The Centre was founded in 2001 to address a perceived need for an independent source of information on urban development and transport-related matters in Auckland and other New Zealand cities. CUTS and its Associates undertake research, review & reporting services. Those services are characterised as independent, impartial, scientific (ie based wherever possible on established, relevant and referenced fact), and reliable (generally peer reviewed by CUTS Associates as experienced & expert practitioners).Association with the Centre is by invitation by current associates. Association is invited where the experience and competence of the invitee will ensure that Centre studies set and maintain standards comparable with the best available in New Zealand. There is no requirement for allegiance to any core philosophy or ideology. However, CUTS Associates generally:
- see the first duty of a free democratic society as sustaining those very qualities as the basis of its ability to most efficiently and equitably enable personal and societal betterment (being the reasons for society’s existence) as the basis of attaining socio-economic vibrancy with (comparative) prosperity progressing at a rate which precludes (relative) degradation of the society, economy and environment.
- consider that the purpose of the RMA, ie “to enable people & communities (including social & commercial entities) to provide for their (own betterment without unduly detrimentally affecting the environment)”, requires governmental planning and provision for efficient inter-accessibility networks for people goods and services using efficient modes between all land-uses, both nationally and (especially) within cities, if the full benefits of specialization and mass production & distribution are to be realised.
- consider that, in a free democratic society, value-judgements on tradeoffs between social, econ-omic and environmental goals & effects of development projects and infrastructure are most appropriately made by public representatives having direct access to/from architects, land use planners and transport planning engineers, and other civil infrastructural engineers, ecologists and urban economists as necessary.
- subscribe to use of the scientific method in impartially establishing and reporting all relevant facts as the special contribution professional engineers are capable of making to public information and debate,
- avoid assignments where clients require adherence to visions, values, ideologies and/or policies inconsistent with this impartial, scientific fact-based approach, thereby pre-determining advice required.