New suburb like a family

KELLY DENNETT
Last updated 05:00 13/12/2013
NZ Defence Force

MISSING PIECE: The land acquired from New Zealand Defence Force spanned three precincts.

Ivy Van Den Broek
Kelly Dennett
AT HOME: Ivy Van Den Broek says her neighbours have become her family at Hobsonville Point.

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Ivy Van Den Broek's neighbours have become like family.

The Singaporean immigrant married Dutch national Ton and the pair has few relatives in New Zealand.

So she was delighted when they moved to Hobsonville Point in June and saw how close the community is.

Now she's set to gain 500 more "family members" as an agreement between Hobsonville Land Company and the government has seen the the crown acquire a 16.5 hectare site.

The government provided $31 million worth of capital to the company to help them purchase the New Zealand Defence Force site.

This will speed up development time by two years before it's expected finish in 2023.

The piece of land spans three precincts at Hobsonville Point, meaning the areas couldn't be fully developed until the land was secured.

Hobsonville Land Company chief executive Chris Aiken says the acquisition is good news for both current and future residents.

Faster completion means residents will have less disruption and quicker access to future amenities, he says.

Mrs Van Den Broek says she and most of her fellow residents aren't worried about the construction.

"We had to bear that in mind when we moved here," she says.

"We know it takes time so we have to tell ourselves to be patient but things are moving in the right direction, we are very happy."

She and Mr Van Den Broek moved here six months ago after buying their detached three bedroom house for $615,000.

After renting in Auckland city for nine years the couple grew tired of the noise weekends brought.

"We drove through here and went ‘wow'," Mrs Van Den Broek says.

They haven't looked back.

While much of the retail and amenities are yet to be developed she says they still make good use of the farmers' market and green areas.

With two new schools in the area many of her neighbours are young families and the community has regular barbecues.

"Everybody takes care of the common areas," Mrs Van Den Broek says.

"You'll find it won't be run down in the next 10 years because everybody is so proud of their environment."

She's glad to have bought before prices really skyrocketed.

Mr Aiken says the development's quick progression is a long term contribution to Auckland's affordability and supply.

The government has identified skyrocketing house prices in Auckland are due to a lack of supply with about 5000 fewer houses being constructed per year than needed.

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