2016 Plenary Presenters

Hon Craig Foss

FOSS TEMPCraig Foss was first elected as MP for Tukituki in 2005 and has been reelected with substantial majorities at every election since.

Craig is the Minister for Small Business, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Minister of Statistics and Associate Minister of Immigration and Transport.  He has previously held the Commerce, Consumer Affairs, Broadcasting, Associate ACC, Civil Defence, Senior Citizens and Racing portfolios.

Craig’s policy interests of finance, economy and agriculture rest on his previous career in investment banking and on the importance of land-based industries to Hawke’s Bay.

Craig has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University.

In 1985, Craig was hired by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) treasury in Wellington before heading up the BNZ Singapore treasury office in 1990.

He then held senior management positions for Credit Suisse Financial Products (CSFP) in London and Tokyo before returning to Hawke’s Bay with his family, and entering politics.

Craig and his wife, Kristal, have two daughters. They spend their time between Havelock North and their small farm at Waimarama.

Family, friends, rugby and the beach are Craig’s favourite pastimes.

Mayor Len BrownMayor Len Brown For Distribution 006

Len Brown was elected Mayor of Auckland in 2010 and re-elected in 2013.  

He is committed to improving Auckland’s transport network; quality compact urban design and more affordable housing; keeping rates low while improving Auckland’s economic performance; and building an inclusive culture in a city of 1.5 million people and 180 ethnicities. His vision is for Auckland to be the world’s most liveable city.

Under his leadership, Auckland has developed a 30-year blueprint for the growth and development of the region; begun construction on the City Rail Link; improved its standing in the major international quality of life surveys; and established a world-first Tripartite Economic Alliance with sister cities Los Angeles and Guangzhou.

Len is passionate about Auckland and committed to working across political boundaries to achieve the best for the region and its people.

David WarburtonDavid Warburton

David has been Chief Executive of Auckland Transport since its establishment in November 2010. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of professional services business CPG, a subsidiary of Downer EDI.

David has held a number of roles as Chief Executive / Director in a range of businesses including the energy, packaging, processing and farming sectors.

David has a doctorate in environmental engineering and is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers, New Zealand.

Having started his professional career as an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois and Senior Lecturer at Massey University he comes with a breadth of academic, commercial and local government experience.

Bevan WoodwardBevan Woodward

Bevan is the Project Director for the SkyPath. Bevan’s work with BetterWorld NZ includes a wide range of sustainable transport consultancy. He hasworked towards the goal of walking and cycling across the AHB for more than 10 years, along with many other initiatives to improve transport choice for Aucklanders.

Bevan originally trained as a chartered accountant at Otago and more recently undertook post-graduate studies in marketing through Massey and transportation at Canterbury University.

Andy Smith

Andy Smith brings to the Trust the experience of a software developer for 35 years and the passion of a, now full time, walking advocate.andy-smith-222x185

His computer work was in many industries including Insurance, Finance, Fund management, Telecommunications, Animal Health, Uranium Extraction, Brewing and Accounting. He gained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computing and Finance at the University of Technology, Sydney in the 1980s. For the past 15 years Andy in Auckland has chosen workplaces and homes so he can walk between them. This created an interest in all things to do with urban walking and when he saw that Living Streets Aotearoa had the same interest, he joined. Now he is President of Living Streets Aotearoa, is on the Auckland Councils Consensus Building group and is involved with other community walking projects.

Since being a small child I have been fascinated by the fact of putting one foot in front of the other you can move around.
Walking, it’s the first thing we learn and the last thing we want to give up.

SkyPath - learnings and aspirations

Hear from SkyPath project director Bevan Woodward and Trustee Andy Smith as they share their key learnings and aspirations for the SkyPath Trust.