This week Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities welcomed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the first residents to the Bader Mackenzie development in Māngere. The development comprises 65 residences consisting of 1, 2 and 4-bedroom Homestar 6 certified homes. The design includes a secure play area, located adjacent to a community room that will provide the residents with a multipurpose space to accommodate various communal activities.
The masterplanning of the site places the five apartment blocks facing the intersection of MacKenzie Road and Bader Drive. This formalises the corner providing a clear sense of address while acknowledging the importance of Te Pane o Mataaoho maunga (Māngere Mountain). As a result, the scheme has maintained a generous amount of open landscape space where the existing mature trees have been preserved. The building forms continue to explore Peddlethorp’s research-based approach to design, delivering spatial and cost efficient solutions through modular, standardised design.
While the apartment blocks respectfully acknowledge the Maunga and the street intersection, the Terrace houses allow the development to transition down in scale to a more suburban setting. The privacy screens reference the pā tūwatawata featured in Māori settlements and are used across both apartments and houses.
Landscaped areas (designed by Rob Bark from Bloomfield & Bark Landscape Architects) feature level access circulation spaces that prioritise pedestrian movement over vehicles, where resident safety and wellbeing are primary considerations. Mature native planting and fruit trees were included, and the exterior finishes are durable and designed to act as way-finding elements which demarcate pedestrian and vehicle zones.
Peddlethorp wishes to thank Jo Charlton and the Kāinga Ora team for their ongoing support. Kāinga Ora's continuous drive to deliver exceptional urban and architectural outcomes will result in safer, healthier built environments which will ultimately enhance residents and the wider community's wellbeing as a whole.
Congratulations to the organisations and individuals that have made this great project possible.