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Cities Local government

Situation Vacant: Super hero needed

Just after the recent New Zealand election, the Newsroom published my article below drawing attention to the lack of focus...
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Voting

A history making referendum

The New Zealand Herald has published my article this morning on the history New Zealanders may make at this year’s...
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Cities

Its budget reveals what a city values

(The New Zealand Herald published my article about how a city can balance responding to Covid-19 challenges with innovative thinking,...
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Climate

The SGD’s can drive the Covid-19 recovery

Because the nations of the world don’t just have the pandemic crisis to deal with. All countries already had other...
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Climate Transport

Curing climate congestion

Cities are both a great hope for greater progress on dealing with climate change and also a major contributor to...
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Cities Local government Voting

Cities can fix low voter turnout but not by themselves

Auckland has a few crises it is dealing with at the moment: housing, transport, climate. Following the recent local government...
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Cities Technology

What a time to be an urban crisis. But which one to deal with first?

The Newsroom recently published my article on the “flood” of climate crisis calls breaking out in cities.
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Cities

Great cities and great ports can co-exist

Plenty of cities around the word grapple with how to balance the impact of business and liveability within their urban...
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Cities Technology

The space-race? So last century. Today’s technology race is in your own town

As some countries continue the race to explore outer space, or to ‘wall-up’ the inner spaces they already number have,...
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Cities Technology

Is your city doing enough?

The international IT association ISACA asked me to comment on a survey they produced earlier this year on smart city...
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Cities

Being smarter about your next big thing

Building new stadiums seems to bedevil even the smartest cities. New Zealand’s largest city Auckland has been grappling with what...
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Cities

Learning from the best cities in the world

The most liveable cities in the world are strongly backed by their nations. Yet other cities have to battle their...
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Cities

Smart ideas to solve the world’s city problems

How can cities disrupt themselves to cope better with growing pains, and how can they fund this? Mark Thomas reports...
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Cities Technology

Smart secrets lie in city approaches

THE purpose of building a smart city is to raise the quality of life and standard of living of its...
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Cities

How to use a Commonwealth Games to create smart city investment

Urban renewal, affordable housing and improved transport – all from a sporting event. Mark Thomas says rather than being a...
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Cities Transport

What your city needs to do to cut traffic congestion

Since 2016, residents of Helsinki (a third the size of Auckland) have been using what's called the Netflix of transport...
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Cities

There have been nine World Urban Forums since 2002. Have we saved the world yet?

There’s nothing like a global conference to both gain insight into the really big trends that are happening around the...
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Cities Technology

Urgent situation vacant: smart cities builder (location: paradise)

Street lights in Kansas City have wifi sensors which link with a live map, allowing residents to see traffic and...
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Technology

How much longer will traditional banks exist?

It’s estimated about 2 billion people are ‘unbanked’ and not using traditional banking services, but startups are creating a new...
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Technology

Our nation needs to be smarter not luckier

Ironically NBC Sport titled their America's Cup preview last month, "Hard Luck Loser Kiwis Back For Another Shot".
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