A new shopping and food precinct located within Geyser, New Zealand’s first Six Green Star Building is said to set a new standard in ethical shopping and dining. The Rise not only references its physical location at the top of Parnell Rise but also refers to the ethos of vendors, rising and standing tall as part of a community of conscious businesses that strive for social and environmental responsibility.

In a dramatic departure from the usual ‘profits first’ mentality this unique structure, and all of its occupiers are driven by a sense of social and environmental responsibility.

“The Rise will be the first available destination for ethically aware shoppers and diners,” said Leah La Hood, leasing broker for ABC – Affiliated Business Consultants Ltd. “We believe it is the only retail complex in Auckland, indeed in the country, that was conceived and built to meet their expectations.”

After overseeing the leasing of other popular Auckland dining district, Ponsonby Central and K’Road Food Workshop, La Hood said that eateries in each of these premises had their target customers, and so too does The Rise. “We are affiliating with conscious consumers who have created a technology platform that connects consumers with businesses who are committed to positive environmental and social outcomes.”

Marco Creemers, the general manager of property investors Samson Corporation, agrees that Six Green Star Buildings are the ethical way of the future.

“They are a way of giving back to Auckland and assisting Auckland to make its statement as a leader in ethical buildings,” said Creemers.

“We are inviting chefs, hospitality specialists and boutique retailers to come together in this new ethical shopping and dining precinct,” said La Hood. “There are up to eight retail tenancies still available. We see The Rise developing as a strong destination for tourists and ‘out of towners’, bringing back to Parnell the tourist dollar it enjoyed in the past.”

Leasing options are exclusive and not open to everyone. Tenancies are available to socially responsible food and beverage sellers. For further information about The Rise contact Leah La Hood on 021 897 788.