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  • For Auckland is a new Spinoff podcast of civic conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. In episode seven, host Timothy Giles speaks to Penny Hulse, the deputy mayor of Auckland, about her time in council, why she's stepping down and her hopes for the future.

    There’s never been an Auckland Council without Penny Hulse. The deputy mayor has been working in local government for 27 years. She's worn the deputy mayor hat at both the Waitakere District Council and currently at the Auckland Council. She'll be stepping aside at the election later this year, and in this interview speaks openly about her time in government, struggles and triumphs.

    At the heart of Hulse's message is a call for change in what the council looks like. She wants more women, more young people and a greater diversity of ethnicity and culture to be represented. She's unapologetic in her view that male, stale and pale councillors can no longer claim to truly represent the diversity of Auckland City.

    With this perspective comes a fair share of criticism. Spend a few minutes on social media and you'll find plenty of critics and trolls directing their anger at Hulse. She admits sometimes the comments hurt, but her two decades in local body politics has been enriching and rewarding far beyond the reach of haters. 

    As Deputy Mayor, Penny Hulse has led some tough conversations across the city. She reflects on the resilience she's grown and how it's helped her be the best politician she can be for Auckland.

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  • For Auckland is a new Spinoff podcast of civic conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. In episode four host Timothy Giles spoke to Grace Stratton.

    She’s launched a groundbreaking fashion business, been nominated for Young New Zealander of the Year, profiled in American InStyle Magazine (among many others), is half-way through a law and comms degree. She is 19, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Grace Stratton is only getting started.

    Grace’s start-up AllisforAll.com aims to shake up attitudes to people with access needs. E-commerce as a noisy and culturally relevant tool – reframing fashion and our thinking of who we shape and make our city for.  

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  • For Auckland is a new Spinoff podcast of civic conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. In episode three host Timothy Giles spoke to Pania Newton about the fight for Ihumātao.

    So much of New Zealand history is defined by our conflict over land. In Māngere, south Auckland, the conflict is ongoing over a proposed Special Housing Area to be built on an historic Māori site.

    Pania Newton of Save Our Unique Landscapes (SOUL) is on the frontline, fighting for her papakāinga at Ihumātao. Pania says the land is far too precious to lose, not only to her but her hapu, her iwi and the preservation of Māori history for all of Aotearoa.

    In this For Auckland podcast, Pania invites Aucklanders to visit Ihumatao's Kaitiaki Village, overlooking the historical Otuataua Stonefields.

    She draws a line from landmark battles in our history, Parihaka, Pākaitore (Moutoa Gardens) and Takaparawhā (Bastion Point), directly to the protest SOUL are making today.

    Host Timothy Giles of Committee for Auckland asks what we should be doing about the land at Ihumātao.

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  • For Auckland is a new Spinoff podcast of civic conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. In episode three host Timothy Giles spoke to Mark Spencer about how to build a construction sector that can build a world-class city.

    On Sunday the government announced an agreement with the construction industry designed to mutually help each other sort their shit out.

    The sector certainly needs improvement. Industry leader Mainzeal Property and Construction collapsed in 2013 owing $110 million and the effects are still being felt. The latest failure, Eberts Construction liquidated in August last year leaving debts that have grown to $108 million.

    To help explain the issues the struggling sector is facing, and how to chart a way forward Mark Spencer, Global Director Buildings for BECA and Committee for Auckland Co-Chair joins our latest For Auckland podcast.

    Spencer is an engineer who has worked his whole career in one of New Zealand’s construction success stories, BECA. With three thousand employees the company works across the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, with a fledgeling presence in Europe. From the perspective of his responsibilities overseeing BECA’s building practices in New Zealand, Australia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Europe, he explains the challenge and opportunity for the construction industry to make Auckland into a world-class city. Spencer believes New Zealand has unique characteristics to make a robust and healthy future achievable. For once, our lack of size is an asset but only if the whole sector raises it’s aspirations and radically changes its behaviour.

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  • For Auckland is a new Spinoff podcast of civic conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. In episode three host Timothy Giles spoke to Gaurav Sharma Editor-in-chief of Multicultural Times. Created to be our definitive guide to all things ethnic and multicultural in New Zealand. And Auckland has never needed the voices of our many communities more. 

    Your work Gaurav, is a way for us to listen in,

    You link right back to the centre of the pain for Aotearoa now, from your same vision as the founder and editor of The Migrant Times, launched in Christchurch in June 2016, i with the Canterbury Migrants Centre. 

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  • For Auckland is a new Spinoff podcast of civic conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. In episode two host Timothy Giles spoke to Pauline Winter about the effect of the dawn raids that happened in the early days of New Zealand, immigration and what we should be doing to make others feel they belong.

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  • For Auckland is a very civic podcast of conversations with people working to create and sustain a better Auckland for all. Hosted by Timothy Giles of the Committee for Auckland, produced by The Spinoff.

    In a period of shock and grief from the white supremacist terror attacks in Christchurch, For Auckland encourages listeners to engage in an appropriate and powerful response for a better future. Tayyaba Khan, founder of the Khalida Leadership Network, is a woman of faith and is a courageous Kiwi leader with international experience in culture and community. The Khalida Leadership Network is an organisation causing and supporting women leaders in and from the Muslim community. Tayyaba creates a conversation rooted in her organisation’s mission, “Building capacity, uniting community.” In her words, now is the time to start accepting our differences, and be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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