Auckland is New Zealand’s "City of Sails."" After settlement by Maori around 1350, it began its colonial history as a port settlement, built on an isthmus flanked by two harbours: Waitemata Harbour to the north, and Manukau Harbour to the south. Notably, Auckland is the world’s only city built on an active volcano – active, but dormant, with 90 eruptions from the Auckland volcanic field in the past 90,000 years.

Auckland was New Zealand’s official capital for a short time during the mid-19th century, chosen by the country’s new governor William Hobson after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The settlement’s elevated status drew a steady flow of new arrivals, and that growth has rarely slowed since. Today, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most populous urban area, with a population of 1,413,700 people – 31% of the country.

Auckland’s population is spread over an urban area of 1,103 square kilometres – a population density of 1,300 per square km. Inhabitants represent a vast array of cultural and ethnic backgrounds; there are large Maori, Pacific Islander and Asian communities, and almost 40% of Aucklanders were born overseas. This ‘melting pot’ character makes Auckland by far New Zealand’s most cosmopolitan city. Residents of Auckland praise its mild climate, excellent job market and educational facilities, and diverse leisure opportunities. These factors contributed to Auckland ranking fourth in a survey of the quality of life in major cities worldwide in 2009. However, Auckland is equally derided for poor public transport, expensive housing and terrible traffic woes – common complaints levelled at many of the world’s biggest cities.

Auckland is the economic capital of New Zealand, contributing 36% of the nation’s GDP. Most major international companies base their NZ operations there, and financial and business services make up a significant portion of the economy. Median personal income is higher than the national average, but this is balanced by a higher cost of living. Auckland’s academic community is significant, with five major tertiary institutions in the city. These include the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), and a campus of Massey University.

Auckland was previously governed by a number of separate city and district councils, until the establishment of an amalgamated and unified government in 2010. This created a ‘super city’ with a single mayor (currently Len Brown) and twenty councillors forming the new Auckland Council. Auckland has several distinct areas – broadly, South Auckland, the central city, West Auckland and the North Shore - that each have a rather unique character and diverse local attractions. The city is a popular tourist gateway, welcoming around 72 per cent of New Zealand’s international visitors, who find plenty to see and do in the region.

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As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.
November 24, 2015

NZ Doing Business in China Workshop

This Step by Step Proven System shows you... How to make a million and not get burnt!
November 22, 2015

Quote of the Day

The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.
November 19, 2015

Urbanesia 2015 : Black Grace - 20 for 20

Black Grace Celebrates 20 Years In 20 NZ Centres This Summer!
November 18, 2015

Schools plan programme for Waiheke's brightest kids

Parents who believe their children may be gifted and talented are getting the chance to do something about it.
November 16, 2015

Quote of the Day

Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.
November 11, 2015

Show Me Shorts Film Festival Opening and Awards Night

Show Me Shorts warmly invites you to join us for a very special night out, celebrating short films and the people who make them!
November 10, 2015

$1.2m in government funding for Ultimate Waterman event

An international water sports competition hosted in New Zealand will get $1.2m in government funding.
November 8, 2015

Former host of Prince Charles recalls his time mixing with the royals

An Aucklander who spent time with Prince Charles during his New Zealand visit 45 years ago remembers the royal fondly.
November 5, 2015

Quote of the Day

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
November 2, 2015

Wattie's Can's Film Festival

EVENT Cinemas Manukau, Wattie's and The Salvation Army have teamed up for the 22nd time to bring you The Wattie's Can’s Film Festival 2015.
November 1, 2015

Quote of the Day

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
October 28, 2015

Comedy Grapevine Presents: Guy Williams

Come join us for the return of our Takapuna Comedy Night. Just like Jesus it was never gone, just pretending to be dead. We all know how it goes we've all read the story.
October 27, 2015

Auckland Council calls for tougher oil drilling restrictions

Auckland Council is once again calling on the government to put greater restrictions on offshore oil drilling to help protect Maui's dolphins.
October 25, 2015

Benny Lackner Solo: Morgenroth

Benny Lackner, is a Berlin based pianist who spent 30 years in NYC and LA. He was a student of Brad Mehldau's and studied under the direction of Charlie Haden. He has been touring the world playing his music in the trio format for many years.
October 22, 2015

Mayor Len Brown says Auckland Transport needs to calm down on berm ban

Auckland Mayor Len Brown will tell the city's transport agency to "dial it back" on its proposed crackdown on berm gardens.
October 20, 2015

Quote of the Day

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
October 19, 2015

Fears for elderly man missing from rest home

A 73-year-old man with dementia has gone missing from his south Auckland rest home.
October 14, 2015

Pulse October Networking Event

For those who work in the wider Victoria Quarter Area - PULSE is your local networking group that is committed to growing a vibrant and connected business community. We are passionate about local business and would like to give you the opportunity to be a part of it.
October 12, 2015

Quote of the Day

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
October 11, 2015

The Revue - Ocean's 15

Danny Ocean is a man on a mission. Faced with a substantial student loan, a graduate salary and no chance of making it big until he’s too old to enjoy his riches, he sets out to orchestrate the perfect heist.
October 8, 2015

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Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
October 6, 2015

Growing pine cone trend in Stillwater

Unusual cones have been appearing on pine trees around Auckland.
October 4, 2015

The Room - 5th Anniversary Show

5 Years on New Zealand Screens! See the cult hit of the century at this iconic theatre, The Crystal Palace Theatre in Mt. Eden Auckland.
October 1, 2015

Shoppers flock to Auckland's new NorthWest mall

The sun may be shining in Auckland, but that has not stopped hoards of shoppers from descending on the city's newest shopping mall.
September 30, 2015

Quote of the Day

When I travel overseas on many occasions, I get pulled out because I may be buying a one-way ticket, I may be traveling with my sister and we have different last names. That's smart profiling. Just pulling people out one at a time when we have millions of passengers in random screenings I'm not sure is the best way to do it.
September 28, 2015

National Boys Choir of Australia

After an introduction from Auckland's Orlando Singers the National Boys Choir of Australia will present a concert and then a Benjamin Britten operetta.
September 22, 2015

Rents rise in Auckland ahead of expected influx of international students

Auckland rental properties with an asking-rent of less than $400 a week have all but dried up, even for a unit or a small one-bedroom home, according to Trade Me.
September 21, 2015

Quote of the Day

Just pick a political story at random and read the comments. There is no logic or reason on either side - only hypocrisy and hate.
September 20, 2015

Auckland Young Professionals Cocktail Party

Same time of year, same price, and same awesome people! The Auckland Young Professionals Annual Cocktail Party is Back!
September 17, 2015

Quote of the Day

My lyrics are generated by various peculiar processes. Very random and similar to automatic writing.
September 16, 2015

Charities to benefit from $20 million property sale

A Christchurch couple who own a $20 million-plus property will sell it and give away all the proceeds.
September 15, 2015

NZ Hitch - Dating Mastery Workshop

Question: Are you tired of being single? Going home after a night out alone or, worse yet, spending Saturday night at home with nothing better to do? Do you go to bed wishing a gorgeous lady or a man was waiting for you there?
September 9, 2015

Quote o the Day

I watched some serious '80s television. 'Alice,' 'Good Times,' 'The Jeffersons,' 'Family Ties,' 'Cheers'... every night it was eat dinner, watch 'Cheers.' I was actually on 'Jeopardy' with Rebecca Lobo and Dot Richardson, and we were laughing because I was just nailing every random '80s trivia question - sitcom, theme music, movie, you name it.
September 7, 2015

How Apple is preparing for the end of the iPhone affair

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share," said former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer during an interview in 2007. "No chance."
September 6, 2015

Quote of the Day

"It is necessary to fall in love... if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway."
September 3, 2015

Auckland house prices fall in August, says agent Barfoot & Thompson, but direction unclear

After five months of repeatedly breaking record prices, Auckland house prices may have paused for breath.
September 2, 2015

SteelCon Careers Update 2015

An invitation to tertiary-aged students, careers advisors, parents and educators.
August 31, 2015

Quote of the Day

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."
August 26, 2015

Biosecurity staff discover deadly poison in souvenir maracas at Auckland Airport

It could be a scene from James Bond: a couple arriving from Cuba with a deadly poison in a pair of maracas.
August 23, 2015

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I have a Woody Allen Jewish attitude to life: that it's all going to be disastrous. That it hasn't all been that way is simply down to some random quirk of fate.
August 19, 2015

Missing dog rescued from Watercare pit

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August 18, 2015

Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago

Spain’s 1200 year-old Camino de Santiago has attracted millions of people from all around the world to embark on an epic 500-mile pilgrimage famous for its profoundly enlightening, spiritually nourishing, and physically challenging rewards.
August 17, 2015

Wild weather eases in Auckland

Bursts of rain, strong gusts of wind and thunderstorms hit Auckland around lunchtime on Friday, following a stormy morning in Northland.
August 13, 2015

Quote of the Day

Our time on Earth is so random.
August 10, 2015

Beginners Yoga

This 8 week beginners Yoga course offers a glimpse into the 8 limbs of yoga as prescribed by the ancient sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra.
August 9, 2015

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The human brain has evolved the capacity to impose a narrative, complete with chronology and cause-and-effect logic, on whatever it encounters, no matter how apparently random.
August 5, 2015

Paul Nairn's Phantom Quartet

After playing as sideman with many other bands over the years, sax man Paul Nairn - also revered for his highly detailed saxophone repair work (Roger's favourite), stands in the spotlight tonight with his own quartet at CJC.
August 4, 2015

Hebron Christian College students return from Tanzania trip

Eighteen Auckland teenagers have a new perspective on life after a trip to Africa.
August 3, 2015

Quote of the Day

A lot of people do talk about the demise of the album, but I still believe that if an artist tries hard to make a great album, people will buy it and listen to it as an album, rather than just a collection of random songs.
July 29, 2015

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In the year 2006, an Australian tried to sell New Zealand on eBay
July 27, 2015

Learning To Drive

Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life’s road blocks.
July 26, 2015

Auckland Domain, a 360 degree view

See the Auckland Domain, in a perfect panorama.
July 23, 2015

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The Internet is a big place where a lot of people can voice their opinions, and my mother chooses to pick fights with random people from all over the world who don't have the nicest things to say about me.
July 21, 2015

Raw Comedy - Winter Season

A brand new Winter season of Raw Comedy - the Open Mic for new comedians at NZ's home of live comedy.
July 19, 2015

Crazy Facts

The courts in New Zealand allowed a child to be named ‘Number 16 Bus Shelter’.
July 16, 2015

Snow in the Park is coming to Massey

Get your winter woollies out - snow is coming to Massey next month.
July 15, 2015

Mark Lockett, On The Road Again Tour

NYC based drummer/composer Mark Lockett will be on the road again in July for a brief tour down under.
July 14, 2015

Quote of the Day

In all natural disasters through time, man needs to attach meaning to tragedy, no matter how random and inexplicable the event is.
July 14, 2015

Faces of Auckland: Mexican mum loves NZ

Auckland is one of the most multicultural cities in the world with more than a third of its citizens born overseas and boasting more than 200 nationalities living here.
July 14, 2015

Quote of the Day

I actually think that the most efficacious way of making a difference is to lead by example, and doing random acts of kindness is setting a very good example of how to behave in the world.
July 14, 2015

Identity Company off to World Hip-Hop Championships

Good things come in threes for one Kiwi dance company.
July 14, 2015

Quote of the Day

Life just doesn't care about our aspirations, or sadness. It's often random, and it's often stupid and it's often completely unexpected, and the closures and the epiphanies and revelations we end up receiving from life, begrudgingly, rarely turn out to be the ones we thought.
July 14, 2015

Volunteer helps Dream Centre provide for needy communities

A call for blankets has been met with an avalanche of warm fuzzies.
July 14, 2015


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Your local beauty salon and one-stop shop for all skin care products in Paraparaumu.

21st November, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Auto Repairs North Shore

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20th November, 2015 - North Shore
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Lawn mowing – trailer hire, rubbish removal and furniture movers

20th November, 2015 - North Shore
Furniture Removals Central Auckland

Lee Removals

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20th November, 2015 - Central Auckland
Clothing Central Auckland


The finest luxury leather fashion

19th November, 2015 - Central Auckland
Catteries North Shore


A peaceful and stress-free environment for your cats, dogs and horses

19th November, 2015 - North Shore
Building Supplies and Products Northland/Auckland

Manukau Metal Polishers

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19th November, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Lawnmowing West Auckland

Karl Trotter

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18th November, 2015 - West Auckland
Landscaping Northland/Auckland

021 Garden

Landscaping & garden services design, completion, maintenance and beyond

17th November, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Tour companies Northland/Auckland

All SeasoNZ Coachlines

Auckland based bus hire, to take your group anywhere in the North Island

16th November, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Joinery Northland/Auckland

Cedarlite Industries

The Warmth & beauty of wood for your home. For the greater Auckland region

16th November, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Upholstery Central Auckland

Upholstery Specialists

High standard upholstery repairs and services, Located in Auckland, New Zealand wide.

16th November, 2015 - Central Auckland
Wine National

Pheasant Creek Wines

New Zealand wine from the heart of Rangitikei

25th November, 2015 - National
Storage National

Containers Direct

Throughout NZ, Containers direct have been leading in their industry with container modifications.

25th November, 2015 - National
Business products and services National

Arrow Hygiene

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24th November, 2015 - National
Engineering National

Rail & Industrial Resources

Supplying high quality tools, equipments and machinery for a range of rail, industrial and general applications throughout New Zealand and Australasia

22nd November, 2015 - National
Paving National

West Stone Quality landscape Products

House Bricks, Patio & Driveway Paving, Retaining Walls, Schist Stone, Decorative Stones, Sandstone Products and many more...

21st November, 2015 - National
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Point of Sale and Accounting Software Solutions Support, Sales and Installation Created in NZ for NZ retailers

21st November, 2015 - National
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Stock Aid

Quality First Aid, Safety, Hygiene and Protective Products in New Zealand

18th November, 2015 - National
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Containers Direct

For a decade and a half, Containers direct have been supplying top quality modified containers across NZ.

18th November, 2015 - National
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Spinal Publications

Affordable self treatment for life that works

17th November, 2015 - National
Food products National

Mexican Supplies Limited

The worldwide distribution of delicious, GM free New Zealand grown corn chips

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