Frank Xu

Shundi Group

Frank Xu

Frank has a solid 32-year background in the property development and building industries in China and here in New Zealand, where he has lived and worked for the last 24 years. As both the President of the New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association (NZCBIA) and Deputy General Manager & Executive Project Manager of Shundi Group, Frank is passionate about the power that property development has to weave multiple cultural threads into places to build authentic cultural depth.

At Shundi he is intimately involved in the development of the Seascape apartments in central Auckland and the development of a major new urban masterplan to be known as Te Tauoma, on the site of the former Tāmaki campus of the University of Auckland. In doing so, Frank works constantly to blend cultures to create something truly transformational for our city.

“Our vision is to create a smarter, modern way of living. At Te Tauoma for example, we’re looking to the past, present and future, working to respect the land and mana whenua, embrace the location and provide a superb, modern, lifestyle for people. Ultimately, we are working to play our part in building the future of our city: to contribute to the future of Tāmaki Makaurau. Property has a central role to play in the development of the future of our cities; we need to get it right.”

Weaving together cultures, history and the future at Te Tauoma

Two hundred years ago there was a proud volcanic cone standing next to Maungarei Mt Wellington in Auckland, known as Te Tauoma. To feed construction and road-building industries it was largely quarried away until little remained of the land or the name, as is still the case today.

That is about to change. Nearby, on the site of the former Tāmaki campus of the University of Auckland, a major new property project is being led by Shundi Group, aiming to breathe new life into this vacant urban development site.

Co-designed through a four-year discussion and partnership with mana whenua, Shundi is shaping a new urban story for Tāmaki Makaurau, working closely with iwi to create a detailed cultural masterplan - Te Mana Motuhake o Te Tauoma – to underpin the creation of a truly place-sourced, culture-led, people-centred and future-focused development that blends cultures, celebrates its place, and enhances its location and the communities to come. And it will put the name Te Tauoma back onto the physical and cultural landscape of our city, where it belongs.

Key Takeaways:
  • Culture woven into property builds a stronger connection between people and place
  • How technology threads throughout this new development
  • New ways of thinking about car ownership and community woven into property

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