EQ MAGAZINE VOLUME II
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A new waterside suburb
Orakei Bay Village
Urban hip reaches the city fringe at last The Brewer, The Restauranteer, The Florist
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In this second issue of EQ Magazine we highlight living around the new Remuera seaside suburb, Orakei Bay, and introduce you to the merchants at Orakei Bay Village.
Welcome to the second edition of Equinox’s EQ Magazine!
We also introduce you to Equinox, the brains behind Orakei Bay Village. Directors Kerry Knight and Chong Du Cheng have been business partners for over 30 years, steering the company through many economic cycles. They started off their early professional life as fund managers for international clients. Chong is the conduit to investors throughout Asia and New Zealand and Kerry is the commercial expert on all things property, having also been managing partner of a well-known New Zealand property law firm for almost 30 years. If you’re interested in seeing some of the things that Kerry and Chong have been involved in over the years, you’d best sail out onto the Waitemata Harbour and look back at our beautiful city. From that vantage point, you can see how active they have been, one way or another, be it providing finance, JV’s, or their own developments. On the skyline, you’d see Princes Wharf, Metropolis, Number 1 Hobson Street, HSBC House, the Scene Apartments, and the prestigious White Heron Apartments on St Stephens Ave, Parnell, just to name a few.
In this edition of EQ Magazine we showcase Equinox’s most recent projects – we are proud to bring them to you and we suspect you may be impressed by the breadth and variety of what we do. This includes creating retail at Orakei Bay Village, family housing in The Grove in Papakura, million dollar homes in Flat Bush and affordable starter homes in Takanini. For ten years we have owned seven acres of ‘sub prime’ real estate in Phoenix USA, waiting for the market to do what it is doing now. And – to top it all off – we just couldn’t help ourselves… we have land to create baches to dream in, on Kawau Island, and at an amazing beach location south of Whakatane. So, what we are saying is… whether you want seaside Remuera, up-and-coming Flat Bush or family/investment homes at The Grove, we have a house or an apartment within your price range. We have listened to what you want and have worked hard to create beautiful living and working spaces that make good economic sense. Best, Equinox Group
Orakei Bay A HISTORY. DESIRED BY MANY, OWNED BY FEW.
Orakei Bay is an area with a rich history. Technically in Remuera, but aligned with Orakei, its genesis was the volcanic rim of what is now Orakei Basin.
Created by a fusion of molten magma and groundwater during a volcanic eruption more than 60,000 years ago, the Orakei Basin and surrounding area provided the rich soil and bounteous seas necessary for a wellfed settlement. Terraced gardens (now experiencing a resurgence thanks to those interested in permaculture/ the wisdom of indigenous food production) would have graced the banks in the cultivated pockets of land that made up the satellite foodproducing summer camps – Te Tinana (near Burwood
Cres), Orakeiiriora (near Ngapipi/Paratai Dve), and Okahu Bay. O Rakei, ‘the place of adornment’, referred to the banks on either side of the present Orakei Road. Some claim the region was given this name because its beauty so entranced its early inhabitants. Others say that the calm waters of its foreshore were used as a mirror by Maori maidens when adorning themselves. If you take a walk along any one of the many existing
pathways, you can lose yourself in this beautiful, secluded spot, far from the bustle of the road. John Logan Campbell’s “wooded shore, sloping gently to Waitemata’s sunlit waters” seems to exist in timeless perpetuity from some vantage points here – the basin giving a glimpse of a prehistoric New Zealand. The 1820s saw the hard-won Auckland isthmus deserted by Ngāti Whātua as they sought refuge from the musket-toting Northern tribes seeking utu for past defeats. The region became generally unsafe
for a time, as Northern warparties travelled through. By 1835 however, Ngāti Whātua were firmly back in control as “the power of the musket was balanced to bring peace”. Crops were planted, settlements reestablished, and life resumed as normal in the region. In 1840, Campbell longed to claim this place of beauty for himself but was promptly and firmly denied by Te Kawau and Te Hira. Te Kawau wanted to keep these lands as a nest egg for future generations of Ngāti Whātua . However,
portions of Orakei were sold to the government in 1841 and 1844 and, just fourteen years later, the majority of the land between the Basin and Remuera Road was sold to the government, under the stipulation that ten percent was set aside for the founding and funding of schools, hospitals and employment for Maori. This failed to eventuate. Being woefully uninformed about the finality of these land transactions, Ngāti Whātua believed that land was a communal asset. All
they had left by 1854 were 700 acres. According to the View Auckland website – “they secured an agreement via the Native Land Court, ensuring this remaining acreage would stay in communal ownership and would not be sold. The government kept their agreement for a number of decades before reneging on the deal and taking the land in 1898.” Bastion Point was included in this land, given or taken, in 1886 for the purposes of defence. Rather than returning this land to Ngāti Whātua in 1941, when it was no longer needed by the
government, it was gifted to the council for a reserve. In the 1950s, remaining Ngāti Whātua living in Okahu Bay were evicted and rehoused in state housing, while their homes and marae were demolished. Now, there was simply a cemetery on a quarter of an acre. By 1977, following the Crown’s announcement of its intention to sell Bastion Point (Takaparawhau) to the highest bidder for highincome housing, enough was enough. Ngāti Whātua and sympathisers lived on the site to prevent construction going ahead. After a 506-day
occupation of Takaparawhau, police and army forcibly removed them, arresting 222 protesters. The occupation and how it was dealt with – ending a non-violent occupation with the use of force – has become a landmark in New Zealand’s history, setting a precedent for relations and treaty settlements to follow. In 1987, the land was returned to Maori by the Waitangi Tribunal. It remains, and will remain in perpetuity, shared iwi land.
IT’S EASY TO LOSE YOURSELF IN THIS BEAUTIFUL, SECLUDED SPOT, FAR FROM THE BUSTLE OF THE ROAD, IF YOU JUST TAKE A STROLL ALONG ONE OF THE EXTENSIVE NETWORK OF PATHS. CAMPBELL’S “WOODED SHORE, SLOPING GENTLY TO WAITEMATA’S SUNLIT WATERS” SEEMS TO EXIST IN TIMELESS PERPETUITY FROM SOME VANTAGES HERE - THE BAY GIVING A GLIMPSE OF A PREHISTORIC NEW ZEALAND.
Arwork Trish Campbell
ORAKEI BAY A new seaside suburb
New Zealand’s premier waterside luxury development sits five minutes by train from the Auckland CBD. Orakei Bay Village is set to provide Aucklanders with a new waterside village further cementing Auckland's place at the top of the list as one of the most desirable places in the world to live. And set right where the land meets the water, here a part of this waterside hub is The Peninsula at Orakei Bay Village. Literally incomparable, this site “is second to none – it’s going to be fantastic,” says Architect Brent Hulena – indeed he would love to live here himself. The Peninsula at Orakei is a truly outstanding location. Here
Farro Orakei Bay Village is Farro's 5th Auckland store and the site was in fact the original location Janene and James Draper intended as the site Farro wanted to open their first store in 10 years ago. “We hope Farro Orakei will quickly become a neighbourhood favourite - a place to stop for a coffee and to pick up Farro delights for all ages or as a stop for those commuters on their way home around the bays or stepping off the train to head home with a bag full or deliciousness. It offers all the familiar features of our stores that make Farro so unique
-the extensive range of fresh, high quality, local products to local food lovers.” You'll find all of your Farro favourites, including fresh produce; the deli with its extensive range of specialty breads, freshly cut cheeses and charcuterie; the service butchery selling only NZraised free-range meat; and grocery department where you can discover an array local artisan and international products. “Our staff are the most important part of the Farro experience, they are
passionate about food and the growth of Farro and have all helped to mold who we are today,” says Janene. Aucklanders James and Janene Draper founded Farro in 2006, out of a desire to create a retail space that showcased the very best of New Zealand food. They started out in Lunn Ave with just 12 staff and have slowly grown over the past 10 years, to become a hub for food lovers across Auckland. James and Janene are still very much involved in the business, which now employs 450 staff across 6 stores.
Your Local Farro Deliciousness just around the corner! 8 Orakei Road, Orakei 223 Bay Village
OPEN DAILY MON-FRI 9AM - 6.30PM SAT-SUN 8:30AM - 6PM
Extra parking next to Kings Plant Barn.
CONCEPT STORE NOW OPEN AT OR A KEI BAY V ILL AGE
Orakei Bay Village is home to Kings Plant Barn’s exciting new store and Garden Café. The stylish new environment, complete with a spacious, modern fit-out that has plenty of room to grow, will make your shopping experience better than ever. Set alongside boutique retailers offering a unique food and shopping experience with city skyline views, discover a gardeners’ paradise amidst a relaxing retail environment.
KINGS GARDEN CAFÉ Enjoy a delicious meal or a fine baristamade coffee at the Kings Café’s beautiful new setting. With warm service, an inviting atmosphere and a tasty new menu, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends and family.
Open 8.30am - 5pm at 228 Orakei Road 0800PLANTS (752687)
you can enjoy that peaceful, physical connection with nature – a closeness to the rhythms of the sea, together with stunning views north to the harbour and west to the city. Complement this with urban convenience, a rail and road link that bring you to the city in a matter of minutes, a walkable commute to both work and play, and you have the makings of a dream life. One you’ll never tire of. Apartments will have views of the distant sky tower and nearby boats on the water. Stroll out your front door to meet friends for brunch, beer or bubbles. Says Brent Hulena, “The Peninsula is not just one building but a mixed-use village of retail, apartment and commercial areas each in harmony with the other.” Living at Orakei Bay Village gives you amazing options for schooling – elite schools St Cuthberts, Diocesan nearby with Kings just a train ride away from Orakei Station, and St Kentigern School, Victoria
Ave Primary and Baradene are easy walking distance. The waterfront is literally a stone’s throw via the new and projected walking/ cycling boardwalks. Remuera Village and Mission Bay are equidistant. Paddle Boarding, sailing, kayaking, fishing, and waterskiing are at your doorstep. Two great Marinas sit within five minutes’ drive in the car, or by Sealegs on a high tide! Orakei Bay Village’s urbanity, the unique opportunity to treat the site like a tiny suburb with its beating village-like heart right in the centre will both utilise and juxtapose strongly with the perimeter of the village relating, as it does, to water and to views and to living space. Indeed, this mix between private and more public living spaces maximizing the incredible potential of the site is the main driver for the design.
Equinox takes our responsibility for shaping a community very seriously. We take our responsibility for shaping a community very seriously. The success of our first step in providing a brandnew retail hub at Orakei Bay Village (one fast becoming a go-to in Auckland), tells us that we are on the right track. We invite you come on by and eat at one of the nine eateries, do your grocery shopping at Farro or peruse the boutique homeware and retail stores dotted around. Join Pilates, F45 gym or Early Bird yoga at OBV. We have always been focused on getting good things done, and getting them done right. Such an approach is very important to us. It’s what we at Equinox Group are about. See for yourself.
Walk to schools St Kent's, Baradene, Victoria Ave Primary
Most convenient world-class marina to the Hauraki Gulf
Aucklandâ€™s Nice Walking the waterfront
Outboard Boating Club The original trailer boat launching, now has permanent marinas
Ride to the waterfront from Orakei Bay Village or Glen Innes
Paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing Hobson Bay Protected and easy access from Orakei Bay Village
Water Skiing Orakei Basin Walking the boardwalks
Join the Water Ski Club at Orakei
Boat launching, kayaking, cafe
kms of coastal walking and cycleways - all free, courtesy of Auckland Transport
Orakei train station
5 mins to the CBD
Orakei Bay Village Strolling around HIP and COOL meet old Orakei Basin Remmers A Spectacular Isle
With the CBD on the horizon
Why do you like living in Orakei?
It’s a peaceful, beautiful neighbourhood with amazing views. It’s also only a few minutes to downtown Auckland and all the main motorways.
Current favourite restaurant?
Amano and Giraffe.
Ampersand in Orakei Bay Village.
Best Netflix show?
I have too many favourites that I like equally such as House Of Cards, Peaky Blinders, Suits, Stranger Things, Ozark, etc.
What is your dream car?
Bugatti Chiron and Rolls Royce Sweptail.
Favourite holiday destination in New Zealand/the world?
Queenstown, of course. And Europe.
What would make Auckland great(er)?
Auckland’s best bar?
SPQR & Mr Toms.
Music you love?
Hiphop and rap, hipster, any kind of music that’s of great quality.
Favorite NZ designer?
Favorite foreign designer?
Where do you work out and what's your favourite form of exercise?
Les Mills, I love boxing and kick boxing.
If you could have lunch with anyone living or dead… who would it be?
Elon Musk & Peter Jackson.
Best beauty tip?
Where/who do you go to for your hair?
I don’t really have time to go to a salon so I get my hair done at home by Devona from House Of Brown.
out and about with Gilda Kirkpatrick
228 Orakei Road, Remuera obv.co.nz
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FATHER RABBIT WHO IS FATHER RABBIT? He, irons his pillowcases and tucks his sheets in with hospital corners prefers the cold side of the pillow suggests if you are going to do it, do it properly or not at all prefers you finish what you started likes his crème brulee unadulterated and his pancakes thin is meticulous in the laundry, preferring line dried and smelling of lavender uses a top sheet is disciplined and discerning.
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O R A K E I B AY V I L L A G E
H E R N E B AY
Founded in 2013 by Tom Lynch, Artisan Developments was established in the Auckland Region to go above and beyond the current market offering and change the perception of the construction industry. The small and friendly team make you feel at home every step of the process, no matter what the project. artisandevelopments.co.nz
& Amanda Rogers, manager and part owner of Ampersand sums it all up perfectly... “We wanted to focus first and foremost on great food, service, and a casual environment where people can transition through the day.” They’ve sure nailed it. Chef and owner Mikey Newlands serves up recognisable, natural cuisine all day long, and once happily ensconced overlooking the stunning harbour, you’d be hard-pressed to find a reason to leave. Must be why people are flocking there in droves.
GREAT LITTLE VINEYARDS
“Great Little Vineyards is no ordinary wine store. We have handpicked a selection of the very best small-production wines from artisanal winemakers of New Zealand and around the world. Our store is a treasure trove of rare vintages and organic beauties, and the selection is a true celebration of diversity, an exploration of cutting-edge wines the likes of which most will never have experienced before, with styles suited to every palate and a range stretching from accessible, everyday drinking to the rarest of the rare. The one factor that
sets Great Little Vineyards apart is, simply, quality – we bring together and champion a variety of producers who handcraft their wines at every step of the process, without the use of chemicals or massproduction techniques. And, unlike other wine retailers, we can vouch for the quality of every single bottle that goes on our shelves. We also regularly host winemakers and tastings in our beautiful, art-filled location at the heart of Orakei Bay Village. We'd be delighted to talk wine with you, Cheers, GLV.”
The Brewer, The Restaurateur, and The Florist Jacq Knight meets...
Brothers Beer Few joys in Auckland compare to going for a walk on a sunny day along the Remuera boardwalk to Orakei Bay Village and settling down to a craft beer on the deck of Brothers Beer overlooking the sparkling bay. (Settling down to a beer inside on a wintry day, beneath beer-barrelled walls and elegant chandeliers comes an extremely close second!) And this observation is from a committed Pinot Gris drinker! One of the geniuses behind this uber-cool new venture is Anthony Browne, who, up until 2010, was in a suit and tie doing something ordinary. This changed when he met up with a mate of his, Andrew Larsen, who had
been in the beer business for fourteen years. Together, after the necessary research and development trips around the Pacific, they realized that there was a fissure in the hospitality market that they were determined to fill. People like them wanted more than just golden lagers and brown ales. A more adventurous appetite was growing for approachable craft beers coupled with food that Neanderthals would not recognize. (Actually that was my own dig at Paleo people, Brothers Beer is more sophisticated than that and their menu does feature a burger with no bun but more lettuce… but I digress). In December 2012, Brothers Beer made a big splash in the Auckland CBD in the newlycreated City Works Depot. They offered craft beers from
all over the world as well as brewing some of their own. Very soon after they opened, they had what Ant describes as a “great problem”. They ran out of brewing room and had to find another site with a larger capacity for brewing and one that would also be suitable to house a bar and restaurant. So Brothers Brewery & Juke Joint was born in Mt Eden. Here they created the same laid-back retro vibe as in the city location but rather than gourmet pizzas, they offered Southern Style BBQ fare to accompany the beer-tasting experience. Aucklander’s embraced these new styles of beer brewing and basking. A Google search of the reviews will indicate just how appreciative locals were and one of the most
appreciative clients was none other than our own Elliot Knight from Equinox Group. Elliot approached Ant to see if he and his team were interested in opening up a Brothers Beer in Orakei Bay Village. Ant was in “consolidation phase” (had a financial hangover) and had no intention of opening up a new place, but agreed to have a look at the old gin distillery site in OBV. It was an instant attraction. The building’s industrial chic, with lofty ceilings letting in natural light, high beams, an interesting history, great location and stunning views... there was no saying no to that derelict warehouse. Ant was hooked, and, in the end, the timing turned out to be great. After a beer brewing conference in Philadelphia, Brothers Beer brewers were exposed to new ‘sour beers’ or ‘farmhouse styles’ where different yeasts are used and the beer is aged in oak barrels. Yeasts can offer not so much a sourness but rather a ‘citrus zing’ which is fresh on the palate. Ant notes that one brewer in New York, who is a leading producer of the farmhouse style beer, has a ‘yeast library’ of 60 different types of yeast, enabling the brewer to experiment very broadly with a huge variety of flavours, even more so than you will find in traditional winemaking. Ant claims with farmhouse style beers you could push
bacon, seaweed, smoked fish or passionfruit flavours – there are few rules, so the options are endless. Flavours abound for the adventurous or for those just wanting to have fun. And it means for a Pinot Gris drinker like me, the Brothers’ fresh-tasting Piha Salt Water Gose is a great alternative to my usual tipple! At Orakei Bay Village 250 beers from 100 breweries and 18 different beers on tap, are to be enjoyed in the 70’s retro, grunty and glamorous space, flanked by oak barrels fermenting tomorrow’s brew. Men in high-vis jackets sitting next to men and women in office attire, the lycra-clad and the casual cool, kids drifting about – this is beer drinking at the next level. Even Lonely Planet travel guide picks it out as a “thing to do in Auckland”, so make sure you find Brothers Beer before the hiking pole, zip-off pant team beats you to it!
Orakei Bay Bistro Anthony Browne, an avid traveller, has not only been seduced by international Craft Beers, but (luckily for us) also the bistros and oyster bars that can be found in the Pacific North West. (Specifically Seattle and around Oregon State.) These restaurants, Ant observed, have become something of an institution after 100 years of serving locals and tourists.
When Ant and his team committed Brothers Beer to the OBV site, the opportunity to open a bistro adjacent to it, overlooking Orakei Bay and Auckland City, was just too great to resist. Orakei Bay Bistro has a European-type feel, except that you look out to the water through pohutukawa trees! An elegant and intimate space opens up as you enter. Friendly waiting staff greet, oysters in fresh abundance are nestled in an ice bar at the door, a beautiful white tiled floor, a nautical mural, New York green glass lights, dark wood, high-boothed seating taking in the view. Chefs Sara Simpson (from The Tasting Shed and Clooney) and James Kirkpatrick (from the Depot) can be seen creating food New Zealanders should be proud of. They have created a menu that appeals not only to the oyster-crazy and pescatarians generally but also to all omnivores whose prerequisite requirement is simply… great food. Ant, his partners Andrew Larsen and Nick AndersonGee, understand, like many other people, that New Zealand has some of the best natural produce in the world. They concentrate on just a few ingredients, namely: water, hops, grain and flowers. At Orakei Bay Bistro, they add seafood and make magic. Come to Orakei Bay Village and see for yourself.
Elliot Knight THE KID BEHIND ORAKEI BAY VILLAGE
Elliot Knight fizzes with barely-suppressed energy, always has. He’s the driving force behind Orakei Bay Village... and he’s only 26. OBV, is the fourth of his radical commercial refurbishments, and the one he has found the simplest to do. “In such a unique and desirable location, tenants got over the line –once I had chased them long enough!”
“WHENEVER SOMEONE TELLS ME THAT SOMETHING CAN’T BE DONE, IT ONLY MAKES ME EVEN MORE DETERMINED TO DO IT.”
OBV was conceived one Saturday morning over brunch with his father and Equinox Group principal Kerry Knight. Faced with a collection of warehouses growing derelict, Kerry was looking for a quick fix: short term storage? temporary market spaces? more boat sheds? But Elliot had a vision for something a bit more upmarket. Faced with skepticism from the powers that be, he was only more determined to see his vision come to fruition. “Give me a few weeks to sound out some possible tenants and agents,” he said, and the current incarnation of Orakei Bay Village was born. Great Little Vineyards (already residing at another Equinox-owned site) was the first over the line, followed by Melba Group’s Ampersand and Espresso Workshop’s amalgamation. Brothers Beer and Farro came
to the party soon after. “In New Zealand, there’s a small tight-knit community of owner operators – it was mostly a matter of them talking to each other. Marketing the spaces was largely word of mouth.” Locals will be familiar with the ongoing saga of this site, and this version of Orakei Bay Village is one in transition, happily creating just the type of tenant mix which fits with Equinox’s central ethos. And, while it was one drama after another to get it going, Elliot has no regrets. From the initial budget projection to complete the refurbishment, the whole thing has ended up costing double. Why? Well the joys of working with old infrastructure of course. “It looked like there was enough wiring and plumbing existing in place to serve an even bigger development than we’d planned. So I made up the budget thinking all the hard stuff was done. Turns out everything had been removed, power downgraded, and plumbing stolen over the years since the site had serviced a humming gin factory.” And council? “Well, they were incredibly supportive. The site had always been zoned for commercial use, so required nothing in terms of rezoning, but still, key figures such as John Glossop were instrumental in getting the whole thing happening as quickly as it did.” The complex is built from the existing structure of the warehouses, organically
growing as each store came on board. Chancellor Construction built the very first wall, creating the space which is now Great Little Vineyards. Artisan Developments, owned by an old school mate, built everything else. “The initial layout was always in flux, depending on who was in and who was out. I was down in the old storage area – the place where they kept the gin distillery vats – and noticed that the walls were hollow concrete brick, not structural at all! I got an engineer in to check it out, and yeah, the new Kings Plant Barn space was born.” This has allowed Kings to stay on as a dual anchor tenant with Farro, and freed up land for the next stage of development: The Peninsula at Orakei Bay Village. An initial eight-storey apartment building will be built on the previous Kings’ site – absolute waterfront. The future? Just as City Works Depot and Ponsonby Central are future development sites, so is 228 Orakei Road. “This version of Orakei Bay Village won’t be the last, and we will continue to actively campaign for a medium density mixeduse development – apartment living above a rich selection of retail, hospitality and services.” That will be once the initial six-year leases are up of course. While he’s a great big-picture thinker, Elliot is simply uninterested in the nitty gritty
of the daily grind, something all his tenants will attest to. “I’m much more fired up about redevelopment – taking the unloved, the ugly, the undesirable, putting in the hard slog and a healthy dose of imagination, getting old places humming again.” Largely responsible for the regentrification of the concrete tower block at 62 Victoria Street, adjacent to Federal Street’s dining precinct, with the Glass Goose, 110 Carlton Gore Road and 88 Broadway, Newmarket, Knight junior is now turning his hand to the finance sector, lending to developers, taking Equinox full circle, back to its roots. The best of times and the worst of times: The Worst - 2014. “I was landed with Equinox's multi-residential development sites in Takanini and Papakura. They had stalled due to bad management. I had no idea what I was doing, and there were hundreds of house buyers waiting for their homes to be built. I started out by googling local contractors and went from there. Two years later, Redoubt Ridge is complete in its entirety, The Grove stage 1 and 2 are finished, and the residential component of Takanini Central is complete and settled. The Best? Well, he’s remaining tight-lipped about that, but one suspects that for someone so full of enthusiasm and energy, the best is always yet to come.
BEV GOODWIN EUNOIA PUBLISHING LIAM GERRARD MARGARET BRAY MAX THOMPSON SARAH BING SHEREE STONE TRISH CAMPBELL
artHAUS Orakei sits loud and proud at the top entry to Orakei Bay Village. It’s been a work-in-progress, but the shared studio and gallery space is finally starting to come into its own. Equinox offered the space to Creative Director Sarah Bing in 2016, a free-for-the-nextsix-years space, to be used for the arts. Much paint, sweat and a few tears later, the space is now home to fifteen or so creatives, and has a full exhibition calendar of visiting and resident artists shows. With artists producing in a wide variety of media, artHAUS aims to become a community of creatives who offer support, critique, and opportunities for wider engagement with the community. Artists are committed to using their studio space for a minimum of 20 hours per
Working at artHAUS has invigorated and disciplined my practice by taking me out of my previous distractionheavy home studio setup. Having a daily destination where I can purely focus on creating, I’ve been able to produce more (and hopefully better) work. To top it off, working amongst like-minded others has not only provided a wealth of support, advice and inspiration, but I think has also ignited a (friendly) competitive side, both in terms of quality of work, and work ethic too. It’s kind of like a return to art school, minus the wankery.
The opportunity that artHAUS has given me is one that very few artists get:
I affectionately refer to my studio as ‘The Filth Chamber’, and it’s a filth I take pride in. As the floor and walls collect more and more charcoal remnants, smudges and smears – whilst keeping the rest of artHAUS pristine of course – the space itself is becoming a living artwork and snapshot of my process, with hopefully beautiful things emerging from said filth.
artHAUS has given me what so many artists lack – community and constant inspiration. - Max Thompson
I have hopes for artHAUS to become a local community fixture, an essential part of Orakei Bay Village, and a destination of interest for the wider city. - Liam Gerrard week, contributing to creating a more robust practice, and keeping the place purring. Future plans focus on increasing community
a free studio space in a building humming with talent and creativity, along with ample gallery space to exhibit. Isolation, though somewhat necessary in productivity, is usually stifling for the creative. I’ve spent the better part of the last decade working alone. No work lunches or Christmas parties, no one to bounce ideas off or leech inspiration from. No joined collaborative projects or trying out other artistic disciplines I was unaware of. Not even any water-cooler small talk.
engagement through open entry charity shows, workshops and talks. Resident potter Margaret Bray already gives one-on-one pottery tuition, and studio residencies will be offered over the summer months. The gallery is open whenever there is an exhibition on, 11am - 3pm daily. Follow artHAUS on Facebook, Instagram, or sign up to the newsletter to be notified of upcoming shows and events. Pop in next time you’re in the village, the artists would love to see you! arthauso.org | @arthausorakei
It’s been a long road, but we have arrived at the point where we take pride in our role as property developers. Equinox has been involved in the property business since 1988 when it was formed as a consultancy. In the 1990s, Equinox Group was an established financier lending to many of New Zealand’s
well-known developers on many of New Zealand’s most well-known projects. In 2000, the group started co-developing and in 2008, as a direct result of the GFC, the company took over several large residential projects in Auckland when their borrowers defaulted on their loans.
It’s been a long road, but we have arrived at the point where we take pride in our role as property developers.
The Grove, Papakura
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Equinox Group has been developing residential property for the last ten years.
hotel in Wanaka and a quintessential holiday resort Moores Bay Kawau Island.
We are responsible for the 19 luxury apartments at White Heron, St Stephens Road, Parnell, built in 2010. We have plans in the works for a luxury
We are also responsible for three large master planned subdivisions in South Auckland.
88 Broadway, Newmarket
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Moores Bay, Kawau Island
Wanaka Hotel Starting from an inauspicious place, our career as commercial landlords and developers has taken us across the spectrum, everything from hard slog to easy ride. Following the GFC, we found ourselves with 62 Victoria Street, an empty and rather rundown building next to the Sky Tower. After a full refurbishment, 62 Victoria
Street is now fully-tenanted, home to The Glass Goose, and a vibrant spot once more. Our history with the Orakei warehouses is much the same, as is 110 Carlton Gore Road and 88 Broadway, Newmarket. After undergoing extensive refurbishment, all these sites are now fully tenanted by commercial tenants.
We also built and own a large government office in Wellington.
As COMMERCIAL landlords and developers, weâ€™re come a long way...
Our future plans for development centre around the luxury market. We’ve cut our teeth on both high-end apartments, and master planned medium density subdivisions, and we know where our strengths lie. Planning is underway for Lambton on Waititi, a ten-storey apartment and hotel complex a hop, skip and a jump from the Beehive in Wellington. Our plans for Wanaka Lodge – the first of our New Zealand Boutique Hotels – are well underway. And, the pièce de résistance of our development career, The Peninsula at Orakei Bay Village is selling now. Read on for more information about that particular beauty. Overall, our plans are to see these high quality projects built and complete, the crowning glories in an ‘accidental career’ as developers, and then to return to our roots as financiers. That’s a while off in the future though. Our boutique development firm will be boutique-developing for a few more moons yet!
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Howdy Neighbour SMALLER HOUSES, THEY'RE HERE TO STAY WHETHER YOU LOVE IT OR NOT. And it might just be the smartest move you could make. Housing crisis, unaffordable quarter-acre dream, New Zealandersâ€™ love of property. Here is the answer!
Having spent the last five years developing sections and building houses in Takanini, Flat Bush & Papakura, Equinox now has 500 homes under its belt. With headlines of housing crisis, affordability problems, etc, it has become increasingly hard for buyers to understand what is going on. The reality is that, far from prices being driven by fat cats getting fatter (well, the cats on the ground anyway,) it’s the actual expense of construction that continues to rise. The price of a new house costs more every year. The only way to get housing cheaper is to build smaller. Opening up more land isn’t the answer as the cost of servicing that extra land away from infrastructure is enormous, in addition to LAND Raw Land Cost Interest Consultants Earthmoving Costs Infrastucture Costs (roads, footpaths, sewer etc) Utilities Development Contributions Council Costs for Land Use Consent
the hidden environmental and social costs. Inset is a snapshot of the components and cost percentages of a $750,000 home. So when council and politicians talk about house prices coming down, unless they do away with their own charges it’s hard to see the other components reducing. Of course, as these charges help to service our society, we assume there’s little fat to skim there! At Equinox we have done some hard thinking on this exact issue, as we have about 150 sections complete or almost complete in south Auckland that will cost us 20% 10% 2% 11% 1% 23% 3% 3%
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more to build houses on than last year. Turning these 150 sections into 350 smaller houses seems to be the answer but (groan) it requires another consent and another round of urban design input. It also requires some forward thinking from all involved parties about the car as our mode of transport and the take-up of families using Uber or driverless cars in the near future. With this in mind, having driveways and garages to service each terrace house seems very short-term thinking. Instead, we propose to have car parking in one (out of the way and not visible) spot with pleasant landscaped lanes leading to the home entry. These driveways and car parks can be replaced by vegetable plots or gardens when people realise owning a car is neither economical nor fun. (Not least because traffic movement is set to halve in accordance with Auckland Transport’s unwritten policy.) So, welcome to GT at the Grove in Papakura, Ormiston Views in Flatbush, and Takanini Central II. These homes are perfect for a small family wanting somewhere to live that doesn’t cost a fortune. We think they’re a great investment product also. They are very liveable, in desirable locations, and give the necessary return at current bank interest rates for investors. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Terraced housing going in here at the Grove.
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Luxury apartment living at Orakei Bay Village
Arriving at the Peninsula, whether it be by car, bike or on foot, through a secure gated entry is like
entering a lush waterfront resort. The Waharoa (or entrance) provides a sheltered arrival area and somewhere to wait for guests or Ubers. Within the Waharoa is a secure parcel area, bike and paddleboard storage, and studio with kitchenette and bathroom that's ideal for Yoga, Pilate's or other exercise. At the end, the mirror edge pool and view across Hobson Bay toward the Sky Tower stretches off into the distance. Penthouses and Residences are accessed via three separate lobbies that have been designed to be more akin a private residence with bespoke fittings, artwork and lighting. All apartments have a double door entrance, opening up to private lobbies that can be personalised to suit. Entry doors, carpark doors and storage areas are controlled by approaching, fingerprint or code. Each luxurious apartment opens up immediately to north-facing views, pulling you towards the loggia or winter garden that double as decks. Inside, Herringbone parquet floors and marblelook porcelain counter tops have been chosen for their no maintenance liveability, while the
Poggenpohl kitchen with designer fittings and flush Gaggenau appliances add pure opulence. Kitchens with a scullery
provide ample storage, shelving and space for the dish drawer, insinkerator, filtered water unit and the necessary clutter!
The loggia with unrivalled harbour view provides an extension to living areas, with expansive space for a table and loungers, a bespoke BBQ and fridge unit, ceiling heating and ambient lighting. Loggia flooring is marble-look porcelain tiles, chosen again for lowmaintenance, and both the external and interior doors are double-glazed for noise protection and outdoor living all year round. Planters on the outside of the deck railing cascade foliage down the building and provide some apartments with a green-edged framed view.
It’s hard not to be fixated on the view as you walk from the lounge
to the master suite, complete with plush carpet and ample walk-in wardrobe that connects to the master ensuite with a separate bathtub and shower. The other bedrooms are equally luxurious, each with an ensuite, small balcony and plenty of natural light. Apartments also have a separate laundry and office or media room. Residents can choose from two distinct colour palettes and finishes, hand-picked by top New Zealand interior designers. Whether you envisage a ‘Four Seasons Hotel’ style of finish or a more contemporary ‘Aman Hotel’ look, the thought and design of the flow-through Peninsula apartments is unrivalled in New Zealand. Other features of the Peninsula include a full-time concierge, potting shed, bike and kayak storage, yoga or pilates studio,vegetable garden and generous shared waterfront spaces such as the western great lawn with sunset deck that provides plenty of Dedon furniture spots to enjoy a coffee, drink or idle contemplation. The neighbouring Orakei Bay Village with nine eateries, homeware, health and well-being shops as well as a premium supermarket makes living at the Peninsula very unique. Add to that, the adjacent train station, taking you to Britomart in just one stop, and the absolute waterfront Remuera location with its myriad of existing and new boardwalks and cycle ways, the Peninsula really does have it all.
These huge homes have northern and western outlooks over the harbour and city. They boast three bedrooms, study, media room and casual and formal dining, with sitting areas focused on the view. Ranging from 300m2 to 475m2, three of the 14 penthouses have a superb, manicured lawn, which provides a soothing outlook and large outdoor play space. 6 of the penthouses have an incredible north and west aspect. Contemporary lanai provide indoor/outdoor living opening onto decks. Views of Hobson Bay, over to Devonport and Paratai Drive make these apartments absolutely unique.
These are hardly standard apartments – at 150m2 they provide a two-bedroom and media room/study configuration with separate library. There’s a choice of two kitchen designs, one of which features a huge scullery and unique double-sided hob cooking station. The Peninsula has three lift lobbies, accessing the maximum of two apartments per floor. Penthouses, of course, have exclusivity. All lobbies have huge windows. Car parking is included in your apartment price, as is generous storage. Yes, the Peninsula is dogfriendly.
Designed by Hulena Architects, the exterior has been carefully considered to be as maintenance-free as possible. Using the latest in technological advances to create a long-lasting, low maintenance facade – a soffit of engineered wood reflects the wood look with porcelain ‘marble’ decking beneath, softening the structure and creating contrast against the large format porcelain sandstone tiles used as cladding. Contemporary verandas provide a place to shelter from the heat of summer, or a downpour, as you contemplate the moody views of the harbour. Roofs of white concrete, and aggregate concrete planters cascading foliage over the face
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of the building maintain that impression of strength and durability. Interiors have been crafted by two of New Zealandâ€™s leading designers; Macintosh Harris and Studio + Architecture, the forces behind Fish, Euro, the Auckland and Wellington Hilton, as well as many of Queenstownâ€™s boutique accommodation options. Each designer has created a scheme inspired by hotel chains of the same name: Aman and Four Seasons. Natural materials flow throughout, easing the transition between private space and the stunning, expansive views outside. Think sleek Poggenpohl
kitchens, Gagganeau appliances, parquet, marble, and hard-wearing, beautifully clean interiors which allow you to get on with the business of living, whilst subtly improving that life. As these are to be homes, purchasers can change layout and specifications prior to construction commencing.
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The Peninsula, Orakei Bay Village, Remuera is Aucklandâ€™s most prestigious absolutewaterfront address. The Peninsula has only 32 exclusive apartments located at 236 Orakei Road, Remuera. Apartments from 152m2 to 505m2, including terraces.
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Hulena sits in his light and spacious architectural practice, cleverly and conveniently located in the epicentre of chic Parnell. His office is an oasis of calm and Kiwi casualness, which underlies a confident and reassuring sophistication.
Crafted by Hulena
It helps that I have come on Creative Day, better known to the rest of us as Friday. Creative Day is a day that the team at Hulena Architects can opt to spend at home. The instigation of a fourday week occurred some years ago, and there has been no looking back. Brent feels that productivity and creativity are increased by this contracted approach to time, though 6:00am starts for the other four days of the week intensified by longer than average working days are the hook.
The way Brent lives his life is a great nod to why he is so well-placed to be the primary architect for The Peninsula. He has recently moved to Parnell so that he and his wife can be close to work and the children close to school, minimizing the negative aspects of central Auckland living. For Brent, the human aspects, the connection to all the things you love and Architect Brent Hulena has enjoy, should not be far from worked on some very big the way you live the rest of and historically sensitive your life. Brent’s philosophy developments in his career, of life seems embedded in but none are as big or as his approach to architecture. sensitive as The Peninsula This is why Brent is so excited at Orakei Bay Village, and about working on our project, he is excited by both the opportunity and the challenge. The Peninsula. It’s going to be
a new village for people just like him and his family. Brent claims that The Peninsula and Orakei Bay Village can’t be compared to anything else. “It’s totally unrivalled – it’s going to be fantastic” … he would love to live there himself. Such a unique location gives you a natural connectedness with the water, and a rail and road link along the coast that brings you to the city in a matter of minutes. There are stunning views north to the harbour and west to the city. Apartments will get views of both the Sky Tower and boats on the water. “We are not just planning one building but a mixed-use village of retail, apartment and commercial areas that will be in harmony with each other.” Brent acknowledges he is acutely aware that he and his team are creating a new community for people with very high expectations of what that community should feel like. The recent conversion of the old and derelict industrial sheds into urban super-hip and convenient shopping and dining choices, signals our intention to provide an enhanced living experience for existing neighbours as well as for the villagers at Orakei Bay. Inspiration for the design of Peninsula comes from the huge constraints of the land, and whilst this sounds like a rather negative impetus to spark creativity, Brent
argues the opposite. In his view the constraints and the things that you have to work around can ignite the best design. When pushed to say which architects or designs he draws inspiration from for this project, he answers that inspiration comes simply from the site itself. Its location on the water’s edge, an adjacent volcano, the views from the city, the harbour and Remuera. Those are really good things to draw on. The site’s sophistication, the unique opportunity to treat it like a small suburb with its heart in the centre, much like classic European villages, where people come to meet and chat, yet on the perimeter the village will relate to the water and views. Maximising the site’s incredible potential, by mixing private and more public living spaces, is the driver for design. The geography of the site under Hulena’s stewardship will dictate the materials and colour palette to be used: basalt to recognize the volcanic elements, doubleglazed glass to maximize views and minimize weather and noise, and wood as a complement to the harder materials used. There will be a big emphasis on a native planting scheme – as important as the buildings themselves – to allow the buildings to fit into their landscape in a more organic way. But it’s not just the natural elements that lend inspiration
to design. The railway is also a conceptual driving force. The convenience of having a close-by train service to whisk you into the city can’t be compromised by the formidable possibility of noise and vibration, so design challenges to address these issues had to be overcome. The solution has been to give the building nearest the railway a ‘serrated edge’, sitting obliquely to the railway. This means the apartment building has terraces, which take advantage of the northerly harbour view. Outdoor rooms known as lanai rooms are made of glass. Double-glazed panels can slide back to create quiet, private, all-weather living spaces. Orakei Bay Village sits at two levels. The lower level is at the water’s edge, the higher level on Orakei Road. This separation has real advantage. The first stage will be the creation of the apartments at the water’s edge, so that the latter stages of the development will build towards the road and not compromise the people living below. The two-tiered site is also advantageous in maximizing the site’s extraordinary water views, and has prompted clever designing to put as much car parking and through-ways underground as possible, so that pedestrians and meeting areas and recreation spaces get priority. Brent notes that Kerry from Equinox is determined there should be such uncommon
amenities as a potting shed, a Pilates studio, bike and paddle board storage, and a communal garden to enrich community areas. Walkways to the water and the facility to have water craft easily launched from the apartments pay tribute to the mutuallyvalued Kiwi lifestyle of developer and architect. The birth of OBV has been long and complicated. Conception was almost ten years ago and Hulena Architects were brought on board to breathe new life into the latter stages of design. Coming late onboard to any project has its own difficulties and Brent had to learn the idiosyncrasies of Equinox and the other stakeholders in the project – Transport NZ, NZ Rail, Ngāti Whātua and Auckland Council. Brent has marvelled at the obvious tenacity, patience and the huge reserve of energy the Equinox team demonstrated during what has clearly been an extraordinarily drawn-out process of negotiation. He cannot think of another player in the property game that could have sustained these birthing pangs. With that said, there has been a great deal learnt in these ten years and the team of Equinox and Huleana Architects are very much in alignment with the council’s desire to “create the world’s most liveable city”. The flagship OBV is well on its way to attaining the council’s objective.
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The Future of Orakei Bay... Orakei Bay Village and The Peninsula are only the beginning. The mediumterm plan is to rebuild the balance of the site into a new mixed-use project. This will require a team of our consultants working with Auckland Council and a further round of consultation with the community. So how do we do this? Orakei Bay Village and The Peninsula are set on two hectares of premium waterfront land, with sweeping views of the basin and the sparkling Auckland skyline. Adjacent is a railway station that whisks passengers from OBV to the CBD in just one stop. We are also part of the exclusive suburb of Remuera. We don’t mean to brag, but being this desirable comes at a price, in more ways than one! There are many interested parties that are passionate about the preciousness of this site and every party has, quite rightly, put considerable pressure on us to do what they think is the right thing. As it turns out the ‘right thing’ means a lot of different things to community members, consultants, council, urban design experts and local iwi. We see the developer’s role as something of a conductor, listening to different views and orchestrating ideas in order to create something of value and beauty that meets the demands of those who will
ultimately live here. As you can imagine, this process takes a great deal of time, sensitivity and creativity – all this while making sure the final design is financially viable. At Equinox we drive our architects, urban designers, landscape architects and even engineers to design over and over again to make sure that we deliver homes, offices and retail areas that will stand up to scrutiny and engender pride in all of us. Like a lot of Kiwis, the team at Equinox and our consultants love to travel but we love coming back home again too, taking the good and the great things that we have seen and experienced globally, to use as inspiration. So it will be with the next stage of Orakei Bay Village – interesting places and concepts, affecting and cherished memories, will be used as briefing tools to the designers. Here is a collection of percolating ideas that we hope will come together in the next plan change: Bringing community together: Arts Factory in Cuba: (image 1) A disused factory in a residential area has become an art, music and entertainment venue that pulls young, old, visitors and locals together. Retail areas that are buoyed in the beauty of the natural landscape: Beautiful southern Italian towns such as Panarea in the Aoelian Islands or Taomina in Sicily with their long store-lined main streets (image 2) and produce markets.
Clever design: Apartment buildings designed by Richard Meier on the old Howard Hughes’ land at Ward Village in Honolulu (although this has now been shelved). (image 3)
This part of the process can take a year and doesn’t produce any visual perspectives. It is purely a location plan on which traffic, wastewater, storm water, potable water, electricity and other essential services can be scrutinised by technical consultants and commented on. The above process is done in tandem with Auckland Council and we finance it. We then need to notify the community and consult with various stakeholders – in this case Iwi, Auckland Transport and KiwiRail. We then begin the hearing process, which allows the community to have a say. This could take another year. When all stakeholders have approved the bulk and location of the new stage, we start the design process of each building, and apply for consent. (This usually takes another year.) So, three years and many consultant fees later we are ready to bring a building or series of buildings to the market.
Inspirational landscaping: The balcony gardens of the Optima condos in Phoenix, USA. (image 4) – NZ architect/ developer, by the way. Pedestrian-friendly and perfect scale – like O’Connell St in Auckland City. (image 5) Shared bike and car arrangements. Also helps facilitate the use of the new purpose-built bike and walking path to the city and to waterfront. Historical referencing of the natural elements found in the organic building materials, colours and landscaping. (Remembering and paying homage to our history and our unique sense of place.) And crucially: A direct relationship to the water without a car park being in front of it! Virtually unheard of in New Zealand!.
the Auckland Unitary Plan came into force it was much harder to get large projects approved. The Unitary Plan has helped focus a new way of thinking – that we need to go higher to get more housing density. People are beginning to appreciate the advantage of modern, urban living environments where communities can work, eat and play in a conducive, friendly way. Until recently, Auckland was similar to Sydney thirty years ago, when single homes surrounded the CBD. Now Sydney, like most international cities, has apartment blocks of up to eight storeys high in suburbs corresponding to the Auckland CBD suburbs of Birkenhead, Northcote, Devonport, Herne Bay, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Newmarket, Remuera, Parnell, and Orakei. When done well, apartment living results in an easy and vibrant way of life.
With good community The biggest obstacle we input and excellent design, find with any project we know that the planning is the wariness of close and implementation of the neighbours who are naturally future enhancement and These concepts and ideas are concerned about how the development of Orakei Bay given to an architect/master new development will affect Village will produce a worldplanner/ urban designer who them. One of our greatest class living environment at take the aspects of the site (rail triumphs so far has been in Remuera’s Orakei Bay suburb. The Grove Architectural Design Statement line, coast, northern aspect, the wonderful feedback from Location: views, walkways, cycleways, our neighbours about how So this is our vision and St Papakura, Auckland and topography) and turns 14 Bellbird OBV has positively impacted journey, which isn’t for the Legal Description: these ideas into a concept that on them, offering them some fainthearted! Lot 103 blocks out (from a bulk and DP509493 of Auckland’s best dining Site Area 6,827m location point of view) where Proposal: options, great shopping, and car parking, shops, office and The proposal theofcreation of a wonderful this resource consent application is to develop a green field site into 52 residential allotments. allotments are spread over two residential blocks with a new public road in between. living should be located, alongThese sense of community, with The Grove is part of a wider development in Papakura and the mixture of two and three bedroom units divided into 11 residential blocks is intended to be delivered as affordable housing. Due to the location of the site in with the interface of various relation artHAUS and theforfamily to the city and current provisions off street parking, each unit has at least on off street carpark. Architectural Design: Brothers Beer. Until buildings. friendly 2
The intention is to provide a well scaled residential development, in proportion to the surrounding streetscape. This is crucial as all 11 blocks address the street and provide presence to all corners of the development. The units are divided into two typologies, a two bedroom (Type A) and a three bedroom (Type B). Type A & B units can be arranged in a number of manners to provide a diverse yet unified set of elevations. The floor plans at any arrangement allows for observation of the streetscape. This is particularly helpful for overarching street
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