Ockham Residential


1817 Great North Road, Avondale

Introducing Aroha

We’re thrilled, privileged actually, to bring Aroha to Avondale. It’s a brilliant community – one of the best – where people work hard, look forward to the future, look out for each other too. A suburb with soul. Aroha will be a worthy addition. Let’s check it out.

Set at the intersection of Great North Road and Ash Street, Aroha stands at the gateway into Avondale, one of Auckland's most dynamic and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods. Just 8km from the CBD – and with trains to Britomart, bike paths abounding and buses in all directions – Avondale's impeccably well-connected. Add in a major town centre regeneration, new cafes and restaurants popping up everywhere – plus the biggest and most thrillingly diverse weekend marketanywhere in the city – and you'll see what the buzz is about. Up-and-coming Avondale has everything going for it, a city-fringe suburb that's changing fast while retaining its gritty, essential 'Avondaleness'.

There’s a lot of love in this part of town and Aroha will both fit in and stand out. Its white glazed brick flexes and mirrors the day, azure-tinted when the sun’s out, grey when it’s grim. Aroha’s other brick, a dappled red with subtle mauve hues, adds warmth and old school elegance. And practicality: a core Ockham principle is to build with classic, proven materials which not only look good, but minimise maintenance for residents. We build to last.

And we build for our residents. We recognise you’ll sometimes want to shut the door and retreat to your sanctuary: with double-glazing and excellent inter-tenancy soundproofing you’re quiet and tucked away when you want to be. But our buildings also become communities: Aroha has the outstanding extras people expect from us, including a swimming pool, dual residents’ lounges, community gardens and secure covered carparking. In short: it’s Ockham quality inside and out.

Expected completion Late 2022.

Aroha by name and by nature

Aroha is the third instalment in Ockham’s deepening relationship with Marutūāhu Iwi. It follows the sell-out success of Tuatahi in Mt Albert and Kōkihi in Waterview.

Says Marutūāhu Chair Paul Majurey: “When we finish Aroha, we’ll have delivered 330 homes to Aucklanders, many of these for first-home buyers.” It’s a significant contribution, one that’s about more than just the bottom line. “Our relationship with Ockham is a partnership in the truest sense of the word,” Majurey says. “It’s a union that recognises our commitment to community, to whānau, to whenua.” And what of the name? “Surprisingly it was Ngati Ockham’s suggestion,” Majurey says. “The common understanding – that it means ‘love’ – is pretty special as it is. But Aroha has other meanings – it translates to affection, compassion, empathy.

”We put a lot of thought into our buildings’ names,” says Ockham co-founder, Mark Todd. “Aroha – fully understood – is thoughtful, generous and inclusive. It’s a collection of virtues that the world needs right now and that I hope, in our own small way, we contribute to at Ockham. Aroha is a name for the times, a symbol for the moment.”

Apartment options

One-bedroom, 1 + study and 2-bedroom options available from $450,000 (KiwiBuild) and $460,000 (open market)

Aroha Sales Suite

Our display suite at 54 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn is open daily between 11-3pm. We also offer virtual tours, Zoom and private viewings by appointment.

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The Aroha Local’s Guide to Avondale

Sitting on the city’s doorstep — and gateway to our West Coast beaches — Avondale is a suburb superficially familiar to many of us. We know the racecourse and market and spider which carry the name: we will have passed through it on rail, bus and car missions into town or else out West.

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Our Philosophy

We see housing as infrastructure. That allows us to consider the long-term outcomes of development rather than merely the short-term bottom line.

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