Manhattan to Manukau – Lessons from New York – Introduction with Ludo Campbell Reid

Manhattan to Manukau – Lessons from New York – Introduction with Ludo Campbell Reid


(woodwind instrumental
music) (forest sounds) – Okay. Kia ora and
good evening, everybody. On behalf of the Global Partnerships team, and the Auckland Conversations team, I bid you a warm evening,
and a warm welcome to this evening’s Auckland conversations. For those of you that
don’t know me, my name is Ludo Campbell-Reid, I’m
the general manager of the Auckland Design Office, and
it’s my great pleasure and privilege to be tonight’s MC. This evening is about engagement,
excitement, inspiration, and tonight’s conversations are about trying to get out
into the public domain, having conversations with
Aucklanders about matters and issues that are affecting the city. Tonight’s guest has flown in
all the way from New York. Edith, we’re gonna look forward
to introducing her to you in a few minutes, and it’s
great to have you, Edith, here, thank you for making the trip,
I know you’re a busy lady. So, Edith will talk to us
about the challenges facing New York, particularly Manhattan, where she’s the Director of Planning. But tonight’s really also
about understanding the opportunities and issues
that are facing Auckland, and to see whether there are similarities, and things that we can draw
from, from those cities, and to make some learnings,
in terms of moving forward. So, to all of you tonight,
thank you for turning up. There’s about 800 of
you here this evening, which is fantastic, and
it’s just great to have the conversation happening
across the region, it’s great to be engaging
with the community of Auckland. So tonight, we’re gonna be
engaging in a range of ways. We’ll be joined with a small
panel discussion at the end of Edith’s presentation. So, before we get into that, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to two very cool people. One is to John Duguid,
who’s general manager of the Plans and Places Department. John’s gonna be joining
me as a panel discussion a bit later on. And also to Adrienne Young-Cooper. Adrienne is the Director on
the Hobsonville Land Company currently, and doing
some incredible things with the crowns, so they’ll
be joining us up on stage with Edith to talk a little bit about the challenges and opportunities
facing Auckland. Before we move on, I just
wanna make a very big thanks to the councillors who’ve turned up today and local board members,
particularly Councillor Chris Darby who’s the chair of the planning committee. But also, to Pippa Coom from
the Waitemata Local Board, but also Councillor Denise
Lee, who’s gonna be giving the vote of thanks towards
the end of the evening, so thank you for turning up and being part of this conversation,
it’s really important that you do, and thank
you for your support, and ongoing support. So, just a few housekeeping
issues before we get cracking, as I said, I’m sort of the hors d’oeuvres, and Edith is the main course. In the unlikely event of an
emergency, an alarm will sound and we’ll be directed out of
the building by the ushers. The bathrooms are located near the bar, to the back of the auditorium,
which is on the left as you leave the room. And finally, please
could you turn all your mobile phones off, so we
don’t get interference with the broadcasting, as we’re actually broadcasting this live. Not sure to who, but, to the world. And it’s really a big part of the new Auckland Conversations programme,
whereby we are videoing and filming these conversations,
and they available live around the world, so
there’ll be people from all over the place turning in. For those of you on Twitter,
there will be a range of Twitter handles which will
pop heavily, hopefully. Tweet madly, and let’s kind
of create a Twitter storm about tonight’s conversation. So look, putting on all
these important talks, and engagement conversations
would not be achieved just with rate-payer money alone. This is a big programme, and
I just wanna make a particular call out, and shout-out to
the private sector teams and organisations that get
behind us every single time to help us bring these to you. And so, particularly our overall
sponsors, who are Resene. Would you mind putting your hands together to thank them very much? (applause) Resene have been with
us for many, many years, and it’s great to have them
supporting us continually. Another big thank you
to some great friends, who are developing up a
new relationship with us as programme sponsors, so
they are Brookfield Lawyers, Boffa Miskell, Architecture
Designers of New Zealand, the New Zealand Institute of Architects, the New Zealand Planning Institute, and the New Zealand
Green Building Council. Some really critical players and actors within the urban development realm, so thank you to all of you
for your ongoing support. So in terms of the agenda for tonight, what we’d like to do, what we’re looking
forward to this evening. The format will be a
presentation by Edith, and then followed by a panel
discussion with our panellists, of course. In between that, what we’ll do
is, as Edith sits down after her presentation, what
we’ll do is we’ll ask both John and Adrienne to
speak a little bit about the projects they’ve been working in, the challenges and issues
that they are facing within their particular areas of work, and perhaps reflect upon the
presentation they’ve heard from Edith. So it’ll be a way to
introduce them to you, but also to stimulate the discussion. And then, I’ll be taking some
questions from the floor, once the panel discussion
has ensued and finished. And the Auckland Conversations
feed, so that’s the hashtag #AKLConversationsfeed, that
will be monitored throughout the whole night, and we’ll be
able to hopefully bring some questions through that process too. So, if there’s opportunity,
we will do that. So look, onto tonight’s main course, if she’s ready, and willing. Our special guest tonight
is Edith Hsu-Chen. She is the fantastic Planning Director for the Burrow of Manhattan
for New York City. We’ve had a long and a new
and blossoming relationship with New York City and
that song was for you, to welcome you here. The last New York guest we
had was Janette Sadik-Khan, who was here for a week and involved in lots of
conversations like you have been over the last 24 hours and
will be tomorrow as well. And we’ve got a really
growing relationship there, not only at officer level, but
at the senior mayoral level, which has to develop over time. It’s great to have you here as well, and to continue that programme. So look, since 2008, Edith has
led the office which has been responsible for planning,
zoning, and urban design, public space, management, and
land-use related activities across the New York burrow of Manhattan. She is a key advisor to the
New York Planning Commissioner, and provides guidance to
the Deputy Mayor in terms of housing and economic development issues. Edith specialised in
incentivizing the private sector to deliver public amenities
such as public space and transit improvements. Edith has lectured at the
Harvard School of Design, where she also graduated with
a Master’s in Urban Planning. She’s also a frequent
panellist at urban development and design conferences. There’s a much longer CV, but we’ll get into the conversation and expose that as we
discuss through the session. So I’d like you to put
your hands together, and welcome Edith. (applause) (woodwind instrumental music) (forest sounds)

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