Mayor on hand to help BMW Group NZ move to new home for the first time in more than three decades.
BMW Group New Zealand has moved into new offices in Auckland after spending 32 years at premises in Mt Wellington.
The company says the shift aligns with its business strategy to focus on sustainability and reduce its environmental impact. It also comes as the group expands its portfolio of electrified vehicles for BMW and Mini.
The new premises are at Mercury in Newmarket, a building that exceeds 5 Green Star certification from the New Zealand Green Building Council by harnessing natural light and air and making use of recycled materials throughout its construction.
Features of the building include a large atrium with openings that deliver natural ventilation to reduce reliance on air conditioning and woven vinyl flooring that has a high level of recycled material and can be recycled at the end of its life.
The site also has electric vehicle charging facilities available for use by BMW Group NZ staff and visitors.
Adam Shaver, managing director of BMW Group NZ, says the new location will help the company to provide support to its dealer network across the North and South Islands.
“Our new office space is representative of our company’s commitment to the New Zealand market and our aim to embrace sustainability across all areas of our business, while also offering our staff a modern, spacious and light-filled environment in a fantastic location,” he adds.
Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland, helped officially open the new premises on August 26 and was joined by BMW Group executives. These included Jean-Philippe Parain, senior vice-president for Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Mike Wetherell, regional chief executive officer of BMW Group Financial Services for Asia Pacific.
Also in attendance for the celebration was Teresa Rice, BMW Group NZ Financial Services managing director, Wolfgang Buechel, chief executive of BMW Group Australia, and May Wong, chief executive of BMW Group Financial Services Australia.
Goff says: “The new BMW New Zealand office is an innovative space that includes a number of sustainability measures in keeping with the company’s efforts to reduce its impact on the environment.
“It’s great to see businesses promoting sustainable building design such as the use of recycled materials, rainwater harvesting and natural ventilation. As our city grows, we need to encourage such measures so that we can continue to work towards a more sustainable Auckland.”
BMW Group NZ has bolstered its electrified range with the recent launch of fully electric models such as the BMW iX3, iX and i4 Gran Coupe. The BMW i7 flagship sedan model will debut this year and 2023 will see the arrival of the first BMW iX1, taking the group’s electrified portfolio to 10 models.
Pictured are Adam Shaver, left, Mike Wetherell, Teresa Rice, Phil Goff, Jean-Philippe Parain, May Wong and Wolfgang Buechel