PM Jacinda Ardern

PHOTO:RYAN ANDERSON/STUFF Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Precinct Properties Scott Pritchard, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Infrastructure Minister Phil Twyford at the opening of Commercial Bay.

The $1 billion Commercial Bay development in Auckland’s city centre opened on Thursday to a crowd of dozens of excited spectators.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff were at the opening ceremony.

Goff said the mall opening as the country moved into level 1 was significant in kick-starting the city’s central business district.

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“It will be quiet for a while because we’ve still got our borders closed and don’t have tourists and international students in town but increasingly we will see people from Auckland coming back in to the city,” Goff said.

The development includes a 39,000 square metre office tower and 18,000sqm of retail space with more than 120 shops.