Super City Forum at Unitec


Tonight was the first of three Unitec Forums for the Future on Making Auckland the Supercity

Panelists for week 1 included, Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey, Royal Comission Chair Peter Salmon, Ron Carter of Committee for Auckland, David McNabb of Unitec staff, Jordan a student at Unitec – Chair: Rod Oram and a very lively audience.

There was even at least one super city mayoral candidate – Colin Craig. Various other local board members including Sandy Taylor, GAG spokesperson, Counsellors Richard Northey and possibly others as well. Not sure but possibly Graeme Easte and Glenda Fryer. Grey Lynns very own Pippa Coom was there for sure.

Creating a, strong, successful Auckland region is the topic.  Follow the discussion on twitter @UnitecFTF and ask questions next Tuesday if you want to.

Brought to you by the Department of Management and Marketing and Department of Performing and Screen Arts, Faculty of Creative Industries and Business.

Prominent guest speakers, business and community leaders, members of the public, students and academics will participate in a series of two-hour discussions at Unitec’s Mount Albert Campus in Auckland. Unitec will host the sessions on three consecutive Tuesday evenings in July and August.

  • Why? Tuesday, July 20th, 5.00pm – 7.00pm: What’s the case for creating a super city? Why do we need to change regional governance structures to do so?
  • What? Tuesday, July 27th, 5.00pm – 7.00pm: What will the new governance structures look like? What mechanisms will promote public participation, political accountability, strategic development and optimal outcomes?
  • How? Tuesday, August 3rd, 5.00pm – 7.00pm: How can we make the new system perform at its best for the people of Auckland and New Zealand?

Each session will involve a panel of three prominent guest speakers, two Unitec students and a Unitec faculty member, with Rod Oram as the facilitator. Rod is an adjunct professor in Unitec’s Department of Management and Marketing.

The venue is Unitec Performing and Screen Arts, Theatre , Building 6, Entry 1, Carrington Road. Map link is


    • We definitely think the Super City will provide exciting opportunities for local decision making – not sure about overall efficiencies (especially in the first few years with big bills for things like developing an integrated IT system and covering the cost of the loss of institutional knowledge) – but yes exciting times!

  1. Ah yes, that seems to be at the heart of it – to me, it seems the real pay off is the ability to increase the information flow and facilitate healthy debate between the stake-holders and decision makers. But I can see that such a massive change to the organisational structure is sure to be uncomfortable – and expensive!

  2. Anyone wanting to ask questions of the mayoral candidates should be there next week.

    Alternatively they can follow via Twitter @UnitecFTF and monitor the hashtag #UnitecFTF The forum displays 2 large screens behind in the room with live updates from the twitterverse and any questions via hashtag will show up and may be answered by a panelist.

    We understand that Super Mayor candidates Len Brown & John Banks will show up at the forum. You can make them welcome in person or via twitter

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