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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


Growing Auckland’s economy – opportunities and challenges. Auckland economic insight and symposium

Date: 28 March 2017 8:00am - 28 March 2017 2:00pm

Venue: Auckland Museum Auditorium, the Domain, Auckland

Speakers: Various

The journey to a learned profession

Date: 29 March 2017 5:30pm - 29 March 2017 7:30pm

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

Speakers: Professor Bruce Behn,

Walmart recently announced that it is planning to shed about 7,000 accounting positions because these jobs are being automated. We will see this happening more and more. The US Pathways Commission, on Accounting Higher Education, in its report to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants concluded that the future of the accounting profession depends on whether or not it becomes a learned profession (e.g., Medicine, Law, Theology and some say Architecture and Engineering) or a vocation (e.g., car mechanics).

What do the learned professions have in common? The Pathways Commission report notes that the learned professions require advanced learning that is critical to preparation for practice, and academic research that is purposefully integrated into the practice of those professions.

Accounting is not too far from acquiring the distinction of a learned profession. It can continue to develop into a learned profession by expanding existing perspectives on scholarship and its roles. (Pathways Commission Report, 2012).

Professor Bruce Behn, the former chair of the Pathways Commission will shed light on this issue in his talk entitled Journey to a Learned Profession.

Professor Behn, Ph.D., CPA is the immediate Past President 2015/2016 of the American Accounting Association, Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Education and Deloitte LLP Professor at The
University of Tennessee.

Antibiotics and the cell’s protein factory

Date: 4 April 2017 6:00pm - 4 April 2017 8:00pm

Venue: Auckland Museum Event Centre, The Domain, Auckland

Speakers: Sir Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan

The thousands of different proteins in each cell are made by translating information encoded in our genes. This translation is fundamental to life.

A large molecular machine called the ribosome carries out the process. The ribosome is an ancient molecule that evolved before proteins as we know them today existed. They have developed differently in bacteria and humans, so many antibiotics block the bacterial ribosome without affecting human ones to the same degree.

Professor Venki Ramakrishnan will discuss how the structure of the ribosome has led to new insights into its function and how antibiotics work.

Sir Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan, Nobel Laureate, President of The Royal Society, London

Activate. Locally led, making it work. Auckland neighbourhoods leading change

Date: 5 April 2017 9:30am - 6 April 2017 4:30pm

Venue: Auckland. Jet Park Airport Hotel and Conference Centre, Mangere Auckland

Speakers: Various

An innovative event comprising a one day study tour of Auckland neighbourhoods leading change, followed by a day exchanging ideas and learning practical skills together.

Showcasing locally-led change in a wide range of communities, Activate is an opportunity to be challenged, inspired and refreshed by leaders from a wide range of perspectives and fields.

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