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The week in New Zealand real estate - 25 June 2020

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A weekly update of the biggest real estate news from around New Zealand.


  • Construction of Countdown’s newest 38,000 sqm distribution centre in Palmerston North will start shortly. The centre will service Countdown stores from Gisborne to Wellington. More info here.
  • NZ Post is investing $170M to double its processing capacity of parcels. This includes a new ‘super depot’ in Grenada, Wellington with a 10,440 sqm processing floor which is expected to open in 2022. More info here.


  • The government is planning to trial regional hubs in response to tightening office space in Wellington CBD. More info here.


  • Insurance company IAG has proposed closing all 53 AMI retail stores. Their last remaining State store would also close and 350 roles would shift to digital teams. More info here.
  • Kikki K has closed its seven remaining stores in New Zealand but will keep its Australian stores open. The chain was put into receivership in March 2020. More info here.


  • Almost 7 hectares of residential development land in Westgate is being marketed for sale. The Terrace Housing and Apartment Building zoned land allows for development of up to 16 metres adjacent to State Highway 16. More info here.


  • Opponents of the Kennedy Point Marina on Waiheke Island have lost their High Court appeal regarding planning consents for the marina. The opponents now face cost applications from Auckland Council and the developer of about $200,000. More info here.


  • Decisions regarding Auckland’s Light Rail have been deferred until after the September elections. More info here.
  • Auckland Council will start trailing a pedestrian focused Queen Street with their ‘Access for Everyone’ pilot programme being brought forward. More info here.

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Chris Farhi

Director | Strategic Advisory

Auckland CBD

Chris is a Director within the Strategic Advisory team. The team helps you with your big property decisions and complex transactions.

Chris' advisory work focuses on:

  • Decision making processes (eg property strategy, business cases, feasibilities, etc)
  • Tenant representation for large lease transactions (office,  industrial and specialist-use)
  • Multi-site networks (eg consolidation strategies, optimisation, etc)

Chris’ background in brief:

  • Property strategy advisor for some of New Zealand’s most successful private sector, public sector and non-for-profit organisations.
  • Tenant representative (tenant-paid lease negotiator) for organisations ranging from small-to-medium enterprises through to major listed companies and government agencies.
  • Specialist skills in commercial leasing, financial analysis and market research.
  • Part-time lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School and commercial leasing trainer for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Chris’ qualifications include Honours degrees in both Civil Engineering and Property from the University of Auckland, and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Outside of work, Chris is a combat engineer in the NZ Army Reserve and a keen baker.

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William Silk

Analyst | Stategic Advisory

Auckland CBD

William joined the Strategic Advisory team as an Analyst  in the Auckland CBD office in 2019, after completing studies at The University of Auckland. 

Specialising in reseasrch, reporting and analysis to support strategic commercial proprety decision making. 

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