Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has welcomed the opening of four new houses in Fenchurch Park, Auckland, bringing the total to 336 new homes delivered under the Tamaki Regeneration Programme.
“The old state houses served their purpose well in providing decent, affordable and secure houses for low income families,” Mr Goff said.
“With these houses reaching the end of their lives, the Tamaki Regeneration Company (TRC) has taken the opportunity to build new homes and a new community.
“These reflect the need for better utilisation of scarce land, the need to cater for a cross section of our community, and to build homes fit for the 21st Century. Our city desperately needs more homes, including more social housing and affordable homes, and these openings mark a positive step in that direction.
“We should also take the opportunity to transform our aging town centres like Glen Innes and Panmure, and create new and dynamic community hubs,” he said.
Consisting of three neighbouring suburbs of Panmure, Point England and Glen Innes, Tamaki is located 13km south-east of Auckland’s CBD. It is currently home to some 18,500 people, which is projected to grow to 40,000 by 2036.
TRC chairman John Robertson explained the vision as creating an urban place that, at its heart, is people-centric.
“Tamaki will be a place where people from all walks of life will flourish and prosper. It will be an inclusive place with a global outlook that celebrates individual and community initiative.
“It will abound with opportunity for thoughtful and considered development of residential, retail, commercial and industrial spaces. It will showcase the world’s best practice in urban planning.”
TRC, a joint venture between Auckland Council and the New Zealand Government, is driven to lift the overall standard of well-being in Tamaki.
It aims to achieve this goal by working with the Ministry of Education to facilitate improved education outcomes for learners of all ages, delivering affordable homes, creating pathways to home ownership, and creating new jobs.
TRC chief executive John Holyoake added that the company is making real headway in realising the vision.
“By September this year, we will have in place a comprehensive urban masterplan which unites the area and showcases the potential for investment.
“It will provide for a range of housing types to suit all needs, as well as improving our waterways, upgrading our parks, and setting in motion the regeneration of two town centres, Glen Innes and Panmure, into safe and vibrant community places to shop and celebrate life,” he said.
TRC’s masterplan will also free up under-utilised land for future mixed-use development to attract new companies in the ICT, retail, accommodation, services and tourism sectors.
Additionally, and with the support of Auckland Transport, it will reinforce Tamaki’s connection to the CBD and other employment nodes by road, rail, cycle and, in time, possibly even ferry.
The recent opening was held at the new Fenchurch Park development in Glen Innes, where RAWA Strategic Partners, in partnership with GJ Gardner and TRC, are delivering 113 high quality, architecturally designed homes.
Fenchurch Park offers modern urban living centred around a recreational park, complete with a children’s play area. The park is the hub of the new community, helping to create a vibrant place to live, work, and raise a family.
About Tamaki Regeneration Company
Tamaki Regeneration Company (TRC), which is jointly owned by the New Zealand Government and Auckland Council, is leading a first-of-its-kind urban regeneration programme across the East Auckland suburbs of Glen Innes, Panmure and Point England.
Over the next 20 years, TRC will replace about 2500 state houses in the area with around 7500 new state, affordable, and private market houses.