Thursday, 23 January 2020


Work on new Kupe’s Crossing building to start soon

The Cerinara Trust, the owner of the Kupe’s Crossing development in Whitianga (adjacent to New World in Joan Gaskell Drive), announced last week that work on a further building in the development will start soon. Kupe’s Carwash and Guthrie Bowron are already located within the development.

“The new building will be approximately 3,000m² in size and will be developed in two stages,” says Tara Corley, a spokesperson for the Cerinara Trust. “The first stage will be tenanted by 100% Appliances and the Evolution Fitness gym in Whitianga. We are in negotiations with potential tenants for stage two and hope to be able to make an announcement in that regard in the not too distant future.

“All going to plan, stage one will be open by May next year and stage two before Christmas next year.”

Mark Milmine, the owner of 100% Appliances Whitianga, currently located on the corner of Albert Street and Lee Street, says the new building will provide them with almost 900m² of showroom space and just under 300m² of storage and office space. “Our showroom space will increase almost six-fold,” he says. “The move will enable us to stock not only a larger range of appliances, but also a variety of lifestyle products. We’ll be designing our new store in such a way that we maximise our customers’ shopping experience. For instance, we’re planning to build a working ‘theatre’ kitchen for live cooking demonstrations.

“We hope that a wider selection of products will benefit everyone in the wider Mercury Bay area.”

Buddy and Billie Hunter, the owners of Evolution Fitness, are excited about their move to Kupe’s Crossing. “When we bought the gym three and a half years ago, we knew that we were going to outgrow our existing premises in Coghill Street and almost immediately started looking for somewhere suitable to move to,” says Buddy. “We’re really bulging at the seams now and when the opportunity came around for a purpose-built gym, we had to jump at it.”

The new gym will occupy more than 560m² of floorspace, more than double the size of the existing Evolution Fitness premises. The main exercise area will increase significantly and will include circuit training. Buddy and Billie will add more equipment to the area. The area will remain accessible 24/7.

“We’re also adding to the gym a martial arts dojo with a focus on mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a creche and a classroom where we can offer spin and weights classes, mobility classes for the elderly and bootcamp for kids,” says Buddy. “Access to the main exercise area will be through a café area where we’ll be selling things like smoothies and coffee.

“We have some highly-skilled martial arts practitioners in the Mercury Bay area and are privileged to create a studio where they can share their skills and experience with others.

“We’ll be the biggest gym on the Coromandel Peninsula/Hauraki Plains area once we move into the new Kupe’s Crossing building.”

Brett Barnham, the manager of Whitianga Social Services, is an experienced mixed martial arts practitioner and says he’s fully supportive of Buddy and Billie’s move to larger premises. “As you train physically and set a clear routine of looking after yourself, it also creates focus and stability mentally,” he says. “The self-discipline, self-control and time out for yourself during physical training is something you can personally set, control and enjoy in your own life.

“Buddy and Billie really get it. They grew up in small-town New Zealand and have a real passion for the wellbeing of Whitianga and the wider Mercury Bay area.”

The Kupe’s Crossing development is named after the original name of Whitianga - Te Whitianga-o-Kupe. “We wanted a name for the development that had its roots in Whitianga and was specific to the Mercury Bay area,” says Tara. “We didn’t want something generic that could be anywhere. We’ve done a lot of research before we decided on Kupe’s Crossing.

“Elements of Kupe’s waka will be included in the design elements of the new building in the development.”

Pictured: Buddy and Billie Hunter, the owners of Evolution Fitness in Whitianga, are excited about moving the gym to a new building in the Kupe’s Crossing development. Work on the building will start soon.


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