Called Toi, the first block will be a green, brick-clad, seven-storey building housing 65 units with up to three bedrooms, underpinned by commercial spaces on the ground floor. Prices will run from $530,000 to $875,000.
It’s the brainchild of Ockham, the Kiwi residential apartment developer which has become a feature of New Zealand’s building landscape. Co-founder Mark Todd says the project has a unique flavour which he predicts will see it featured in “international magazines”.
Ockham has worked closely with Hauraki iwi collective Marutūāhu and Todd says the land, returned to Marutūāhu under the Treaty of Waitangi, will become a planned, green suburb as it hosts more than 3,000 apartments in the next two decades: Maungārongo.
It'll stand out because it'll have limited access and parking for cars, while being close to public transport hubs. Todd says: “It’s modelled on quality, compact European city centres. The roading network is very limited but the walking and cycling network through those apartments is second to none.