In episode nine departing City Missioner, Dame Diane Robertson, speaks about about growing data inequality. Chair of The NZ Data Futures Partnership, Dame Diane Robertson believes we must act now, to avoid a new era of inequality and lost opportunity. Robertson is best known for her transformational leadership of Auckland City Mission, a position she held for 22 years. As Chair of The NZ Data Futures Partnership (NZDFP), her focus is firmly on the digital health and wealth of Aotearoa. Robertson is deeply concerned that in the digital revolution, we are creating a whole new poverty trap, due to failing data governance. Appointed to NZDFP under the previous National-led coalition by Bill English, her role has continued under the Labour-led coalition government. Having spent the last few years working with boards and senior executives in all sectors, Robertson has a uniquely informed perspective on the state of our digital governance. In this episode of For Auckland, hosted in partnership with The Committee for Auckland, Robertson gives our private and public sector leadership a fail mark in adapting to the digital economy. She explains the double-sided jeopardy of inaction, new exposure to our most vulnerable people and missing out on the huge economic, social and environmental opportunities. The answer is treating our data as a strategic community asset.
For Auckland Podcast
For Auckland is a Spinoff podcast of civic conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. In episode eight policy analyst Owen Gill outlines his vision for Auckland and how we can get there.
Auckland in 2019 is in the same moment as Los Angeles was in 1945 and what we do now will define our future, says Owen Gill. And as we build to a city populated by millions, we better learn their lessons and fast.
In his new book, Turning Point Auckland, Gill says we must learn from what went wrong in California to ensure a better Auckland, or live their crises ourselves. Gill wrote the book to excite interest and debate in our upcoming local body election.
In this episode of the For Auckland podcast, the former banker and “public policy guy” lays out his plan for Auckland, which centres on a few key issues: democratic reform, Auckland Council revenue and cost management and major changes to regulation and oversight of Auckland development.
Gill puts numbers on the challenges facing Auckland, saying the city has a $3 billion funding shortfall. One he wants to be addressed by selling assets, namely carparks, airport shares, and golf courses. This reflects Gill’s belief that private interests, not councils should run business. But he wants the business of running council capped and then linked to inflation.
Democratically, Gill wants around half the city’s councillors elected region-wide and five councillors receive portfolios with decision-making power and dedicated officials that mirror central government. He wants a commercial deal struck with the central government that commits taxpayers to fund Auckland’s infrastructure.
On regulation of development, Gill suggests a break for Auckland from national standards and creation of an Auckland-driven Urban Development Authority focused on housing and transport to deliver the infrastructure for a population of two million. This would involve pushing aside existing controls and laws, and replacing the Resource Management Act with an Urban Auckland Act tasked with enabling faster change.
If this conversation is a marker then Owen Gill and his self-published book will achieve his aim of igniting debate around Auckland’s upcoming local body election.
For Auckland is a new Spinoff podcast of civic conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. In episode two host Timothy Giles spoke to Pauline Winters about migration.
Auckland is preparing for a population of two million residents. Migration continues to play a huge role in shaping the city. How new cultures integrate and are included in their new home is one of Auckland’s major issues for the future.
Pauline Winter (Te Atiawa/Taranaki) is the co-chair of Committee for Auckland and a long-time Pacific business leader in public and private sectors. In 2008 she was awarded a Queen’s Service Order for her work for business and Pacific communities.
On the podcast, she speaks about the difficulty migrants face in integrating within New Zealand’s labour market, political system and everyday social interactions. She asks how can we, as the people of Auckland, contribute to creating a better city for everyone now and for future generations?
“Yes, we are a city of migration. Auckland’s always been a city of migration but the acceleration of people coming into the country from a much broader diverse set of countries has really taken off and it kind of takes your breath away. When you are across walking across Auckland or in the car, through this city, it’s quite a different place to what it was 10, 15 years ago. So all of a sudden it’s arrived. We talked about it for a long time but it’s here now and it is up to us what we do with this,” she says.
For Auckland is a new Spinoff podcast of civic conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. In episode one host Timothy Giles spoke to Tayyaba Khan about the effect of the tragedy in Christchurch on the Muslim community, grief, identity, and what happens next.
In a period of shock and grief from the terror attacks in Christchurch, For Auckland had a special opportunity to speak to Tayyaba Khan about what it means for New Zealand. She is the founder of the Khadija Leadership Network, an organisation supporting women leaders in the Muslim community, she is a woman of faith and is a Kiwi leader with international experience in culture and community. She’s worked with the Red Cross and was the CEO the change makers Refugee Forum.
On the podcast she speaks about the way the Christchurch attacks have changed New Zealand forever, how this happened on our shores, and how now is the time to start accepting our differences and be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
“We are New Zealanders living in silos, we cannot deny that anymore. I am so frustrated with our use of the word ‘diversity’ everywhere when we haven’t truly accepted diversity in its purest of forms. It is not reflective in our organisations. It is not reflective of our leadership. So actually using it as a marketing stunt is doing nobody any good,” she says.
“And what you can do is actually get to know your neighbour, [regardless of] whatever discomfort has been in the way for you not to reach out. Now is the time to go: ‘I’m gonna get over myself. I’m going to go over, I’m going to say hello and that’s all I need to do’. And actually, even if I don’t need to say hello I can sit with them in silence and be okay with that. I think it’s important we start really connecting with each other and if we can do that, that’s a good starting point for us.”