Nestled in Te Tōangaroa is Quay Park, our single largest commercial asset. It is based on the Eastern end of the CBD, adjacent to the land currently occupied by the Ports of Auckland. A key landmark within the precinct is Spark Arena and Mahuhu ki te Rangi Reserve named after our waka.
Not only does it help to re-establish our presence in the CBD, it provides important income from its annual rent to be able to reinvest in to our hapū.
In 1996, we purchased the ex-Railway Lands (known as Quay Park) from the Crown and on sold the leasehold interest to a developer based on a 15-year prepayment. The prepayment agreement allowed us to raise the price of the land.
We are in the development phase of a Masterplan for this whenua, a vision that protects and grows the asset and celebrates the heritage of Te Tōangaroa. This is a living document, underpinned by our hapū values, long term objectives and whānau feedback. This is our land and we'll be sharing our plan with partners and key stakeholders to bring it to life.
In August, we held hīkoi around the precinct so whānau can see and feel the whenua themselves and provide their feedback about how we can better celebrate the heritage of the area while increasing its commercial value. Some of the key feedback themes included:
There has been much discussion about the future of the Port, in particular relocating it's freight operations. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei released its vision for the eastern waterfront including the Port's land that encapsulated whānau feedback, was true to our hapū mātāpono and protected the value of Quay Park.
Read kōrero from Ngarimu Blair, Deputy Chair of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and a Director of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Ltd here
A place where you can access and enjoy the beautiful Waitematā, more green space with fruit trees and native species planted, a community market at Te Taoū.