Kiwi Property is committed to delivering a brighter New Zealand by reducing our resource consumption, contributing to community building and providing  reliable investment option from a high-quality property portfolio.

our sustainability performance

Our sustainability programme has been operating for more than 20 years and is an important part of our value proposition.

Like many companies, when we embarked on our sustainability programme, we started with a focus on implementing environmental initiatives that would reduce operating costs and allow us to tread more lightly on this planet.

Today, we deliver for our stakeholders by taking holistic approach to investment management, with a focus on commitments across people, plant and profit.  We have set guidelines on how we will:

  • contribute positively to the communities in which we operate
  • continue to reduce our environmental footprint, and
  • continue to deliver sustainable returns to our shareholders.

You can read or download our 2023 sustainability report below.

sustainability report detailed approach
energy savings

energy savings

We have reduced our energy consumption by 35%

water savings

water savings

Since 2012 we’ve reduced our water consumption by 16%

waste consumption

waste consumption

Since 2012 we’ve reduced our waste to landfill by 24%

carbon emission

carbon emission

We have reduced our operational carbon footprint by 60%. We continue to be a leading force in this space, achieving an A rating for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in 2020.

charging stations

charging stations

Across our portfolio, there are now 33 free electric vehicle charging stations across five of our retail centres including eight Tesla supercharger stations and 16 stations provided in partnership with Meridian Energy.

In a first for New Zealand shopping centres, we also have added 10 e-bike charging stations at LynnMall.

energy efficient buildings

energy efficient buildings

Across our existing office assets, we have achieved the following NABERSNZ ratings:

ANZ Raranga – 5 Star NABERSNZ
ASB North Wharf – 4.5 Star NABERSNZ
The Aurora Centre – 5.5 Star NABERSNZ
44 The Terrace – 4.5 Star NABERSNZ
Vero Centre – 4.5 Star NABERSNZ
65 Bryce Street – 4 Star NABERSNZ

people, planet, profit


we are community builders
Our assets connect us to diverse people and cultures across New Zealand. We set out to create spaces where people feel they belong and that contribute to wellness and inclusiveness by providing a broad mix of spaces for both active and restful enjoyment.

a vibrant culture, focused on excellence
The people component of our sustainability programme focuses on our employees, customers, visitors, suppliers and communities, ensuring we provide environments where people may flourish. As an employer,

we do this by promoting diversity, ensuring we adhere to best practice labour standards, while providing appropriate training, cultural awareness and wellbeing programmes.

We also regularly support our community by:

  • providing space in our mixed-use and retail centres for Justice of the Peace and events run by New Zealand Police, Fire Emergency New Zealand and other community organisations
  • providing park-and-ride facilities to local events
  • allowing our mixed-use and retail centres to be used for training for assistance dogs and New Zealand Police dogs, and
  • providing gift cards for local sports or hobby clubs for player of the day or giveaways.



we are focused on reducing our footprint
We’re deeply committed to investing in a brighter New Zealand by lowering our resource consumption and carbon footprint, preserving our nation’s outstanding biodiversity, and by encouraging others to do the same.  By focussing on reducing our resource consumption and carbon footprint, we not only obtain better environmental outcomes, we also deliver tangible benefits to our business.

working towards a brighter New Zealand
Our environmental programme continues to reap significant rewards. Since our 2012 audited base year (for carbon reporting) to 31 March 2022, see our savings above.



sustainable returns by creating exceptional experiences
We are committed to delivering sustainable returns for our investors.

delivery sustainable returns by creating exceptional experiences
Long before Green Star rating tools were available in New Zealand, Kiwi Property deployed best-in-class sustainable design principles.

In 2005, when we built Sylvia Park, sustainable design was one of the eight guiding principles we initiated, which drove a raft of sustainable outcomes. We even built a railway station to ensure Aucklanders could travel to Sylvia Park by train.

By building assets that remain relevant, attractive and focus on endurance, we can deliver on our objective of providing our investors with long-term sustainable returns.

we have high ethical standards and integrity
The Board of Kiwi Property is responsible for, and committed to, ensuring the Company maintains best practice corporate governance structures and high ethical standards and integrity.


The Aurora Centre receives excellent 5.5 NABERSNZ energy rating

Major redesign of Wellington office complex receives 'excellent' 5.5 energy rating.

Kiwi Property is proud to announce that our strategic redevelopment of The Aurora Centre office complex in Wellington has garnered the building a 5.5 Star NABERSNZ™[1] Energy Rating – one of the highest in the country.

Our major reconstruction project kicked off in 2016, joining the former Unisys House and Aurora Chambers to form a larger, cohesive office space comprising an expansive 24,276 sqm. The refurbishment was kickstarted to accommodate a new 18-year lease for the Ministry of Social Development, a major Crown occupier.

National Facilities Manager, Jason Happy, said: “Getting a NABERSNZ rating is independent validation of our investment and the huge work to realise that investment.”

“Sustainability is embedded in everything we do at Kiwi Property. This enables us to focus on reducing our resource consumption while building asset and business resilience.”

The high NABERSNZ Energy Rating was assisted by:

  • fit for purpose office layouts developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Development
  • high performance, Low-E double glazing
  • an energy efficient DALI lighting system
  • CO2 based demand on-floor ventilation systems
  • expanded, more efficient floor plates with inter-storey circulation stairs
  • high efficiency chiller/cooler tower plant
  • zone based occupant controlled T5 lighting for more precise control, usage monitoring, and self-diagnostics

“Perhaps the best choice overall in our project choices was the inclusion of demand-controlled ventilation. Using this system, air provided and energy expended to control multi-zone comfort levels are proportional to what’s required by the CO2-based demand controls on each level,” said Mr Happy.

“This means we’re delivering a better experience for our tenants while reducing energy consumption and costs.”

John Gallagher, NABERSNZ Assessor for The Aurora Centre base building rating and Director of Anax Ltd, said: “I was impressed by the 5.5 star rating, especially given the scale of the building and its high occupancy rate. It reflects the good design of the air conditioning systems and ongoing good management of these systems.”

“This means we’re delivering a better experience for our tenants while reducing energy consumption and costs.”

John Gallagher, NABERSNZ Assessor for The Aurora Centre base building rating and Director of Anax Ltd, said: “I was impressed by the 5.5 star rating, especially given the scale of the building and its high occupancy rate. It reflects the good design of the air conditioning systems and ongoing good management of these systems.”

[1] NABERSTM and NABERSNZTM are owned by the New South Wales Government through the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECATM) is the licensee of NABERSNZ in New Zealand. NABERSNZ is administered by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC).

leading industry change for energy efficiency

Light emitting diodes, or LED's, are not only more efficient than traditional metal halides and fluorescent lamps, they also offer far longer lifespans.

Unfortunately, LED’s are expensive, meaning long payback times. By partnering with ECOLight we have transformed the economics with these energy and material efficient forms of lighting, for our benefit and the environment’s benefit.

An LED’s lifespan is 25 times longer than traditional metal halide and fluorescent lamps, and one LED strip is equivalent to 1.5 fluorescent lamps. The project is estimated to save over 300,000
traditional lamps being produced and disposed of. The average fluorescent lamp contains 30mg of mercury, which means this project alone is estimated to save over 9 kg of mercury being used and disposed of.

Our energy target for the reporting period was to extend our light replacement programme. By switching from traditional globes to LED’s we aimed to reduce our energy consumption by 500,000 kWh per annum.

Our target was surpassed six-fold with the retrofitting of 9,700 light fittings saving 3.3 million kWh of power annually and 336 tCO2e.

As a result of this programme, 80% of the common areas in our buildings are now lit by LED’s.

In partnership with ECOLight, we have developed a product that not only revolutionises how energy efficient lighting retrofitting is undertaken, but a product that also actively reduces
hazardous waste to landfill.

From an economic perspective, our light-fitting solution has reduced the cost of LED’s to a two-year payback period, whilst also increasing the efficiency of the LED fittings by including motion and daylight sensors in each light fitting.

ECOLight is poised to support businesses around New Zealand to significantly improve the quality and life expectancy of their lighting and reduce their electricity and maintenance costs by between 50 – 80%. Commercial lighting in New Zealand uses 2.1 billion kWh per year, which when replaced with ECOLight’s LED’s will save between 1.05 billion kWh and 1.68 billion kWh per year and approximately 200,000 tCO.

To read more about our energy outcomes in 2018, read our latest Sustainability Report.

leading the way in solar energy

We have reinforced our commitment to renewable energy.

We have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with Meridian Energy, with a view to rolling out New Zealand’s largest  combined solar installation across at least four of our shopping centres.

Under the agreement, Meridian will invest in the upfront system cost and then charge Kiwi Property for the solar power generated under an innovative Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) solution. Ownership of the array will pass to Kiwi Property at the end of the PPA term, which is anticipated to be the mid-point of the system’s lifecycle.

The installation programme, a first for New Zealand, is expected to deliver capacity in excess of 650kW. Once the programme is complete, it is expected that Kiwi Property’s combined solar power capacity, including the existing 350kW Sylvia Park system, will exceed 1MW, making us the largest commercial user of solar energy in New Zealand.

This bold next step in our solar programme follows the installation in 2015 of what was then New Zealand’s largest photo-voltaic system for producing solar power on the roof of Sylvia Park, producing 447,566 kWh of electricity and saving 45 tCO2e. This system now produces 19% of Sylvia Park’s base building electricity requirements.

To read more about our energy outcomes in 2018, read our latest Sustainability Report.

rewarding retailers who seek efficiency

In the 2018 financial year, Kiwi Property sponsored the New Zealand Retail Interiors Association’s first sustainability award.

This award used Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) criteria developed by Kiwi Property (using a specialist consultant) to assess entrants’ submissions.

The inaugural award was won by Lush’s Queen Street store. 2degree’s Queen Street store was highly commended, and the awards evening was well attended, raising both the profile of sustainability in the retail fit out industry and Kiwi Property as a leader in sustainability.

To read more about how we seek to tread lightly on our planet, read our latest Sustainability Report.

contributing to stronger communities

Our success is linked to the success of the local communities in which we operate.

Accordingly, we consider it vital that we play an active role in supporting New Zealanders to prosper.

We do this by not only creating vibrant places to shop and work, but also by creating a strong corporate culture, operating ethically and with high levels of governance, supporting employment and education in our industry, and by giving back to our communities through volunteering, sponsorship and helping community groups to flourish.

To read more about how we contribute to stronger communities in our latest Annual Report.

44 The Terrace awarded ‘excellent’ energy rating

Our Wellington office building at 44 The Terrace has been awarded a 4.5 star 'excellent' NABERSNZ energy rating, reflecting our 10-year focus on energy efficiency.

The 12-storey office complex was built in the 1980s and houses mainly government tenants, including the Commerce Commission, Tertiary Education Commission, Human Rights Commission and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority ‘ also the licensee of NABERSNZ.

The rating underscores our commitment to a number of energy-related projects at the site, focused particularly on commissioning and fine-tuning base building services. The 4.5 star NABERSNZ rating shows the building consumes 76.3 kWh of electricity per square metre.

New Zealand’s largest solar array unveiled at Sylvia Park

The largest solar array in New Zealand is now in operation at our flagship shopping centre, Sylvia Park.

Covering an area of 3,000 sqm – about the size of 12 tennis courts – the solar array is at least five times bigger than a similar system installed on the roof of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Some 1,134 solar panels will generate enough clean and green electricity to power the equivalent of 59 New Zealand homes annually. That equates to around 16% of Sylvia Park’s common area energy consumption.

The installation, the latest of an ongoing sustainability initiative to be introduced at the country’s largest shopping centre, went live on 3 January 2015, producing 190,000 kWh units of electricity in its first two months of operation.

Our National Facilities Manager, Jason Happy, updates TVNZ viewers on Sylvia Park's solar array commissioning.

charging stations

At Kiwi Property, we’ve long been focused on producing sustainable outcomes from our portfolio of office buildings and shopping centres.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are one of the major sustainability trends in supporting New Zealand to a low carbon economy. We are seeking to support these early users, understand how this substantial change will impact on our assets, then ready our assets accordingly.

In 2014, we led the shopping centre industry by introducing two trickle chargers at Sylvia Park Shopping Centre to allow our customers to charge their electric vehicles or plug in hybrids, free of charge.

Given the success of the Sylvia Park installation, we have rolled out stations across our portfolio.  There are now 26 free electric car charging stations across five of our shopping centres, including eight Tesla supercharger stations and 16 stations provided in partnership with Meridian.

Usage of our EV stations has risen dramatically over the past year.  Typically, we are now seeing in excess of 900 uses across the portfolio a month, with a total plug in time of over 1,100 hours a month.

The typical stay time for an EV is just over an hour and 10 minutes, which is around 10 minutes longer than the average customer stay in our centres.


    2023 sustainability report


    'Just add Colour' at LynnMall, Auckland


    The Greens


    e-bike charging stations at LynnMall, Auckland


    KiwiFit at Centre Place, Hamilton

key documents

The company's key documents can be obtained by clicking on the links below. The Sustainability report is for the year ended 31 March 2021 to align with our wider financial and performance reporting.

Sustainability report 2023