Council-controlled organisations

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Limited (ATEED) is a council-controlled organisation, which aims to help lift the Auckland region's economic wellbeing, and support and enhance the ability of the region to compete internationally.

ATEED will rationalise and consolidate events and economic development activities across the region to achieve a consistent approach.

The organisation has a significant role in attracting and planning for major events, like Rugby World Cup 2011. It will also continue the work of Tourism Auckland in marketing Auckland as a destination, developing tourism products and running visitor information centres.

Former organisations which now make up ATEED include:

ATEED also has an interest in:


Our objectives

Each year Auckland Council CCOs must complete Statements of Intent as required under the Local Government Act 2002.

Statements of Intent set out the objectives, nature and scope of activities undertaken and performance targets for each CCO.

This helps us achieve the objectives in our Long-term Plan and other strategic plans.


Annual Report

As a council controlled organisation, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Limited (ATEED) is required to publish an Annual Report within three months of the end of the financial year. That Annual Report must include financial statements and associated disclosures, as well as a performance statement outlining results achieved against the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in our Statement of Intent (SOI).

Annual Report 2011-2012 (PDF 5.9KB)
Annual Report 2010-2011 (PDF 5.9MB)
Audit report disclosure (PDF 23KB)

Hard copies of the Annual Reports are available by contacting Charmaine Ngarimu, Communications Manager, on 09 365 0575.


Activities

Tourism

Events

  • Strategy
  • Competitive bidding
  • Funding and sponsorship
  • Coordination and leveraging
  • Facilitation (regulatory – permitting)
  • Delivery (regional and community events)
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Research
  • Industry development and advocacy
  • Coordination of filming activities

Economic development

Business development including:

  • Training
  • Business mentoring and coaching
  • Research and development grants (central government)
  • Key client management
  • Local investment facilitation
  • Local business events and networks
  • Business starts
  • Business improvement districts and town centre development
  • Young Enterprise schemes
  • Education and skills initiatives

Sector development including:

  • Bio-science
  • Export education
  • Export promotion
  • Food and beverages
  • Foreign direct investment attraction
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Marine
  • Promotion of industry/ innovation links
  • Rural/primary sector development
  • Screen production

Contact us

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development has central, west, north and south offices.

Central office

  • Physical address: Level 8, 139 Quay Street, Auckland
  • Postal address: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, PO Box 5561, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141
  • Telephone: (09) 365 0500

West office

  • Physical address: Level 1, Central One, 4 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson
  • Postal address: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, PO Box 21 848, Henderson
  • Telephone: (09) 837 1855

North office

  • Physical address: Level 1, Building 1, 61 Constellation Drive, Rosedale 0632
  • Postal address: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, PO Box 302-283 North Harbour 0751
  • Telephone: (09) 354 0059

South office

  • Physical address: The Ford Building, 86 Highbrook Drive, East Tamaki
  • Postal address: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development PO Box 204357, Highbrook, Auckland 2161
  • Telephone: (09) 354 0095

and

  • Physical address: 217 King Street, Pukekohe, Auckland 2120
  • Postal address: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, PO Box 204357, Highbrook, Auckland 2161
  • Telephone: (09) 237 0029

Executive team

Chief Executive: Brett O'Riley

General Manager - Destination and Marketing: (vacant)
General Manager - Major Events: Rakel Liew
General Manager - Business Attraction and Investment: David Caselli
General Manager - Economic Growth: Patrick McVeigh
General Manager - Commercial partnerships: Andy Higgs
Head of Council and Corporate Relationships: Steve Armitage
Head of Strategic Initiatives: Grant Jenkins
Chief Financial Officer: Barbara Imlach


Board of directors

  • Chair: David McConnell BE, MBA
    David is Managing Director of the McConnell Group, following a career in engineering consulting. He is a Director of the Committee for Auckland. Mr McConnell has previously served on the Boards of Mighty River Power, TelstraClear Pacific Trust and the University of Auckland Business School, among others.
  • Deputy Chair: Norman (Norm) Thompson 
    Norm is Deputy Chief Executive of Air New Zealand, following a long career with the airline. He is a Director of a number of Air New Zealand subsidiaries and associated companies, including Altitude Aerospace Interiors, of which he is Chair. He is also the Chair of both the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand and the Tourism Exchange, and is on the Board of UNICEF New Zealand.  
  • Franceska Banga
    Franceska is Chief Executive of the NZ Venture Investment Fund.  She was a member of the capital markets development taskforce (2009-10), chaired the NZ Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, was chief advisor strategy for the Ministry of Research, Science & Technology (2000-01) and was director, NZ Treasury (1997-2000).
  • Vivien Bridgwater
    Vivien is General Manager of University Relations & Advancement at the Auckland University of Technology. Before that, she was co-founder and manager of Mai FM. Vivien serves on the Youthline Auckland Trust Board and is a Director of Metrolink Bus Limited. She has previously been a Director of Television New Zealand. Ms Bridgwater is of Ngati Whatua descent.
  • Danny Chan
    Danny's current business experience lies in the healthcare and education sectors. He also has public and private sector governance experience. Danny is a member of the NZ China Council’s Advisory Board and is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin.
  • Richard Jeffery
    Richard is Chief Executive of Vodafone Events Centre, formerly a director of Tomorrow’s Manukau Property Ltd and subsidiaries and was appointed to the ATEED Board for his skills and experience in managing risk associated with the hosting of major events and has a background in tourism/hospitality, cultural event promotion and community engagement.
  • Helen Robinson
    Helen has been a leader in the technology sector for more than 25 years. She is an experienced director and currently the Chair of The Network for Learning Ltd (N4L), a new crown entity charged with improving educational outcomes by transforming schools to technology-based learning environments. Helen joined ATEED on 1 September 2013.