A new industrial park suitable for a number of uses including light manufacturing is to open in the Waikato region of New Zealand.
Stuff.co.nz reports that Nau Mai Business Park is on State Highway 23, four kilometres out of the town of Raglan.
According to Developer Bob Carter of Tasman Lands Limited, there was once much industrial activity in the area.
"At one time there was more industrial land than residential in Raglan,” he told Stuff.co.nz.
He added that the shipping industry has left the town and high residential land values have meant that most of Raglan is now devoted to housing.
The new park takes advantage of some of the only land in the area that is suitable for industrial purposes.
Zoned for industrial purposes, retail operation is allowed if it uses 20 per cent or less of the floor space or if it is hardware or farming related.
From an environmental point of view, the new industrial park has 8000 native trees which cover 40 per cent of the land. And there is a pond that also serves as a fire water reservoir.
"It's been a long journey getting the consents. We've had tremendous support from some of the neighbours and local iwi," Carter said.
Apart from light manufacturing the park is suitable for storage, landscape supply and vehicle servicing operations.