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:
Working Smarter in Auckland
On Monday 2 November we acknowledged how 2020 has been a year of considerable disruption and change. The Covid-19 induced lockdowns accelerated underlying trends such as the increasing prevalence of flexible working arrangements, changing workforce practices and a ramped up role for technology. Suddenly, much that had previously been written about but only sporadically observed has come to pass. Many of our knowledge workers were initially obliged, and now choose to work remotely; overnight, digital dominates the marketplace, many now work much more virtually, and even healthcare is provided online. What does all this mean for the city? What are the implications for our physical spaces, our employees, and how will technology enable and accelerate further change.
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.
The Auckland Recovery survey
The economy and poverty are top Auckland Covid-19 recovery priorities
Supporting economic development and addressing poverty are the top priorities for the Covid-19 recovery says the Committee for Auckland, based its recent “Auckland Recovery” survey of members.
Respondents said these two areas had been most negatively impacted by the pandemic and needed the greatest attention from Auckland’s leaders said Board member Mark Thomas.
Additional priorities were housing and new projects resulting from Covid-19. All were all ahead of transport and climate change as priority issues for action as Auckland plans its pandemic recovery response.
87% of organisations reported they had been negatively impacted by the pandemic with almost 50% saying it had been significant.
Mark Thomas said organisations overwhelmingly expect their business prospects to be worse with 69% reporting an anticipated downturn over the coming year.
As a consequence, respondents said it was important Auckland Council update or transform its existing project priorities to better respond to the Covid-19 impact. This reflects what many Committee for Auckland members have underway.
80% of respondents said Covid-19 presents Auckland with greater opportunities, than adversities,
Respondents said the top focus for the government and Auckland Council should be adapting to work with Covid-19 closely followed by new priority projects. Only a minority ranked resuming business-as-usual operations as the top priority.
Respondents concluded that Auckland Council will make significantly less progress unless it makes changes.
The Committee will present its findings to council and the government and will make a submission to the current emergency budget round.
The Auckland Recovery survey was conducted between 22 and 29 May. It surveyed its members, and alumni from its Future Auckland Leaders programme. It’s been conducted in partnership with the Committees for Cities and Regions Network (C4), a group of 20 Australian and New Zealand sister organisation’s coordinated by the Committee for Melbourne.
The C4 Network will present its findings to the governments and city councils in both countries in the coming weeks.
The Committee for Auckland was founded almost 25 years ago. Its purpose is to build connection, behaviour and initiatives to create a better Auckland for all.
It has a broad membership base across major corporates, public agencies, iwi enterprises and non-for-profit organisations.
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.