Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

University would be welcome addition to Newmarket

7 September 2012

University would be welcome addition to Newmarket

Newmarket Business Association Chief Executive, Ashley Church, has cautiously welcomed an unconfirmed report that the University of Auckland may be in the throes of buying the old Newmarket brewery site – but he has urged any new owner to ‘show vision’ in any redevelopment.

"it is crucial that any new owner of the 5.4h site sees it in the broader context of the future development of Newmarket and the opportunities that presents."

Over the next 5 years, Mr Church says that Newmarket will consolidate its position as the most important business centre in New Zealand – so creating a University campus would be an ideal fit with the Newmarket Business Association's current Strategic Plan provided any such development incorporated a broader vision.

"There is a huge opportunity to show real vision and utilise it in a way which will be both profitable and will have major economic and social benefits."

Mr Church cites the inclusion of upmarket hotel accommodation and a mid-range conference centre as examples of additions which would ‘take the development to the next level’. He says that the inclusion of such amenities, in any proposed development, would enable the University to interact more fully with the Newmarket community and leverage the commercial setting to best advantage.

“The proximity of the Lion site to the Domain, the Museum, and New Zealand’s premium shopping centre in Newmarket make the development of a mid-range Conference Centre and medium to high end accommodation eminently logical”.

Newmarket is already well connected to the city's transport network and would offer a safe environment for a new student and academic population and overseas visitors in addition to world class shopping, cafes and restaurants.

Mr Church says that a proposed Conference Centre is already a feature of discussions with the Waitamata Local Board and that the Auckland Council may well be a potential partner and partial funder. He said that he looked forward o working with any new owner and that the Association would do everything it could to assist developments which enhance Newmarket.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland