Auck­land awarded Unesco tick

East and Bays Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JAMES PASLEY

Auck­land is now an in­ter­na­tional mu­sic cap­i­tal of the world.

Last Wed­nes­day United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Unesco) di­rec­tor gen­eral Irina Bokova an­nounced in Paris that Auck­land had joined the ranks of 18 cities in­clud­ing Glas­gow and Ade­laide as a Unesco city of mu­sic.

Auck­land Coun­cil and the Gov­ern­ment are also work­ing to­gether in a bid to get the city’s vol­canic cones recog­nised as Unesco World Her­itage sites

Unesco’s Cre­ative Cities Net­work was es­tab­lished in 2004 to pro­mote co-op­er­a­tion be­tween cities that iden­ti­fied cre­ativ­ity as a fac­tor for sus­tain­able ur­ban de­vel­op­ment.

Auck­land will join 116 mem­bers from 180 coun­tries around the world cov­er­ing seven cre­ative fields.

Auck­land Coun­cil ap­plied to Unesco with Recorded Mu­sic NZ and APRA as mu­sic sec­tor part­ners ac­com­pa­nied by a let­ter from mayor Phil Goff.

Recorded Mu­sic man­ager Mark Roach who was the project leader said it was a bit like win­ning an elec­tion and the hard work was only just be­gin­ning.

‘‘There will be changes for the mu­sic scene,’’ Roach said.

‘‘Per­haps not rad­i­cal change, but cer­tainly change for the bet­ter.’’

Changes like pay­ing bet­ter at­ten­tion to Auck­land’s grass­roots venues, which were ’’the re­search and de­vel­op­ment labs’’ of any mu­sic eco-sys­tem, pro­tect­ing and pre­serv­ing Auck­land’s mu­sic her­itage for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, im­prov­ing Auck­land’s live­abil­ity and at­trac­tion through a thriv­ing mu­sic scene, and cel­e­brat­ing its unique sounds and mu­si­cians, he said.

For­mer Split Enz mem­ber Mike Chunn said the fo­cus this would bring to the city’s cre­ative sec­tor was rea­son to cel­e­brate.

‘‘Now at last there is an en­vi­ron­ment for the cre­ative and imag­i­na­tive pur­suits of cit­i­zens to be fos­tered, de­vel­oped and cel­e­brated,’’ Chunn said.

In 2016 Auck­land Coun­cil adopted an arts and cul­ture strate­gic plan to pro­mote growth in the in­dus­try.

Auck­land Coun­cil said seven out of 10 Auck­lan­ders had at­tended a mu­sic event in the last three years, and more than 18,000 Auck­lan­ders worked in the field.

New Zealand al­ready has a Unesco cre­ative city with Dunedin recog­nised for lit­er­a­ture.


For­mer Split Enz mem­ber Mike Chunn says it’s rea­son to cel­e­brate.

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