Massive project will regenerate area
A project by Tamaki Regeneration Company (TRC), which will see 7500 new homes built in Tamaki, Auckland, in the next 10-15 years, aims to regenerate the area and enable people to get into their own homes.
One third of the homes being built across Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure, where the project is taking place, will be social homes and the rest will be sold to private buyers.
It is expected that about 25% of the homes for sale will be affordable homes. Architecturally designed to maximise space, the affordable homes feature high ceilings and windows to let in light and warmth.
TRC is building a variety of sizes and styles aimed at singles, families, working or retired people to help give the streets and neighbourhood an individual feel.
One stage of this project is the Fenchurch neighbourhood, which includes approximately 400 new houses. Residents have now moved into the first of these homes and all new homes are expected to be completed in late 2019. Builders in Fenchurch include Classic Builders, G.J Gardner and Mike Greer Homes.
During the initial neighbourhood engagement TRC consulted with Fenchurch residents to determine their priorities and feedback indicated the need for an early childhood education centre and increased safety at the Fenchurch Scout Hall.
As a result, the first neighbourhood projects included establishing Glenbrae KIDS Early Learning Centre, which opened in April 2015, and refurbishing the scout hall, which is now a community hall called Te Whare Piringa – Our Place.
Glenbrae KIDS Early Learning Centre is now at capacity, with 60 children enrolled.
The centre was co-funded by TRC and the Ministry of Education. TRC appointed Totara Seed Trust, a local provider, to run the centre and handled the planning and project management of the build.
Te Whare Piringa community hall has become a hub of activity and networking since opening in early 2015.
A governance committee of local residents was appointed to run the community hub and groups are using it for a variety of activities. Plans are also underway for a new park on Aveline Place.
Formed in 2013, TRC is jointly owned by the Government and Auckland Council. TRC work in partnership with residents and businesses, mana whenua, local and central government agencies, local service providers and the private sector to provide a platform for successful regeneration in Tamaki.
TRC has stated that building on a strong sense of community and leveraging the areas natural advantages, the goal is to create a highly desirable, modern multicultural community.
Panmure regeneration plan: A recent development in Tamaki is the approval by Auckland Council’s Planning Committee of a plan to revitalise Panmure that will improve transport
connections to and from the town centre and reinvigorate the mainstreet.
Auckland’s regeneration agency Panuku Development Auckland will lead the refresh of Panmure town centre in partnership with the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board, Auckland Council and mana whenua.
Panuku will work closely with TRC and will also partner with Auckland Transport, which expects to begin the next phase of the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) Eastern Busway from Panmure to Pakuranga in mid-2018.
TRC chief executive John Holyoake says he is excited to be working alongside Panuku on the re vitalisation of Panmure, and, in unlocking the potential of the local business area, more people will be drawn into the town centre, which has the potential to create new jobs for Tamaki residents.
“The project is key to the success of TRC’s Tamaki Regeneration Programme which will deliver thousands of new homes across Tamaki and all the additional investment in infrastructure and community amenity needed. But this is not the end goal,” he says.
“The physical redevelopment of a community is primarily a tool to transform the lives of the people living here now, and for generations to come.”