Whilst the case for strong, city-region leadership and governance is gaining momentum, a common response is that ‘we like the idea but it’s too difficult to implement’. This event will explore the experiences of a city-region that has done it: Auckland in New Zealand. On 1 November 2010, the Auckland Metro Region became a single authority headed up by a directly elected Mayor, replacing the previous regional council and seven local councils.
Harvey Brookes, one of the leading figures behind the introduction of Auckland’s city-region council and ‘Metro Mayor’ will talk about how he won over the sceptics, the impact the change has had on the city region, and the lessons for UK city-regions.
This is the first of two roundtable events to discuss how international policy, evidence and practice can inform the development of UK cities in the future. More details on the second, with Professor Philip McCann, are available here.
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