Hobsonville Point makes strong progress towards its sustainability vision

Hobsonville Point Boardwalk

Hobsonville Point makes strong progress towards its sustainability vision

Hobsonville Point is guided by a Sustainable Development Framework (SDF) designed to ensure, on a practical and measurable level, that our daily work priorities are aligned to our overall vision:

To build a strong, vibrant community that sets new benchmarks for quality and accessible urban development with an environmentally responsible focus. 

Mention the word sustainability, and your thoughts might turn to the environment. But while the environment considerations are critical, they won’t on their own result in a thriving and sustainable community. That’s why our SDF reaches far beyond the environmental to also encompass economic, social and cultural objectives. We like to think that we were ahead of our time in shaping a practical framework for a sustainable development in this way!

We continue to work with a range of local and central government agencies, private sector partners, and local community groups to achieve our goals in each of these four areas. Our membership to the Sustainable Business Network and the New Zealand Green Building Council, and our collaboration with the Hobsonville Point Residents Society and the Te Kawerau a Maki and Ngati Whatua o Kaipara iwi, for example, has been hugely valuable to what we are aiming to deliver.

The SDF was developed at the very earliest stages of master-planning Hobsonville Point. We’ve been measuring our progress against the framework in each of the nine years since. You can read the full report here, or take a look at a few highlights from the 2016/2017 year below.

Environmental: Ecology, Energy, Water, Resource Efficiency 

  • Average Hobsonville Point household grid energy consumption was 29% lower than the Auckland average
  • Average household town water supply consumption was 31% lower than the Auckland average
  • 10,000 native plants have been grown on-site from local parent plants, for revegetation use throughout the development
  • 80% of demolition and construction material was diverted from landfill
  • All stormwater received treatment before being discharged into the harbour


Economic: Growth, Employment, Viability, Transport

  • One new home was delivered every working day
  • 78% of dwellings are within 400m of a bus stop, and 98% are within 800m of a bus stop
  • Fibre is installed to 100% of premises
  • ‘Work from home’ and neighbourhood retail housing options were created


Social: Inclusion, Quality of Life, Accessibility

  • 100% of homes are within 400m of public recreational facilities such as parks, sport fields, playgrounds and community buildings.
  • 32% of homes sold were affordable (at or below $550,000 for this time period, as defined by the Ministry of Housing)  
  • Two superlots are being developed into long-term rental homes
  • At least five community events were held


Cultural: Turangawaewae (sense of place), Kaitiakitanga (custodianship), Heritage, Cultural life

  • HLC is facilitating input by local students into the design of a community park
  • Regular relationship and consultation meetings held with Te Kawerau a Maki and Ngati Whatua o Kaipara
  • The Rifle Range (an outdoor stage and lawn area, with yard games available for public use) and the Catalina water play park were both opened in 2017
    • St Mark’s Chapel Memorial Garden funding was approved by HLC and Upper Harbour Local Board, with an opening ceremony with Airforce involvement to be held in early 2018


Download the full report here or visit the Hobsonville Point website for more information about this exemplar development. 

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09 261 5054


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