Our Auckland South region encompasses the constantly expanding districts south of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. From the central city to the eastern edge of the Manukau Harbour, Auckland South is a diverse community rich in contrasts, from a dense urban centres to spacious rural landscapes fringed by rolling green country and mangrove-rich estuaries.
The Auckland isthmus was home to Maori for a thousand years before European settlement. The Auckland basin was and is the home of the Ngati Whatua Iwi, or tribe. Now, over 181 different ethnic groups from all over the world call Auckland home, and the city is home to the largest Pacific Island population in the world.
The ethnic diversity of South Auckland in particular gives it a richness of cultural influence.
As an example Papakura has a population of almost 50,000 – which the Auckland City Council expects to double by the year 2050. The large population is served by many schools and tertiary education institutes, and numerous medical centres/hospitals.
The Franklin District is bounded by the northern Waikato plains, the Hunua Ranges, the Firth of Thames on the south east and Port Waikato – the mouth of the Waikato River, in the south west.
The area is mainly rural, but is undergoing much development. The New Zealand Steel steel mill at Glenbrook is a major local industry.
Auckland’s relentless growth will ensure the Auckland South Generation Homes team will be kept busy helping new customers into quality houses for many years to come.
Our Auckland South General Manager - Sean Bignell
Sean Bignell is our General Manager for Auckland South. Large-scale infrastructure projects, complex financing, legal and commercial structures and partnering arrangements across government and the private sector are Sean’s areas of specialisation.
His experience ranges from large-scale infrastructure projects to redevelopment and regeneration in New Zealand and Australia. He recently led the master-planning team with the Housing Project Office (HPO) of Auckland Council, and previously worked as General Manager Asset Development for Housing New Zealand.
Sean has worked on projects ranging from large master-planned developments to specialised community based housing facilities. He is passionate about developing communities to replace cluster housing in New Zealand.
His extensive knowledge of the New Zealand housing environment will be beneficial to Generation Homes in successfully developing sustainable communities.