Why this blog?
My original aim was to outline some principles of urban development. The postings have ranged a bit wider than that, but they're all connected one way or another.
Over the past few years Auckland, where I have lived a good deal of my life. has undergone a transformation in governance and headed down a planning path founded on increasing urban density as a means of achieving a varety of policy goals. Its a path which is a challenging one given Auckland's physical constraints and consequently its pursuit tortuous and potentially costly. As a result, my blogs have become somewhat focused on the Auckland example of urban policy and planning. However, the resulting critique, while not necessarily popular, may well have wider application.
Over the years I have consulted on development and policy matters throughout New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific, and parts of Asia. I have covered horticulture, forestry, farming, fishing, processing, manufacturing, and transport development and urban, regional, and industry strategy and policy in a variety of settings. In transport I have worked on passenger transport, freight, road and rail evaluation, and aviation.
As head of a consulting group and market research company and as an independent consultant I have worked with private and public companies, local, state and federal governments and inter-governmental agencies. I spent five years as an academic, heading up the School of Resource and Environmental Planning at Massey University in Palmerston North, a small university city in New Zealand's North Island. Today I am largely retired, an observer rather than participant in the matters I commment on, living just beyond the urban edge.