Auranga residential development announced
A new Special Housing Area (SHA) development in Drury called Auranga will deliver at least 1,000 new homes to the Auckland market, with the first families moving into their new homes within the next two to three years.
The 68ha development on Bremner Road, Drury formed part of an official media announcement on 3 July by the Minister of Building and Housing, the Honourable Dr Nick Smith, and the Mayor of Auckland Len Brown about two new SHAs; the second SHA area being a 300 home site in Glenbrook.
Auranga is being developed by Karaka and Drury Ltd, a property investment company headed by Managing Director Charles Ma, an experienced developer.
Mr Ma explains that the name Auranga was chosen for a good reason.
“Auranga is Maori for wellbeing. This community development is all about wellbeing – offering families lifestyle choices and the opportunity to build their futures in Drury, at Auckland’s southern gateway,” says Mr Ma.
A key component of Auranga is the goal to construct 15% of the total development in dwellings which are classified as ‘affordable housing’ [defined as costing 75% of the median Auckland house value].
“Having an SHA partnership with government and council and the opportunity to create a development like Auranga means a great deal to me personally. We look to develop 50% more affordable housing than the standard threshold to demonstrate our commitment to Drury.”
Mr Ma has assembled a very competent team of expert urban designers and planners in creating and delivering Auranga.
“We aim to maximise the unique character of this peninsula site and its proximity to water, seeking to achieve exceptional environmental and social outcomes.
“Auranga will be a great place for families. It will be a community where neighbours are neighbours, not strangers.
“Auranga will also enable further discussions on the much needed investment in amenities like local schools, retail shops, supermarkets, public transport and infrastructure in Drury.”
With 6,900 new jobs expected to be generated by the nearby Drury South Business Park, Auranga will provide a much needed residential area to benefit the long term future of New Zealand’s fastest growing city.
An information day about Auranga is expected to be held in Drury in late September.
The Auranga development is being marketed by Darren Brady from Harveys Papakura.