[9 October/NZ Herald]

Southeast Auckland was chosen as the growing and transforming sight for Helius Theraputics. They were the country’s first commercial cannabis company. Leasing a 1 hectare space in East Tamaki they are creating a state of the art facility. Helius Co-founder, JP Schmidt, said they were delighted to have secured the facility that would set the standard for medicinal cannabis production in New Zealand. Helius noted using industry leading cultivation stacking technology would provide them with 20,000 square metres of cultivation space. Helius was a biotechnology company that cultivated cannabis initially for research purposes, and would ultimately produce world-class therapeutics from New Zealand. The company was clear about needing a controlled indoor, GMP certified facility. CBRE’s National Industrial and Logistics Director, Claus Brewer, was delighted with the deal. Mr Schmidt added a law change was due next year.