Staff travel costs
Analysis of total ATEED international travel – by staff
ATEED’s annual expenditure for the 2017/18 financial year was approximately $66 million. With this expenditure, the organisation was responsible for delivering against five key priority areas on behalf of Auckland Council:
• Build a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship
• Attract business and investment
• Grow and retain skilled talent
• Grow the visitor economy
• Build Auckland’s brand and identity.
Some of the targets for these priority areas included: continuing to expand the more than $8 billion annual visitor economy including attracting major sporting and business events; a target for 2017/18 of attracting $292 million of international deals through business and investment including the screen sector; and a target of $2.3 billion annual value from international students based in Auckland.
To achieve its publically stated targets, ATEED staff were required to travel offshore to do business in our key markets. This travel includes being part of multi-agency trade delegations, and attending key global conferences or trade shows to grow connections and secure deals for Auckland’s key growth industry sectors which include international education, food and beverage, ICT and digital media, screen production, high-value tourism, marine and advanced materials. They are also required to travel to present bids for major sporting events.
ATEED staff also travel domestically, mainly for national industry conferences, and for crucial national policy meetings held in Wellington with government agency partners to ensure Auckland’s economic growth policies align with the Government’s economic agenda.
The annual spend by ATEED on international travel in 2017/18 equates to less than 1 per cent of ATEED’s annual operating expenditure.
Directors’ travel costs
All directors’ travel costs are approved by the ATEED Chair or acting chair.
ATEED directors Mike Taitoko and Glenys Coughlan are based outside of Auckland. That was the case when they were appointed by an independent Council panel due to their high level of relevant expertise in governance, specialist sectors, and their unique skill sets. Both fly to Auckland to attend crucial ATEED governance meetings and represent ATEED at important business events.