A diverse, energetic and environmentally aware Auckland will continue to entice creative people with an entrepreneurial spirit who will lead innovation in the years to come.
As well as talent, Auckland needs to attract 'smart' capital, meaning capital that comes with associated skills, knowledge and capability. Access to smart capital helps to break down the barriers to growth that result from our size and distance from important markets.
New Zealand's regulatory settings, international reputation as relatively free from corruption and a good place to do business in, makes Auckland a good option for foreign investment.
However, we need to improve the cost of living, housing affordability, and infrastructure and connectivity – both physical and digital. This will create a better quality of life for existing residents and make Auckland a more internationally attractive business proposition.