The Development

A little bit about Ockham Residential, the developers behind Manaaki. And some information about the project itself – who is building it, when construction starts, and when it finishes.

Ockham Construction. As part of our commitment to the highest possible standards, Ockham Residential has its own construction arm. Ockham Construction has completed major projects including Daisy (Mt Eden), Tuatahi and Modal (Mt Albert), Kōkihi (Waterview), Star Newton (Newton), Koa Flats (Meadowbank), Aroha (Avondale) and El Aalto (Morningside). In 2023, Ockham Construction delivered 481 apartments, including Manaaki and The Greenhouse (Ponsonby).

There are 210 apartments in Manaaki all up, arranged across four buildings surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

Manaaki is the fourth instalment of Ockham’s partnership with Marutūāhu Iwi, a collaboration that began with Tuatahi (Mt Albert), then  Kōkihi (Waterview) and Aroha in Avondale, which is well underway. Says Marutūāhu Chair Paul Majurey: “When we finish Manaaki, we’ll have delivered 540 homes to Aucklanders, many of these for first-home buyers. It’s a contribution that’s making a material difference to Tāmaki Makaurau: it’s giving people the opportunity to put down their roots, make a home for their whānau, become part of a community. It’s another tangible expression of the manaaki of Marutūāhu.”

“We’re building a legacy together,” says Ockham co-founder, Mark Todd. “High quality, affordable housing is desperately needed, and we’re committed to helping as many Aucklanders as we can find a place in their city.” It’s an ambition, he says, that’s embodied by the name. “Each day we learn something from our Marutūāhu partners,” he says. “Manaaki is a special word and an even more beautiful concept. It means ‘to support, to take care of… to show respect, generosity and concern for others.’ It’s a fine principle to live by; it is a fitting ideal for us to work towards.”


Manaaki certainly looks great, but will the buildings stand the test of time?

They do indeed. As with all Ockham apartments, Manaaki uses quality materials that stand the test of time. The concrete and steel foundations are sturdy and sure, the brick façade chosen not only because it looks good, but because it's resilient and enduring. Low-maintenance style is central to the Ockham ethos.

Our apartments are built to last. Floors are concrete and the inter-tenancy walls (walls between apartments) are designed to provide excellent acoustic privacy. All apartments are double-glazed, have high ceilings, overheight doors and are fitted out to a very high standard. Each comes with an appliance package, which includes a heat pump, an oven, induction cooktop, dishwasher, rangehood and washer/dryer combo.

The Sales Process

One of the advantages of buying an Ockham Residential apartment is that you’re buying directly from us. We have our own specialist sales team who know our developments back to front. They’ll be with you each step of the way.

We hear you – it’s a complicated process with a fair bit of paperwork to get through. We’ve prepared a step-by-step guide to the Sales Process which explains the sequence of things. But we encourage you to take your time and do your own research. Settled, the government’s advisory website, is an excellent source of independent, Plain English info.

Yes, of course! We run open homes every Saturday and Sunday at 9 Jordan Avenue, Onehunga. Or get in touch with the sales team to arrange an appointment at a time that suits you.

To secure an apartment, you need to sign a conditional sale and purchase agreement and pay a deposit of 10%. Our agreement provides a 10-working-day ‘due diligence’ period, which gives your lawyer an opportunity to review the agreement and other documentation. It also gives you time to organise pre-approval for your finance and to do any other homework to make an informed decision. Once you’re satisfied with your ‘due diligence’, you’d then instruct your lawyer to make the agreement unconditional.

As with any property purchase, it’s essential potential buyers seek their own legal and financial advice before signing the contract.

Yes, our sale and purchase agreement provides a 10-working-day ‘due diligence’ timeframe. During this time your lawyer will review the agreement and related documents and you can get an agreement in principle from your bank if you haven’t already done so.

It is also an opportunity to do any other homework so you’re well-informed and ready to proceed. If you change your mind, you can walk away without penalty (and without having to give a reason).

Absolutely. All deposits are held in trust by Ockham Residential’s lawyer until settlement. While your deposit is held within the trust account, you will receive any interest.

Yes, the Manaaki apartments will have a Stratum in Freehold title, sometimes referred to as a unit title.

The Apartments

Car parks. Bike racks. The storage situation. The pool. And the residents’ lounge, work-from-home offices and in-house cafe… tell me more!

We’re big fans of bikes at Ockham and Manaaki has loads of bike parks in a huge dedicated bike room, complete with repair station. There are also additional visitor bike parks beside the café (and EV chargers abounding for juice).

Manaaki boasts the usual Ockham extras – the pool set in a subtropical garden, the mildly massive residents’ lounge, the huge bike garage. But there are a couple of fancy new features.

Each of the four buildings at Manaaki has a dedicated work-from-home office. It gives residents the camaraderie and buzz of an office, but with the race-back-for-lunch-in-two minutes convenience of home (not to mention the productivity gains from forcing slackers out of jarmies and dressing gowns)! The in-house Manaaki café is expected to be up and running in 2024 and will be the perfect venue for our work-from-homers to host business meetings, catch-ups and focused gossip sessions.


If you haven’t lived in an apartment before, you’ll probably have a few admin questions. Like how does the Body Corporate work, who do I see if I need something fixed, can I have pets…

Yes, as with all apartment developments, Manaaki has a Body Corporate. We’ve worked closely with Crockers to develop a comprehensive Body Corporate budget and Body Corporate rules. 

Yes. All Manaaki apartment owners can run for election to the Body Corporate Committee.

Apartment owners are responsible for the annual Body Corporate levy and Auckland Council rates. Water and power are individually metered so you pay for what you use. Building insurance is included in your body corporate fee, but you’ll need to get your own contents insurance.

Ockham Residential’s buildings are constructed from time-proven and durable building products and comply with the latest engineering standards. We have a track record of quality developments and maintain a connection to the buildings – and communities – we’ve become a part of.

We operate a 90-day maintenance period from the date of settlement. If there are any issues or problems within this period, let us know and we’ll fix them. There are emergency contacts for any urgent matters. Following the 90-day maintenance period, any further building defects are covered under the Building Act.

The Manaaki Body Corporate will be the beneficial holder of all guarantees and material warranties.

Yes, there is an offsite building manager contracted to Manaaki. They handle the day-to-day operations and maintenance required in the development. With all Ockham developments we look to the long-term. Our developments are built with durable – and enduring – materials to keep ongoing maintenance costs as low as possible.

Yes, pets are allowed – with the written consent from the Body Corporate. Please check the Body Corporate rules if you plan to have a pet.

Bins are provided for rubbish and recycling in a rubbish room. These are emptied several times a week by an external contractor under the management of the Body Corporate.

Good security is one of the real benefits of apartment living. Your swipe card gives you access to your building. That same card allows you to move around the building to get to the areas you need (your apartment level, car park and common areas). Normal keys are provided for apartment entry doors. There's CCTV outside the building and also in the car park areas.