NZ Herald 17 September 2022

'An inspiration to the world': The man who wants to build the perfect city

NZ Herald senior writer Simon Wilson profiles Charles Ma. The future “will be lots of small cities. There will be affordable living, not just affordable housing. When we live close together it's easier to get around." Photo / Brett Phibbs

NZ Herald 14 September 2021

MADE's response to Council's proposed 660% increase in Developer Contributions

With tens of millions of dollars invested into Auranga's public amenities already, Charles Ma responds to Auckland Council's proposed developer contributions as "shocking and disappointing".

Stuff 01 September 2021

Rotokauri North project goes ahead

Rotokauri North aims to create 2,000+ new homes on 122ha of prime, flat greenfield land. Located 13kms north of the Hamilton CBD, the project will have a heavy focus on green corridors, integrated transport and values-centric living.

Newsroom 16 November 2020

Building the country from the ground up

To effect change, New Zealand must, like US President-elect Joe Biden, fundamentally rethink the way Government, councils, and private sector collaborate and communicate in order to build communities in a different, more holistic way – the future is in all our hands.

NZ Herald 23 October 2020

New $10b town centre for 40,000 rising at Drury West

As first residents move into their new homes, NZ Herald Property editor Anne Gibson surveys Auranga as it transforms pasture into clay building platforms as big-name house builders prepare hundreds of sites.

TVNZ 24 May 2020

Sunday TVNZ Interviews Charles Ma

The inside story of Charles Ma building a billion dollar town before the age of 30: Auranga in Drury, South Auckland – Charles shares his struggles, breakthroughs and vision for reinventing how communities live.

NZEDGE.COM 17 March 2020

Renewal of people’s lives central to the vision of Auranga

Charles Ma, 29, is working on an ambitious project to reimagine the way we live with its development of an entire city – Auranga, in southern Auckland at Drury – which will eventually be home to 40,000 people.

NZ Herald 06 March 2020

Auranga is building a home for champions

NZ Herald’s “Project Auckland” features Auranga prominently. “Developing communities that have a positive impact on people's sense of belonging, and that connect people, place and purpose, is at the core of Charles Ma’s urban design philosophy.”

NZ Herald 06 March 2022

Auckland’s new city: the $2.4 billion plan for Drury

Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford said Drury is located in the economic geographic centre of the Golden Triangle of Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton. "We future-proofing by building essential transport infrastructure."

Knight Frank 03 March 2020

The City Wellbeing Index: How happy are the world's leading cities?

Auranga leads the commentary in Knight Frank’s global City Wellbeing Index. “The desire is to reimagine a new way of living but by putting wellbeing at the core, and building around it,” says founder Charles Ma.

Stuff 06 November 2019

Tackling Auckland's housing crisis by rethinking urban design

As the housing crisis deepens and families struggle to find a home, developer Charles Ma thinks it's time to change the way we build.