Who is Hobsonville Land Company? HLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Housing New Zealand Corporation. We manage the development of integrated urban communities. The company was established in 2005 to turn what was the Hobsonville airbase into a new community. What is HLC's role in managing development projects? We're a team of professional people whose role it is to manage or oversee all aspects of a development. HLC exercises a high level of control over the entire project, from the planning and design of homes, streets and neighbourhoods, through to the building programme and engagement of the local and wider community. We make sure we have good relationships with central and local government agencies, developer partners, builder partners and residents. Together we make the project a success. What projects is HLC working on? Since 2006 we've been overseeing the development of Hobsonville Point. The township will eventually be home to around 11,000 Aucklanders. We're very proud of this project, which is becoming a benchmark for sustainable urban development in Auckland. It demonstrates that high quality urban design and affordable housing can be compatible with a commercially-driven approach to land and property development. HLC has just begun work on the Northcote Development. Further projects are in the pipeline and will be announced over the coming months. The government is working to relieve the pressure on Auckland's housing by supplying more homes for more people. The new projects we'll be running will include a mix of social housing for Aucklanders in need, affordable homes aimed at first home buyers, and market housing. Why has HLC been chosen to work on other projects? Over the last decade we've gained a great deal of expertise as a lead developer. We don't just get new homes built. We're skilled at master-planning, investing in infrastructure, creating amenity and providing a range of homes to suit all ages and stages. We know how to increase the urban density of a community while ensuring it’s still a great place to live and work. Hobsonville Point is New Zealand's largest and fastest moving residential development. We're currently completing a new home a day. We have proven we can deliver high quality homes and neighbourhoods at the scale and pace the government requires.
Who leads HLC? CHIEF EXECUTIVE Chris Aiken Chris is highly competent at managing the efficient delivery of large scale developments. He has a commercially focused approach to balancing high quality urban design outcomes and investment returns. He has a passion for creating communities that have both physical and social infrastructure to deliver a sustainable living environment. Chris is also a Director of Metlifecare Retirement Villages. He was a founding signatory of the Urban Design Protocols and a Director of Auckland City Council Property Enterprise Board for the full life of that Board. During his directorship he was involved with key waterfront and urban renewal developments. He is a member of Auckland city’s Urban Design Plan and sits on various advisory groups on Auckland residential development. He represents Hobsonville Land Company as a member of the Australian Government Land Organisations. EXECUTIVE TEAM Hobsonville Land Company's team is made up of more than 20 people. An experienced team of property professionals from private and public sector property environments, the team has the expertise required for large scale development projects, including planning, project management, infrastructure, sustainability, stakeholder management, placemaking and community engagement. HLC works closely with other professionals such as urban designers and architects. BOARD OF DIRECTORS John Duncan, Chair (May 2016) John has extensive experience in global financial markets encompassing Treasury, Corporate Finance, Debt and Equity Capital Markets, M&A and Risk Management. Over a 35 year career he has worked both domestically and internationally taking senior leadership roles with a number of global investment banks, with the most recent being within Goldman Sachs. John is currently the Executive Director of the Auckland Investment Office and continues to provide corporate finance and funding advice to a range of public and private sector companies and entities. John also serves as Deputy Chair of Housing New Zealand Corporation, Chair of Conventions New Zealand and as a Director of Public Trust. Adrienne Young-Cooper, Director Adrienne is the Deputy Chairman Housing New Zealand Corporation, a Director of New Zealand Transport Agency and a Trustee of Cornwall Park Trust Board Inc. She is an experienced full time professional director who in recent years sold her shareholding from her town planning and public policy consulting firm. She is a qualified town planner, with a career in local government and consultancy. In consultancy she specialised in metropolitan growth management and large projects, including many property development projects. Adrienne has held significant board appointments for over ten years in local government, central government organisations in the transport, resources and property sectors. Richard Didsbury, Director Richard graduated in Engineering at Auckland University and has had a diverse career in property. He founded and continues as a Director of Kiwi Property, New Zealand’s largest listed property company, and led the development of Auckland’s biggest shopping centre, Sylvia Park, Auckland’s tallest office building, the Vero Centre, and the leading sustainable office building, ASB. He is currently a Director of Auckland Airport and Skycity. His passion for excellence has resulted in projects which have redefined communities such as that at Matakana Village, and his support for artists and architecture is highlighted at Brick Bay Wines and Sculpture Trail. He led the formation of, and now chairs, the Committee for Auckland. Andrew McKenzie, Director Andrew is the Chief Executive of Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZ), a Crown agent that provides housing services for people in need. HNZ manages more than 64,000 properties nationwide, including about 1,500 houses for community groups providing residential services. Previous to this Andrew was General Manager of Finance for Fletcher Buildings Construction Division, New Zealand’s largest construction operation. Andrew was Chief Finance Officer for the Auckland Council for its first four years, bringing together the operations of the eight previous Councils across Auckland. Previous roles include General Manager Finance at Auckland City Council for its last five years and Chief Finance Officer at Wellington City Council for six years. Andrew holds a BCA and a BA from the University of Wellington and is a Chartered Accountant. Andrew’s background covers roles in finance, strategy, business improvement, Information Technology, property, engineering and operations. In 2013 he was recognised within the industry as the EY New Zealand CFO of the year.