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Newmarket Home for Fonterra?

Newmarket Home for Fonterra?

Newmarket Business Association CEO, Ashley Church, wants Fonterra to consider Newmarket as the base for its new state-of-the-art Head Office and is calling on developers to submit proposals which will meet the needs of the Global Dairy giant.

Fonterra is seeking a perfect site in Auckland to build New Zealand's best new building within four years. In a detailed brief, Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings, says it's new headquarters must be of international quality, designed to promote 21st century knowledge and working patterns, and be able to enhance work style. Interestingly, Mr Spierings wants Fonterra's new building to match its image and reputation and “facilitate driving cultural change, sustainability and the health and safety of Fonterra employees".

Newmarket can easily accommodate Fonterra’s requirements, according to Mr Church, by providing an environment and amenities which are second to none in New Zealand.

“Fonterra is clearly an employer which values its staff and wants to be part of an environment which ensures their retention. Newmarket can do that. We provide a superior mix of retail outlets, commercial services, and public amenities in a central city location – and we’re the primary hub of public transport in Auckland. In every sense, we’re a perfect fit with Fonterra’s aspirations”.

Mr Church points to a series of recent announcements and projects already underway as evidence that Newmarket is now highly regarded as a premium business base. The new Manson TCLM office building on Remuera Road, plans for a major extension to Westfield 277, the NZ Transport Authority's desire for significant commercial development under the newly developed motorway viaduct, and the recent purchase of the former Lion Breweries site by Auckland University are examples of the regard in which Newmarket is held.

Further public and private development is also on the drawing board with a current push for improvements to streetscapes, parking, and the mix of businesses in the centre as well as a ten year plan outlining a series of improvement projects – many of which are already underway.

“Newmarket is already regarded as a Centre of Excellence – but that perception will be reinforced with a series of announcements over the next couple of years”.


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