26 June 2015
Auckland champion announced
Sir Bob Harvey has been named as Champion for Auckland - Overseas Investment.
The former Waitakere Mayor and Waterfront Auckland Chair will work closely with the Auckland Investment Office and council agencies.
Sir Bob’s role is to be a champion for Auckland internationally, responsible for facilitating international investment opportunities and leading the council’s bid for the Lee Kuan Yew World Cities Prize.
The Mayor of Waitakere for 18 years until the formation of Auckland Council in 2010, Sir Bob championed what is now a flourishing film industry based in west Auckland and forged substantial links with the US, Japan and China.
He has also been Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Film Commission and Spark Foundation and served on the boards of Te Papa and the Aotea Centre Trust.
In his new role, Sir Bob will also support Mayor Len Brown in building the Tripartite Economic Alliance between Auckland, Los Angeles and Guangzhou.
The mayor has welcomed the appointment saying Sir Bob brings decades of experience and expertise and a wealth of knowledge that will be invaluable to the city.
“As New Zealand’s engine room and the gateway to the rest of New Zealand, Auckland needs to work hard to attract and maintain international investment to provide jobs and economic growth,” says Len Brown.
Sir Bob takes up his new role in July and says he is excited about adding value to the council, its agencies and Auckland.