Northwest needs more ratepayer cash - Stride

Northwest's new square opened in October last year, along with Northwest Two - the centre's dining and office development.
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Northwest's new square opened in October last year, along with Northwest Two - the centre's dining and office development.

The Northwest Shopping Centre wants ratepayer cash to "activate the centre and the community", senior marketing manager Linh Luong says.

​Luong, of Stride Property Group, spoke at the Henderson-Massey Local Board meeting on May 16. 

After the initial $125 million Northwest build, Luong said Stride invested significantly in events such as movies in the square and a busking festival in January, without help from council.

Retailers from the Northwest Shopping Centre say it has been difficult since the centre opened.
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Retailers from the Northwest Shopping Centre say it has been difficult since the centre opened.

Auckland Council had spent about $70m to date on the Westgate Town Centre development.

Luong said Stride built the shopping centre with the view it was a growing area.

Since launching, Stride had run a number of activation events to try and engage with the community, she said.

Centre management ran movies in the square events this year - it wants public money to do more events for shoppers.
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Centre management ran movies in the square events this year - it wants public money to do more events for shoppers.

"We are seeking support from the board for future family type events. We simply can't do it alone," Luong said. 

When questioned on how much Stride was asking for she said the company "had no expectation".

"It's more about having this dialogue with the board."

The listed property group reported "distributable profit" of $18.7m in its interim report for the year ended September 2016. Net profit after income tax for the NZX-listed entity for the period was $27.5m.

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The mall had a marketing budget. This was reliant on both retailer and investor contributions. 

Stirling Sports Northwest manager, Andrew Marinovich, said he hoped more free events will encourage people in the community to visit the centre - and help local businesses. 

"Since moving from Westgate, it has been difficult. Financially we have put a lot of pressure on Stride to get stuff done but we are all here for the long run. I signed a lease for four years and hopefully I can sign on for another four moving forward."

The Northwest representatives said the opening of the council-funded new community facility and park nearby presented opportunities for more activation events. 

The local board gave "tentative" dates for when both projects would be completed - October for the park and December for the centre.

Fletcher Construction was awarded the $29m contract to build the community centre. It will house a library, community meeting spaces, toilets and an exhibition space.

NorthWest Two - with restaurants and office space - opened in October 2016. Stride's report said revenue was expected to increase earnings in the second half of the year, ended 31 March 2017.

It said occupancy was at 96.4 per cent, reflecting vacant office space at NorthWest Two.

 - Stuff

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