In December, Mayor Phil Goff reiterated Council’s priority expectation that we work with our Council family and other partners to develop ‘Invest AKL’ – a coordinated investment story for Auckland which will help the region attract the billions in investment required by current and future growth.

The story will clearly outline why international investors should choose Auckland, highlight investable opportunities within crucial Auckland industries, land and infrastructure.

Dean Rzechta, Managing Director of Australasian property development, investment and construction company Ninety Four Feet, last year announced the company’s estimated $250m investment in the first New Zealand Hotel Indigo. He said an investment decision of that magnitude was not taken lightly: “At the start of the journey there were several options for our first investment in Auckland. The personal expert attention provided by ATEED’s investment team left us in no doubt we’d found the right home.”

Listen to more of Dean explaining his company’s investment decision here.

While the Invest AKL project progresses in collaboration with industry and agencies, we are also focused on immediate opportunities to attract investment and grow Auckland’s international relationships.

Our international team is increasing its focus on the Japanese market as it becomes an important signatory to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for TransPacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Working with NZTE, Staples Rodway and JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation), we are assessing the appetite amongst Auckland companies for some form of activation in/with Japan in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2019. During a series of workshops, Karen Walker talked about her experience in Japan, and the NZ Story presented consumer and business insights on Japanese perceptions of New Zealand and New Zealand products.