudsmen could make things happen faster by providing coordination. “Someone needs to be in charge of the different regions, work collaboratively and have the authority to make things happen. To have any chance of solving this issue we need to act with pace and scale.” The other key issue is infrastructure and who pays. Like many developers Peter says it is not feasible for the development community to foot the bill nor is it practical for councils to pay. He says the government stands to make about $420m in GST from the Tauriko West development and only $80m is needed to get the infrastructure underway. It seems a no-brainer so why is it not happening, he questions. “More work needs to be done to create commercially viable options like developers receiving Government loans on agreeable terms to progress with infrastructure. This would increase costs to the consumer but would start addressing the increasing demand and lack of supply issues,” he says. There are positive moves in the right direction with the district plan change to intensify the city and the commencement of the government’s shovel ready projects but chronic underinvestment in infrastructure will take time to remedy, says Peter. Covid-19 has exacerbated the problem further with shortages of materials and qualified labour to build homes. “New Zealand has had a big growth spurt and everyone has been caught out. Council needed to plan 30-50 years ahead. We are now in catch up mode, dealing with a major issue. “The acceleration infrastructure programme will help these issues as long as Tauranga gets its share of attention otherwise that will cost this city dearly.” Classic Developments Current Projects • Kennedy Ridge, Pyes Pa, Tauranga. 300 lot subdivision. Work is currently being done on the last 100 lots. • East Quarter, Papamoa. Joint venture with Bluehaven Group, 300 lots. First three stages sold. Roading and infrastructure being completed on stage one. • Kaimai Views, Omokoroa. Joint venture with Western Bays District Council. 280 lots. Working on the final stages. • Hunua Views, Drury. 800 lots. Working on Stage four, selling well. • Station View, Queenstown. • Navigation Heights, Porirua. 110 lots. Nearly sold out. • Brookside, Porirua. 150 house and land packages. Sold out. • New development, Porirua. 400 lots. Warkworth development, 120 lots. • Hamilton development. Joint venture, 300 lots. Kennedy Ridge, Pyes Pa, Tauranga. 300 lot subdivision. Work is currently being done on the last 100 lots.
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8 | Carrus Corporation Tauranga house frenzy a perfect storm DEVELOPMENT Phone: 03 983 5500 waterfordpress.co.nz Your Business, Your Industry, Your News. DO OUR READERS KNOW YOU EXIST? www.goodmans.nz Proud to be associated with Carrus Corporation Tauranga’s housing crisis has been decades in the making and managing director of Carrus Properties, Scott Adams, doesn’t see it getting better any time soon. The land Carrus is developing is selling out in a frenzy as soon as it hits the market fetching far above the reserve price indicating huge demand-supply issues still exist. While he acknowledges this is good for developers, he says it is not good for social outcomes in New Zealand in general. “Tauranga is way behind the eight ball and can’t keep up with population growth creating a whole host of macroeconomic issues. “For example, we have about 4000 homeless people in Tauranga. Some people are living in their cars then getting up and going to work. “We are one of the most unaffordable cities in the world. The median house price now exceeds $1,000,000 because Tauranga is a desirable place to live but we don’t have a supply of land to meet demand and subsequently people pay ridiculous prices.” “We are one of the most unaffordable cities in the world. The median house price now exceeds $1,000,000 because Tauranga is a desirable place to live but we don’t have a supply of land to meet demand and subsequently people pay ridiculous prices.” Scott says land needs to be rezoned more rapidly and at scale to bring much more supply to the market. A whole host of well publicised issues are making this problematic including: environmentally focused National Policy Statements under the RMA and a lack of public & private funding required to put in new infrastructure. “In New Zealand, local authorities, rather than the Crown, are responsible for arranging funding the new infrastructure and the Local Government Finance Act says that councils can’t have more than 250% debt to equity, which makes funding at scale impossible. “Yet central government reaps the benefits of new development in billions of dollars of GST on house sales and provisional taxes etc. “A higher percentage of this money should Tauranga is struggling with population growth with demand for land and housing pushing the median house price to over $1 million. to page 12 be filtered back into re-zoning and servicing future development land. “The government has been too slow to react to the desperate need for serviced land supply with no funding allocated into infrastructure, and worse than that there is a really strong focus from this current government to instead put energy into diverting money into various planning environmental national policy statements that allow no pathway for urban development.” He says the proposed Te Tumu future urban growth area in Papamoa East is a good example. Te Tumu is a future urban growth area for an estimated 30,000 people. Scott says the plan change preparation has been hugely challenging for Tauranga City Council and other Te Tumu landowners. Karen Phelps
| 9 Carrus Corporation Located in the heart of Porirua City, Kenepuru Landing will comprise 700 lots on completion. DEVELOPMENT PROUDTOBE HEADCONTRACTOR FORCARRUS Deano Collins P | 027 242 0461 E | firstname.lastname@example.org Proudly supporting Carrus Corporation
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12 | “There is definitely more this government could do to deliver more housing, but there needs to be more collaboration with the private sector to achieve it.” Freshwater policy latest ‘spanner in the works’ from page 8 Papamoa junction is one of several large Carrus developments currently in progress. Carrus Corporation DEVELOPMENT Drapers are proud to have beenworking beside and supporting one of NewZealands top landdevelopers for the past 20years 0273651109 email@example.com DrapersEarthmovingLtd “The latest spanner in the works is the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, which has such broad guidelines that will halt the re-zoning project for approximately 12 months while the NPS-FM I was reviewed by the Ministry for the Environment. “More restrictions within our current planning environment”, says Scott. “We haven’t planned far enough ahead in Tier 1 growth cities – Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. “One of the things all these centres have to comply with under the National Policy Statement for Urban Development is to have enough housing supply to meet demand. “But none can comply because of some of the issues I’ve already mentioned. “In Tauranga there are finally discussions with the Crown and other infrastructure agencies as to how to deliver the infrastructure for Te Tumu because a growth cell this size can’t be delivered just through rates and development contributions alone.” He points to across the Tasman to how land development is undertaken as an example of how we could do things differently although does acknowledge challenges such as New Zealand’s smaller population size. “In Australia large developers such as Lendlease or Stockland collaborate with the state government, who provide upfront infrastructure, schools, hospitals and other amenities. “Then the developer comes in with housing development. But because we don’t have the scale that Australia does obviously its extremely difficult to achieve and the economic impacts are killing us. “There is definitely more this government could do to deliver more housing, but there needs to be more collaboration with the private sector to achieve it.” Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency) is investigating the provision of subsidies for public transport corridors within larger developments. Scott says the benefit is less congested state highways so it’s a win-win. He says that the Minister for the Environment also has the legislative powers now to fast track rezoning of land with the new housing supply RMA amendment bill. Scott says that Tauranga City Council is looking at this fast track option for future urban zones with the western bay sub-region, including Te Tumu and Tauriko West. Carrus projects currently underway Nationally Carrus has several large residential developments in progress including Aotea, and Kenepuru Landing, both in Porirua City, north of Wellington, Ngā Roto Estate in Taupō and Papamoa Junction in Papamoa. Aotea, a 246ha development, is in its last stages of construction comprising residential, commercial, retirement village and recreation areas. All lots marketed to date have been sold. Located in the heart of Porirua City, Kenepuru Landing will comprise 700 lots on completion. It will be developed over six stages with construction of stage two nearing completion. The 15 stage Ngā Roto Estate in Taupō is performing extremely well and development will continue over the next few years, says Scott. Papamoa Junction is a commercial subdivision consisting of 43 sites ranging from highend medium density housing to commercial units allowing for office and light industrial/ trade supply. All are sold and titles due to be issued by first quarter 2022.
| 13 “We need to seek solutions to development issues together in an inclusive rather than a hierarchical statutory way. At the end of the day, it will be a private and public cooperation that will provide solutions, and we need to work together.” to page 14 NZ planning framework out of kilter Karen Phelps Bluehaven Group Chief Executive Nathan York says there needs to be more collaboration between statutory officials and developers to free up land for housing. Bluehaven Group DEVELOPMENT CIVIL CONSTRUCTION SPECIALISTS Proudly supporting Classic Developments & Bluehaven (07) 5420419 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.baycivil.co.nz SUBDIVISIONS | DRAINLAYING | COMMERCIAL SITE WORKS EARTHWORKS | UTILITIES | PAVEMENTS AND CARPARKS Lack of green-fields land to develop is meaning an increasing tightening of the housing market in Tauranga. Chief Executive of Bluehaven Group, Nathan York says it’s the result of long-term planning not keeping pace, and consequently the demand now far exceeds supply. It’s an issue developers identified some time ago, but he says their views from the coalface were not always given the weight they deserved. “There needs to be far more collaboration between statutory officials and developers,” he says. “We need to seek solutions to development issues together in an inclusive rather than a hierarchical statutory way. At the end of the day, it will be a private and public cooperation that will provide solutions, and we need to work together.” Another major challenge to the development of more land to help meet the housing crisis is the alignment of the various aspects of the New Zealand planning framework, says Nathan. Timing and misalignment with National Policy Statements (NPS) to Regional Policy Statements to City or District Plans, and through to engineering or infrastructure codes can create huge problems, he says.. “Unfortunately you are always in catch up mode if a change occurs at NPS level. There is always a lag, before a NPS is applied or filtered down to localised level. And often with new policies, interpretations can be subjective and potential inconsistency arises, dragging out the process even further.” He says a case in point is the new NPS for freshwater management. “The definition of what freshwater has changed, from what we understood it to be. It’s now challenging to get land consented, especially noting the long lead times in the planning cycle that we face, and the rules change along the way” he says. The oft-cited lack of investment in infrastructure is another big issue in developing housing supply, along with Covid-19 supply chain issues to address. Nathan also questions the accuracy of modelling on how many houses we really need and where. There is a distinct difference between City Plan enabled and housing that actually gets built. Get this wrong and it throws out the whole equation, he says.
14 | Bluehaven Group DEVELOPMENT House crisis worsening from page 13 Not enough houses are being built to keep up with population growth and demand. Home Builders G.J. Gardner Homes Tauranga o ers design and build options suitable for every stage of life whether it be stand alone homes, duplexes or terrace houses. Smart design is the focus for G.J. Gardner Homes Tauranga, maximising space to create practical yet stylish homes. Our experienced architectural team design innovative homes where every inch is utilised to its maximum potential. The G.J. Gardner Homes Tauranga team has built more than 1,000 homes and o ers more than 200 years of combined industry experience in the core sta base alone. So this wealth of local building experience means it can always design something very special and unique to each client. The G.J. Gardner Homes Tauranga o ice is proud to support local business and has been 100% locally owned and independently operated by Shane and Kirsty McConnell since 2007. Transparency, honesty and trust all underpin everything G.J. Gardner Homes Tauranga does. The key factors in creating a home that is just right for G.J. Gardner Homes Tauranga’s customers are communication, understanding and teamwork. G.J. Gardner Homes Tauranga is proud to have built a signi icant number of homes within Golden Sands subdivision, having been involved from the start. Its current showhome in Golden Sands, located at 49 Stevenson Drive, has the feel of a ‘Resort Retreat’. The home showcases the smart features G.J. Gardner Homes is renowned for including stained cedar vertical screens, standout courtyard brickwork and two shaded pergolas connected by decking for easy indoor-outdoor low. Due to open in 2022, is G.J. Gardners third Golden Sands showhome, demonstrating the diversity in the G.J. Gardner Homes range. The new two storey showhome will be a re lection of where the market is headed, incorporating a smart, functional design within a smaller footprint. G.J. Gardner Homes Tauranga is proud to be one of Bluehaven Developments building partners of choice, valuing the strong long-standing working relationship. With Bluehaven’s vision and focus on fostering a healthy, sustainable community for future generations to come it’s a good it for G.J. Gardner, which is proud to be New Zealand’s most trusted home builder. Smart design One thing is certain in his mind – there are not enough homes being built to keep up with the present modelling, which suggest 1,000 new homes are needed each year in Tauranga alone. With growing migration from other centres, particularly Auckland - due to the lifestyle, employment , housing opportunities, and Covid lockdown fatigue - Tauranga looks set to continue its population growth which will add to the worsening housing crisis. “Unfortunately this means that affordability will continue to be an issue and if we have undercooked the population modelling and not addressed the housing supply opportunities then the problem becomes more untenable.” Another issue is establishing the correct balance between greenfields (land that hasn’t previously been developed) and brownfields (already developed land that could be redeveloped) sites. Nathan says brownfields land is typically more complex and expensive to develop, resulting in a slower release of new housing, that is often higher priced, therefore exacerbating any housing shortages. He acknowledges rolling out more housing is not an easy feat. Type, location, design, build cost, sale price, development pace and how the housing is delivered, are some key considerations that need to be assessed. It is a multi-faceted problem and therefore in his view a multi-faceted solution is required. Creating communities - page 16
Accur Homes - Quality homes for life Owners of Accur Homes, Mark Day and Mike Rumble, say they enjoy the cycle of bringing a quality home to life. It’s no surprise as their company name is short for ‘accurate’ – a necessary quality to deliver high quality homes to the market. Having cut his teeth in the luxury boat building industry, Mike thrives on high levels of attention to detail and his goal for each home is to provide the highest quality possible. A Registered Master Builder, Mike brings nearly two decades of house building and project management expertise to Accur Homes. He takes charge of the build aspects of the company’s projects. Mark’s background is in sales, marketing and planning. He’s worked in real estate since 2001, including for Bluehaven Group, and has been involved in the sales and planning aspects of developments. Two other business partners are also involved in Accur Homes and they bring skills in legal, marketing and communication rounding out the team. Accur Homes o ers bespoke design and build projects and renovations but it is house and land packages that is the focus and it currently has product on o er in Papamoa East. One of the homes, entitled ‘the Coastal Vibe’, puts a modern spin on the coastal look. Designed to be bright and light with clean lines, it creates the perfect living atmosphere, says Mark. It o ers three bedrooms, o ice nook and two bathrooms on a 384sqm section. This package contains luxury features such as 2.55 stud height throughout, a scullery, Miele pyrolytic oven, Miele induction cooktop, silent rangehood, stone bench tops and tiled showers. It also includes Low E Max double glazing, insulated garage, covered alfresco, ive kilogram carpet with 12mm underlay and landscape package. The other home boasts four bedrooms and two bathrooms and sits on a 412sqm section. Inspired by themodern Kiwi bach, the family home entices people to relax and unwind with its clean lines and open low, says Mark. Features, such as amud room, large pantry and a study, have been cleverly designed to provide versatility and places to study and work. Mark says both homes showcase Accur Homes’ aim tomake each home unique with its own personality. With a shortage of land ready to build on, Mark says the proposed changes to the RMA will be challenging but hopes they improve the development process. He is hopeful that the development community and local and regional Government continue to learn to work together to provide the solutions needed to tackle the land and housing shortage. He believes Golden Sands is a good example of what can be achieved by o ering a good mix of housing options. “It’s provided a range of housing for a variety of markets including high quality family homes, retiree living and a ordable homes for irst home buyers. A variety of housing, coupled with good retail and service amenity is instrumental to the way a community forms and has a massive impact on how people live.”
16 | Bluehaven Group DEVELOPMENT Creating communities of choice Commercial development is also part of the mix to ensure a totally liveable environment. Building communities – not just houses – is a key philosophy in building sustainable places for people to live, says Chief Executive of Bluehaven Group, Nathan York. He says that Bluehaven focuses on delivering a range of housing typologies to the market, suitable for all stages of life from first homebuyers to retirees. This means that people can continue to live in the same area their whole lives and in doing so create strong community links. He says Bluehaven Group has always been committed to extensive master-planning processes to ensure design excellence in its land and property developments. “As a result we build communities that are great places for all to live, work, play, learn, restore and ultimately belong,” he says. The company’s signature development Golden Sands is a good example of the philosophy. Nathan says the area has been developed with a multi-modal approach to connect the community and its people. Entering the development, streets are carefully networked in a pedestrian, cycle and scooter friendly way to allow for safe commute, and also complement both vehicular and public transport options. He says this careful planning ensures less reliance on vehicle dependency. There are a multitude of reserves to accompany the pristine Pāpāmoa Beach and Wairakei Steam reserve corridor. Nathan says Karen Phelps New town centre - page 18 that the carefully designed areas help to facilitate where people can meet and enjoy the space, and include playgrounds for different ages, exercise areas, community gardens and respite areas for those quiet times. Commercial development is also part of the mix to ensure a totally liveable environment. In Golden Sands the Excelsa Centre, which was undertaken in three stages, was completed in 2020. This mixed-use development is one of the largest and newest coastal developments in the Bay of Plenty and acts as a vibrant hub for the coastal belt. It offers multiple dining, retail, entertainment, health and services to the wider Pāpāmoa community. Nathan says the centre is unique in that it has ocean views, and it is only a two-minute walk to the beach. All the businesses in the hub are locally owned and operated, which he says is important. Bluehaven Group is currently in the process of constructing the Whitiora Health Centre, located on The Boulevard, in Golden Sands. Nathan says the centre will provide much sought-after health services to the growing community with the project scheduled to be completed and open by mid-2022. He says that Golden Sands is testament to Bluehaven’s continued focus on establishing developments that have a strong people emphasis, with a vision to foster healthy, sustainable communities.
Whatever you've dreamed about building is possible when you build with Golden Homes. Our nationwide team of new home partners will walk and talk you through the buying process and work with you to achieve exactly what you've been dreaming of. We organise an initial meet and greet to understand your budget and lifestyle preferences; the size of your family, preferences for open plan, separate lounge, covered outdoor living, guest quarters, garaging and so on. Following this, a visit to the site helps establish an idea of what other design considerations need to be taken into account, such as views or orientation for northern aspect. We primarily work with the team at Cube Architecture to produce a house plan to suit your needs. Once quantifying and pricing is completed, if acceptable, we proceed to permit and build. Then, a more detailed look at the internal it out--which can involve visits to kitchen manufacturers, plumbing hardware suppliers and so on. The process of design to permit application can be about 3 months. While this is being worked through, the colour scheme is worked on. Build times are dependent on complexity and size of the house, but generally range from 5 to 10 months. Design and build your dreamhome with Golden Homes Photos courtesy of Les & Jill Matthews 07 577 9934 email@example.com www.goldenhomes.co.nz GoldenHomesBayOfPlenty
18 | Phone: 03 983 5500 waterfordpress.co.nz Your Business, Your Industry, Your News. DO OUR READERS KNOW YOU EXIST? Bluehaven Group DEVELOPMENT New town centre for Papamoa East The Sands town centre will include 232,000sqm of new commercial space and be surrounded by 11,000 new homes. Award Winning Homes Flowerday Homes specialise in building quality houses in Tauranga and throughout the Bay of Plenty With the talented team at Flowerday Homes, the possibilities are endless. Flowerday Homes o er house & land packages as well as complete design and build options. Each build starts by assessing how the land can be best utilised to capture sunlight, views, privacy, and outdoor living. Once these crucial planning foundations have been laid, the fun begins. Visit www.flowerdayhomes.co.nz to learn more. Showhome at 19 Anchor Cresent, Papamoa Contact Dee on 027 249 5372 or Jacinda on 027 216 7946 A new billion-dollar town centre planned for Pāpāmoa East will help to cater for the huge population growth tipped for the region, says Chief Executive of Bluehaven Group Nathan York. Spearheaded by Bluehaven, The Sands town centre will include 232,000sqm of new commercial space and surrounded by 11,000 new homes. The Sands will also include an aquatic centre, a regional health hub, substantial residential stages, a retirement village, and several commercial precincts, including offices, supermarkets and retail outlets. “The heavy lifting is done. We have acquired the land, master planned the site, have recently received the land-use consent and we have confirmed our first commercial anchor tenant,” says Nathan. However, there are still hurdles to overcome, he says, primarily the fact that the Pāpāmoa East Interchange, connecting the Tauranga Eastern Link (SH2) to the Wairakei and Te Tumu development areas, must be built first as around 80% of the development is locked down until this is operational. Since being established in 1993, Bluehaven Group has grown to become one of the largest land and property development companies in the Bay of Plenty. New Zealand owned and operated, Bluehaven Group manages the entire development process - acquisition of land, master-planning, financial analysis, council approvals, leasing, construction delivery, sales, marketing and property management. The company’s main development has been the Golden Sands area, which began with the acquisition of various farmland on the far eastern edge of Pāpāmoa. Bluehaven Group has introduced over 2300 new houses to the Golden Sands community including a range of suburban, retirement, urban/medium density, leasehold housing types and terraced housing options. An additional 2,000 new homes have been planned and consented and will be delivered in the upcoming years. Future stages will also see the introduction of significant and well-planned terraced housing and apartments. Chief Executive of Bluehaven Group Nathan York says intensifying housing is something the company is increasingly doing, to deliver more housing density to the market faster. “We can’t really make residential lots fast enough at the moment. They sell out instantly and pent-up demand continues to far outstrip supply.” Shaping the Bay of Plenty “We can’t really make residential lots fast enough at the moment. They sell out instantly and pent-up demand continues to far outstrip supply.” Bluehaven believes there are an additional 11,000 homes available for development out east including 3000 in Wairakei, 6,000 in Te Tumu and an extra 2000 in the proposed Bell Road development which is a new extension to Wairakei. It estimates that the Town Centre project will create an estimated 15,000 jobs – half during construction and half permanent. Subject to the Papamoa East Interchange opening in 2024, The Sands’ first stages were planned to open in 2024. Nathan says it will be one of the largest commercial projects for the Bay of Plenty in decades.
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