New community facility will be ready early next year

Sep 29 2017 Development

Our community is soon to enjoy a new space to meet, learn and socialise.

The former Royal New Zealand Air Force Headquarters building at Hobsonville Point is in the process of being transformed by Auckland Council into a new, multi-purpose community facility. The exterior facade will be carefully restored and the original windows repaired, with the aim of retaining and restoring as much of the heritage art deco building’s original character as possible. Inside, the space will be opened up to create more useable spaces, including four main areas and a new kitchen. The kitchen will be equipped to cater for meetings and cooking classes.

Construction is expected to be completed by Christmas, with the centre open to the community early next year. 

Platinum Axis ballot - Lot 2 Glidepath Road

Sep 18 2017 Axis Series

Platinum Homes are delighted to announce the release of Lot 2 Glidepath Road (located in Superlot CA15-2, Catalina precinct) into the Axis Series Ballot.

This two bedroomed, two storey standalone home will sell for $550,000.

The Axis Series balloting application process has recently changed. Please visit www.axisseries.co.nz/how-to-buy/ for more information on the purchasing criteria and how to enter a ballot.

Entries for the ballot close at 5pm on Thursday 5th October 2017, with the ballot being held on Friday 6th October 2017.

To learn more about these homes please visit the Platinum Showhome at 13 Liquidambar Drive, Hobsonville Point (open Thursday to Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm), or contact:

Roz Hughes on  roz.hughes@platinumhomes.co.nz or 021 426 994.

New Axis Series release by Classic Homes

Sep 14 2017 Axis Series

 

Classic has released 7 x Axis Series terraced homes in superlot BB5 Buckley B:

    2 x 1 bedroom $450,000

    5 x 3 bedroom $550,000

 The Axis Series balloting application process has recently changed. Please visit www.axisseries.co.nz/how-to-buy/ for more information on the purchasing criteria and how to enter a ballot.

 To learn more about these homes please visit the Classic showhome at 11 Liquidambar Drive, Hobsonville Point or contact:

   Sue Hetherington – sue.hetherington@classicbuilders.co.nz, 021 837 602, or

   Lorraine Oates – lorraine.oates@classicbuilders.co.nz, 021 906 484

 Entries for the ballot close at 5pm on Thursday 5th October 2017, with the ballot being held on Friday 6th October 2017.

 

Historic Mill House to nurture future Hobsonville Point generations

Sep 14 2017 Community

Hobsonville Point’s Mill House will be given a new lease of life as a childcare centre, serving the growing number of families in the area.

 Bear Park Hobsonville Point is planning to open early December this year. The centre will initially provide spaces for 50 children aged 2 to 5 years of age, with another 25 spaces available once a planned infant and toddler building is completed. It will operate as a full early childhood learning centre, with hours from 7.30am - 6pm.

 Established in 1986, Bear Park is a highly-regarded New Zealand owned and operated business, with 10 centres in Auckland and Dunedin. Learning programmes are inspired by the internationally-acclaimed Reggio Philosophy, from Reggio Emilia, in Italy, which fits within the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whaariki. Many of the Bear Park centres are designed within existing homes, like Mill House, as the group believes this helps to create a nurturing, family-like environment.

 Mill House was designed in the early 1930’s by prominent Auckland architect George Tole for aviation pioneer Doug Mill. Mill set up a flying business at Hobsonville in 1927, establishing Mill's Aerial Survey and Transport Co., and operated his business from a hangar at Hobsonville until 1937. During World War II, Mill House housed Royal New Zealand Air Force trainees, the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and the nursing sisters.

 Bear Park Hobsonville Point will be hosting open days nearer to their opening date. In the meantime, if you wish to find out more about this site and Bear Park please feel free to contact Bear Park’s Founder, Sue Stevely-Cole at sue@bearpark.co.nz, or visit their website www.bearpark.co.nz.

 

Little Creatures microbrewery coming to Catalina Bay

Aug 23 2017 In The Media

Craft beer lovers rejoice: Award-winning craft beer brewer Little Creatures will be moving into the historic Sunderland Hangar at Catalina Bay late next year. The 1,500 square metre, multi-million development will include a microbrewery, restaurant, all-day cafe, high-end fish and chips outlet and a family friendly play area. 

Established in Fremantle, Australia in 2000, Little Creatures is known for building home bases in character buildings, so Catalina Bay was the perfect fit for them. This will be their second venture outside Australia. 

The Little Creatures development will complement the Hobsonville Point Farmer's Market, another planned restaurant and an over-water cafe - making Catalina Bay an exciting new destination for Auckland foodies. 

 

Milestone Home For Hobsonville Point

Aug 11 2017 Community

Over 1000 homes have now been completed in Hobsonville Point, with the number growing steadily each day.

The new owners of the 1000th house, Bryce and Alyssa Farrow (pictured), bought their Axis Series affordable home off the plans last year. Having lived with relatives while saving for a deposit, the couple say they feel lucky to have secured the one-bedroom, Jalcon-built home with the help of a KiwiSaver HomeStart grant.

They were welcomed to their new neighbourhood by Social Housing and Housing New Zealand Minister Amy Adams, Upper Harbour MP Paula Bennett and HLC Chief Executive Chris Aiken at a special celebration held in June.

“The $3.5 billion Hobsonville Point development is delivering around one new home a day for Auckland. Already home to 3000 residents, it’s a significant development that’s changing Auckland’s urban landscape and providing much-needed houses for Auckland families. It’s by far New Zealand’s largest and fastest residential housing development,” Ms Adams says.

The 1000 home milestone arrived two years earlier than initially planned and reflects the pace at which the township is progressing. More than 1600 homes have already been sold at Hobsonville Point with an average price of $730,000. Over 400 of these have been Axis Series affordable homes, sold at or below $550,000.

A further 630 homes are currently under construction and a population of around 11,000 is expected at completion in 2023.

Rifle range at the ready

Aug 11 2017 Community

With summer sunshine around the corner, Hobsonville Point’s repurposed Rifle Range is ready for all to enjoy.

The public space, which opened in March, was formerly an Air Force shooting and target practice facility that has now been converted into an outdoor theatre. History-lovers will enjoy the information boards that are wall-mounted at the range, detailing the unique backstories of the facility and the adjacent Bomb/Te Onekiritea Point.

Located along Bomb Point Drive on the Coastal Walkway, the Rifle Range includes a full stage (with electricity), storage areas, a utility area with a basin and benches, a table tennis table, large areas of lawn, seating and public toilets.

Also available for onsite use is a range of play and outdoor equipment, compiled in consultation with students from both Hobsonville Point schools. Visitors can enjoy bean bags, soccer gear, rugby balls, large outdoor games, a play parachute and other gear. The equipment is locked in storage but can be accessed by texting the mobile number listed on the wall by the storage room next to the stage.

The range may be made available for organized events for large numbers of people, events with a commercial aspect or private events for which it may need to be closed to the public. Such bookings are dealt with on a case by case basis. Please contact HLC via info@hlc.co.nz at least 20 working days beforehand to enquire.

The facility is presently overseen by HLC but will be transferred to Auckland Council ownership and management later this year. Users are asked to take all rubbish with them as bins are not provided.

Explore what came before

Aug 11 2017 Community

The use of the Upper Harbour’s ‘highways’ for travel and transport will be in the spotlight during this year’s Auckland Heritage Festival.

The annual two-week festival, which this year is being held from September 30 to October 15, showcases a range of heritage-inspired events from over 200 contributors.

One of the contributions, ‘God Willing and Weather Permitting’, will feature talks aboard a charter ferry ride from the Hobsonville Point ferry terminal. The event will explore how the area’s harbours, estuaries and rivers were used for travel and transport by the generations who pre-dated today’s modern motorways.

‘God Willing and Weather Permitting’ will be held on October 1 from 10am to midday. Tickets ($12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children) will be available via The Red Boats (www.theredboats.co.nz/about-us/online-bookings/) and are limited to 75 spaces. An announcement about ticket sale dates will be made on the Hobsonville Point Facebook page.

Event participants are welcome to bring their own food onboard and the nearby Farmers Market will be selling refreshments from 9am to 1pm.
HLC is also hoping to work with local community groups and the Hobsonville Point schools on this event. For more information, call Louelle Botes at HLC on (09) 261-5112.

Makeover for Community Cottage

Aug 11 2017 Community

The upgrade of Hobsonville Point’s historic Chichester Cottage begins this month, readying the building for use as a bookable community facility.
The cottage, which is located alongside Mill House on an Auckland Council reserve, dates back to about 1927 and is being gifted to the Hobsonville Point Residents Society (HPRS) by HLC in a refurbished state.

No small detail is being overlooked in the upgrade, which includes work to ensure weather-tightness (such as recladding, re-roofing, spouting, gutters and downpipes), installing a new floor and floor coverings, rewiring, replumbing, new service connections, fitting out a new bathroom and kitchen, internal redecoration, planting and building a patio/seating area.

The work is expected to be completed by December, at which time HPRS will take over the facility and manage it as a community venue available for hire on a user-pays basis.

“This opportunity is really great and we are delighted that it’s happening,” says HPRS chairperson, Peter Herbert. “We are very, very happy to be part of it as Chichester Cottage will certainly be an asset for this community for years to come.”

The cottage features one large room, a kitchen and a bathroom, and will suit small group activities of up to 20 people such as hobby groups, a practice space, exhibitions or garden parties.

Precinct taking shape

Aug 11 2017 Community

Exciting signs of progress will soon be apparent in Launch Bay (formerly the Marlborough Precinct), the waterside site under development between Jimmy’s Point, Launch Road and Catalina Bay. Developer, Winton Partners, plans to start civil works in the area in October when the current remediation work being undertaken by HLC concludes. The civil works will transform the precinct through the addition of roads, a lookout at Jimmy’s Point, street trees, seating and a playful park on the east side of the Oval.

Winton Partners are also progressing the various dwellings planned for the precinct, construction of which is expected to start in 2019. In time, Launch Bay will combine four former Officer’s houses and 13 standalone homes with potentially 300 apartments (including the conversion of the existing seaplane hangar on Launch Road into eight loft-style dwellings centered around an internal courtyard).

The Officer’s houses are in the process of being repainted with landscaping, driveways and new garages to be completed by Christmas. Once subdivided into individual housing lots, these historic homes will be available to buy in 2018. Plans for all of the proposed new buildings have also been signed off by HLC’s design review panel and the first apartments are expected on the market in the first half of 2018.

Business coming to the bay

Aug 11 2017 Community

Interest in Catalina Bay has been strong since plans for the waterfront precinct were announced by developer, Willis Bond & Co, earlier this year.
The 1.8 hectare site will in time be home to a mix of restored heritage buildings and new ventures offering retail, hospitality, office and residential opportunities.

The refurbishment of six existing Air Force buildings is underway and expected to be completed by early next year. This includes the installation of a mezzanine structure and a double-glazed wall in the Catalina Workshops, one of which will be home to HLC from November 2017.

Also preparing for a move is the iconic Farmers Market, which is expected to be in its new permanent home (one of the bay’s oldest buildings located at the bottom of the Launch Road steps) in October. The market is currently operating in the Fabric Building beside the wharf.
Once vacated by the market, the Fabric Building will itself become home to a new venture offering over-water dining. An experienced all-day bistro café operator has been signed for this space and will be announced soon.
Meanwhile, restoration on the immense Sunderland Hangar is due for completion late next year. A tenant has already been secured for the ground floor retail space, leaving only The Armoury available to rent. Expressions of interest in this 280m2 retail space are currently being accepted by Willis Bond & Co.

Catalina Bay will also offer a range of character office spaces, enquiries about which are welcomed, and residential options. The main apartment building will house about 70 high-end apartments and five townhouses while a boutique five-storey building will offer a further four apartments each spanning an entire floor. More information will be available in the on-site display suite from early next year or visit www.catalinabay.co.nz/apartments to register your interest now.