What’s at stake: In the middle of a major budget cut, Auckland bodies are seeking to create a tech hub in the city.
Background: A tech and innovation sector is seen as one of the best ways of ensuring future prosperity – but Auckland competes with most peer cities around the world.
Key players: Drs Massih and Masood Tayebi, Bridgewest Group, Auckland Council, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, Marissa Brindley, Pam Ford, Mayor Wayne Brown.
After a bruising election campaign like the one that consumed the latter half of 2023 in New Zealand, negativity about the country’s prospects and attributes can sometimes feel easier to reach for than positivity.
But two people who are sold on what they describe as New Zealand’s – and
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