Ockham Residential

Ockham on RNZ – Solving Auckland's housing crisis: The missing middle

Following up from the Auckland University ‘Fast Forward’ speaking series, Ockham CEO Helen O’Sullivan was invited to join Radio NZ’s Kathryn Ryan on her Nine to Noon show to talk about the ‘missing middle’ – the character flat style housing in between terrace housing and apartment complexes.

This style of housing can be seen in Ockham’s planned Set and Bernoulli Garden developments, and the opportunity to build them again in Auckland is a key win from the passing of the Auckland Unitary Plan.

Listen to Helen & Kathryn, click here or visit the link here:


Fast Forward 2017: Doing Medium Density Well

Auckland's Unitary Plan is in place and with it comes the opportunity to building what we at Ockham refer to as “the missing middle” – three level walks ups and character flats that typify our developments.  As more kiwis come back from overseas and migrants choose New Zealand as a new home, population growth is a given and preserving the city as a great place to live is a priority for all.

Listen on Radio New Zealand as Bill McKay of the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning speaks with Jesse Mulligan about ’Doing Medium Density Well’, the topic of an upcoming lecture and discussion series. 

Bill McKay refers to the School of Architecture’s 2017 ‘Fast Forward’ speaking series on ‘Doing Density Well’. Ockham Residential will speak at one of the sessions, providing a developers point-of-view and outlining how we promote community in our developments. 

Fast Forward 2017: Doing Medium Density Well
A Developer’s View: Ockham Residential Discuss their Work

When: Wednesday 29 March at 6:30pm
Where: Conference Centre 423:342, University of Auckland (Directions)

All lectures in the series are free and open to the public. To register to attend, click here.

Ockham In The News — March 2017

Ockham's Axis Series ballot was featured in the NZ Herald yesterday:

"In a sign of Auckland's heated housing market, a ballot is being run to sell five $450,000 one-bedroom planned Auckland apartments after unprecedented demand prompted the developer to decide on the unusual system.

Helen O'Sullivan, chief executive of developers Ockham Residential, said demand for such low-price places was so high that the best system was a ballot or application system, closing on Wednesday."

Read the rest of the article here or watch the NZHerald Focus video

Shortlist Announced for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017

As proud sponsors of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, Ockham Residential is delighted to present the 2017 shortlists.  With awards in Fiction, General Non Fiction, Illustrated Non Fiction and Poetry, the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are New Zealand’s pre-eminent literary awards, and the honours are hotly contested.  This year is no different, with exceptional talent in all four categories, and a mix of established & new writers that demonstrates the depth in New Zealand literature.

The short lists are: 

The winners (including of the four Best First Book awards) will be announced at a ceremony in the Aotea Centre on Tuesday May 16, 2017, held as the first public event of the Auckland Writers Festival. The awards ceremony is open to the public. Tickets to the event can be purchased via Ticketmaster once festival bookings open on Friday 17 March. 

To read more about the awards & the finalists, go to the New Zealand Book Awards trust website at:  


NZ Herald on Auckland Apartments: Ockham Residential Featured

Ockham Residential's Chief Executive, Helen O'Sullivan, spoke with the NZ Herald about our push to provide more affordable housing in Auckland:

"Prime Minister John Key says young Aucklanders must consider choosing an apartment as their first home and a search of listings showed more than 1000 for sale."

"Ockham Residential is one of the more active Auckland apartment developers and Helen O'Sullivan, chief executive, agrees with Key: ""There are medium density options in Auckland that are affordable for first home buyers." Places in Ockham's new Daisy in Mt Eden are selling for $445,000 to $655,000 she said."

Read the article in full on NZHerald.co.nz