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Government Launches New Vision for Mt Roskill

The recent announcement by Housing Minister Phil Twyford of the Government’s...

Phil Twyford Kicks Off the Mangere Development Programme

The Mangere development programme has officially kicked off after the Minister...

Issue Three of Everyday Northcote out now

The 43 standalone houses in Stage 1 are almost complete, with...

Study shows higher density at Hobsonville Point enhances liveability

Hobsonville Point is emerging as a positive example of how higher...

Hobsonville Point showcased in new video series

The carefully planned amenity mix at Hobsonville Point comes to life...

Seventh issue of Point Life magazine out this month

People from all over Auckland will be reading about Hobsonville Point...

Hobsonville Point makes strong progress towards its sustainability vision

Hobsonville Point is guided by a Sustainable Development Framework (SDF) designed...

First Roskill South Development Progress Update released

Download the Summer 2017/2018 Progress Update here.

Second issue of Everyday Northcote published

This is a major milestone for HLC and the Northcote Development,...

First new homes completed at Northcote Development

The first of 1200 homes planned for the HLC-managed Northcote Development...

Team behind Hobsonville Point acknowledged

We were honoured to receive the WSP New Zealand Best Team...

Quick-build innovation trialled at Hobsonville Point

The project came about after Fletcher Living could find nothing nationally...

Auckland's surprising about-face on density

Faced with an increasing population, a housing shortage, and rising construction...

Hobsonville Point homes first in planned ‘evolution’ of New Zealand’s residential rental market

More New Zealanders are renting than ever before, and the ranks...

Launch issue of Everyday Northcote delivered to residents

Northcote is full of inspiring characters and interesting stories.

Modular housing: An innovative solution to New Zealand’s housing problem

HLC’s commitment to delivering affordable homes for New Zealanders has taken...

Thousandth home milestone reached

HLC reached a milestone in the development of Hobsonville Point when...

Partnership approach to Northcote Development

Hobsonville Land Company (HLC) and Panuku Development Auckland have teamed up...

Construction begins at Northcote Development

Builders have begun work constructing 59 new homes in Northcote, the...

Hobsonville Land Company becomes HLC

Hobsonville Land Company, a subsidiary of Housing New Zealand, is changing...

Removing houses, reusing homes, and recycling materials

The Mangere Development is being rolled out in stages over the...


HLC manages the development of integrated urban communities. The company was established in 2006 to develop the former Hobsonville Air Force base into a new township. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Housing New Zealand Corporation. In 2016 HLC was tasked with helping Housing New Zealand provide more homes more quickly to growth areas, particularly Auckland, by managing housing development projects on under-utilised Government-owned land.


Through a decade's development work at Hobsonville Point, the HLC team has built a development model that allows us to deliver large-scale housing projects at an industry-leading pace. The Hobsonville Point project, which has around five years until completion, will number 4,500 homes and 11,000 residents. Currently the development is delivering one new home per day and that pace will continue to gain momentum. Northcote Development will deliver 1200 new homes by 2023.


But getting the houses built on its own is not enough. Whether we are masterplanning a new community from scratch, as at Hobsonville Point, or building upon an existing community, our goal is to create great places to live. That means adding to the urban environment in a way that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable for the people who will make those communities their home - both today and for future generations.

Hobsonville Point






Over the last decade HLC has acquired expertise as a lead developer. The team is skilled in masterplanning and investing in infrastructure and community amenity alongside the building of new homes. HLC has learned a lot about building a wider range of homes, and increasing the urban density of a community while ensuring it's still a great place to live and work.

At around 4,500 homes, Hobsonville Point is New Zealand's largest and fastest moving residential development project. The project is currently completing a new home a day. HLC has built a development model that allows it to work with key stakeholders including planners, urban designers and developer and builder partners to deliver high quality homes and neighbourhoods at the scale and pace the government requires.

HLC has taken an innovative approach to affordable housing at Hobsonville Point by creating the Axis Series programme. Builder partners must deliver at least 20% of all homes at Hobsonville Point at or beneath $650,000. These homes are sold to eligible first homebuyers through a ballot system. Axis Series may be extended to other Auckland Housing projects.

The Hobsonville Point project has become a benchmark for sustainable urban development in Auckland. It demonstrates that high quality urban design and affordable housing can be compatible with a commercially-driven approach to land and property development. HLC is maintaining the same commitment to social, economic and environmental sustainability in its new development projects.

HLC works with our partners on an ongoing basis to create innovative approaches to planning, design and construction that will allow us to increase the quality and speed of delivery of new homes and maintain affordability. Examples include the use of prefabrication, modular design, design controls, collective private ownership, and institutional ownership that allow for long-term secure tenancies.

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Auckland Housing Programme (AHP) is a Government initiative to use under-utilised Government-owned land to create more homes for Aucklanders. The new homes will be a mix of public housing, affordable and market housing. HLC will manage many of the AHP projects. We are underway with the first two projects in both Northcote and Mt Roskill. These Projects involve removing old Housing New Zealand homes that are past their best and replacing them with new, warm, healthy homes. Read more...


Hobsonville Point

Hobsonville Point in Auckland's Northwest is being developed on the site of a former Air Force base. The township is around five years from completion, at which point it will be home to 10,000 Aucklanders. Housing is at a higher density than has been normal for a suburban setting in Auckland. The high quality of the homes and amenity has made it an exemplar of integrated residential development in New Zealand.

Northcote Development

Over the next five years, the Northcote Development will bring new homes and amenity to Northcote. Around 300 old Housing New Zealand properties built in the 1950s and 60s will be replaced by 1000–1200 warm, healthy homes designed for modern living. Four hundred of those new homes will be retained by Housing New Zealand for families in need. The rest will be offered to first time buyers, and to the general market with a focus on affordability.

Mt Roskill

Work is underway on a new project in Roskill South, an area within Mt Roskill bounded by the South Western motorway (to the north), the Akarana Golf Course, Richardson Road and May Road. The Roskill South development will replace approximately 268 Housing New Zealand units with a total of approximately 800 new warm, dry, healthy homes. Of this number, 300 will be new state homes. The balance will be a 50/50 mix of affordable homes below a particular price point, and market homes. Early planning work is also underway on a new development project in Ōwairaka. The development area is bounded by Harlston Road, Hendon Avenue and Richardson Road . The Ōwairaka development will replace approximately 180 Housing New Zealand units with a total of approximately 700 new warm, dry, healthy homes. Of this number, 220 will be new state homes and the balance will be a mixture of affordable and market homes. By using the land more efficiently than we did back in the 1950s and 60s, when the original homes were built, we will be able to increase the number of social housing units available and also build much-needed new homes for the Auckland housing market.


HLC is leading development on Housing New Zealand land in Avondale. The existing Housing New Zealand homes on Racecourse Parade are in need of improvement. Removing the homes gives us the opportunity to start afresh, using the land more efficiently and increasing the amount and variety of social housing available. Forty-two social housing units will be replaced with 70 new social homes in the first stage. Further development will also include a range of affordable homes aimed at first home buyers as well as a range of new homes to be sold on the general market. The affordable homes will be kept within an affordable price range and sold to eligible buyers.


We have started planning the development of HNZ land in Māngere. This will be a long term programme likely to span 20 years. Planning is currently underway in the area of Māngere Bridge South. The first stage in this neighbourhood will be on the corner of Bader Drive and McKenzie Road and includes a number of HNZ homes. This development will replace and increase existing state housing with new, warm, dry homes for HNZ, as well as supplying more affordable homes to the Auckland market. It is our aim, in all our developments, to add and improve neighbourhood amenity for residents and communities and to work closely with Mana Whenua, local residents, tenants and agencies as the planning takes shape.


HLC is made up of a team of professional people whose role it is to manage or oversee all aspects of the developments. HLC exercises a high level of control over the entire project, from the planning and design of homes, streets and neighbourhoods, through to the building programme and engagement of the local and wider community. Successful management of relationships with central and local government agencies, developer partners, builder partners and residents is required to make the project successful.

GovernanceHLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Housing New Zealand Corporation


Chris Aiken Chief Executive

Board Of Directors

John Duncan Chair (May 2016)
Adrienne Young-Cooper Director
Peter Alexander Director
Matthew Harker Director
Andrew McKenzie CEO of HNZ
Chris Aiken Chief Executive

Chris is highly competent at managing the efficient delivery of large-scale developments. He has a commercially focused approach to balancing high quality urban design outcomes and investment returns. He has a passion for creating communities that have both physical and social infrastructure to deliver a sustainable living envrionment. Chris is also a Director of Metlifecare Retirement Villages. He was a founding signatory of the Urban Design Protocols and a Director of Auckland City Council Property Enterprise Board for the full life of that Board. During his directorship he was involved with key waterfront and urban renewal developments. He is a member of Auckland city's Urban Design Plan and sits on various advisory groups on Auckland residential development. He represents Hobsonville Land Company as a member of the Australian Government Land Organisations.

John Duncan Chair (May 2016)

John has extensive experience in global financial markets encompassing Treasury, Corporate Finance, Debt and Equity Capital Markets, M&A and Risk Management. Over a 35 year career he has worked both domestically and internationally taking senior leadership roles with a number of global investment banks, with the most recent being within Goldman Sachs. John is currently the Executive Director of the Auckland Investment Office and continues to provide corporate finance and funding advice to a range of public and private sector companies and entities. John also serves as Deputy Chair of Housing New Zealand Corporation, Chair of Conventions New Zealand and as a Director of Public Trust.

Adrienne Young-Cooper Director

Adrienne Young-Cooper is the immediate past chair of HLC, and current chair of Housing New Zealand Corporation and related companies. She has a 40 year long career in town planning and property development. She was the deputy chair of Waterfront Auckland, the urban development agency for Auckland’s waterfront replaced by Panuku Auckland, deputy chair of Auckland Regional Transport Authority which became Auckland Transport, and currently sits on the board of the New Zealand Transport Agency. She also sits on the board of directors of Sealink a ferry company, Queenstown Airport, an airport company, and Bridgeman Concrete a concrete manufacturer. Adrienne’s driving passion as a professional director is to support the creation of enduring, sustainable, beautiful, integrated and diverse communities throughout New Zealand, well connected by transport links. In her governance roles she has led out the New Zealand government’s most significant home building campaign in over 40 years with a focus on state housing and affordable housing.

Peter Alexander Director

Peter has more than 30 years’ experience in investment management, primarily in property investment and development, in New Zealand and overseas. Peter is Director, Private Equity Real Estate, New Zealand at boutique fund manager HRL Morrison & Co. Until March 2017 Peter was the CEO of NZX listed Stride Property Group a commercial property investor, developer and investment manager with over two billion dollars in assets owned or under management at that time. Prior to joining Stride Peter led Auckland International Airport’s (AIA) commercial property investment and development activities, managing a portfolio valued at more than $725 million and development projects of over $280 million. Peter is a Trustee of the Dilworth Trust Board and Chairman of Homes of Choice Limited. Homes of Choice is a community housing provider and subsidiary of Spectrum Trust, the Company provides appropriate and affordable housing for people with disabilities. He is a former board member of Auckland City Council’s Property Enterprise Board and a former president of the Auckland branch of the Property Council of New Zealand. Peter holds a Bachelor of Property Administration from the University of Auckland and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).

Matthew Harker Director

Matthew has extensive governance experience of large organisations delivering social housing, aged care and developing large scale developments and PPP projects.  He has a background in corporate finance and M&A and previously held senior roles at leading international investment banks: UBS, Rothschild and Societe Generale.   Matthew currently serves as a Director of the Tamaki Regeneration Company, and as an Independent Member of the joint Treasury, MSD Social Housing Reform Programme’s Project Steering Group. He is also a Member of the Housing New Zealand Corporation Auckland Committee and a Board Member of The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.

Andrew McKenzie CEO of HNZ

Andrew is the Chief Executive of Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZ), a Crown agent that provides housing services for people in need. HNZ manages more than 64,000 properties nationwide, including about 1,500 houses for community groups providing residential services. Previous to this Andrew was General Manager of Finance for Fletcher Buildings Construction Division, New Zealand’s largest construction operation. Andrew was Chief Finance Officer for the Auckland Council for its first four years, bringing together the operations of the eight previous Councils across Auckland. Previous roles include General Manager Finance at Auckland City Council for its last five years and Chief Finance Officer at Wellington City Council for six years. Andrew holds a BCA and a BA from the University of Wellington and is a Chartered Accountant. Andrew’s background covers roles in finance, strategy, business improvement, Information Technology, property, engineering and operations. In 2013 he was recognised within the industry as the EY New Zealand CFO of the year.

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