There's a six-storey block of 46 apartments going up in Panmure right now where the developer is giving each owner an electric scooter. But no car park. There will be some e-cars available for hire by the residents, and a communal bike lock-up. Welcome to the future, right there in the suburbs.

The building looks across to the majestic Mt Wellington and is a 4-minute walk – let's say 1-minute scooter ride – along Jellicoe Rd from the Panmure interchange. The eastern line connects Panmure to the city centre and Manukau; there are bus services and, quite soon, there'll