Reimagining Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland: Harnessing the Region’s Potential

Wednesday 1 June, 2022
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Aon Centre, 29 Customs Street West, Auckland & Live-streamed

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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About our presenter:

Dr Anne Bardsley
Deputy Director of Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures
Auckland University

Anne specialises in transdisciplinary evidence synthesis and knowledge brokerage at the science/policy interface, especially in the environmental and health domains, and in the areas of risk perception and risk assessment. Her current research focuses on the use of evidence in policymaking, the changing nature of interactions between science and societal decision-making (the post-truth dynamic), and concepts of risk and precaution in the context of rapid technological change.

Prior to joining Koi Tū: Centre for Informed Futures she was a Research Analyst and Senior Technical Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. She has been a Research Fellow at Lund University in Sweden, and at the University of Auckland.

Anne was recognised in the 2020 New Year Honours with the award of Membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her contributions to science and the State.