In conjunction with the ANZ, Hesketh Henry was delighted to host a number of in-house counsel at a breakfast forum this morning where Auckland’s Mayor, Phil Goff, outlined the Council’s aspirations and challenges in respect of the city’s infrastructure needs.
Mr Goff delivered a highly engaging and informative speech to an audience from some of New Zealand’s and Auckland’s foremost businesses. He covered topics such as the scale of the challenges Auckland faces from rapid population growth and how Council is working with central government, businesses and ratepayers to swiftly find solutions for a city seeking to attract and retain world-class talent.
The Mayor’s speech made it plain that the Council is running hard to address all its infrastructure needs, including housing, water, roading, rail and the CBD waterfront generally. The Mayor reminded the audience of upcoming major events such as APEC and the proposed America’s Cup in 2021 which will help make some of these projects a priority.
Attendees appreciated the opportunity to hear from and then quiz Mr Goff on this highly relevant topic and to share infrastructure experiences with their peers. Hesketh Henry and ANZ are extremely grateful to the Mayor and to attendees for giving up their valuable time and are looking forward to co-hosting their next in-house forum in November.