Our purpose is to support the growth of quality jobs for all Aucklanders.
As Auckland Council’s economic development agency, ATEED is tasked with promoting and advocating for Auckland nationally and globally as a place to work, invest, study and visit, and ultimately helping the region thrive and succeed.
Guided by the principle of kotahitanga, or shared purpose, we facilitate collaboration between the region, business and government – particularly in key sectors; we share data, intelligence, information and analysis to improve understanding of economic development opportunities; we develop and deliver specific economic development projects with partners where there is market failure and Auckland leadership and support is required; and we transfer mature and established activities to capable owners where this is feasible.
Our wider set of economic development activities includes: business support; business attraction and investment; local economic development; trade and industry development; skills employment and talent; and innovation and entrepreneurship.
We undertake a range of work to support Auckland’s visitor economy, a critical lever for economic development. This includes our focus on destination marketing and management, major events, business events (meetings and conventions), and international student attraction and retention. This work will be driven through implementation – alongside industry – of the Destination AKL 2025 strategy.
Our two focus areas are strongly linked. The economic growth of the wider economy reinforces Auckland as a destination by creating supply chain opportunities, international links, talent and student attraction – and by making the city attractive to international business events and conventions.
Similarly, Auckland’s visitor economy is an important part of the wider economy that underwrites the amenity of the region, making it more attractive to residents and visitors alike. It provides significant employment opportunities for Aucklanders, supports other sectors including food and beverage and arts and culture, and it generates significant export revenues for the region.
Toitū enviromark diamond shows our commitment to environmental responsibility
We are proud to hold the globally recognised Toitū enviromark diamond certification, awarded by Toitū Envirocare – which is the leading provider of environmental certification in New Zealand and has 300 clients in 17 countries.
The company’s Toitū enviromark certifications meet and exceed the requirements of ISO 14001 – one of the world's best-known environmental standards – and ensure consistent and comprehensive reporting, benchmarking and management under international best practise.
.We attained Toitū enviromark diamond in July 2020 after demonstrating that our Environmental Management System (EMS) for our office hubs and delivered major events is embedded and working well. It confirms we have robust internal systems, plans and policies in place and any opportunities for change and improvement are quickly identified.
Both Toitū enviromark gold and diamond require identification of our organisation’s environmental impacts such as waste products associated with procurement choices or greenhouse gas emissions associated with our fleet vehicle use. It also included the major events we deliver as a focus area, and how we influence things such as our visitors and their waste products.
As a result of the diamond assessment, we have identified 15 initiatives to address some of the most significant impacts our operations produce.
One of those is to measure ATEED’s operational greenhouse gas emissions – to understand our base measure and put a reduction plan in place. We will also pilot measuring emissions from one of our delivered major cultural festivals to complement the existing objectives around waste diversion from landfill.
Other improvements we’ve made under diamond certification include regular internal audits and procedures in place which kick in when non-compliance is identified – as well as increasing internal capability and training for staff about environmental management.
We are determined to lead by example, ensuring we can demonstrate our own sustainability credentials. Holding Toitū enviromark Diamond certification means we can credibly lead initiatives which are driving sustainable outcomes for the region across many industries – from promoting sustainable tourism to supporting Auckland businesses to be more climate resilient, and connecting innovative enviro-tech business with international markets.
ATEED's Environmental Guidelines
Our guidelines were signed off by our leadership team in June 2020 and underpin the ‘Environment and Cultural Heritage’ outcome of Auckland Council's Auckland Plan. They reflect that we are very conscious of the impacts our activities could have on the environment.
We are committed to working to achieve the following:
1) Protecting the environment and preventing pollution related to its activities (including that created by its suppliers and clients)
2) Complying with all applicable New Zealand health and safety, and environmental legislation
3) Continually improving our performance relating to the above.
Our method to achieve the desired outcomes is to:
• regularly (at a minimum annually) assess our activities and their effects upon the environment in a systematic and logical fashion
• identify the actions we need to take to address each effect
• set targets based on the actions we need to take
• monitor our progress on each target.
All ATEED staff are required to assist in both the improvement of our Environmental Management System and achieving our identified opportunities for environmental improvement. Specifically:
• We will continue to work with Council in alignment with the Te Taruke-a-Tawhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan to contribute to an integrated approach to climate change
• Our Climate Innovation and Sustainability team leads a climate change and sustainability framework for the organisation which includes specific focus areas for corporate, Destination and Economic Development.
• Remain as part of the Council family’s endeavours to drive sustainable outcomes to benefit Auckland
• We have joined the NZ Tourism Sustainability Commitment and are aligning our activities to the 14 business commitments
• Other initiatives include raising the awareness of the benefits of operating in an environmentally sustainable and climate resilient way through private sector operators, supporting businesses with capability packages, and providing preferential profile to organisations that embrace sustainability throughout their business.
We will align our emissions and waste targets to those set by Auckland Council.
Sectors of importance
ATEED focuses on the industry sectors of Auckland’s economy that are highly competitive and contribute significantly to growth, employment and prosperity.
Prioritising these sectors means we’re targeting our resources to the areas offering the greatest return.
These industries have above average growth and strong export growth.
- Knowledge intensive industries.
Industries in which the goods or services produced are considered tradeable and where the majority of the industry’s output faces international competition. These industries have marginally above average growth and strong export performance.
- Food and beverage
- Advanced materials
- Screen and creative
- Commercial services
- International tourism
- International education.
Industries that are employment-intensive and are key to providing basic economic infrastructure and supporting a city’s brand, image and global positioning.
- Construction and engineering
- Transport and logistics
- Domestic tourism
- Domestic education.