Auckland's tourism arm focuses on business-friendly export hub

Auckland’s strategy to become more export-focused and business-friendly has seen two new management positions created.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) has appointed a new general manager of business, attraction and investment and a general manager of economic growth.

David Caselli, who has worked with ATEED to develop foreign direct investment strategies, will take up his role as business, attraction and investment general manager from January 21.

UK resident Patrick McVeigh starts in the economic growth role from February after a stint developing economic, employment and innovation strategies. He has also worked on London’s economic development strategy and has consulted for regional development agencies, local authorities and government departments.

ATEED chief executive Brett O’Riley says the new roles are part of the city’s focus on five key priorities:

  • Grow a business friendly and well-functioning city
  • Develop an innovation hub of the Asia-Pacific rim
  • Become internationally connected and export-driven
  • Enhance investment in people to grow skills and a local workforce
  • Develop a creative, vibrant international city.

Mr O’Riley says these priorities show ATEED and Auckland council are gearing up to respond more quickly, focus on high growth opportunities, and drive accountability.

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Ateeds budget should be cut by 50% minimum
A bunch of job protecting individuals that are getting into areas that they should not be in.

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So why are the people who actually interact with business being reduced from 3 to 1?

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Pardon me! 'To drive accountability' - accountability to what or to whom? This is simply another example of local body empire building.

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Auckland Council sets the rules about land use , business density etc.

What are these guys playing in the space.

Out of control spending of my money.

Where is the accountability!!!!!!

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I visited a supplier in South America in the 1990s and their business was located in a Zona Franca - tax free zone for exporting businesses, in a building leased from the govt. How about them little green apples?

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And in the lefthand corner of the ring, dressed in fetching red, is the overweight state funded bruiser, Lenny. Looking rather pinched and underfed in the righthand corner, sits the battered looking ex-champ, Privatesector.
It looks like yet another replay victory for the statists, although their much trumpeted ambitions to become internationally famous might be foiled by the obvious obesity of their fighter. Seems he spends more time gorging on the rate take than he does actually involved in any productive physical activity. In fact shrewd punters believe his main hopes for victory rely only on the opposition Privatesector being now too weak to put up any sort of real contest.
Blah, blah, etc..
Can anyone really believe that adding more tax spending equals innovative commercial success? If such were the case, poor over-governed little NZ would be a world- leading economy!
Adding yet more over-paided civil servants to ATEED will surely lead us on to world domination...yeah, right.

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