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We couldn’t have said it better…

This thought provoking article recently published in the New Zealand Herald makes for compelling reading – particularly if the thought of owning a home in central Auckland leaves you feeling like it is spiralling out of reach.  It can be as simple as shifting your thinking, explains REINZ CEO Bindi Norwell.  If the headline “How to buy in an exclusive Auckland suburb and save $1 million” didn’t catch your attention, the content surely will. Click here to read the full article.

Daisy is Open!

It's official, Daisy is open and has achieved a perfect 10 Homestar rating, making it New Zealand's 'greenest' apartment building! We are thrilled with the result and would like to thank everyone who has been involved for their dedication and hard work and also, Mayor Phil Goff for doing the honours in cutting the ribbon.

Book Awards Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Stellar Finalist Line-up

Announced today, the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards finalists join a literary hall of fame that dates back to 1968 and features New Zealand’s most famous and distinguished writers.

The finalist books were selected by four panels of three specialist judges and were drawn from 40 longlisted titles selected out of more than 150 entries.

New Zealand Book Awards Trust chair Nicola Legat says this year’s shortlist demonstrates the diversity, depth and skill of New Zealand writers.

“These books reflect who we are as people and how we are developing as a nation, demonstrating that the writer’s role is as important now as it was half a century ago. Like many of the books nominated in previous years’ awards, the cream of this year’s crop are destined to become classics.”

In the contest for the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, University of Canterbury Professor of English Patrick Evans’ novel Salt Picnic vies with debut writer Annaleese Jochems’ Baby, Wellington lawyer Brannavan Gnanalingam’s Sodden Downstream, and novelist and creative writing teacher Pip Adam’s The New Animals. “We have selected four novels that directly confront and ask questions of both the world and the reader,” says the category judging convenor Jenna Todd. “These authors are pushing at the edges of what is possible in fiction in a style that’s both engaging and brave.”

The finalists in the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction category are renowned historian and anthropologist Dame Anne Salmond for Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds; journalist Diana Wichtel for her debut book Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father; Massey University Professor of History Michael Belgrave for Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country 1864-1885, and cartoonist Tom Scott for his memoir Drawn Out.

General Non-Fiction category convenor Ella Henry says there was a high degree of unanimity among the judges about these four books. “One book made me laugh, one made me cry, one reminded me of New Zealand’s complex history, and the other gave me great hope about the future of our nation.”

Matariki Williams, convenor of the Illustrated Non-Fiction Award category judging panel, says that evocative language interwoven with a remarkable range of imagery gave the category’s finalists a lasting impact. They are: Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds by Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins; Tōtara: A Natural and Cultural History by Philip Simpson; Gordon Walters: New Vision by Zara Stanhope (commissioning editor), Lucy Hammonds, Laurence Simmons and Julia Waite, and The Face of Nature: An Environmental History of the Otago Peninsula by Jonathan West.

“These books, each of which was multi-layered in approach and execution, showcased the rich social, cultural, material and environmental history that has shaped Aotearoa. They were not just beautiful to look at but they were also all a joy to read,” says Ms Williams.

Collections by four acclaimed established poets comprise this year’s Poetry Award shortlist. They are Anchor Stone by Tony Beyer, Night Horse by Elizabeth Smither, Rāwāhi by Briar Wood, and The Yield by Sue Wootton.

Poetry category convenor Robert Sullivan says it was an excellent year for poetry. These shortlisted books are thoughtful, luminous, both precisely and generously descriptive of emotion and intellect, delighting in the dance of language. These lyrical poets channel fine depths to lift up poems as lights,” says Mr Sullivan.

The 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards finalist titles are:

 

Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize:

  • The New Animals by Pip Adam (Victoria University Press)
  • Salt Picnic by Patrick Evans (Victoria University Press)
  • Sodden Downstream by Brannavan Gnanalingam (Lawrence & Gibson)
  • Baby by Annaleese Jochems (Victoria University Press)

 

Poetry Award:

  • Anchor Stone by Tony Beyer (Cold Hub Press)
  • Night Horse by Elizabeth Smither (Auckland University Press)
  • Rāwāhi by Briar Wood (Anahera Press)
  • The Yield by Sue Wootton (Otago University Press)

 

Illustrated Non-Fiction Award:

  • Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds by Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins (Bridget Williams Books)
  • Tōtara: A Natural and Cultural History by Philip Simpson (Auckland University Press)
  • Gordon Walters: New Vision by Zara Stanhope (commissioning editor), Lucy Hammonds, Laurence Simmons, Julia Waite (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Dunedin Public Art Gallery)
  • The Face of Nature: An Environmental History of the Otago Peninsula by Jonathan West (Otago University Press)

 

Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non Fiction:

  • Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country, 1864-1885 by Michael Belgrave (Auckland University Press)
  • Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds by Anne Salmond (Auckland University Press)
  • Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir by Tom Scott (Allen & Unwin NZ)
  • Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father by Diana Wichtel (Awa Press)

 

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 15 2018, held as the first public event of the Auckland Writers Festival.

Find out more about the shortlisted titles here.

Station R makes 2018 Home of the Year Shortlist

We are thrilled that Station R in Mt Eden has made the shortlist for 2018 Home of the Year - a huge achievement for our in-house architect, Martin King.  We can't wait to hear the results. Click here to view all the exquisite entries. 

Bernoulli Gardens taking shape

Bernoulli Gardens is a hive of activity and work is progressing well on all five buildings.  Building 1 is nearing completion - check out the photo it looks just like the model and renders!  The roof is on and the exterior of the building is 75% complete, with external stairs, entries and residents lounge in progress. The interior fit out is speeding along with kitchens and tiling mostly done.  Building 2 is not far behind with roof framing going up and exterior bricks 60% complete.  In Building 3 the block work is complete and ground floor windows are going in.  The first floor slabs have been poured and blockwork is progressing rapidly in Buildings 4 and 5.  We are currently 75% sold, but have some fantastic and well-priced options available.  Click here to find out more.

Tuatahi - Building 1 takes shape, Building 2 is under construction!

We are motoring ahead at Tuatahi and the steel framework is being hoisted into place on Building 1.  We can’t wait to see what the views will be like from the top – peeks of the upper harbour are anticipated.  Construction has commenced on Building 2 - site prep is underway and piling is about to begin! 

 Building 1 is 50% sold, with fantastic and affordable options available, all priced below $650,000. With completion of Building 1 expected in September 2018 you could be in your new home next Summer. Click here to find out more.

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Longlist 2018

2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Longlist Announced

Forty books traversing the cultural, historic, artistic and social landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand have made the longlist for the prestigious Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, announced today.

Ten books are longlisted in each of the four awards’ categories – fiction, general non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction and poetry.  Together, they offer riches from both literary luminaries and our rising stars.

New Zealand Book Awards Trust chair Nicola Legat says the Awards received a large number of entries again this year and the standard was extremely high across all categories. “Clearly New Zealand publishing, and indeed our literature, is in excellent health. What to read over summer? Look no further than these 40 fine books."

The 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlisted titles are:

Fiction (The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize):

  • The New Animals by Pip Adam (Victoria University Press)
  • The Beat of the Pendulum by Catherine Chidgey (Victoria University Press)
  • The Earth Cries Out by Bonnie Etherington (Vintage, Penguin Random House)
  • Salt Picnic by Patrick Evans (Victoria University Press)
  • Sodden Downstream by Brannavan Gnanalingam (Lawrence & Gibson)
  • Heloise by Mandy Hager (Penguin Random House)
  • Iceland by Dominic Hoey (Steele Roberts Aotearoa)
  • Baby by Annaleese Jochems (Victoria University Press)
  • Tess by Kirsten McDougall (Victoria University Press)
  • Five Strings by Apirana Taylor (Anahera Press)

 

General Non-Fiction (The Royal Society Te Apārangi Award):

  • Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country, 1864-1885 by Michael Belgrave (Auckland University Press)
  • Tāngata Ngāi Tahu: People of Ngāi Tahu edited by Helen Brown and Takerei Norton (Te Rūnanga Ngāi Tahu and Bridget Williams Books)
  • Fearless: The Extraordinary Untold Story of New Zealand’s Great War Airmen by Adam Claasen (Massey University Press)
  • Phoney Wars: New Zealand Society in the Second World War by Stevan Eldred-Grigg, with Hugh Eldred-Grigg (Otago University Press)
  • The 9th Floor: Conversations with Five New Zealand Prime Ministers by Guyon Espiner and Tim Watkin (Bridget Williams Books)
  • Cleansing the Colony: Transporting Convicts from New Zealand to Van Diemen’s Land by Kristyn Harman (Otago University Press)
  • Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds by Anne Salmond (Auckland University Press)
  • Drawn Out by Tom Scott (Allen & Unwin NZ)
  • Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father by Diana Wichtel (Awa Press)
  • A Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington 1888-1903 by Redmer Yska (Otago University Press)

 

Illustrated Non-Fiction:

  • New China Eyewitness: Roger Duff, Rewi Alley and the Art of Museum Diplomacy edited by James Beattie and Richard Bullen (Canterbury University Press)
  • Strangers Arrive: Emigrés and the Arts in New Zealand, 1930-1980 by Leonard Bell (Auckland University Press)
  • Good-bye Maoriland: The Songs and Sounds of New Zealand’s Great War by Chris Bourke (Auckland University Press)
  • Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture in New Zealand by Chris Brickell (Auckland University Press)
  • Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds by Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins (Bridget Williams Books)
  • Ten x Ten: Art at Te Papa edited by Athol McCredie (Te Papa Press)
  • Undreamed of ... 50 years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship by Priscilla Pitts and Andrea Hotere (Otago University Press)
  • Tōtara: A Natural and Cultural History by Philip Simpson (Auckland University Press)
  • Gordon Walters: New Vision by Zara Stanhope (commissioning editor), Lucy Hammonds, Laurence Simmons, Julia Waite (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Dunedin Public Art Gallery)
  • The Face of Nature: An Environmental History of the Otago Peninsula by Jonathan West (Otago University Press)

 

Poetry:

  • Flow: Whanganui River Poems by Airini Beautrais (Victoria University Press)
  • Anchor Stone by Tony Beyer (Cold Hub Press)
  • The Internet of Things by Kate Camp (Victoria University Press)
  • The Ones Who Keep Quiet by David Howard (Otago University Press)
  • Tightrope by Selina Tusitala Marsh (Auckland University Press)
  • Fully Clothed and So Forgetful by Hannah Mettner (Victoria University Press)
  • Night Horse by Elizabeth Smither (Auckland University Press)
  • What is Left Behind by Tom Weston (Steele Roberts Aotearoa)
  • Rāwāhi by Briar Wood (Anahera Press)
  • The Yield by Sue Wootton (Otago University Press)

 

The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlist will be announced on 6 March 2018. The winners (including of the four Best First Book Awards and a Māori Language Award, presented at the judges’ discretion) will be announced at a ceremony on May 15 2018, held as the first public event of the Auckland Writers Festival. 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the first book awards ceremony in New Zealand, presented in 1968 as the Wattie Book Awards.

To find out more about the longlisted click here.

SET – 26 Racecourse Parade, Avondale - Building Update

SET – 26 Racecourse Parade, Avondale - Building Update

November 2017

The buildings are taking shape on-site at Set and if you pass by you will see the block work is mostly complete and the windows are being installed in Subsets A & B.  Subset B’s roof is on with A’s to follow in the next couple of weeks.  

Subset C’s fourth floor is poured with only the top to go.  Carpentry, framing, fit out and decks are progressing well across the development. The views up there are amazing - twilight sunsets will be magical from the west facing balconies.


If your dream is to be settled in a new home in 2018 then please contact us today.

 

Call 09 378 8011 or visit the Set page for full details.

Ockham Residential announces partnership with Objectspace

Objectspace opens the doors to its new Rose Road gallery on Friday having reached its considerable fundraising goal of more than $600,000.00, thanks to the generous support of lead partner Ockham Residential.

Ockham Residential has signed on for what Objectspace describe as an unprecedented three year partnership

Objectspace gallery director Kim Paton is thrilled to have Ockham backing the gallery saying “The co-founder of the company, Mark Todd has such a unique philosophy. He’s a dynamic entrepreneur who has a refreshing vision when it comes to housing, particularly in Auckland.”

Objectspace has named gallery one the Ockham Gallery to reflect this lead partnership and major sponsorship. Their support will also see the launch of the Ockham Lecture Series, an annual series of ten lectures featuring local, national and international speakers with an educational focus around design and our built environment.

Ockham Residential co-founder and director Mark Todd says “We live in a world full of possibility.  Breathing life into possibility requires imagination and critical thinking – two disciplines that Ockham values highly. We’ve taken the lead sponsorship of Objectspace to support them in their exploration of possibility through design.”

After months of construction, Objectspace will welcome the public into New Zealand’s new, official home for design, architecture and applied art on Friday 28 July.

The new gallery, situated in a refitted industrial warehouse will boast four exhibition spaces and a multi-use public programme space. The larger gallery, coupled with an expanded mission, has allowed Objectspace to step into the role of New Zealand’s only dedicated home for design and architecture.

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

Set for Urban Renewal

Mark Todd knows a good thing when he sees it. And when the Auckland developer heard about land becoming available alongside the Avondale Racecourse, he was keen to secure it for his company Ockham Residential’s next project. 

Ockham is the company behind a handful of top- quality developments in Auckland, including the Isaac and the Turing apartment buildings in Grey Lynn, and Daisy and Station R in Mt Eden. Mark and his business partner Ben Preston style themselves as “urban regenerators”, and the Avondale site was ideal for one of their developments, which provide smart, sustainable and well-built apartments. 

“The Avondale site is great because it’s a great urban regeneration site, and part of the Avondale Town Centre’s 10-year master plan,” says Mark. 

“A lot is happening in the area, including a new community centre and library going in next door, and we are very excited to be the first significant development in the new town centre. 

“We’re going to be right in the heart of what is a cosmopolitan and multi-cultural community, and so close to everything.” 

To be known as the Set apartments, the development on the site of the old Suburbs rugby club will be 300m from Avondale’s shopping hub, 600m from the train station, 2km to LynnMall and 3km from the Waterview interchange on the North Western Motorway. 

There will be three buildings: Subset A, B and C. A and B will have three levels of walk-up apartments: 18 in A and 24 in B. Subset C will be a five-storey building with 30 apartments, and it will also have a community lounge, play area and vegetable garden for all residents. 

All three will be constructed from solid concrete, with timber and brick in the facades, and Subset A and B will feature striking pitched roofs. 

Ockham’s in-house lead architect Tania Wong, who grew up in Avondale, says the look of the buildings was inspired by original architecture in the area. 

“The idea for the pitched roofing came from the old stables around the racecourse and also the old St Ninian’s Church, which is nearby,” says Tania. “We wanted the apartments to have a character flat feel.” 

Decorative patterning on the buildings is based on Venn diagrams, and ties into the mathematical inspiration behind the Set buildings. 

All of Ockham’s developments are named after critical thinkers or concepts, and the Set buildings are influenced by the idea of sets being one of the 

most fundamental concepts in mathematics (Ben and Mark studied maths at university). 

The apartments will all have 2.7m studs — the ones on the top floor of Subsets A and B will feature pitched ceilings — and balconies. Kitchens will have engineered stone benchtops, Smeg appliances and New Zealand-made Methven tapware. There will be porcelain floor and wall tiles and polymarble basins in the bathrooms. 

Mark says the buildings will live up to Ockham’s reputation for producing apartments that are sustainable, well-liked by the community, made from durable, low-maintenance materials that age gracefully, and designed to minimise noise and on- going costs. 

He’s excited about the fact that Ockham is managing to keep the prices of the Set apartments affordable, from $420,000 to $820,000. 

“Hardly any new housing built in Auckland comes with that price point but we’ve done it by keeping them down to one or two bedrooms, or one bedroom and a study,” says Mark, adding that 

costs have also been reduced thanks to having car parking next to the buildings, rather than underground, and just one lift, which is in Subset C. 

The company is helping people to get a foot in the door thanks to the First Home Solutions scheme run by the Ockham Foundation, the charitable arm of Ockham Residential. The scheme allows purchasers of certain apartments (around 20 per cent of the development) to defer payment of 15 per cent of the total price for up to 10 years. 

At the end of 10 years, or before if the apartment is sold, 15 per cent of its market valuation needs to be paid to the Ockham Foundation. But in the meantime, the purchasers are effectively paying less on their mortgage, which could make a huge difference when it comes to their ability to buy the apartment. “So if you have a 20 per cent deposit, in effect, you only have to borrow 65 per cent of the purchase price from the bank, not 80 per cent,” says Mark. 

Construction is due to start around August and be finished by about July next year. 

Ockham Residential to build homes at Hobsonville Point

A new development of garden apartments by Ockham Residential will further diversify the range of homes on offer at Hobsonville Point, says Hobsonville Land Company (HLC) chief executive Chris Aiken.

“We remain committed to continuing to deliver a diverse range of homes below the median Auckland price, and working with Ockham Residential is integral to this,” he says.

The developer, earning an industry-leading reputation for urban regeneration with its city fringe character flats and apartments, says it is delighted to be bringing its philosophy and development approach to a greenfields site like Hobsonville Point.

“We’re thrilled to have been chosen to build at a suburban greenfields site in partnership with a company that is seeking to lead the sector in the right direction,” says Ockham co-founder Mark Todd.

“Hobsonville Point is working hard to maintain a supply of new homes at below the Auckland median. We support this goal, and we are determined to show that the private sector can provide homes that are relevant to the economic and social needs of Aucklanders,” he said.

Within a few years, more than fifty per cent of Aucklanders would live in one or two person households, said Mr Todd.

“Why do we continue to predominantly use our greenfields sites to build traditional Kiwi four-bedroom plus homes?”

This traditional approach was increasingly out of touch with Aucklanders’ needs, and the delivered cost of building this way was continuing to raise house prices, exacerbating affordability issues rather than mitigating them he said.

Mr Todd said that the 116 garden apartments, in six buildings, will come with a great deal of amenity, including a communal lounge, library and shared green space at its heart, plus underground parking. Configurations available will include one, two and three bedroom options.

“The homes will be like the character flats that are sought after in older parts of the city. We call them ‘garden apartments’ because being only three levels they don’t feel like traditional apartment living,” he said.

“Mostly with new homes you’re simply buying the home, and relying upon public amenity,” said Mr Todd. “With these homes, you’re buying significant on-site amenity as well.”

Mr Todd said that Aucklanders were often misguided about what intensification of dwellings really meant.

“Intensification can preserve green space and open space rather than reduce it,” he said. “It’s all about the quality of buildings and creative urban design.

“We’re building 116 units on a site slated for 43 houses,” he said, “and we are retaining 75% more green space than using traditional modes – and all at around two-thirds of Auckland’s average new build price.”

Mr Aiken said that the Ockham development was within a new precinct at Hobsonville Point that would offer a range of diverse housing options to Auckland households.

“A big focus for us is diversity in housing supply, as well as creating greater urban density, but in a way that’s an even better way to live.”

He said that HLC shared Ockham Residential’s vision for greater diversity of home types as being vitally important to addressing Auckland’s supply issues.

“More and more home buyers simply do not want, or cannot afford, what we have typically thought of as the Kiwi dream home. The development sector has to be better at diversifying home types,” he said. “This is something on which Ockham prides itself.”

Construction on Ockham’s development is expected to start in late 2016 with homes expected to go on sale off-the-plan in the second half of 2016.

 

About Hobsonville Point 

Hobsonville Point is home to more than 1590 residents, part of a master-planned community being developed on 167 hectares of upper Waitemata Harbour coastal land formerly home to the Hobsonville air base. Up to 3,000 new homes are planned – part of what will be a major focus for housing growth in northwest Auckland.  More than 300 homes are being constructed each year, twenty percent of these are Axis Series homes, priced at $550,000 or below. To date more than 980 homes have been sold, of which 628 have been completed and 338 are under construction. Community amenities include the Hobsonville Point Park and playground, cycleways, walking tracks, the Catalina Café, the Hobsonville Point Farmers Market, a new primary school and a new secondary school. Weekday commuter ferry services, from a new wharf with park and ride facilities, operate daily from The Landing to downtown Auckland, a 25-minute ride away. The community’s visionary design and architecture has been recognised by numerous awards.

www.hobsonvillepoint.co.nz

 

About Ockham Residential

Ockham Residential is an Urban Regenerator committed to leading by example to produce Auckland’s most outstanding residential buildings. The company aims to make sure Auckland’s urban built environment is as beautiful and world class as its natural landscape. It does this through a commitment to quality urban design, architecture and materials, creating buildings that will age gracefully containing fine grain detail on a human scale that allows them to enhance their surrounds and be well loved by their communities.

www.ockham.co.nz

NZ Green Building Council Homestar Update

Homestar v3 update

As with every building rating system, it’s important to regularly review Homestar to ensure it’s up to date with the latest thinking and technologies, and able to meet industry needs.

Since the inclusion of Homestar in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan and Special Housing Areas, there has been increased interest in how Homestar applies to apartment developments. After consultation with Homestar Assessors and other industry members, NZGBC’s technical team developed a pilot version of Homestar v3. The tool update’s two sponsors, Willis Bond & Co and Ockham Residential, have been using this pilot tool over the past three months to inform their latest multi-unit projects, and have provided feedback to further improve Homestar.

The updated Homestar tool launched on November 12, 2015. Homestar now better reflects the specific qualities of higher-density projects, such as apartments and multi-unit residential buildings. Other changes to the updated Homestar tool include:

  • New credits to acknowledge a Density Factor, common-area facilities and natural lighting levels.
  • New pathways for more accurate modelling of energy used for heating and cooling, and whole thermal performance.
  • Streamlining documentation and calculators to make submissions easier.


Homestar v3 is more flexible and modern, and we’re also making the tool more accessible – the technical manual is available to the public, so everyone can learn how to achieve a Homestar rating.

Homestar 2013

The previous version of Homestar (2013) is still in use, and projects may continue to register under this tool until June 30, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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STUFF.CO.NZ: Developer sets up scheme to help Auckland first home buyers

A novel solution to financing a house purchase is shaking up the market in Auckland, writes Maria Slade.

A private property developer has set up a scheme to help struggling home buyers into Auckland's crazy housing market. Ockham Residential has launched a shared equity scheme whereby owner-occupiers of its apartments can get an interest-free, 10-year loan equal to 15 per cent of the purchase price.

The setup saves the homebuyer a chunk of their housing costs, allowing them to get into a property they otherwise might not have been able to afford, Ockham co-owner Mark Todd said. Ockham aims to sell up to a third of the 33 apartments in its latest development, The Daisy in the city's Mt Eden district, on this basis.

The developer has established the scheme in conjunction with its education-based charity, the Ockham Foundation. "We can only offer this because effectively part of each project is built by a charitable foundation," Todd said.

Scott Figenshow, director of Community Housing Aotearoa which represents the social housing sector, said there were a number of existing shared equity schemes run by not-for-profit organisations, but one set up by a developer was less common. A buyer purchasing an apartment for $600,000 for example, with a 25 per cent deposit, would usually have to take out a mortgage for the other 75 per cent or $450,000. But if they take part in the new scheme, they only borrow $360,000 because Ockham puts in the other $90,000. This saves the owner 20 per cent on their mortgage servicing costs over the life of the 10-year loan.

Ockham gains if the apartment increases in value, as the buyer must pay back the 15 per cent at whatever the property is worth at the time of repayment. Other rules mean they can repay the loan at any time within the decade in amounts of no less than a third, and borrowers must live in the property for seven of the 10 years.

The one and two bedroom Daisy apartments are up to 56sqm in size and range in price from $410,000 to $660,000. The site is a Special Housing Area (SHA) and construction is due to start in April. Ockham also plans to offer its shared equity scheme in another SHA it is developing on former Auckland Council land next to Avondale Racecourse.

The Ockham Foundation is not a housing charity, but an education-focused entity that aims to build a school. The shared equity scheme is a means of helping to fund that, Todd said. He and his business partner, Houston-based former investment banker Ben Preston, set up the foundation because "we're both really annoyed about the narrowness of the public discourse", he said. "Ultimately we would like to set up an education based institute that supports students to think independently, creatively, and also to foster a sense of social justice among students," he said.

Ironically the housing market was an area where the full range of solutions was not being pursued, he said. "Its cost relative to income has doubled in the last 10 years and everyone's holding their hands up going, 'can't do anything about it'. You imagine if the literacy or numeracy rates halved over a 10-year period, there'd be a public outcry."

The idea is that Ockham Residential and the Ockham Foundation jointly build the developments, and the 15 per cent shared equity is held by the foundation. That asset, released over 10 years, would help the foundation fund a school. The novel structure had not been easy to set up and Ockham had spent around $100,000 in legal fees, Todd said.

Figenshow said the New Zealand regulatory environment hadn't kept pace with new solutions to the housing crisis. This had been seen when the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust, which offers a shared equity scheme, lost its charitable status in 2011. "We have an environment of significant housing need across the continuum, parties have responded with innovation, and our regulatory system has been slow to adequately handle that innovation," he said. Scaling up initiatives such as shared equity schemes was always a matter of funding, and it was something the country should be encouraging through robust structures, he said. "We need to be operating more housing choices ."

 - Stuff.co.nz

 

2016 Ockham NZ Book Awards — Judges Announced

The 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards will be judged by 12 eminent academics, writers, journalist, commentators, former publishers and booksellers from around New Zealand; a three-fold increase on the number of judges in previous years which reflects the Awards’ new judging structure.

Each of the Awards’ four categories - Fiction, Poetry, General Non-Fiction and Illustrated Non-Fiction - and the awards for Best First Book  in those categories, will be judged by a panel of three judges, all specialists in their fields. A Maori language adviser will judge the Maori Language Award.

The judges will announce their longlist finalists on November 25, 2015, and their shortlist on March 8, 2016.

New Zealand Book Awards Trust chairwoman, Nicola Legat, says the judges selected for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are second-to-none.

“Authors and publishers can expect to receive the rigour and respect from this year’s line-up that their books deserve. Rather than four judges reading 150 or more books, as has been the case previously, these specialists will read only the books in their category, allowing for a more detailed examination of the works,” she says.

The Fiction category, whose $50,000 prize is now known as The Acorn Foundation Literary Award, will be judged by distinguished writer Owen Marshall CNZM; Wellington bookseller and reviewer Tilly Lloyd, and former Director of the Auckland Writers Festival and Creative New Zealand senior literature adviser Jill Rawnsley.

The Poetry Prize will be judged by former Auckland University Press publisher Elizabeth Caffin MNZM; James K Baxter expert Dr Paul Millar, of the University of Canterbury, and poet and University of Auckland academic Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh.

The General Non-Fiction Prize will be judged by Metro Editor-At-Large Simon Wilson; Professor Lydia Wevers, literary historian, critic and director of the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, and Dr Jarrod Gilbert, a former Book Awards winner for Patched: A History of Gangs in New Zealand, of the University of Canterbury.

The Illustrated Non-Fiction Prize will be judged by former publisher Jane Connor, publisher of the magisterial The Trees of New Zealand, which won the Book of the Year award in 2012; Associate Professor Linda Tyler, Director of the Centre for Art Studies at The University of Auckland, and Leonie Hayden, the editor of Mana magazine.

“It’s always an honour to be invited to judge these prestigious and important awards but also a major commitment of time.” says Ms Legat. “So we are enormously grateful that these very busy and skilled people are happy to demonstrate their support for the awards by diving in to months of reading and debate. We very much look forward to their final longlist, shortlist and winner selections.”

The winners will be announced on May 10, 2016, at an event at the Auckland Writers Festival.

Entries to the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards can be made via http://booksellers.co.nz/awards/new-zealand-book-awards/submissions . Books published between June 1, 2014 and December 21, 2015 are eligible for entry.

The New Zealand Book Awards is enormously grateful to the generosity of its partners: Ockham Residential, The Acorn Foundation and enduring funder Creative New Zealand.

Ockham Residential Excited to Announce Sponsorship of Book Awards

The future of the country’s premier book honours - the New Zealand Book Awards - is now firmly secured, thanks to sponsorship from Ockham Residential.

The newly minted partnership provides the financial underpinning required for the prestigious literary awards to flourish, alongside support from the Auckland Writers Festival which will produce and showcase the awards event.

Ockham Residential co-founder and director, Mark Todd, says there are strong synergies between the Book Awards’ aims and Ockham’s philosophy.

“We set up the Ockham Foundation, an education-focussed charity, concurrently with our commercial development company. Right from the start, we knew we wanted to operate a business that had ambitions wider than profitability. Original thinking and critical thought are two key elements of public discourse we wished to promote by way of education."  

“Currently we are working with the University of Auckland to fund First Foundation Scholars studying science and we are funding two postgraduate scholarships in Statistics. We recently funded an outdoor classroom and nature trail at Grey Lynn Primary School."

“Partnering with the New Zealand Book Awards in their pursuit of critical thought, creativity and literary excellence is a great fit for us,” says Mr Todd.

The Ockham Residential sponsorship announcement comes just weeks after the announcement of a $50,000 prize for the top adult fiction work each year, to be provided by Tauranga community organisation, the Acorn Foundation, on behalf of one of its donors.

New Zealand Book Awards Trust chairwoman, Nicola Legat, says Ockham Residential is a truly outstanding sponsor.

“To have an organisation so philosophically aligned to the awards makes for a robust and rewarding partnership for us all. We look forward to a long and happy association.”

The New Zealand Book Awards winners will be announced at an event during the country’s largest literary gathering - the Auckland Writers Festival - in May 2016. As part of its awards sponsorship, Ockham also joins the suite of Auckland Writers Festival gold partners.

“It is so heartening when businesses recognise the value of working with the literary arts,” says Festival Director Anne O’Brien.

“The Auckland Writers Festival attracts some of New Zealand’s and the world’s biggest writing names. With attendance growing exponentially year-on-year (more than 62,000 in 2015), we are a future-focussed marquee proposition for businesses.” 

There are four main awards categories:  Fiction, Poetry, General Non-Fiction and Illustrated Non-Fiction and, should there be sufficient entries, a Māori Language category. Three Best First Book Awards are also given.

 Each category will be overseen by specialist judges, three per category, plus a Māori language adviser for the Māori language award. 

The judges will select a longlist of around eight books in each category, which will be announced on November 25 2015. The shortlist of four books in each of the categories will be announced in early March 2016. 

Entries to the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards open today via http://booksellers.co.nz/awards/new-zealand-book-awards/submissions . Books published between June 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015 are eligible for entry.

The New Zealand Book Awards are the country’s premier literary honours for works written by New Zealanders. First established in 1968 as the Wattie Book Awards (later the Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards), they have also been known as the Montana New Zealand Book Award and the New Zealand Post Book Awards. The honours, now given for Fiction, Illustrated Non-fiction, General Non-Fiction and Poetry, as well as for Best First Book and Māori language, are governed by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust (a registered charity).  Members of the Trust are Nicola Legat, Karen Ferns, Paula Morris, Kyle Mewburn, Stella Chrysostomou, David Bowles and Julia Marshall. Creative New Zealand is a significant annual funder of the awards.

The Trust also administers the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and National Poetry Day. Sponsors are still being sought for these awards.

Hypatia Ground Breaking

We have broken ground to begin the creation of Hypatia situated at the heart of Auckland’s University and Medical precincts, and on the doorstep Of Auckland domain. Hypatia is ideally located to maximize the possibilities of modern urban living. Hypatia is also zoned for our best Grammar Schools and the adjacent Grafton Train Station will have electric passenger trains connecting you to the CBD, Newmarket, and Britomart at completion. Auckland has never been so vibrant and forward looking as it is today. A truly Cosmopolitan City is being created by a collective ambition to make Auckland’s urban streetscapes as beautiful and diverse as its world class natural environment. Hypatia, Ockham residential latest building, embodies Auckland’s transformational spirit. The striking architecture of her unique façade confidently looks to the future while proudly acknowledging the strong Maori connection to her environment.

Our brand new Hypatia showroom based in Khyber Pass has been buzzing with excitement as we prepare to launch this weekend (9th of April) to showcase to you all possibilities of Hypatia Living. Our Ockham team are really excited  with a huge amount of interest to date. Enjoy our city. Enjoy your life.

Ockham's 5th Birthday!

It is now five years since we set out to lead by example and build great buildings for Auckland. At that point we had no idea that in this short time we would become one of Auckland’s significant apartment development companies. We thought our fifth birthday was an ideal time to articulate our vision through a Mission Statement. As we build Auckland’s future, this mission statement will provide an overarching philosophy that will govern our decision making processes and help to ensure our buildings are exceptional.

Ockham Residential Mission Statement:

We are Urban Regenerators, we love Auckland, and it is our aim to lead by example and produce Auckland’s most outstanding residential buildings. Let’s make sure Auckland’s urban built environment is as beautiful and world class as its natural landscape. We will achieve this aim with a total commitment to quality urban design, architecture and materials. In particular, our buildings will age gracefully and contain fine grain detail on a human scale that allows them to enhance their surrounds and be well loved by their communities.

The Turing Building Open Day - Nov 30

Sunday 30th November, 12 - 4pm
2 Ariki Street, Grey Lynn

Ockham is pleased to invite our online community to an open day at The Turing Building. We would love everyone to have the opportunity to take a first-hand look at the lifestyle a world class apartment building can offer its residents.

We understand that the development of Grey Lynn Ridge is a topical issue that many followers of Ockham Residential will have a view on. This is your chance to take a close up look at merits of the newest building in the area and to exchange views with Ockham staff and other members of your community.

We will be providing refreshments all afternoon in the stunning Rooftop Residents Lounge Bar with breath-taking city and harbour views. Perhaps you may want to enjoy a frame of snooker on the full sized antique table? Or just come and relax on the huge outdoor deck.

A wide selection of apartments will be available for viewing all day to allow you to imagine the range of possibilities in apartment living. So make the most of this unique laid-back opportunity and experience Auckland’s future now.

For sales enquiries please contact Maria Salmon on 027 274 0573 or 

If you would like to attend the open day, please RSVP to Zara to assist us with catering requirements. 09 378 8011  or  021 162 4451  or  

Ockham Post Graduate Scholarships in Statistics

Our latest development, Station R, is named after the creative achievement that is R Language. 

R Language is an open source language and environment for statistical computing and graphics developed at the University of Auckland. R has become the most popular language for data science and an essential tool for Finance and analytics driven companies such as Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

R consists of an integrated suite of software facilities for data manipulation, calculation and graphical display.

As a thriving open-source project, R is supported by a community of more than 2 million users and thousands of developers worldwide.

R was initially written by Robert Gentleman and Ross Ihaka—also known as "R & R" of the Statistics Department of the University of Auckland in 1997. Station R is so named to celebrate the little known international success story of Robert and Ross’ intellectual creativity that is still unfolding just a few stops down the track!

We are proud to announce the Ockham Foundation Post Graduate Scholarships in Statistics that will help the University of Auckland Mathematics to remain at the forefront of statistical research. The two scholarships are for an amount of $25,000 each and be awarded later this year.