Removal of soft fittings, asbestos and deconstruction of the Housing New Zealand (HNZ) residential estate at 139 Greys Ave gathers momentum this month.

Sarcha Hayter, Senior Communications & Engagement Advisor, says new housing at the central Auckland site is an opportunity to better utilise land, house more people and work in new ways to better support tenants.

“We will be creating a welcoming, supportive, and connected community within Greys Ave, and an environment that promotes greater health and well being for all our tenants,” says First Name .

Redevelopment of the land will see 87 old units that are no longer fit for purpose, replaced with more than 200 warm, dry, modern apartments. At least 80 apartments are designed for high and needs tenants, many of whom may currently be homeless. Extensive on-site wrap-around support services and community facilities offer a modern, supportive, urban community.

Timeline for the demolition and construction process.

April 2019 – August 2019

  • Soft fittings removed
  • safe removal of asbestos
  • deconstruction of the existing building

August 2019 – March 2020

  • Construction of podium

December 2020 – 2022

  • Construction of buildings


  • Building construction complete
  • Support services in place
  • Tenants move in
  • Party like its 1999

Asbestos removal.

An accredited asbestos removal company completes safe transportation and disposal of the asbestos. Removal is independently monitored to ensure no risk to surrounding areas or neighbours.


As much material as possible will be reused. Deconstruction ensures retention of materials that can be recycled and reused.

Native wood is being used by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to create new carvings and furniture.

Works will be carried out in accordance with Auckland Council requirements. This includes hours of work, contractor parking, noise and dust control.

Site hours:

Monday – Friday, 7.00am to 6.00pm

Saturday, 8.00am to 5.00pm

No work on Sundays or public holidays without written approval from Housing New Zealand.

Neighbours must be informed of additional work or maintenance in advance.

Site is secure and monitored regularly by security.