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Ruakura Development Update #5

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Kia ora taatou,

The leasing programme for Ruakura Superhub was a key focus last week; with the announcement of Waitomo Group as the first retail/service tenant for Ruakura.

Locally-founded Waitomo Group will develop a flagship 1.6 hectare service centre incorporating Hydrogen, EV and conventional fuels, truck fuelling facilities, quick service restaurants, a cafe and a convenience store.  The service centre will be accessible off the Waikato Expressway via the Ruakura interchange and is due to open in mid-2022.

Waitomo Group MD Jimmy Ormsby and Chris Joblin, CEO Tainui Group Holdings sign the agreement

TGH is pleased to see a locally-founded company take advantage of the opportunities provided by Ruakura alongside a number of national and international tenant discussions currently in progress and following the confirmation of PBT as the first logistics tenant last year.

Roading update

Two critical roading projects being delivered by Hamilton City Council are in full swing, with construction work for both projects being carried out by Schick Civil Construction Limited.

Construction is well underway on stage one – key transport connections, with one key focus area being Silverdale Road realignment (once completed the realigned Silverdale Road will link into Ruakura Road).

Other development over the past week continued around the inland port area, where shifting of the pre-load to adjacent areas continues in full swing.  Meanwhile the 8-hectare wetland and connecting water-courses have been largely formed, if not yet fully immersed.  The pictures below are obviously taken before the planned planting of 1 million native plants in and around this area over the next several years as part of habitat restoration and improvement.  It’s great to see some native birds already making the wetland their home.


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Waitomo Group to open flagship service centre at Ruakura Superhub

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Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) today announced the first service and retail offering for the Ruakura Superhub currently under development on the eastern boundary of Hamilton.

TGH has signed an agreement with Waikato-based fuel distributor Waitomo Group to develop a full-service, flagship site accessible off the Waikato Expressway via the Ruakura interchange.

“We are delighted to welcome Waitomo Group to Ruakura Superhub. With almost 75 years on the clock, we are confident they know and understand locals and visitors to our region. It is great to see a locally-founded company take advantage of the opportunities provided by Ruakura and to deliver the kind of excellent experiences we aspire to provide,” said Chris Joblin, Chief Executive of TGH.
The 1.6 hectare site will incorporate a Waitomo Fuel Stop with alternative energy options including hydrogen refuelling and EV charging stations as well as commercial truck refuelling lanes. A touch-free carwash, two quick-service restaurants, a café and a convenience store will round out the offerings.

The new site is planned to be open by mid-2022.

Jimmy Ormsby, Managing Director of Waitomo Group, said the business is proud and honoured to be the first retail/service tenant to sign for the Ruakura Superhub.

“This partnership with TGH to develop our flagship Waitomo site at Ruakura cements our commitment to the region we call home and builds on our rapid growth in the market over the last five years. We’re proud, and honoured, to work with our partners at TGH to help bring the vision of
the Ruakura Superhub to reality. The service centre development will reflect the scale and quality expected from a project of national significance.” Mr Ormsby said.

Waitomo was founded in Te Kuiti in 1947 by Desmond Ormsby, and is now managed and owned by the third generation of the Ormsby family. The company will mark its 75th anniversary next year. The company is committed to disrupting the New Zealand fuel market with competitive choice and pricing through its network of more than 80 Fuel Stops and Diesel Stops stretching from Paihia to Dunedin. Mr Joblin said confirmation of the new service centre added to the momentum around Ruakura Superhub. Extensive earthworks, construction of local connecting roads and leasing negotiations are now in progress right across the first 92-hectare first stage of the 480 hectare-site.

Ruakura is amongst New Zealand’s largest developments, spanning logistics, industrial, retail and
residential development areas. Located at an emerging ‘sweet spot’ for New Zealand’s supply chain,
it will be anchored by a 30-hectare inland port, with the first 17-hectare stage now in development
by TGH and Port of Tauranga, in a 50/50 joint venture announced earlier this year.

The inland port will be serviced by high-capacity rail and roading infrastructure, with the East Coast main trunk rail line running along the Port’s northern boundary and the new Waikato Expressway on the eastern boundary. Initially, rail services will be provided by the existing MetroPort trains running between Auckland and Tauranga.

The Ruakura precinct is estimated to accommodate 6,000-12,000 jobs once it is fully developed and will have significant social and economic benefits for Waikato iwi, Hamilton, the region and New Zealand as a whole. The Ruakura Superhub inland port and adjoining logistics hub is on track to open in early/mid 2022.

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Ruakura Development Update #4

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This week we have some visual updates on progress at Ruakura Superhub with new aerial photography taken by a drone on the 14th of May.

The platform for the first 17 hectares of Ruakura Inland Port (Stage 1), takes shape alongside the East Coast Main Trunk (ECMT) Line. Two 800 metre rail sidings will be constructed off the ECMT coming into the inland port.

The 35 hectare Logistics West area takes shape, looking towards the inland port.

New local roading connections start to emerge from the former farmland. Shown is the intersection between Road 3 and Ruakura Road West, which will eventually be a major, signalised road junction.

The 10-hectare wetland area begins to emerge as distinct topographical form. The area will feature extensive native planting, walking tracks and habitat for tuna (eels) and native fauna.


Team planting

On Friday 14 May, members of the TGH team took advantage of pristine weather to plant the first 400, of what will be 1 million native plants incorporated in the 92 hectare stage 1 of Ruakura Superhub.  The pics show planting of Carex flagellifera (brown) and Carex dissita (green) flaxes sourced locally from Waikato-Tainui nurseries.

Getting hands on with the planting

Power planting by ngaa waahine

Nga taane take a breather


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Ruakura Development Update #3

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27 April 2021

Kia ora taatou,

Plenty of activity in and around the Ruakura Superhub development site last week.


Ministerial visit
On Thursday 22 April the team hosted the Minister of Transport, Hon. Michael Wood on site for a briefing and viewing of development works underway. Afterwards, the Minister spoke positively to the media of the joined-up planning and development frameworks in the Waikato, the synergies of private and public investment and the smart connections of Ruakura with key infrastructure such as the East Cast Main Trunk Line and new Waikato Expressway as well as Ruakura’s long-term contribution to a de-carbonised economy.

The Waikato Times reported on the visit here.

Ministerial visit
Minister Wood (centre) pictured with Hamilton East M.P Jamie Strange and Chris Joblin (right).

In other engagement on the site, roading contractor (Schick) has been on site running a virtual simulator for university students to try their hand at operating heavy equipment.

Training simulator
The training simulator in action


Community ‘drop in’ session
This coming Thursday 29 April, TGH will be hosting a community drop in information session from 3.00pm to 7.00pm at the Don Llewellyn Sports Pavilion, Gate 3B, Silverdale Road. Our scale model, maps and representatives from TGH and Hamilton City Council will be available to answer questions on Ruakura Superhub and key local transportation connections. The drop-in session has been promoted with radio spots on the local Newstalk ZB and Coast radio stations, print advertising in the Waikato Times and Hamilton Press, a letter drop to residents, social media posts and inclusion in the University of Waikato staff email.


On site works
This week we started removing the pre-load from the Port area on Wednesday (after three years of compression of the port site). This loading material is now being re-deployed to pre-load the second stage of the inland port. Our contractors C&R have made good progress on site, with the wetlands and drainage channels now operational, and we have completed excavations to the water table levels. Works are now focusing on final trimming.

Aerial view of the site
A new aerial view of the site under development taken this week.


Over the past two weeks we have hosted several prospective tenants on site including some businesses which are not currently operating in the Waikato but are keen to get established here to take advantage of the supply chain benefits we offer. We have also successfully tendered the construction of our first tenant’s building (PBT) and anticipate we will be ready to let this contract in mid-May.

Project Team
Ruakura Superhub


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Ruakura Development Update #2

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9 April 2021

Continuing good construction weather has seen further excellent progress on the wider Ruakura precinct over the past fortnight.

The 10-hectare wetlands are now generally formed and contractor C&R is well underway with the formation of a large island in the middle of the wetland, which will eventually be criss-crossed with public boardwalks.

There are now around 65 people employed on site by the two major contractors. Cambridge based C&R (whose team includes nine women working on site) is engaged by TGH and is well advanced in forming the wetlands, and logistics west area. Next week C&R will start work to form the operations pad for the actual inland port.

Te Rapa headquartered Schick Civil Construction (which is engaged by HCC) has made strong progress in the past week with the formation of Ruakura Road West and Road 4. Personnel from C&R, Schick, HCC and TGH meet daily to ensure safe co-ordination of on-site works.

Earlier today the project team hosted M.P. for Hamilton East Jamie Strange who came to check out progress in this major development within his electorate.  Please see the pictures below:


Week 1 progress made by Schick Civil Construction on the Ruakura West Spine Road. 

The Road 4 swale is ready for topsoil.

 The PBT site is pre-loaded to compact the ground prior to construction.



TGH CEO Chris Joblin and Jamie Strange, M.P. for Hamilton East are dwarfed by earthmoving equipment.

Jamie and Chris near the wetland and island – which will feature a network of public walking tracks.


Following the inaugural leasing agreement with PBT Express Freight Network for an initial 10,000 sqm announced in mid-December last year, the next significant leasing deal is very close and expected to be announced in a matter of weeks.  Beyond that, there is a long pipeline of discussions in progress with leading and large businesses at varying stages of maturity – including a significant level of unsolicited inbound enquiry.


TGH, together with partners such as the Hamilton City Council and others has a community information ‘drop in’ day planned for Thursday 29 April.  This will be held at ‘The Don’ Sports Pavilion on University of Waikato Grounds at Silverdale Road from 4-7pm.

Questions or suggestions?

Please email us on or phone 0508 RUAKURA (0508 782 5872).

Leasing enquiry?

Richard Jefferies, General Manager Commercial, Mobile: +64 27 404

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