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The week in New Zealand real estate – 30 October 2020

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

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Institutional investors

  • Kiwi Property’s $3.2B portfolio held its value over the six months to September. The portfolio's value had a net gain of $9.2M, with an increase in office values offsetting a reduction in retail centre values. More info here.


  • Construction has begun on the $100M Costco in Westgate, Auckland. The store was set to open next year but has been delayed to 2022 due to the pandemic. More info here.
  • BNZ has opened its newest branch in Commercial Bay. The store features smart ATM's with a 24/7 lobby, alongside a team of bankers to assist with complex matters. BNZ said their branch is digital first and human where it matters. More info here.


  • Centuria Capital owned Augusta has announced a deal to purchase Visy Glass’ manufacturing and distribution plant in Penrose. The deal is worth $178.3M and Visy will be leasing back the 67,000 sqm premises on a 20-year term. More info here.

Hotels and tourism

  • Sky City's new air bridge over Hobson Street has been installed by Fletcher Construction. The 30 m long air bridge connects Sky City’s casino and the new Horizon Hotel, also enabling a connection to the NZICC. It sits 11m above the street. More info here.


  • CoreLogic is partnering with Trade Me to provide superior analytics and insight into consumer behaviour by aggregating the companies' datasets. This aims to improve the home buying process. More info here.


  • Auckland Council has said it will oppose private plan changes by Kiwi Property, Fulton Hogan and Oyster Capital to redevelop Drury if it cannot agree on funding for $1B of infrastructure to support the development. More info here.
  • Auckland Unlimited has been named as the new organisation resulting from the merger of two Auckland Council controlled organisations: Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). They will be responsible for tourism promotion, major events, economic development, and the city’s major facilities such as Aotea Centre, Mt Smart Stadium and the Zoo. More info here.
  • Wellington City Council has unanimously voted to refurbish the earthquake prone Central Library at a cost of $179M. This was contrary to the public's preference for a new building at a cost of $180M. More info here.
  • Invercargill City Council officers were this week seeking approval to borrow $15.5M to invest into Invercargill Central Ltd to fund the mixed-use city centre development. The Council would hold a 45% stake in the development. More info here.

Related Experts

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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