Auckland, the newest UNESCO City of Music, is keen to develop new partnerships with its Australasian counterparts under the United Nations program.

New Zealand’s largest city was officially designated a creative city last year and yesterday (November 14) unveiled its first strategy document at the program’s official launch.

The blueprint was drawn up by the Auckland City Of Music (ACOM) Steering Group, which is made up of representatives from music industry organisation and a number of Auckland Council departments and business units.

Among the key goals for the council will be to build relationships with other members of the Australasian sub-group of the UNESCO Creative City Network (UCCN). Australia’s City of Music is Adelaide, while the other Australasian member cities are Melbourne (Literature), Sydney (Film), Geelong (Design) and Dunedin (Literature).

Recorded Music NZ’s Mark Roach, who has been the main driver of the UNESCO music project, says no specific trans-Tasman projects have been discussed as yet, but he believes there will be plenty of opportunities for the various cities to work together.

“We have talked about the Australasian network and how we can interchange professional development between those cities,” he says. “They are all inter-related, particularly film, music and literature, so we should be able to capitalise on that in some way.”