Peter Neilson is CEO of the Financial Services Council. He was also for eight years the CEO of the Business Council for Sustainable Development. He is an economist, Labour MP for Miramar (1981-1900) and a Cabinet Minister with various portfolios in Finance, Revenue, SOE’s Public Works, Trade and Industry and Social Welfare.

Umeshumesh-small-1 recently stood as a Green Party candidate in the 2014 General Election. He studied economics amongst other things at the University of Auckland. For the last three years he has been employed by Parliamentary Services. He is the convenor of the Green Left Network, a national network dedicated to bringing an analysis of class, race and gender to Green politics.

bradfordSue Bradford is a political activist with a long term commitment to working on issues affecting unemployed people, beneficiaries, low paid workers and their children. She is a fulltime lecturer at Unitec’s School of Social Practice in Waitakere, and has just completed a PhD in public policy at AUT.  She was a Green MP for ten years 1999 – 2009, and is currently co-chair of the welfare activist group Auckland Action Against Poverty.

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Alan works as a social policy analyst for The Salvation Army's Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit.  He has now authored ten of the Nation reports for the Unit. He is a community activist in South Auckland, an administrator in local sports clubs and as a school trustee. He has held positions as a trustee of the Auckland Community Housing Trust and as the Chair of Community Housing Aotearoa.He has an academic background in town planning and economics and has been involved in Auckland local government for over 20 years both as a politician and bureaucrat.

Alan was a contributor to CPAG's flagship report Our children, our choice: priorities for policy including being the author for the chapter on Housing.

McKay.jpgMember of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, DOCOMOMO New Zealand and the Auckland Architectural Association


Based in the School of Architecture and Planning. 

Writes extensively on New Zealand architecture, has received a New Zealand Institute of Architects President's Award, named Best Architectural Writer by Urbis magazine.

Is a regular critic of architecture and commentator on urban design issues as well as being very involved in local Auckland issues. He practises both architecture and public sculpture with current projects in Auckland and the Chatham Islands.

Working on ‘Cloudland’, a history of New Zealand architecture that focuses on the buildings that most of us live and work in, and is editing ‘Awkward City’, a collection of essays about the history and development of Auckland.

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