Auckland’s blueprint for innovation journey released

Published: 28 November 2014
Filed under: GridAKL, Investment, Sectors, ICT

Auckland’s ambitious goal to become an innovation hub of the Asia-Pacific region is well underway, and today’s release of The Auckland Innovation Plan confirmed a collaborative approach towards fuelling the city’s economic transformation through innovation-led entrepreneurship.

The plan was developed by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) with close involvement with the innovation ecosystem and key partners including government agencies and tertiary institutions.

Patrick McVeigh, ATEED general manager Economic Growth, says: “The plan is an action-based document which outlines the priorities identified by ATEED to build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Auckland.

“It is firmly focused on delivering Auckland Council’s aspiration for the city to become an innovation hub of the Asia-Pacific region, and on ways to realise the many emerging global opportunities for Auckland.”

Patrick McVeigh says ATEED is already well on the path formally documented in the plan with some key projects which grow the city’s innovation and entrepreneurship.

“The opening this year of GridAKL, Auckland’s innovation precinct, and the growth our state-of-the-art food test and production facility The FoodBowl – Te Ipu Kai in Mangere, are just two examples of major projects which are already contributing to Auckland’s innovation,” he says.

This final plan incorporates feedback on the Draft Auckland Innovation Plan received between March and May this year.

“I would like to thank all who provided feedback and contributed to the follow up consultation and work process. Their input was hugely valuable.”

Patrick McVeigh says the plan also owes a lot to key early guidance and support from an expert advisory panel on innovation: Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Sir Stephen Tindall, Dr Alastair MacCormick, Dr Rick Boven, Phil O’Reilly and Franceska Banga.

He says innovation and entrepreneurship are clearly established as key drivers of economic growth and critical to delivering a prosperous economy.

“An Auckland economy based on innovation will ensure our businesses grow faster and employ more skilled people in higher paid jobs, and are flexible and well positioned to take advantage of emerging opportunities – both nationally and globally.”

Whilst ATEED will lead on the plan’s delivery, where appropriate, actions will be led by ATEED partners including government agencies, tertiary and research institutes and industry bodies.

To view the full Auckland Innovation Plan visit


For more information contact:
Chris Gregory, ATEED Media Manager
Phone: 027 292 3601, or email