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Strong commercial property activity buoys the central North Island

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An exceptional sales result in Taupō, a landmark Napier industrial deal, and a record month of leasing across the Hawke’s Bay demonstrate the ongoing strength of the central North Island’s commercial property market.

Colliers International recently brokered the sale of a nationally tenanted industrial property 464 Rakaunui Road, Rotokawa, Taupō, for a competitive yield of 5.04 per cent.

The $2.7 million sale followed 12 offers from a large geographic spread of buyers.

Colliers also recently brokered the sale of a 3.21ha industrial site on Waitangi Road in Awatoto, Napier.

The property was purchased by an investment partnership company that is developing a new $70 million factory for premium New Zealand pet food maker Ziwi.

Hugh Milloy, Taupō Broker at Colliers, says the Rakaunui Road result demonstrates the high level of investor appetite for quality provincial industrial property.

“There was very strong enquiry throughout the campaign, which resulted in an excellent outcome for the vendor and purchaser alike.

“The property sold unconditionally on 10 July, only one day after the five-week sales campaign concluded. It’s clear that investors were drawn to the quality building, quality tenant and quality lease.

“We’re thrilled to have a very happy buyer and a great result for the vendor – making this a big win-win all round.”

Completed in 2016, the property comprises a 1,864sq m industrial building on a 4,080sq m freehold site.

It is prominently located at the corner of Rakaunui and Aratiatia Roads in Taupō’s Centennial Industrial Estate, only a few minutes from State Highway 1.

The property is fully leased to national tenant HJ Asmuss Ltd, a heavy engineering supplies company that was established in 1920 and has branches throughout New Zealand.

Danny Blair, Hawke’s Bay Director at Colliers, says the Ziwi sale in Napier shows demand for well-located, quality industrial property has been undented by the impact of Covid-19.

“It’s particularly pleasing that the sale will translate directly to new jobs for the Hawke’s Bay. Ziwi’s state-of-the-art new pet food production facility will employ 125 workers upon completion.

“The 12,000sq m facility will replace Ziwi’s existing factory in Tauranga. The company spent three years looking at potential locations in Tauranga but was unable to find a site of sufficient size, with the necessary infrastructure, within its required timeframe.

“The decision to relocate to the Hawke’s Bay shows tremendous optimism for the region’s ongoing growth.”

The commercial leasing market in Hawke’s Bay has also been performing exceptionally well.

Blair says June 2020 was Colliers’ biggest month for leases and enquiry in the region since March 2017. Almost half were retail leases, followed by industrial and office.

“We see all this activity as a positive for the region’s recovery and growth, with people getting back to business.”

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Hugh Milloy



Hugh moved to Taupō in 2011 to semi-retire having enjoyed the beauty and diversity of the central North Island region during family holidays in Taupō over many years.  Quickly realising he wasn’t ready for a quieter life Hugh completed his REAA real estate papers and then joined Harcourts Taupō.   Qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Victoria University, Hugh soon became interested in commercial real estate and joined Colliers to specialise in the commercial and industrial market.

As a property owner in Taupō for over 20 years, Hugh enjoys all that the Great Lake region has to offer. He was the volunteer secretary of Coastguard Lake Taupō for 7 years and also for the Waipahihi Botanical Society, guardians of Taupō’s magnificent botanical reserve, for the past 2 years.

A handy golfer a few years back, Hugh now struggles to master the finer points of the game. He chose to work with Colliers because of the company’s expertise in the global commercial and industrial real estate markets.

Driven to achieve the best possible results for his vendors he will provide a completely professional, effective and stress-free real estate experience.

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Danny Blair


Hawkes Bay

Having worked in commercial real estate since 2006, Danny has over fifteen years’ experience in the commercial real estate industry and has been involved in multiple transactions throughout the past decade, specialising in sales and leasing solutions for corporate tenants, government agencies, investors and developers alike.

Before moving back to Hawkes Bay in 2013, Danny worked as a senior broker for NYSE listed Jones Lang LaSalle, specialising in CBD office leasing in Wellington CBD.

Since his return to Hawkes Bay where Danny was appointed as leasing manager, he has concluded over 220 transactions, including Hawkes bays largest office lease, the relocation of Kiwibank’s national call and recovery centre to Hastings from Wellington. In 2015 Danny became a shareholder in Colliers Hawkes Bay and a director in 2017. Since starting his career with Colliers Danny has progressively established his position in the Hawke’s Bay commercial property market as ‘the top broker’ across the region.  Danny handles opportunities across the whole commercial market but his major strengths lie in lease restructuring projects, sales, and development deals. He prides himself on his professionalism and skill in ensuring that projects are managed to the client’s total satisfaction.

In addition to his decades’ experience, Danny’s strengths also lie with the established networks he maintains across the corporate and government sectors nationally, encompassing a variety of complementary professions and skillsets. Danny has the connections and the resources to get the job done.

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