The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has purchased 9.69 hectares of land across four sites in Ōtara, Auckland for a future residential development.

The purchase, which was finalised in late September, will allow the current owners Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), to complete their own transformation plans. This includes the refit of facilities at Ōtara’s North Campus and the development of a new Tech Park across the road from their Manukau campus.

HUD’s Deputy Chief Executive of Place-based Policy and Programmes Brad Ward says the project is in the early stages and MIT will vacate one site on 31 December 2019 and continue to occupy the other sites until the end of 2020. 

“The land will be developed under the Land for Housing Programme, and may include a mix of KiwiBuild, public and market-priced homes, however the types, sizes or costs of residential housing are yet to be determined,” says Brad.

Additional master planning work and infrastructure provision may take place alongside community and stakeholder engagement, and development can begin in 2021 when MIT vacate the sites.

The four sites were purchased through the Government’s Land for Housing Programme and operate as the South Campus, Student Village, Block V, and parts of the North Campus.