Global thinking

Despite the Economist’s vote of confidence for Auckland as the Eighth Most Liveable City in the World for 2017, we who live here know city planners must do better. In this piece originally published on the Ray White Damerell Group website, Vicki Holder discusses how the City of Sails can learn from the success Toronto has had in managing growth while making the city more liveable.

A great merge beckons

In September, PHD worldwide strategy and planning director Mark Holden spoke about impending conflation of tech and humanity. He argues that we are already well along this path but says things will become really interesting over the next two decades. What follows is a short excerpt from Merge, a book co-written by Holden and a number of other contributors across the PHD network.

Blast from the past

Property expert Paul Keane reflects on the past of Auckland's infamous K Rd - and lessons that the rest of the country can learn.

Wish we'd thought of that

Whether it’s the Te Whare Tapa Whā health model or the ancient juice squeezer known as the tāwiri, Māori innovation has been key to Aotearoa’s development. Do you have a unique contribution to tangata whenua that you think deserves to be recognised at the 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards in the Innovation in Māori Development category, sponsored by KPMG?

Don't hate the player

Auckland, like many of the world’s big cities, is often pilloried in the provinces. But, while you might not live there, you’d be worse off without it, writes Professor Shaun Hendy. And if New Zealand is to prosper in the knowledge economy, we need to quit the parochialism.


It’s a two-day gathering of minds from the technology, government, and business sectors. The conference in Wellington will see a number of speakers and workshops held to discuss the idea of “open source”, and its application in not only just tech, but also in building social and business possibilities.