CfA hosts boutique events on issues facing Auckland, informing leaders and targeting actions to make a difference. In partnership with our members we host meaningful dialogue and impactful action through our networking, leadership development, member events and member-led work-streams.
Recent Events and Workstreams:
Reinvigorating Auckland’s City Centre
On Monday 3 August Mark Thomas (MD Serviceworks) facilitated a guest panel comprised of Viv Beck (CEO, Heart of the City), Derek McCormack (Vice Chancellor, AUT University) and Annette Jones (Technical Fellow – Urban Design, Beca) who discussed how to respond to the multiple threats currently facing Auckland’s CBD . These threats range from disruptive construction activities through to an absence of tourists, students and office workers as a consequence of the current border restriction and a growing number of people electing to study or work remotely some or all of the time.
The subject clearly resonated with very senior civic, local and central government, cultural, institutional, Iwi and business leaders, who attended the event, with a number actively participating in the ensuing frank and constructive discussion and lingering to continue the conversation at the end.
Viv provided a quick summary of the challenges being faced by tenants and residents of the CBD, whilst Derek focussed on the considerable economic benefit foreign students provide to the city and the country as a whole. Annette rounded out the panel discussion with a combination of informative material concerning the movement of people throughout the central city, counterbalanced with some personal insights as a city fringe resident.
Towards the end of the facilitated discussion, Kirsten Paisley (Director of Auckland Art Gallery) gave a great “mini speech” that summed up the sentiment in the room – that New Zealand has achieved an enviable position on the world stage and that Auckland needs to prepare for an inevitable increase in visitor numbers once our borders are opened up to foreign visitors.
Te Mea Tuatahi
Hosted by Grant Hodges and Mihi Blair. With guest speaker Ngarimu Blair of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei we explored the landscape of Tamaki Makaurau Māori economic history, present and future through the eyes of mana whenua. Anthony Ruakere provided insights on how EY Tahi incorporates Te Ao Māori perspectives within a global corporation.
Envision for Auckland
Hosted by Tom Irvine Whai Maia Ngati Whatua, led by Sanjay Kumarasingham. (Working group event). Auckland is a more complex, diverse and layered region than ever, this working group connects to find commonalities across our cultural divides and to work towards a shared vision. Listen to our For Auckland Podcast with Pauline Winter Co-Chair CfA for an in depth look at the issues and challenge in this (insert link).
Led by Vasiti Palavi Fal Alumni, Senior Collections Manager Auckland Museum and Shireen Chua Director Third Way Cultural Insights. Diversity is often name-checked but engagement is rare across our multiple cultures. To harness the potential of a our diverse city we need to build cultural skills that enable inter-cultural communication and relationship building. This session shared the tools for inter-cultural connection. Listen to our For Auckland Podcast with Tayyaba Khan of Khajida Leadership Network for more on this (insert link).
Leading for Growth (Watercare & AT)
Hosted by Raveen Jaduram CE Watercare, catalysed with Shane Ellison CE Aukland Transport, led by Tom Irvine Ngati Whatua Whai Maia and Mihi Blair FAL Alumni Committee Chair. Rapid and continued growth Auckland brings benefits but challenges too. Exploring the leadership needed to guide our growing city through it’s growing pains.
Hosted by Simon Vannini Partner Simpson and Grierson, led by Dame Diane Robertson Chair NZ Data Futures Partnership. As Chair of NZ Data Futures Partnership CfA Trustee Dame Diane has engaged wiht board and management of every sector and is not happy with what she has found. This session has led to a work stream building the competence of Auckland directors in Governance of Data. Listen to our For Auckland Podcast with Dame Diane for her compelling take on the risk and opportunity of data governance (insert link).
Hosted by Anne Blackburn Chair and Professional Director, led by Lauren Riley Precinct Properties. As celebrations of Women’s Suffrage ended, CfA proposed a Feminist Agenda to carry on the focus on issues and opportunities in equality. A rich and impassioned dialogue unfolded. This is now a work stream with more work to come led by Lauren Riley. Listen to our upcoming For Auckland Podcast with Anne Blackburn for her moving call for a Feminist Agenda for Auckland.
Mentoring for Time-poor Leaders
Timothy Giles CfA and HuiHann Wee Independent Coach. An FAL workshop session, templates and skillsets were developed, shared and practiced to enable FAL to mentor in the way we’ve been mentored without huge impact on already pressured workloads and schedules.