Economic Development

  • Provided policy advice and specific industry input and into the writing an economic development plan for the Secretariat of the Preferential Trade Area of Eastern and Southern Africa (PTA), with a focus on the development of primary industries.
  • Aided the newly appointed District Administrator of the Cova Lima District, East Timor, to establish an effective governance and administration system following the withdrawal of all Indonesian appointed staff when on attachment with the New Zealand Army 5th Battalion Group.
  • Co-ordinated and supported the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) undertaking infrastructure projects and the activities of the newly established Cova Lima District Administration operating in the military district of South-West Timor when on attachment with the New Zealand Army 5th Battalion Group.
  • Led the New Zealand Battalion Project Team to rebuild four schools and fifteen water wells in East Timor, when on attachment with the New Zealand Army 5th Battalion Group.  This project involved obtaining funding from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the British High Commission in East Timor and solving logistical problems in sourcing and shipping building materials from Australia (approximate value $1 million). Members of the New Zealand Defence Force undertook the building programme in conjunction with several NGOs.
  • Project managed and advised the Waikato Economic Development Board, on how to transform itself into an effective Regional Economic Development Agency to identify regional economic opportunities, establish business clusters and attract foreign and domestic investment and policy. Our work resulted in significant New Zealand government funding from the Ministry of Economic Development.
  • Project managed and developed a targeted five-year economic development plan for the Rodney District Council, New Zealand, including initiatives to take advantage of the Rugby World Cup 2011 which is expected to provide over NZ$1 billion of economic benefit to the New Zealand economy, and development of key performance indicators.
  • Project managed a team that advised Auckland City Council, New Zealand in developing an ‘Invest Auckland’ attraction policy and programme for Auckland City. The programme was designed to enable the Council to positively engage with key organisations to retain existing, and attract new businesses to Auckland region using a package of financial and non-financial incentives.
  • Project managed a team that worked with the Waitakere City Council, New Zealand to develop an appropriate policy, structure and package of financial incentives and non-financial initiatives to attract new business investment to Waitakere City and enhance existing businesses.
  • Project managed a team that reviewed and developed a set of key performance indicators to measure the economic impact of the activities of Positively Wellington Business for Wellington City Council, New Zealand. The Council has adopted the framework that we developed for other Council Controlled Organisations.
  • Team member that undertook a review of the role of Tourism Auckland for Auckland City Council, New Zealand, including an assessment of the current role of Tourism Auckland, its funding and governance arrangements and an exploration of alternative models used by other local and international authorities.  The output was an assessment of the overall effectiveness of the current arrangements, recommendations for improvements and methodologies for on-going performance measurement.
  • Completed an industry review of the NZ$1.6 billion fibre-based packaging industry for the New Zealand Paperboard and Packaging Associationand developed a strategic plan, including industry development initiatives, to grow both the Association and its members both locally and internationally.
  • Project managed a team that prepared for Northland Regional Council, New Zealand a review of key transport, utility and facilities infrastructure throughout Northland, with a specific focus on the economic costs and benefits of various infrastructure development priorities.