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The Royal Commission on Auckland Governance has commissioned several background reports to provide it with an independent view of the issues facing the Auckland region. It will use these reports as one source of information for its deliberations regarding the most appropriate governance options for Auckland.

The Commission decided to publish these online in order to assist public understanding and debate on the issues.

These reports have different authors. The views contained in the reports are those of the author and not those of the Royal Commission.

If you would like to make any comments on these papers, please go to the Comments section of this website.

1) Auckland's Population, by Dr Phil McDermott (Cityscope Consultants), 25 pages

This is a background paper on population issues, looking at the growth of Auckland’s population, and the ramifications for the region, in terms of ethnic diversity, labour force, and infrastructural issues such as housing, transport and amenities needs.

2) The Call for Integrated Planning by Dr Phil McDermott (Cityscope Consultants), 27 pages

This report provides a brief history of planning initiatives since the mid 1990s in the areas of environment (mainly through land use plans), infrastructure (especially transport), and the economy.  It considers how improved decision-making might be brought about by changes in governance, and questions whether this can happen when potentially unpopular decisions need to be made. 

3) Transport Governance in Auckland by Barry Mein (Mein Consulting), 65 pages

This report gives an overview of the transport situation in Auckland, providing historical context for the transport governance that exists today.  It analyses what some of the key issues and challenges are for this sector, and highlights areas that need to be resolved to achieve more consistent and effective solutions.

4) Historical Overview of Auckland Governance by Professor Graham Bush (Honorary Research Fellow, Political Studies Department, University of Auckland), 48 pages.

An overview of the development of local government in Auckland, from Captain William Hobson to the present day.

5) Civic Leadership for Auckland: An International Perspective by Robin Hambleton (Director, Urban Answers and Professor of City Leadership, University of West of England, Bristol), 38 pages

Written by one of the leading international academics on local government and governance, this paper looks at the changing context for civic leadership, alternative institutional forms, and the need for Auckland to develop its own leadership models and leadership programmes that will enhance the civic capacity of the entire city.

6) Setting Community Boards in Context by Mike Richardson (Salt & Light IHS Ltd), 112 pages

This paper looks at the current community boards in the Auckland region and how well they are working, and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of alternative models for community decision-making, representation and advocacy.

7) Auckland Community Boards by Mary Richardson (JHI Consultancy), 44 pages

This report is based on a project commissioned by Local Government NZ(LGNZ) on behalf of the Community Board Executive Committee to examine the roles and functions of community boards. It also looks at their historical development and how the functions of community boards have changed over time, as well as the boards' level of satisfaction with the working relationships between them and councils.

8) Resource Management System in Auckland, by Hill Young Cooper, 85 pages

This report explores the interface between delivery of resource management functions and local government arrangements in the Auckland region.  It includes case studies, and lists of legislation, national policy statements, national standards, documents and strategies relating to resource managment issues in the Auckland region.

9) The Role of Local Government in Achieving Social Well-Being for the Auckland Region, by Elizabeth Rowe et al, 48 pages.

This paper looks at the current roles and obligations of local government in achieving social outcomes across the Auckland region, to identify what is working well, and where there are opportunities to do better. It provides summary demographic information and social well-being statistics for the Auckland region, and identifies three possible priority social well-being areas or challenges. It highlights the absence of a cohesive regional strategy that spells out how Auckland's social well-being will be improved, both generally and around key issues such as child poverty, homelessness, and violence.

10) Auckland's Social Landscape, Ministry of Social Development, 25 pages

This paper is an internal MSD document compiled for regional staff in Auckland, which was a key source of information for the Social Well-Being paper by Elizabeth Rowe.  It is a compilation of research about the social development issues facing the Auckland region.  

11) Auckland 2060, by Rod Oram, 41 pages

A scenario of what Auckland might be like in 50 years' time. Author Rod Oram used many sources to create a scenario for the Auckland region, including the UN's extensive global scenarios, Landcare's Research's and Statistics NZ's work for the national context, and the Auckland Regional Council's 100 year sustainability strategy. The scenario is optimistic, based on Landcare Research's Independent Aotearoa scenario, and looks at how Auckland might be, socially, economically, physically and culturally, in 2060.  

12) The Composition and Scale of Auckland's Economy, by John Small and Chris Sweetman (Covec), 33 pages

This report summarises key information on the Auckland regional economy.  It looks at the population, the industrial structure, economic outcomes for Aucklanders, and the economic links between Auckland and other places such as Australia.

13) Drivers of Economic Growth in Auckland, by John Small and Chris Sweetman (Covec), 29 pages

The second paper from Covec reviews the state of knowledge on economic growth in Auckland.  It concludes that Auckland's economy does matter to the rest of New Zealand, but that it is not currently acting as an engine of growth for the country. It also describes how it has the potential to play a greater role in the national economy in the future.




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