Dr Anne Bardsley is the Deputy Director of Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures, at Auckland University, and is co-author of ‘Reimagining Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Harnessing The Region’s Potential.’ The University of Auckland think tank has provided a scenario of how Auckland can become a truly global liveable and sustainable city. Auckland is Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city and is the economic and financial capital of New Zealand. Auckland has 40% of the country’s assets and population. The population will soon be 2 million and producing 45% of the economy. As one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, it has to thrive.
The time is right for well-informed, deep and wide discussions about Auckland’s future:
- It is now more than 10 years since the eight former Auckland councils were amalgamated
- The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed our perceptions of normality
- We need to explore new ways for central and local Government to engage for long-term projects.
Reimagining Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland: Harnessing the Region’s Potential is a provocation about Auckland’s multi-generational future. It explores nine interconnected scenarios to harness Auckland’s assets. Interwoven in all of them is an appreciation of te ao Māori and recognition of Te Tiriti o Waitangi: understanding and celebrating Auckland’s indigenous history. The purpose of the presentation from Dr. Bardsley is to stimulate open-minded conversation and debate about what kind of city Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland could become.
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