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.


Milestone Home For Hobsonville Point

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.

Rifle range at the ready

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.

Explore what came before

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,...

Makeover for Community Cottage

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...

Precinct taking shape

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.

Business coming to the bay

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...

New home for old favourite

Memories of the former Hobsonville North Kindergarten are once again on public display, with a permanent home secured for a much-loved artwork. The kindergarten formerly occupied a site on St Georges Road but, following negotiations with HLC, was relocated to its existing home in Whenuapai to make way for the...

Keeping the kids entertained

Parents have plenty of options to keep the kids busy at Hobsonville Point with the recent opening of the new Harrier Point Park. The latest addition to the play and recreation spaces on offer at The Point is located on the corner of Launch and Boundary Roads, with water views...

A waterfront like no other

Over-water dining is coming to Hobsonville Point with the development of Catalina Bay as a prime destination for locals and Aucklanders alike.

A message from police

While sharing something on social media can be helpful, incidents should first be reported to Police to ensure we know what is going on.