Two Hobsonville buildings with long and colourful histories will soon become facilities for the flourishing community.
Auckland Council has assigned $4.2 million to buy the Old Headquarters and the Sunderland Lounge from Hobsonville Land Company.
The funding was approved as part of the long term plan last month.
The next step is to negotiate purchase of the properties.
Upper Harbour Local Board deputy chairman Brian Neeson is pleased the buildings are being valued and restored like they should be, especially after they were initially removed from the long term plan.
"It's taken hard work to get them back on it.
"The buildings are of historical significance and we're thrilled."
Chairwoman Margaret Miles says the buildings will provide a link to past activities of the area.
"With increasing numbers of residents living in Hobsonville Point as more houses are built there will be an increased need to provide community meeting space such as this," she says.
The Old Headquarters is an art deco building built in the late 1930s and it has a long historic association with the airbase.
The Sunderland Lounge was built in the late 1940s and was initially used as the airbase's cinema. It is named after the Sunderland seaplanes which were based at Hobsonville in the 1940s and 1950s.
Mayor Len Brown says the buildings mean a lot to West Aucklanders and the history of the region.
"I'm very supportive of local boards across Auckland that are investigating ways to preserve historically significant buildings like the former RNZAF buildings at Hobsonville Point," he says.
Mr Neeson says demand will grow as the population of Hobsonville does.
"The land company has kept it beautifully so little work needs to be done."
Hobsonville Land Company sustainability manager Katja Lietz says it was sensible for the council to buy the buildings.
"We support them being retained as community facilities."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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