Auckland’s First Green Star Supermarket

Countdown has announced its first Green Star rated supermarket in Auckland will open in time for Christmas within the new Waiata Shores development in Manukau.

The new 4200sqm store is a $30+ million investment by Countdown in this growing part of South Auckland, and is expected to create around 100 new jobs.  As a Green Star development, the supermarket has been designed, built and will operate in an environmentally-conscious way that meets international Green Star certification standards.

Countdown’s Director of Property, Matt Grainger, said construction today has a responsibility to leave a lighter footprint on the planet, and Waiata Shores made sense as the first Green Star store in the North Island and in Auckland.

“Auckland’s growth means that we have to continually invest in our store network but it doesn’t mean that we have to do things the way they’ve always been done,” says Matt Grainger.  “We love the ethos behind Waiata Shores and we’re proud to be opening a store here that has been specifically designed to have a lower environmental impact for the community, and be fit for the future as the area grows.

“Countdown has some incredibly ambitious sustainability goals to achieve by 2025, including a 4 Green Star design and as-built rating for all of our new property developments, and a 5 Green Star minimum standard by 2025.  Our new Waiata Shores store is an important step towards that goal, and while it’s not simple or cheap to meet Green Star standards,  it’s an investment we need to make,” said Matt Grainger.

Fletcher Living is developing the wider Waiata Shores neighbourhood of over 700 homes, and CEO of Fletcher Living, Steve Evans says they’re delighted to have Countdown as part of the new community.

“The new Countdown store is a fantastic addition to our award winning development at Waiata Shores.  We’re really pleased that they’ve chosen to invest here and for it to be their most sustainably minded store in the North Island is in line with our own ambitions for the broader site,” said Steve Evans.

Green Star is an internationally-recognised rating system for the design, construction and operation of buildings, fitouts and communities.  Countdown opened New Zealand’s first Green Star supermarket in Richmond in June this year.

Some of the emissions, water, paper and energy saving features in the two Green Star stores include:

  • Solar panels that will generate 10-15% of the store’s total energy

  • Transcritical refrigeration systems that use natural refrigerant gases

  • LED lighting which is 35% more efficient than traditional lighting

  • Water-saving taps to reduce water use

  • An Energy Management System, which provides regular updates on store energy and water use

  • Doors on fridges and freezers to reduce energy use. Every 10 doors saves enough energy to power a NZ home for a year.

  • Digital shelf labels to reduce paper use

  • EV chargers for customer cars

  • More bike parks linked with local cycleways to help encourage biking and reduce short car trips to the supermarket.

Andrew Eagles, chief executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council said that it’s great to see Countdown keep investing in Green Star supermarkets and Aucklanders will be pleased to see a Green Star supermarket in the region.

“Great green buildings use less water, have less carbon pollution, and are often better ventilated and lit, helping to make them healthier, nicer places for New Zealanders. We’re really looking forward to seeing Countdown continuing to build proven green buildings by rolling out Green Star around Aotearoa.”

The new Countdown Waiata Shores will also include a Drive-Up option for online order pick up, an in-store Countdown Pharmacy, an extensive range of fresh produce, and an in-store bakery, deli and Cellar.

It is expected to open in December 2021.

For more information on Countdown’s 2025 Sustainability Strategy, Kia pai ake te āpōpō, visit: