Our committee

  • Tony is a retired architect and academic. He was head of the architecture programme at Unitec for 15 years, a member of the NZ Registered Architects Board and Commissioner for the New Zealand entry to the Venice Architecture Biennales in 2014 and 2016. He’s a Fellow and President's medallist of the NZ Institute of Architects and was Chair of the Auckland Branch of the NZIA in 2017 - 2018. He is currently academic director of a PTE and is teaching on-line at architecture schools in India, Chile and the USA.
    Tony Van Raat
  • Andrew Krukziener founded Krukziener Properties 1988. His company has been responsible for the purchase and development of over 100 residential and commercial buildings throughout the city and is presently involved in a range of projects. The company has recorded projects totalling over NZ $1.3 billion. The company's completed developments feature excellent architecture, innovative design, quality construction and high returns on investment.
    Andrew Krukziener
  • Michael has over 40 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, specialising in strategic advice, insolvency, and turnaround activities. He is currently Chair of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited and Tower Limited, and a director of a number of other companies. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (retired), a life member of RITANZ, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a past President of the Institute.
    Michael Stiassny
  • Dame Lesley Max is a social entrepreneur and co-founder, CEO and Trustee of Great Potentials Foundation, an organisation that assists underprivileged children and young people to succeed. Formerly a teacher, author and journalist for Metro Magazine, Lesley was awarded an MBE in 1994 and made Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2010 for services to the community. In 2005 she led a campaign to save the trees on Queen Street, successfully overturning a Council plan to remove all exotic planting.
    Dame Lesley Max
  • Adam practises in civil, corporate, and commercial law, and regulatory crime. With a career spanning 30 years, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience. In 1996, he joined Chapman Tripp’s litigation department as a partner, where he worked for 18 years on a broad range of cases, and on corporate and commercial advisory matters.
    Adam Ross, QC
  • Bruce co-founded Gilligan Sheppard in 1985 and is currently the CEO. Bruce prides himself on telling clients what he honestly thinks, rather than what he thinks they want to hear. Bruce believes in and prefers commercial honesty, no matter what the situation.
    Bruce Sheppard
  • Viv is CEO of Heart of the City, which champions a successful city centre economy with a vibrant and thriving heart. With a diverse career spanning the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, she has held governance and senior corporate roles; led a medium-sized design and print agency; and been involved with many start-ups. Previous roles include Director of Communications at Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and General Manager Communications of New Zealand Post.
    Viv Beck
  • Prakash is the Managing Director of CP Group, the largest private owners of hotels in New Zealand. The company owns 11 hotels in New Zealand and three in Fiji managed by Accor brands and also owns ten hotels in the United States managed by various international brands.
    Prakash Pandey
  • Phillip is the owner of Strata Title Administration Limited. Strata specialises in Body Corporate management and they currently manage 1,000+ apartments in the Auckland CBD.
    Phillip Lockyer
  • David graduated in 1986 from the British School of Shiatsu and the London Kushi Macrobiotic Institute. He established the New Zealand School of Shiatsu in Queen Street, Auckland, where he taught shiatsu and macrobiotic cooking. He is a recognised leader in holistic science and nutrition. David has been a student, teacher and practitioner of holistic science and nutrition for nearly forty years. He has lived and worked in the Queen Street area for thirty three years.
    David Clark
Queen Street was once New Zealand’s most famous, most visited and most loved retail mile. But the crowds have been replaced with orange cones, day-glo plastic sticks and a Council that thinks plastic tree planters are an acceptable standard.

Auckland Council is spending your money, without proper consultation and without any regard for the views of the public. We think it’s time to hold them to account. So we’ve created a society to ensure Queen Street, its surrounding streets and the central business district delivers a vibrant, high quality experience for the public and is commercially successful for shop owners, office tenants and building owners. We’re in a fight. It’s quality versus cringe. Beauty versus bloody-mindedness. Aucklanders deserve a stunning, architecturally-considered main street of true, international quality.

Join our society for free. And together, let’s bring back the people and the prosperity, by bringing back a Queen Street we can all love and admire again.

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"After going into CBD several times in the last year I have no desire to return, it's an absolute disgrace. Cold, filthy, rundown, beggars, orange cones, empty shops, why would you waste your time? Akld Council should be ashamed."

Karen Taylor, via Facebook

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