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Last year at a meeting in my office with Auckland Transport chief executive David Warburton, and NZTA representatives, an agreement was reached to update the Penlink business model. The reason for this request was that I felt the old business model was outdated and did not make a compelling case for private investment.

The new report was completed late last year, and I waited for it to be reported on, back through our local government representatives. When the report had still not been made available by June, I requested a briefing from Auckland Transport on the new findings. I was confident that, with the growth we had experienced in Rodney and the Hibiscus Coast over the last 24 months, combined with future growth projections, the case would clearly be made to bring the projected start date for Penlink forward.

It quickly became apparent at the briefing that this was not the case, and in fact indications were that Penlink’s start date was in risk of being pushed back.

The Mayor and I met in my office last month to discuss this.

In this meeting I requested that if there were to be deferral of any capital intensive projects, then it should be the Central Rail Link that is deferred, and not projects like Penlink.

I have spoken with our Local Government representatives and Councillors Penny Webster and John Watson, Local Board Chair Julia Parfitt, Deputy Chair Greg Sayers and Board member Janet Fitzgerald, who are supportive of this position.

I continue to work at both central and local government level to seek a positive result for us.

One thing I can assure you of, is that my position will not change over the fact that Penlink must be prioritised over the City Rail Link.

I acknowledge that the City Rail Link is seen as an integral part of an efficient public transport system for Auckland, but not at the expense of other critical regional investments such as Penlink.

Caption: Celebrating the increase in local ferry services are, from left, AT’s ferry senior account manager, Christine Mudford with Andrea Bevan and Michael Webb-Speight of Fairway Bay.

This week saw the launch of a new timetable for the Gulf Harbour ferry, with daily sailings in and out of Auckland city increasing from four to 12, starting on July 28.

While the new ferry sailings are not a trial, Auckland Transport has made it clear that patronage will be monitored and adjusted according to demand. It will undertake a full review after 12 months, at which time it is possible that sailings could be altered to reflect demand.

Among the residents expected to greet the new sailings with enthusiasm are Gold Card holders, who can travel free on the service after 9am. However, Hibiscus & Bays Local Board members are keen to see large numbers of residents use the service in order to secure its future. Obtaining those additional sailings has required lobbying and lengthy negotiations, as well as investment by Fairway Bay developer Top Harbour.

Parking is a key concern, with chair Julia Parfitt saying that it would be a shame to see the new service throttled by a lack of parking. Parking at the Hammerhead alongside the 360 Discovery terminal is limited and the car park is also popular with campervan travellers especially in summer. The local board has asked Auckland Transport to investigate this issue further.

Consultation on the new ferry timetable drew around 1000 responses – a total of 76 percent indicated they would use the ferry more than they do now. People also asked for weekend ferry sailings and carpooling options, as well as connecting buses.

AT will look at ways to facilitate carpooling for ferry users in the coming months. It says weekend sailings are not an option at present.

Currently the only bus connection is the 999 from Army Bay to Orewa, which meets the 5.30pm sailing, and this is likely to be the case for at least five months – a trial bus service to connect with the ferry from Whangaparaoa Plaza is part of the new network that is being consulted on at present, and that is unlikely to be implemented until early to mid-2015.

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A new Marina Construction has begun at Fairway Bay, Gulf Harbour and will see 44 new Marina berths big enough to hold large international cruising boats.

The Marina construction is the first phase of what will become the new Town Centre for Fairway Bay, in the location where the Hobbs Wharf market currently takes place.

Consultant for the developer of Fairway Bay, Michael Webb-Speight is looking forward to filling a gap in the cruising community. “ We’re excited to provide a new home in the pacific for cruising boats of up to 20 metres coming down out of the cyclone season area. We envisage that boats from all around the world will base themselves here over summer and create activity in our water space.”

With the recently announced increase in Ferrys between the City and Gulf Harbour, it is expected that the cruising community will embrace the clean clear environment of Gulf Harbour and it’s convenience to Auckland City commuting by Ferry.

Auckland commuters using the ferry service to and from Gulf Harbour will soon have more choice.

Daily sailings are being boosted from four to 12 following public consultation – that’s six in each direction.
They’ll start on July 28th.

Auckland Transport says the afternoon sailings from Auckland will be 15 minutes later, after feedback the 4.30pm service was too early.

Spokesman Mark Lambert says Auckland Transport will be monitoring the new timetable to make sure the services are performing and meeting the needs of people using the ferries.

He says the consultation also shows people want connecting bus services, ferries on the weekend, cycling options to the ferry terminal and support for carpooling.

Mr Lambert says the bus connections are being looked at as part of the Hibiscus Coast New Network bus consultation that is currently underway.

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Ferry services to and from Gulf Harbour are to be boosted with the number of daily sailings going from four to 12.

The new timetable will start on 28 July 2014 and follows public consultation in June. That consultation saw 1000 responses about the proposed new timetable.

As a result the number of services will go to 12 a day and the afternoon sailings from Auckland will be 15 minutes later, the feedback was that the 4.30pm service was too early.

Auckland Transport Group Manager Public Transport, Mark Lambert says the response rate to the consultation was very pleasing and indicates the high level of community interest in the ferry service. “It is only with this level of feedback that Auckland Transport can truly know what people need from public transport services, and then we can assess how best to meet those expectations.”

There was an overwhelmingly positive response to the increased number of sailings and 76% of respondents indicated they would use the ferry more than they do now.

Auckland Transport will be monitoring the new timetable to make sure the services are performing and meeting the needs of people using the ferries.

The consultation also shows people want connecting bus services, ferries on the weekend, cycling options to the ferry terminal and support for carpooling. Mr Lambert says the bus connections are being looked at as part of the Hibiscus Coast New Network bus consultation that is currently underway.

Fairway Bay CEO Sean Pan says “We are delighted to be working with Auckland Transport to provide improved ferry connections between Gulf Harbour and the city. We have already seen an increase in enquiries from CBD office workers, who can see the value and lifestyle benefits of coastal living combined with the pleasure of travelling to work by ferry.”

360 Discovery Cruises Manager James Bailey says “After many years of transporting commuters to/from Auckland and Gulf Harbour, we are thrilled to be involved with providing an all-day commuter service to our customers. With the valued feedback from our passengers and working closely with Auckland Transport and Fairway Bay, an all-day service is now a reality. We’re looking forward to the expected growth of the Gulf Harbour area along with the growth of the ferry services.”

More information about the new timetable and fares can be found on

The number of daily sailings to and from Gulf Harbour will tripling to keep up with demand in a growing area of Auckland.

Daily sailings to and from Gulf Harbour on Auckland’s North Shore will increase from four to 12.
Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan said there was clear demand from a group of people who had been under-provided for.

There were a thoursand responses from Aucklanders following a public consultation on the new timetable last month.
Ferry rates would stay the same following the implementation of the new timetable, Hannan said.

“This is basically about getting bums on seats.”

He would not say how much it had cost council-owned Auckland Transport to implement the further sailings but did say the Gulf Harbour service was run by private operators and subsidised by Auckland Transport.

If there was not the demand for the additional sailings once they took effect the timetable would be reviewed, he said.

Auckland Transport group manager of public transport Mark Lambert said the response rate to the consultation was pleasing and indicated the high level of community interest in the ferry service.

There was an “overwhelmingly positive” response to the increased number of sailings and 76 per cent of respondents said they would use the ferry more than they did now, Lambert said.

The consultation also showed Aucklanders wanted connecting bus services, ferries on the weekend, cycling options to the ferry terminal and support for carpooling, he said.

Auckland Transport was looking at bus connections at as part of the Hibiscus Coast New Network bus consultation that was currently underway.

The new Gulf Harbour ferry timetable would take effect on July 28.

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Jun. 19 / 2014

■ Gulf Harbour’s 1000-home Fairway Bay development is already preparing for the release of its second stage, with stage one almost sold out.

The first nine houses are now under construction.

Stage one included a combination of some lot and house and land packages ranging from $400,000 to $870,000.

Around 31 of the 37 sites are sold with stage two coming to the market in the next few months.

Fairway Bay will include a range of homes from big properties, to town houses, apartments and retirement living.

A swimming pool, tennis court and pavilion are also on the books.

A separate section of the development called The Point, which includes 28 high-value lots of land between $750,000 and $1.5 million, is almost complete.

In September, work will start on the third stage of Fairway Bay, called Marina View, with 39 lots being prepared.

Finished house and land packages will be priced around $599,000 and be on the market in June next year.

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Jun. 19 / 2014

Building boom IT’S BOOM time.

Thousands of homes along with town centres and other facilities are coming on stream during the next few years.

Major developments worth millions happening around Kumeu-Huapai, Riverhead, Silverdale and Millwater, Orewa, Gulf Harbour and Warkworth will bring tens of thousands of residents to Rodney and the Hibiscus Coast.

New townships or town centres are under way at the nearby Westgate expansion in Massey North and Hobsonville, plus Millwater and Warkworth.

Supermarkets have opened or are planned, and retirement villages are expanding too.

Infrastructure such as roads, water, sewerage, gas and fibre optics are either in place or being developed for growth areas.

The developments will bring more pressure on roads, schools and some other facilities.

Several ratepayer and business representative groups are already voicing concern about increased traffic congestion and the lack of public transport.

The largest residential development in the area, Millwater, will house more than 10,000 residents with around 3500 homes planned.

Whangaparaoa and other parts of the Hibiscus Coast have pockets of development that will fulfil current demand in the area, because issues like roading, Penlink, and the lack of public transport have held growth back, Millwater marketing manager Warren Frogley says.

“We all know Hibiscus Coast is a magic spot, but even though the secret is out, people aren’t coming here in their droves yet. The traffic flow needs to be dealt with.” The upside to the growth is more jobs, from construction through to service industries and the many spin-offs such growth brings.

Sections in many of the new areas are in the $400,000-plus range, yet interest is keen with residential lots selling before earthworks are completed.

House and land packages start at $599,000.

More than half of the lots available have already sold on subdivisions around the Kumeu-Huapai and Riverhead area, for instance.

Much of the land was previously rural, orchards in many cases, with other uses including various horticultural activities, farming, equestrian and lifestyle blocks.

Interest and demand are huge, developers say. One attraction in the KumeuHuapai to Riverhead area is the closeness to Auckland city and the nearly completed western ring route motorway system linking the North Shore with West and South Auckland.

Technology is also allowing more people to work from home.

Rodney MP Mark Mitchell says Rodney and the Hibiscus Coast have the land and ability to absorb the growth Auckland is experiencing.

“It’s a beautiful area to live in with so much available for people.” Mitchell says while the development is a positive sign, investment required for the needed infrastructure is also critical.

“Schools, health facilities, roading – everything that is needed to support the growth has to be developed and brought online in the right time. I want to see new businesses coming to the area, jobs created for people here so they don’t have to travel out of the community to get to work.” The speed of development is also improving with a focus both at central and local government to streamline the resource management act and cut red tape.

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Catching a ferry from Gulf Harbour to Auckland for work or study will become more appealing and practical with the number of sailings increasing to 12 a day.

People are invited to have a say on the proposed timetable for the extra sailings, which will increase at peak times and include two sailings in the middle of the day.

The increase comes after Fairway Bay developers in Gulf Harbour did a survey last year with results showing a demand for the service.

Auckland Transport wants to hear from both current and potential users if the sailing times would work for them, its public transport services manager Mark Lambert says.

Ferry operator 360 Discovery Cruises will hand out fliers for passengers and thousands of questionnaires will be mail-dropped over the next week.

A growth in passenger numbers has been noticed as the motorway system into Auckland is becoming increasingly congested, 360 Discovery Cruises manager James Bailey says.

“It’s only 50 minutes by ferry from Gulf Harbour to the city, which is a lot less than the driving time from many suburbs,” Bailey says.

The new timetable could start next month, subject to consultation.

Visit gulfharbourferry to view the proposed timetable and give feedback.

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Good news for residents and visitors to Gulf Harbour, the number of ferry sailings each day between Gulf Harbour and Auckland is increasing to 12.

During peak times sailings will increase from two to three with another two sailings each way in the middle of the day, which should appeal to workers and students alike. There are now shopping and visiting options for those not needing to travel at peak times.

Auckland Transport wants the community to get involved and for people to have their say on the proposed timetable.

Auckland Transport Group Manager Public Transport Services, Mark Lambert says this draft timetable is the result of feedback AT has received about improving services to Gulf Harbour.

“It’s important to get behind these initiatives so that we can further improve public transport options for all Auckland residents.

“We want to hear from both current and potential users if these sailing times are right for them,” says Mr Lambert.

Fairway Bay Development consultant Michael Webb-Speight says “The survey we ran last year showed huge demand for increased ferry services. We are very keen for people to get involved and have their say. These additional sailings will make a huge difference to Whangaparaoa Peninsula commuters working in the CBD.”

As part of the process ferry operator 360 Discovery Cruises will be handing out information flyers to existing ferry passengers, and thousands of questionnaires will be mail dropped over the next week with the objective of canvassing both bus and car commuters.

360 Discovery Cruises Manager, James Bailey, says strong growth in passenger numbers has already been experienced due to increasing congestion on the motorway system. “It’s only 50 minutes by ferry from Gulf Harbour to the city, which is a lot less than the driving time from many suburbs.”

The new timetable could start next month subject to consultation.

Consultation closes Sunday 29 June. To view the proposed timetable and give feedback go online to

Auckland Transport media release

Dancing dragons, movie markets, mid winter Christmas, petting zoo, pirate parties……the list goes on.

If you’re looking for ways to fill in the upcoming winter weekends, look no further than the Hobbs Wharf Markets at Gulf Harbour, every Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

It’s well worth a Sunday trip to the Hobbs Wharf markets and cafe as the place is quickly becoming the heart of a developing new community.

Last year the market was closed during winter as the buildings were moved down to their current location next to the beach.

This year it’s all go, and cafe/ market manager Angela Gallagher is excited about the winter and says there is something for all ages.

The colourful new buildings look fantastic next to the water and boats, with a lovely outlook over the wharf on one side, and the beach on the other.

The exquisite site is now regularly used for weddings, and is suitable for other functions and events.

Every week at the market there is something new and different going on. You just need to reguarly check their website –, or to find out what’s happening.

The range of stalls is impressive, includes delicious foods like cheese and salmon, Pukeko bakery, chinese dumplings, hot donuts, and the cafe serves classic Kiwi favourites such as bacon butties and corn fritters.

There’s also a variety of arts and crafts, fruit and vegetables and clothing stalls.

As Angela, a mother of three, rightly says, if the children are entertained, the parents are happy.

The market takes place rain or shine, as the stalls are all under-cover. Dogs are also welcome.

Vegetables from the impressive vegetable garden are used for meals in the cafe kitchen and also sold in the vegetable stall.

Planning is well underway for the new marina berths right next to the market, so people can bring their boats, park up, indulge in a coffee and peruse the markets.

Angela has planned a range of activities and entertainment for the market, and says new stall-holders are always welcome.

The cafe is also open during the week from 9am to 5pm.

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Commuters can expect better ferry services between Gulf Harbour and Auckland sooner rather than later, with the announcement last week that the final hurdle, obtaining funding, is almost over.

The improved service is expected to begin towards the end of this month, with Auckland Transport (AT) and Fairway Bay developer Top Harbour ready to sign an agreement at the end of last week. The cloak of commercial sensitivity has been drawn over the details of the developer’s investment in the ferry service.

Currently ferry operator 360 Discovery/Fullers provides four sailings per day (weekdays) in and out of Gulf Harbour, and no weekend service, but numerous surveys of passengers and residents show that there is demand for more frequent sailings.

Funding had been a stumbling block to increasing the number of sailings, with AT consistently saying it could not increase the amount by which it already subsidises the service, however the Government’s introduction of a public/ private framework for procuring bus and ferry services in 2012 smoothed the way for more private investment.

The idea of the framework was toreduce public subsidy levels by allowing greater investment – public or private –in public transport services.

Top Harbour has been involved in the process since last year as improved ferry services are in its commercial interests, as well as having the potential to reduce traffic congestion on Whangaparaoa Rd.

Top Harbour’s development consultant Michael Webb-Speight is bound by confidentiality agreements, but says his company has invested in the ferry service in order to promote its residential development as “a commuter suburb”.

360 Discovery Ferry services manager James Bailey says his company has put forward its business proposals and is being kept in the loop. The proposal is for an all-day timetable of around 12 sailings per weekday – increasing themorning and afternoon sailings from two to three and providing additional sailings during the day; the proposed start date is June 29. There is no provision for weekend ferry sailings.

The public will have the opportunity to submit feedback on the proposed timetable before final changes are implemented.

All services are monitored for patronage and further issues still to be ironed out are the amount of parking available on the Hammerhead and the need for bus services to connect with the ferry.

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Moving into your own home should be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life.

Considering a house is probably the most valuable investment you will ever make – and a bad mistake could scar you for life – it’s highly recommended you do your homework and legwork before signing on the dotted line.

The two most common options for potential homeowners are buying or building new. For existing homeowners, renovating or extending your existing residence, or subdividing (subject to council approval) are the alternatives.

What you decide on should be based on your lifestyle, current and future requirements, budget, your borrowing capacity, stock availability, market conditions and of course the location.

Buying a home can be as simple as looking through the real estate pages of your local paper, shortlisting a few properties and finally making an offer or bid at auction. But we live in the real world where things don’t pan out as we expected. There is a lot toconsider.

“We have come a long way from 2007-08 when the market was crashing and people were afraid to get in or get out,” LJ Hooker sales manager Brett Norris says.

“The market is now moving, interest rates are likely to stay in single digits and first time buyers can still get in.”

According to Norris, the first thing buyers have to do is sit down with their broker or bank and find out how much they are able to finance.

“That will give you a realistic view of your buying power and you can then narrow down your search to neighbourhoods where your money gets mileage,” he says.

According to Fairway Bay Gulf Harbour development consultant Michael Webb-Speight, even if you have owned a house in Auckland for just five years, you should already have substantial equity.

“We are finding anyone with an average home in the inner suburbs can acquire a new house in a brand new suburb like Fairway Bay for less money than the equity in your existing home,” he says. “Moving from crowded inner suburbs to the outlying areas can translate into a better lifestyle for your family.”

Webb-Speight says in the current market, if you’re not a cash buyer, you may miss out to those who can settle immediately. Making the move to a new development can provide options for funding through the developer, which he says in many cases makes better sense.

Building your dream house offers several advantages in the long run.

When you build a home, you can have everything your way – from soft close cabinets in the kitchen to underfloor heating in the bathroom. Plus, structurally and design-wise the house will be unique.

Not only will the construction materials and building code be up to the latest safety standards, everything from wiring for highspeed internet to the latest acoustics can be added without much trouble.

There’s nothing quite like owning your brand new baby. Basically, you can create a home that reflects yourpersonality.

A house doesn’t have to be expensive to be unique. Ask around and avoid builders who are likely to give you an unrealistic estimate and then proceed to read you the fine print as construction progresses. Needless to say, such practices happen in the industry and can be traumatic for clients.

About half the cost of starting from scratch is the bare land – if you can find land in your desired area.

“Quality vacant land is hard to find,” Norris says. “Many of the available sections are already subdivided and you might find them too small to build a spacious and comfortable house.”

If you do find enough land in the sweet spot, there’s nothing like it. According to Norris, successful completion will depend on you finding a reliable and efficient project manager who can oversee everything from start to finish.

But beweare, the project manager or builder may not find your architect’s plans feasible in your budget.

While the price of land is beyond your control, you may have some leverage over building costs. According to the Department of Building and Housing’s calculator, an architecturally designed house with a floor area of 150 square metres costs on an average $298,000 to build in the Auckland area as of March 2014. At the same time, the estimated cost of a standard home is $196,650 – a tidy $100,000 difference.

Branded builders such as GJ Gardner or Jennian Homes provide a combination of architectural design and fixed price building.

Webb-Speight says GJ Gardner, who are building in Fairway Bay, have built more than 1000 homes in the Rodney District, and offerfast, efficient and cost effective solutions at a fixed price. In such cases, he says, there is often a margin for the client between their total costs and the end value of the completed home.

“A notable feature for build finance is that you can go to 90 per cent borrowing on the completed land and build package,” Senior Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australasia Allistar Walker says.

The finance bit is usually crucial to the operation.

“A lender doesn’t want you to run out of money during the project as it jeopardises their security but at the same time they want you to keep the lid on your costs to within your debt servicing capabilities,” Walker says.

“A good broker will help you through this process, so you don’t overcook the situation, utilise the most appropriate lender, give you pointers as well as co-ordinate issues like insurance, progressive payments, stage valuations etc to make the dream a reality, rather than a nightmare.”

Another option is renovation or expansion.

Think how you feel when you rearrange the furniture in your house – does it make you feel good? If yes, then go ahead because a complete renovation will make your house look, feel and smell new – inside and out.

A major renovation can also add substantial value to your property but remember where you live makes a huge difference. Spending $100,000 on renovating in a prime coastal location makes a whole lot more sense than spending the same amount in the ‘burbs.

You also have to ask yourself if pouring cash into your current house will extend the life of the dwelling.

Before mulling this option you have to have that extra space in your section to make expansion or extension possible. Will extending that deck or adding a fourth bedroom make a mess of your courtyard or garden? Will the tradeoff of more space inside for less outside make your family happy?

It also pays to consider this – do you love your current neighbourhood – and neighbours? If the answer’s yes, then spend your money on your existing house. If the answer’s no, then think carefully.

If you tick all these boxes, then instead of making the big move, you could make the big improve.

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Progress on “the Wish House” was celebrated today with a classic kiwi roof shout at Fairway Bay, Gulf Harbour.

GJ Gardner’s General Manager, Matt Lelean said at the event that “GJ’s are excited and proud to be involved in this project”. He acknowledged Windowmakers for the loan of their fabulous BBQ trailer unit in support of the function. Attended by the construction team together with guests of Make A Wish, Barfoot and Thompson, and the team from Fairway Bay, the roof shout turned into something of an impromptu street party for this fledgling community.

The “Wish House” is a collaborative charity drive involving Barfoot& Thompson, GJ Gardner and Fairway Bay developer Top Harbour Limited. The project will see a house be built by GJ Gardner over the next four months, for auction on the 8th of November 2014 by Barfoot and Thompson. All profits from the sale are going to one of New Zealand’s favourite charities, Make-A-Wish.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children aged 3-17 throughout NZ with life threatening medical conditions to bring them hope, strength and joy at a very challenging time in their lives. Make-A-Wish CEO Shane Gorst says Make-A-Wish CEO Shane Gorst says “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Fairway Bay for the second year in a row alongside Barfoot & Thompson and G J Gardener on this exciting community event. The proceeds from the Wish House will go a long way towards making wishes come true for special kiwi kids locally here on the North Shore, and all over New Zealand”

Fairway Bay CEO Sean Pan refers to his ongoing support for Make-A-Wish saying “this is our second major charity initiative with Make-A-Wish. We feel strongly that the contribute they make to the community is both relevant and valuable.”

For more information on The Wish House Project, contact:


Annabel Lush, Fundraising and Marketing Manager 021 738 990

Fairway Bay – Top Harbour Limited
Michael Webb-Speight, Development Consultant 021610081

Barfoot and Thompson

Jeremy and Anne Thatcher, Listing Agents 0275043040

GJ Gardner Homes – Rodney Residential Limited
Matt Lelean, General Manager 0278387128

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It was all about Mum last Sunday for over 800 marketeers who attended the Hobbs Wharf Market at Fairway Bay.

Cafe manager Angela Gallagher said “Terrific weather and live music created the perfect backdrop for a family day out with Mum. Mums got pampered with a free coffee and professional manicures and pedicures. While Dads wandered the stalls choosing special pressies, kids were kept busy decorating pots and planting herbs creating mothers day gifts that were quite simply ‘unique’.”

Sean Pan Top Harbour CEO says “We are delighted with the atmosphere that the market creates and the family friendly environment it provides to the local community. We are looking forward to many more themed markets, fundraisers and events throughout the year, including our upcoming Gulf Harbour Primary School fundraiser on the 25th of May.”

Apr. 15 / 2014

Manly Sailing Club has been elected to host the 2014 Optimist National Champs over Easter. Over 300 sailors both will gather for the event, which has been the breeding ground of some of New Zealand’s greatest sailors, including many Olympians. It will also boost interest in the sport throughout the local community and contribute to the region’s economy.

Sponsored by Toyota and Fairway Bay, the competition will see 5 days of fleet racing just off Big Manly Beach.

Fairway Bay was a sponsor of the recent Flying Fifteen Nationals. CEO Sean Pan Says he is happy to have further involvement with the sport, as Fairway Bay itself is an excellent place for families into boating.“I would like to think in some small way we may be contributing to New Zealand’s future Olympic success.”

Olympians Jo Aleh, Olivia Powrie, Peter Burling, Paul Hansen and Susannah Pyatt are amongst famous New Zealand sailors who started in the humble optimist.

The foundations for the Fairway Bay Wish House have been poured, and building work is underway in Pinecrest Drive, Gulf Harbour.

GJ Gardner’s Managing Director Elaine Morley says notwithstanding the 130 homes she is building this year in the Rodney District, she is delighted to be involved in the project at Fairway Bay. “For us it is one of the ways that we can be giving back to the community.”

The “Wish House” is a collaborative charity drive involving Barfoot& Thompson, GJ Gardner and Fairway Bay developer Top Harbour Limited. The project will see a house be built by GJ Gardner over the next four months, for auction on 8thNovember 2014 by Barfoot and Thompson. All profitsfrom the sale are going to one of New Zealand’s favourite charities, Make-A-Wish.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children aged 3-17 throughout NZ with life threatening medical conditions to bring them hope, strength and joy at a very challenging time in their lives. Make-A-Wish CEO Shane Gorst says “We are dedicated to making every eligible child’s wish come true. With this kind of support, we will be able to grant over 200 wishes in 2014.”

Fairway Bay CEO Sean Pan refers to his ongoing support for Make-A-Wish saying “this is our second major charity initiative with Make-A-Wish. We look forward to it being a huge success and hope there are many more in the future.”
For more information on The Wish House Project, contact:

Annabel Lush, Fundraising and Marketing Manager,nz                  021 738 990

Fairway Bay – Top Harbour Limited
Michael Webb-Speight, Development Consultant                          021610081

Barfoot and Thompson
Jeremy and Anne Thatcher, Listing Agents                       0275043040

GJ Gardner Homes – Rodney Residential Limited
Matt Lelean, General Manager                0278387128

Great food, coffee, live music, children’s entertainment!

Auckland’s most exciting housing development now has a Sunday that promises a fabulous day out for the entire family.

Named after the family that originally farmed the area and who gave their name to the adjacent bay, the Hobbs Wharf Market is set amid a stunning backdrop in Fairway Bay, Gulf Harbour.

A visit to discover what the fuss is all about turned out to be a rewarding and entertaining experience. Close to the marina and built around colourful shipping containers that contrast beautifully with the white shell grounds, the market is as festive as it is healthy.

There’s something for everyone. The high-quality stalls offer fresh produce(some of it grown on the premises), artisan breads, cakes, jewellery, food, pickles, preserves, cheeses, bacon, nuts, olive oils, finger food, mussel fritters, paua fritters, bacon butties, Bowen massage, pet accessories, Turkish breads dips, real American brownies, NZ gifts, quality arts and crafts, garden furniture, pies and ice cream.

The accent is on freshness and local supplies. Live music keeps things humming along, and there is plenty of children’s entertainment including a bouncy castle and jetty diving.

A mature pohutukawa by the harbour provides shelter and shade for a family picnic area. Plus, when the Fairway Bay Marina is ready, boat owners will be able to come up and park right next to the café and market.

“The market will be the hub that brings together everyone in this growing community,”market manager Angela Gallagher says.”Run by passionate people, it is a great place to meet and make friends over breakfast or brunch at the Market Café.’

Michael Webb-Speight, development consultant, Fairway Bay, says Hobbs Wharf Market is likely to see around 50,000 visitors over a 12-month period. Not bad for a market that just six months old.

For more information Freephone 0800 HOBBSWHARF(4622794) or visit or

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The official opening of the first of 1000 homes at Fairway Bay in Gulf Harbour marked a milestone for the close to $800 million project.

It’s a four-bedroom GJ Gardner home priced around the $700,000 plus mark, the firm among four builders selected for the development. The home has stunning views of the Gulf Harbour Marina from a front room and a large deck with views across part of Gulf Harbour towards the Gulf Harbour County Club.

More than 50 people involved in the project were at the breakfast opening on March 21.

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Coastal Living at its best – priced from $725,000