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Welcome to Knowledge Auckland

We provide research, information, analysis and data about

Auckland's communities, the Auckland economy and the Auckland environment.

This website is managed by Auckland Council's

Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU

Please also visit RIMU's special websites for expert data and research information:
Auckland counts for Auckland's census data
Auckland economic profile for information about Auckland's economy
Environmental data online and State of Auckland 
for Auckland environment data and the State of Auckland report cards
Auckland Council technical publications are also published on the council's website


Kermadec Islands: new marine discoveries

Date: 27 June 2017 7:00pm - 27 June 2017 9:00pm

Venue: Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre, Massey University, Albany, Auckland

Speakers: Dr Libby Liggins (Massey University) and Dr.Tom Trnski (Auckland Museum)

Small, remote islands such as New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands have long been revered as natural laboratories­. Here we can examine the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity.

Typically, the biodiversity of the marine environments surrounding islands is less-studied. However, our recent expeditions to these Islands have exponentially increased our knowledge of the marine biodiversity. This highlights the scientific and conservation importance of this region.

Dr Liggins and Dr Trnski have dived and explored the Kermadec islands and will share some, until now, secrets of the intriguing marine biodiversity from this special place.

RIMU Insights: Te Mura o te Ahi - The Heat of the Battle: How science and the social converge in the struggle for the environment

Date: 30 June 2017 1:00pm - 30 June 2017 2:30pm

Venue: Elliot Rooms, Crown Plaza Hotel, 128 Albert St, Auckand

Speakers: Dr April Bennett

Science is a dominant form of knowledge in planning processes.  As such, Māori must use science strategically to understand the issues and to pursue the outcomes we want for the environment and our people.  However, there are limits to the extent to which science can help Māori achieve these outcomes.  Recognising these limits, Māori must build our own knowledge of ourselves and the lands and waters to which we connect, and use it in planning processes to advance our aspirations.  It is in this knowledge that our strength lies.

This argument is based on a case study involving the AFFCO Meat Processing Plant in Feilding, Manawatū.  AFFCO applied for a suite of consents to continue to discharge treated meatworks effluent until 2050 into the Oroua River, the ancestral river of Ngāti Kauwhata.  The presenter was engaged by Ngāti Kauwhata to prepare a Cultural Impact Assessment of the discharge.  Pierre Bourdieu’s concepts of field, capital, game and strategy are used to analyse the consent process.  The analysis makes visible the nuances of the contest between AFFCO and Ngāti Kauwhata, and the emphasis on Māori knowledge as a deliberate strategy to protect the Oroua River and its people.


Dr April Bennett (Tūwharetoa, Waikato, Tūhoe, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga)

Lecturer, Māori Resource and Environmental Planning at Massey University Te Papaiōea

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Today's evidence for tomorrow's Auckland. RIMU Symposium 2017

Date: 4 July 2017 8:45am - 4 July 2017 4:30pm

Venue: AUT, Sir Paul Reeves Building, room WG308, 2 Governor Fitzroy Place, Auckland

Speakers: Sir Peter Gluckman and others

Programme highlights

Mihi whakatau

Opening: the Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff

Welcome: Dr Lucy Baragwanath, Manager Research and Evaluation (RIMU)

Keynote: Sir Peter Gluckman, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor

Population growth and change

Reflections on a revolution: Auckland’s population 2013-2033 – Professor Richard Bedford, President, Royal Society of New Zealand

Understanding place: spatial analysis for policy

Beyond home ownership

Auckland’s housing shortage and what it means – David Norman, Chief Economist, Auckland Council

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The future of our oceans

Date: 5 July 2017 5:00pm - 5 July 2017 7:00pm

Venue: Viaduct Events Centre, Waiheke Rooms, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

Speakers: Various

The future of our oceans - Continuing Sir Peter Blake's environmental legacy

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