Nestled underneath the striking Maungarei (Mt Wellington) and alongside the Panmure basin and the Tāmaki river, it’s also just thirteen minutes from downtown Auckland by train. There’s a bustling high street, a library, and five schools in the area, including Sommerville School for students with special educational needs.
Panmure’s heritage and diverse cultural makeup is reflected in its high street, where historic buildings sit alongside great places to eat, shop and connect with neighbours. There are over 240 businesses in this area, supported by an active business community. Whether it’s lu pulu masima from the islands, traditional Malaysian hand-pulled noodles, Sri Lankan spices or craft beer; you’ll find it here on Queen’s Road.
Much of community life in Panmure happens in and around the basin. Many Aucklanders have fond memories of days spent splashing at the Lagoon Pool and Leisure Centre, which hugs the basin’s shoreline. The Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club is also situated on its shores, and the path that winds its way around the lagoon is dotted with playgrounds and is well loved by local families.
Panmure residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to play and enjoy the great outdoors. The extensive Mt Wellington War Memorial Reserve is situated between Panmure and the coast, and is home to tennis courts, the Marist rugby club grounds, and the waka ama, rowing and yachting clubs. There are plentiful playgrounds in the area for the kids, and a coastal walkway which will eventually form part of the planned Tāmaki loop.
Over the next 20 years, the old state houses in Panmure are being replaced by around 2,500 new, high quality homes. Of these, around one third will be state homes, and around two thirds affordable and market homes. The construction of homes is accompanied by significant investment in parks, community facilities, streets, infrastructure and transport.
Together with Panuku, the Maungakieke-Tāmaki Local Board and the Panmure Business Association, we’re working on a range of initiatives to bring a fresh vitality to the Panmure town centre, including upgraded streetscapes, better walking and cycling connections to and from the town centre, and a new community hub and town square. We’ll also continue to support local businesses to grow, and to attract new businesses to the area.
The Tāmaki Loop is set to become a popular family destination for locals and visitors alike. This shared pedestrian and cycle route will connect residents across Tāmaki to each other, the striking Maungarei (Mount Wellington), and the sparkling awa, taking in expansive parks and playgrounds. Co-designed with local iwi, hāpu and the community, it will showcase Tāmaki’s rich natural and cultural history along the way.
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