Local news

Petition launched to support East-West Link

18 January 2018


Local National MPs have launched a petition in support of the East West Link, almost simultaneously given resource consent by the independent Board of Inquiry and axed by the new government late last year.  The NZTA website states that the government has requested a review of the East West Link to identify options to provide a lower cost better value solution. The Prime Minister has however stated (read article) that neglected regional roads and alternatives to roading are more worthy of funding. It is to be hoped that the government does address the need to enable easier freight movements between Onehunga, Penrose and East Tamaki - areas which have some of the highest freight volumes in NZ. Click here to sign the petition.


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New drone technology advances security

08 December 2017


East Tamaki based company, VigilAir has launched what it says is the world's first semi-autonomous drone, a device which promises to reduce the costs and risks related to security response teams at large outdoor locations.

"With the world continually urbanising, ongoing security technology innovation will help with many governments' aspirations to develop safer cities," VigilAir chief executive Mike Marr says.


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A Touch of Italy wins Trophy For Champion International Red Wine Varieties

03 November 2017


The New Zealand International Wine Show is the largest wine competition held in New Zealand each year and it has been an extremely exciting moment for the team at A Touch of Italy to win the Riedel TROPHY FOR CHAMPION INTERNATIONAL RED WINE VARIETIES with their Vigne Vecchie Leggenda Primitivo di Manduria.

"Gloriously fruited, the wine is packed with dark berry, milk chocolate, roasted hazelnut and toffee flavours with a light dusting of warm spice, enhanced by velvety texture and an opulent plush finish"


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Two local winners announced at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards South 2017

20 October 2017


Congratulations to our two local winners – franchise hotel apartment operation The Quest Highbrook won Employer of the Year and logistics contract service provider Link2 Group won the Excellence in Strategy and Planning category.


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Finalists announced for the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 – South 

29 September 2017

Congratulations to local businesses Quest Highbrook, Link2 Group, Aspect Blinds and Ecobags NZ for being finalists in the following categories:

Quest Highbrook - Best Emerging Business, Excellence in Customer Service Delivery and Employer of the Year
Link2 Group – Excellence in Customer Service Delivery, Excellence in Strategy and Planning and Employer of the Year
Aspect Blinds – Excellence in Strategy and Planning
Ecobags NZ – Excellence in Innovation

The Westpac Auckland Business Awards are delivered annually by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony on 18 October.


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Maori Television's Te Kāea starts broadcasting from its new home in East Tāmaki

25 August 2017

After more than a decade in Newmarket Maori Television's 160 staff have relocated to the new headquarters in East Tamaki.

The new premises has a modern layout and provides the space and flexibility to encompass new platforms and technologies to support Māori Television's purpose of revitalising the Māori language in a fast-changing digital environment.

The building provides value for money, has access to arterial routes and to the airport and proximity to Māori communities.


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New developments for Highbrook Business Park

11 August 2017

Goodman (NZ) Ltd have announced $70.5 million of new investment at Highbrook Business Park, including Gateway Warehouse Developments earmarked for $46 million of development spending.

“It continues the recent momentum at this key estate which is expected to be over 90% complete within three years.” said Goodman CEO, John Dakin.


Highbrook Site Plan showing location of new developments


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Breakfast with Hon Paula Bennett

17 July 2017


Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett addressed a full room of GETBA members at our latest breakfast event on Friday. Her speech focused on the national poll but came without hard-hitting criticism of her National Party's opponents.

Bennett covered some important local issues including road transport connections, where she talked about the upcoming East-West road connection that will eventually improve links from the business areas of Onehunga and Penrose to SHs 1 and 20, and that the "next stage" of those links will be to extend them further east. 

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Mercedes-Benz Botany open for business 

3 July 2017


New Zealand's largest Mercedes-Benz dealership is now open for business on Ti Rakau Drive, an area identified as a growth corridor for automotive retail. A second showroom will be home to an Armstrong Hyundai dealership.

The Mercedes-Benz dealership has actually been open for business since the start of June and has sold nearly 60 cars. "While a number of dealerships have been represented in the Botany and East Tamaki area over the years, it is still lacking a central automotive hub that areas such as Newmarket and Greenlane have developed. We are confident that the Ti Rakau area will now become that central point," Armstrong Group owner Rick Armstrong explained.

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Z Energy recycling initiative piloted in East Tamaki

19 June 2017


A new Waste Minimisation initiative, which is to be piloted on Highbrook Drive, was announced by Z Energy last week. 117 of their retail sites are installing new forecourt recycling facilities with a grant of $218,000 from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund. The project aims to reduce the amount of waste Z Energy send to landfill by 40%.  Trial bins are being piloted at three sites in Auckland with more to be rolled out around the country later this year.

The Waste Minimisation Fund aims to boost New Zealand’s performance in waste minimisation, by reducing waste and increasing the recovery of useful resources from waste. Further information on the fund can be found here.

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Armstrong Motor Group confirms Hyundai for new Botany dealership

15 May 2017


One of the world’s fastest growing brands, Hyundai, is set to join Mercedes-Benz as the second brand occupying New Zealand’s largest dealership in East Auckland, creating over 100 jobs. Built on a large 11,000 m2 site at 279 Ti Rakau Drive and boasting nearly 5,500m2 of floor space, the dealership was always built for two brands, with separate facilities for each.

It is expected that Mercedes-Benz will open in early June, with Hyundai following shortly after. The dealership has been in the making for two years and will trade as East Auckland Hyundai.

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Goodman NZ announces Highbrook developments

22 March 2017


Goodman Property Trust have announced a package of new developments at Highbrook Business Park totalling $44 million. The new projects will add an additional 60 apartments, 3,009 sqm of high quality office space and 324 car parks to The Crossing, intensifying its use and providing capacity for future development stages. 

With a current value in excess of $1 billion, Highbrook Business Park is GMT’s largest investment asset. Around 70% of the way through its planned development the 110 hectare estate already features more than 40 buildings, providing over 380,000 sqm of warehouse and office space.

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New Years’ honour for local businesswoman

9 February 2017


Congratulations to Ranjna Patel QSM, JP, who has been made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to health and the Indian Community. She has been the driving force behind Nirvana Health Group (formerly East Tamaki Healthcare), one of New Zealand's largest Primary Health networks with more than 30 medical clinics, servicing 190,000 registered patients from predominantly lower socio-economic communities, which she and her husband started as a sole GP practice in 1977.

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Minister visits new Botany dealership under construction

9 December 2016


Minister of Transport Simon Bridges has visited the construction site for Armstrong Motor Group’s new dealership at 279 Ti Rakau Drive, which is due to open in May 2017.

Armstrongs have been working with Ti Rakau Properties, part of the United Industries Group, to develop the 1.1 hectare site, which is to be the largest retail dealership building in New Zealand and will provide the genesis of a new automotive precinct for East Auckland.


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East Tamaki Healthcare co-founder wins 'Visionary Leader' award

6 December 2016


Co-founder of East Tamaki Healthcare Ranjna Patel has been named winner of the Deloitte Top 200 Visionary Leader award for 2016.

Ranjna and her husband, Dr Kantilal Patel, took over the one-doctor East Tamaki Clinic in 1977 and have successfully expanded the business since then. Now renamed Nirvana Health Group, it operates 35 clinics, 29 pharmacies and a call centre, employs 1060 staff including 300 doctors and more than 200 nurses, and conducts 1.2 million consultations a year or up 4000 consultations a day. Ranjna also created a groundbreaking domestic violence programme, the Nirvana Foundation, in 2014.


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Winners named in 2016 New Zealand International Business Awards

25 November 2016


Congratulations to East Tamaki’s GMP Pharmaceuticals Group, winner of the Excellence in Operations and Supply Chain category in the 2016 New Zealand International Business Awards. Run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise with strategic Partner ANZ, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the awards, and winners were announced at a gala dinner on 24 November.


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New southern public transport network from 30 October 2016

25 October 2016


Changes to southern bus routes into East Tamaki including 31, 352 and 353 will take place from 30 October. The changes provide better connectivity to Highbrook and East Tamaki business precincts, addressing the needs of workers.

For those companies with staff that commute by bus, we encourage you to advise your employees to check their bus route and timetable for any changes.


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Flexi Cards expands into credit card market 

19 October 2016


East Tamaki based Flexi Cards (previously known as Fisher & Paykel Finance) has linked up with Mastercard to provide a Q Mastercard and hopes to double its consumer finance business in the next three years.

In a move away from the company's merchandiser-only arrangement, users can sign up for the card online and make purchases anywhere. The card gives users 90 days interest free to pay off their debt. Greg Shepherd, Flexi Cards New Zealand chief executive, said that Flexi Cards was looking to bring other innovation to the New Zealand market in the future.


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