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Welcome to Auckland Conversations, where you are invited to join those creating the world’s most liveable cities.

From exploring the implications of climate change to discussing the virtues of public art, our series of free Auckland Conversations events have brought influential speakers and world-class ideas to the people of Auckland from leaders and experts in design, planning, heritage, environment and socio-economics.

Now you can join the conversation from wherever you are by streaming Auckland Conversations online. Events are live-streamed on the site and you can keep track of how the community is responding in real-time by checking out the live social media feed.

You can also register for upcoming events, watch past events in full, download podcasts of past sessions, check out presentation decks(link is external) and share content across all of your social networks.

Auckland Conversations events aim to inspire, educate and engage Aucklanders – and contribute to our vision of making Auckland the World’s Most Liveable City.

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Welcome to Auckland Conversations, where you are invited to join those creating the world’s most liveable cities.

From exploring the implications of climate change to discussing the virtues of public art, our series of free Auckland Conversations events have brought influential speakers and world-class ideas to the people of Auckland from leaders and experts in design, planning, heritage, environment and socio-economics.

Now you can join the conversation from wherever you are by streaming Auckland Conversations online. Events are live-streamed on the site and you can keep track of how the community is responding in real-time by checking out the live social media feed.

You can also register for upcoming events, watch past events in full, download podcasts of past sessions, check out presentation decks(link is external) and share content across all of your social networks.

Auckland Conversations events aim to inspire, educate and engage Aucklanders – and contribute to our vision of making Auckland the World’s Most Liveable City.

    Our Gift to the Gulf - Podcast

    Our Gift to the Gulf - Podcast

    Your part in protecting and improving the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for future generations.

    The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, New Zealand's only marine park, turns 20 years old this year. To celebrate, we reflect on the riches it has provided to the people of Tāmaki Makaurau, New Zealand and international visitors. It’s a place of rich beauty and great adventure. The Gulf is home to 25 species of whale and dolphin and is a global seabird hotspot with 26 species resting and nesting here. There are over 45 predator-free Gulf islands that provide sanctuary for some of our country’s most endangered wildlife including kokako, kiwi and tuatara. Tīkapa Moana is recognised as a precious taonga (treasure), highly valued by many for cultural, environmental, social, recreational and economic reasons.

    However, as we commemorate the 20th birthday, we also reflect on the impact humans have had on our cherished Marine Park. The once mighty ecosystem is suffering from the decimation of shellfish beds, decreasing fish stocks, a seabed littered with plastic, sediment issues and increased pressure from development and tourism.

    We all have a responsibility to ensure our actions support and improve the mauri of the Gulf. The next 20 years need to embody regeneration and renewal, not degradation, to ensure the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is safeguarded for future generations – it’s our gift to the Gulf.

    • 1h 38 min
    Tackling Polluting Products And Materials

    Tackling Polluting Products And Materials

    Our built environment in Aotearoa has to go zero carbon by 2050 – throughout the entire lifecycle, from construction, raw material extraction, the manufacture of products such as steel and concrete used to make our buildings, and the energy used for things like heating and lighting.

    Not all of the solutions to get our built environment to zero carbon will be easy. They may involve difficult challenges. But we have to accept those challenges, and deploy solutions quickly.

    During World Green Building Week this September, NZGBC will be hosting a series of nationwide crunch debates tackling these tough issues head on.

    This event in Auckland will focus on reducing pollution from product and materials, including concrete and steel, in buildings and infrastructure.

    Your host for the evening will be international business journalist Rod Oram who will be joined by a panel of experts.

    • 1h 32 min
    Voting: Why bother?

    Voting: Why bother?

    The decisions made around the council table impact us more directly than those made at central government level. So why do so few people vote in the local elections and what can be done to get more people involved in local politics?

    This September and October, New Zealanders go to the polls to choose the people who will represent them in local government for the next three years. While voter turnout at the last general election in 2017 was 79%, nationwide turnout at the last local election in 2016 was 43%. In Auckland it was even lower, with just 38.5% of Aucklanders choosing to vote.

    And yet local government affects nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Auckland’s mayor, councillors and local board members make decisions on everything from rubbish collections, libraries and playgrounds to the public transport system that moves us around the city and the amount we pay in rates.

    Join us at Auckland Conversations as actor, writer, director and comedian Oscar Kightley leads a panel to discuss why in his words, local elections, ‘are just so damned important’ and what could be done to improve voter turnout.

    • 1h 36 min
    The Future of Auckland: Is density a dirty word?

    The Future of Auckland: Is density a dirty word?

    Global growth is also driving growth in Auckland. People are flocking to Tāmaki Makaurau to live and work and Auckland’s current population is projected to grow by 1 million people within the next 30 years.

    This unprecedented growth is putting pressure on our communities, housing and transport infrastructure, as well as our environment. The quality of life enjoyed by Auckland’s future generations will depend on the way we plan, design and build our city. The Auckland Plan 2050 sets the high-level direction for the future of Auckland with an emphasis on developing a quality compact city.

    The shift towards more compact forms of housing provides a great opportunity to deliver both high quality homes and sustainable neighbourhoods for everyone. More and more Aucklanders want to live close to rapid transit – rail and bus routes – which is driving the need for quality intensification and a shift towards vertical living. So how do we accelerate intensification? And how do we shift the mind-set of Aucklanders that seem determined to hang on to the quarter-acre dream?

    Join us at Auckland Conversations to discuss how we can focus on providing a sustainable approach to the future planning of our city.

    • 1h 20 min
    Making Auckland an Age-friendly City

    Making Auckland an Age-friendly City

    Older Aucklanders are an increasing part of the region’s population. How do we work towards making sure that older Aucklanders and those approaching that age group are respected and valued in our community?

    Auckland will be home to substantially larger numbers and greater proportions of ethnically and culturally diverse older people over the next few decades. The older population is growing faster than any other age-group and is predicted to increase from 11 per cent in 2013 to 19 per cent by 2046.

    The aging population will create opportunities as well as greater and more complex demand for services and infrastructure. Insufficient planning for this could mean the challenges worsen as the number of older people grows significantly over the next 20 years.

    Some older Aucklanders have needs that are not being met by existing services. While Auckland is a great place to live for most older people there are some who face greater challenges. Those in the “older-old” age group and of lower socioeconomic status are more likely to be socially excluded which in turn has an impact on their health and happiness. How can we improve the wellbeing of older Aucklanders, especially those most in need?

    Join us at Auckland Conversations as we discuss with Sir Bob Harvey and a panel of experts how we can work collaboratively to develop a plan for an age-friendly city which will also allow us to obtain membership to the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities and demonstrate our collective commitment to Auckland being friendly and inclusive where everyone can contribute and participate.

    • 1h 40 min
    Shared Prosperity Taking advantage of Auckland's economic growth

    Shared Prosperity Taking advantage of Auckland's economic growth

    Economic growth can often be accompanied by disparity, economic and social marginalisation. How do we change this and increase the living standards for all Auckland’s citizens? What will this mean and how will our jobs, vocational opportunities and economy change?

    We would like to start a conversation about the challenges Auckland faces as an international city from an economic and prosperity perspective, in parallel with LA and Guangzhou.

    Stephen Cheung is the Executive Vice President of Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) and the President of World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA). He leads investment attraction to the LA County region and facilitates successful location of new businesses, projects and deals from both international and U.S. investors into the region.

    Stephen will share with us his aspirations and vision, and impressions on what it takes to be an international city focused on inclusive growth.

    Stephanie Honey, Associate Director of the New Zealand International Business Forum, will MC the night.
    Stephen Cheung will also be joined by a panel of industry experts including:
    Tony Alexander, Chief Economist, Bank of New Zealand
    Nick Hill, Chief Executive, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development

    This Auckland Conversation is brought to you in partnership with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and with the support of Bank of New Zealand (BNZ)

    • 1h 25 min

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