Grow North event February 2015 - Speakers and panellists


paul-spoonley.jpg Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley
Pro-Vice Chancellor - Massey University

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is a regular speaker internationally; he’s written 28 books (many of which are used as resources in New Zealand universities, and around the world). As the director of research for the College of Humanities and Social Studies at Massey, Paul is internationally renowned for his work in sociology – which is about discovering the development, structure and functioning of human society and social problems.

Panel discussion

Ross Buckley Ross Buckley

Ross is the Executive Chairman of KPMG New Zealand and represents KPMG New Zealand on KPMG’s Global Council and KPMG’s ASPAC Board.

Ross serves, or has served as a lead partner on a number of important KPMG clients based in a range of sectors including agriculture, banking and finance, infrastructure, manufacturing and construction.

Ross joined KPMG in 1983 and has worked overseas for five years in continental Europe and North America. During his career with KPMG, Ross has managed the firm’s Audit and Tax practices in addition to the firm’s People, Performance and Culture function.

Shamubeel Eaqub

Shamubeel Eaquab

Shamubeel is the principal economist at NZIER, a private economic consultancy firm. He advises senior leaders in the private and public sectors. Expert knowledge and evidence based contrarian views make him a valuable advisor. Shamubeel is also an author, media commentator and a thought leading public speaker.

He has over a decade of experience as an economist in Wellington, Melbourne and Auckland in leading international banks and consultancy. Shamubeel lives in Auckland with his wife. He grew up in Canterbury and holds a BCOM with Honours in Economics from Lincoln University.

Kate Healy

Kate Healy

Kate Healy is the Chief Operating Officer for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited. Whai Rawa is the subsidiary of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust that is responsible for growing and protecting the hapū asset base which is currently valued over $600M.

Kate’s role with Whai Rawa has opened up the opportunity to be involved in property development, residential development and assessing potential investments. A former Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Partner, Kate's legal and property experience is a much needed addition to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited. 

Penny Hulse

Penny Hulse

Penny Hulse was selected as the first Deputy Mayor of the newly-formed Auckland Council in 

2010.   As chair of the Auckland Development and Auckland Plan Committees, Penny has led some of the most important aspects of Auckland Council's programme including successfully leading the challenging Auckland Unitary Plan process.  The Unitary Plan is the blueprint for the way Auckland will develop and grow over the next 30 years.

Penny is a fierce champion of the youth employment movement and has been involved in community safety and the prevention of domestic violence initiatives for many years.  Penny served on the Waitakere local bodies for 18 years and the last 3 years as Deputy Mayor to long-serving Mayor, Sir Bob Harvey.

A staunch conservationist, Penny was a driving force behind the successful push to protect the glorious Waitakere Ranges rain forest through government legislation and regional funding for Project Twin Streams, a community and environmental restoration project which mobilised 10,000 volunteers and which is duplicated nationally.

Alan McMahon

Alan McMahon

Alan McMahon is the National Director Consultancy and Research for Colliers International.  He has been active in the
property industry for over 30 years as a valuer, agent and latterly consultant and researcher.  Alan has broad experience in many aspects of commercial and residential property markets.

Alan has been with Colliers International for 16 years and is a Member of the New Zealand Property Institute of Chartered Surveyors and an Associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.

Alan is also a member of the Property Council of New Zealand Investment Index Advisory Group, immediate past Chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was a Property Council of New Zealand national councilor for 10 years.

Phil Twyford Phil Twyford

Phil Twyford is Labour’s spokesperson on housing and transport. He is also associate spokesperson on Auckland issues, and associate spokesperson on the environment with a focus on cities. He has been in Parliament since 2008.  

Phil is the Member for the Te Atatu electorate. Before politics he was the founding executive director of Oxfam NZ, and spent four years leading Oxfam International’s policy and campaigns based in Washington DC