The Auckland revolution – a city proud and loud about coming of age

Auckland is experiencing massive change on a scale we haven’t seen since the Harbour Bridge was built. The tide is turning on New Zealand’s big smoke and it is on the verge of global recognition as a world class city…

The Auckland revolution - a city proud and loud about coming of ageAuckland is experiencing massive change on a scale we haven’t seen since the Harbour Bridge was built.

The tide is turning on New Zealand’s big smoke and it is on the verge of global recognition as a world class city.

Idealog magazine recently ran an article titled Continue reading “The Auckland revolution – a city proud and loud about coming of age”

Is workplace location becoming a deal breaker?

I’ve heard a few anecdotes about how young professionals now interview a prospective employer rather than the other way around. The thesis goes that if…

Is workplace location becoming a deal breaker?I’ve heard a few anecdotes about how young professionals now interview a prospective employer rather than the other way around.

The thesis goes that if you are highly skilled and confident, you can shop around for the job you want, and size up your employer.

I always wondered how widespread that really is. But I would suggest that no matter how common it is, people are definitely Continue reading “Is workplace location becoming a deal breaker?”

Getting fast & furious about trains & buses

I’m just back from a trip to Germany via Hong Kong, and as much as it was a holiday, I can never switch off my professional reflections. The efficiency of people getting around CBDs in these countries struck me. Trains, subways, buses; the transport culture is just about the complete opposite of Auckland where we are all still so addicted to the car. Yes, yes, I know the old argument that goes…

Auckland public transportI’m just back from a trip to Germany via Hong Kong, and as much as it was a holiday, I can never switch off my professional reflections.

The efficiency of people getting around CBDs in these countries struck me.

Trains, subways, buses; the transport culture is just about the complete opposite of Auckland where we are all still so addicted to the car.

Yes, yes, I know the old argument that goes around in circles that Continue reading “Getting fast & furious about trains & buses”

What’s the future for a vacant city

The commercial property market in Auckland is finally starting to look truly more buoyant. Some new commercial premises are about to be built, and there is definitely an air of confidence around. Just look at the buzz surrounding the opening of the Wynyard Quarter down at the Viaduct Harbour. It has been particularly up and down since the Global Financial Crisis and I had to smile today thinking of how, nearly two years ago, I was optimistically talking about…

What's the future for a vacant city?The commercial property market in Auckland is finally starting to look truly more buoyant.

Some new commercial premises are about to be built, and there is definitely an air of confidence around. Just look at the buzz surrounding the opening of the Wynyard Quarter down at the Viaduct Harbour.

It has been particularly up and down since the Global Financial Crisis and I had to smile today thinking of how, nearly two years ago, I was optimistically talking about Continue reading “What’s the future for a vacant city”

Super City opportunities for Super Centres

The focus I’m hearing in most conversations about the impending Auckland Super City is on the politics, efficiencies and costs. And that’s fair enough. After all, it is our money as ratepayers that is being spent in the great reshuffle. But I am also interested in…

Mt Albert town centreThe focus I’m hearing in most conversations about the impending Auckland Super City is on the politics, efficiencies and costs.

And that’s fair enough. After all, it is our money as ratepayers that is being spent in the great reshuffle.

But I am also interested in some of the opportunities the new city structure brings, and what needs to happen to make them a reality.

Auckland has Continue reading “Super City opportunities for Super Centres”