Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas leads a smart cities enterprise based in Singapore. He was an elected member of Auckland Council from 2010-2016.

Business
Nov 6, 2018

Forget the waterfront stadium – Auckland has a solution right under its nose

It may lack the sex appeal of a brand new city-centre build, but Mt Smart is Auckland's rock star venue in waiting, writes Mark Thomas.

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Business
Aug 4, 2018

The business of smart city disruption

How can private enterprise help local governments innovate?

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Business
May 29, 2018

To kickstart a better Auckland, we need the Commonwealth Games

Urban renewal, affordable housing and improved transport – and all from a single sporting event.

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Business
Apr 2, 2018

Why wasn’t Auckland represented at the World Urban Forum?

Homelessness, high house prices and poor air quality. Many cities are struggling – but what to do about it? Mark Thomas reports from the World Urban Forum.

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Business
Jan 25, 2018

Could smart cities make life a bit easier?

Former Auckland councillor Mark Thomas says smart cities – those which embrace technology in planning – can reap big environmental and financial rewards.

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Business
Nov 25, 2017

The unbanked: How startups are taking financial services to the streets

It's estimated about 2 billion people are 'unbanked' and not using traditional banking services, but Mark Thomas finds startups are creating a new financial services industry, often outside the watchful eye of banking regulators.

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