Residents on lower Turuturu Road,…
We are excited to be helping bring this new residential development in Te Awamutu to life, set to substantially grow the town’s housing options.
The first 77 sections in a large new subdivision to be built just 1.5km from Te Awamutu’s town centre are set to be released to the market this month.
The Waipa District Council last week granted resource consent for the development of ‘Pikowai Landing’ a comprehensively designed 500-home neighbourhood, on the eastern edge of Te Awamutu.
The 50-hectare subdivision on Cambridge Road adjoins a 4-hectare parcel of Waipa District Council owned land earmarked for pensioner housing. It shares a boundary with the Cambridge Road shopping complex which includes a medical centre, Mitre 10 and Pak n Save supermarket.
Landowner and retired local farmer, Len Hatwell and his family first embarked on the Pikowai Landing project more than three years ago.
Len and his late wife Joyce bought their first 100-cow dairy farm in the area 57 years ago and have operated antique and clothing shops in Tirau and Cambridge. They raised their family on their growing rural property, and as Te Awamutu extended eastward, they found themselves just a stone’s throw from town.
Len’s vision for the subdivision is to create an affordable and high-quality new neighbourhood walking distance from town that Te Awamutu people will be proud to live in.
“Te Awamutu is a country style town with a friendly rural feel. We have good sports facilities, and we serve a big catchment area. It’s down to earth and it’s a great place to place to bring up a family,” says Hatwell.
In 2021 the Hatwell family appointed Veros Property to lead the project in preparation for construction, which starts this spring.
Veros Development Manager, Sean Haynes says Pikowai Landing has been deliberately designed to cater to a mix of residents, including first home buyers. Sections in the first stage will range in size from 325m2 to 650m2 with further options planned in future stages.
“An average section size below 450m2 means buyers will be able to build homes in a brand-new neighbourhood at an affordable price point,” says Haynes.
Haynes says Veros and the Hatwell family have invested considerably in the design of the subdivision creating parks, cycleways and green links that will connect Pikowai Landing to local amenities.
“Pikowai Landing will offer a unique opportunity to build a home in Te Awamutu – a place that offers the best of rural and urban living,” says Haynes
The design of the subdivision was led by architect Dave Strachan of Strachan Group Architects (SGA), who was awarded the institute of architect’s gold medal in 2020. Although now Auckland based, Strachan was brought up in nearby Golf Road in Te Awamutu and even occasionally worked on the Hatwell’s farm.
“It has been a real privilege envisioning a new neighborhood in my hometown on a property I’m so passionate about,” says Strachan.
“We’re very proud of the masterplan we have created in collaboration our project partners. This will be a high-quality new neighborhood that accommodates a diverse set of section and housing types and capitalises on the wonderful natural amenity the site offers.”
Waipa Mayor Jim Mylchreest says Pikowai Landing is a very positive development for Te Awamutu.
“The Waipa district has continued to attract people looking for a desirable place to live, easy access to employment and education and quality recreation and open space areas”, says Mylchreest.
“Our population is set to continue to grow by over 20% the next 15 years, the scale and quality of this development is exactly what Te Awamutu deserves and needs.”
Veros is currently preparing an updated set of naming proposals and conventions, which include the final development name, street and public realm naming alongside ecological and environmental design strategies for further discussion with local tangata whenua. Ngā Iwi Tōpū O Waipā.