South Auckland development goes to public hearing

A public hearing affecting the development of more than 400 homes in south Auckland will take place this week.

Auckland Council plans to rezone land in the 271ha Kingseat area from rural to urban, allowing the population to grow from 600 to 5000 over the next 40 years.

The owner of the former Kingseat Psychiatric Hospital site, Pulin Investments, has plans for about 450 homes which will be presented during the hearing.

Pulin took over the site after Dong Hu (Danny) Chung’s Kingseat Foundation went into liquidation in 2010. Mr Chung bought the property from the government after it closed its psychiatric and psychopaedic hospitals.

Pulin has one director, Ailan Guo, of Greenhithe, Auckland.

Pulin Investments spokesman Geoff Hodgkinson said he was unable to comment on the company’s plans for the site before the hearing, which began yesterday.

New Zealand Historic Places Trust says the developers have already taken some feedback about heritage buildings on board.

Trust heritage adviser Duncan McKenzie tells NZPI Pulin Investments has already scheduled a longer list of items for protection.

The hearings are expected to take two days, with differing community perspectives on the issue to be presented.

Kingseat Village Incorporated spokesman Nigel Hosken tells NZPI the perspectives in the community are quite varied.

“The views in Kingseat go from one extreme to another. It depends which landowner you talk to.” 

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Are we losing the plot? The New Zealand Historic Places Trust wants parts of this facility preserved for posterity? Surely, in the best intentions, this should be bulldozed so there is no reminder of how bad these places were. I think we should rename the Historic Places Trust the Histrionic Places Trust.

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For some these "places", as you put it, were places of refuge for a while when things became too tough in the outside world. There were also many lives turned around and healed there. Of course, it is common to bag the whole system now but I cannot see that the people who found refuge in these areas are now any better off wandering the street or in tin-pot halfway houses with little support from struggling carers!

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My sister was tortured (electronically) at this historic establishment.

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This shows the insanity of the urban limits placed around New Zealand's cities including Auckland. People aren't allowed to build close to the city around suburbs like Papakura and Drury so they end up developing in Kingseat and bloody Pokeno of all places! Ridiculous.

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