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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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

Quote of the Day

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

Quote of the Day

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

Paw-deep in mulch, in a concrete pit surrounded by dense bush, that's how one pet was found, a month after she disappeared.
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

Quote of the Day

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

Crazy Fact

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

Quote of the Day

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

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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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Watkins Plumbing Service
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9th October, 2015 - Northland/Auckland

QBN - Second Hand Car Parts Waikato
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9th October, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Plumber North Shore

Hot Water Fast Fix
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8th October, 2015 - North Shore
Marketing Northland/Auckland

Business Broker Secrets
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8th October, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Tour companies Northland/Auckland

All SeasoNZ Coachlines
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7th October, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Florist Central Auckland
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7th October, 2015 - Central Auckland
Machinery Suppliers Northland/Auckland

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7th October, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
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The Glass Guys
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6th October, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Furniture Removals Central Auckland

Lee Removals
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6th October, 2015 - Central Auckland
Roofing and Roof Coatings Northland/Auckland

Total Roofing
5th October, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Fencing ContractorsTrellises Northland/Auckland

Urban Trellis
Providers of all types of trellises for your home or business in the Auckland region.
5th October, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
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Trade Skills Auckland
Specialists for property development
4th October, 2015 - North Shore
House Washing North Shore

NZ House Wash Company
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4th October, 2015 - North Shore
Builder North Shore

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3rd October, 2015 - North Shore
Accountants Northland/Auckland

Rise Accountants
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3rd October, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Joinery Central Auckland

Cedarlite Classic Windows
Services for retrofit double glazing in the Auckland region for all your timber windows and doors
2nd October, 2015 - Central Auckland
Landscaping Northland/Auckland

021 Garden
Landscaping & garden services that you need from design to completion to maintenance and beyond
2nd October, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Lawnmowing West Auckland

Karl Trotter
Barrister specializing in criminal law servicing the greater Auckland region.
2nd October, 2015 - West Auckland
Electrician North Shore

Wizard Electrical
Innovative solutions, quality systems and value based pricing for all electrical services
1st October, 2015 - North Shore
Clothing Central Auckland

The finest luxury leather fashion
1st October, 2015 - Central Auckland
Building Inspections North Shore

A B Property Inspections
Over 30 years of practical experience specialising in pre-purchase inspections of residential properties.
30th September, 2015 - North Shore
PaintersPlasteringWater Proofing North Shore

Colourworks Painters & Decorators
Expert painters for home renovations or commercial building
30th September, 2015 - North Shore
Natural Health National

Velvet Energy
Velvet Energy manufacture and sell natural NZ deer velvet products for good health and vitality.
9th October, 2015 - National
Wine National

Pheasant Creek Wines
New Zealand wine from the heart of Rangitikei
8th October, 2015 - National
Business products and services National

Pioneer Group
Nation wide cardboard recycling, compacting and waste division. Helping with eco-friendly, efficient cardboard waste management.
6th October, 2015 - National
Bakers National

Eat yummy food that is good for your body.
5th October, 2015 - National
Storage National

Representing New Zealand Cold Storage & Logistics Businesses
4th October, 2015 - National
Printing National

Flag and Banner
Catering nationwide for premium quality flags, banners and banner stands Guaranteed best price for all NZ made flags and banners
3rd October, 2015 - National
Safety Equipment National

Gaprie Ltd
Safety net supplier, FASET approved safety net training as required by Worksafe NZ
1st October, 2015 - National
Food products National

The Cats & Dogs Dinner Company
Premium meals for your dogs and cats using NZ farmed meat, fish and unprocessed game.
30th September, 2015 - National
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Local Business Of the Month

Asphalt North Shore

Lynfield Asphalt Limited

Asphalt Driveway Professionals in Auckland

If you are in need of a trustworthy team for quality asphalt driveway, car park or tennis court, contact Lynfoeld Asphalts - Auckland's skilled saphalt contractors.

Lynfield Asphalts are the specialists you can go to for all your asphalt driveway requirements. We can give the best tennis courts and concreting for schools, speed bumps and more. For all your asphalt needs, call us at 021 622 622.

Asphalt driveways for residential & commercial

For asphalt driveways, asphalt repairs and services in the Auckland region, talk to Lynfield Asphalts. We can take care of all asphalt driveways in Auckland - including commercial, industrial and private driveways, paths and car parks.

Hot mix asphalt plus chip seal

Either with hot mix asphalt or chip seal, we can provide any asphalt driveway or path you require. Lynfield Asphalts - experts in laying asphalt pavements in Auckland.
Auckland's experts in driveway, pavement and path specialists
29th September, 2015 - North Shore
Bathroom RenovationsDecksPaintersPlasteringProperty Maintenance Northland/Auckland

Specialist Maintenance Solutions

You can take the extra steps to guarantee that your property look at its best!

You can depend on the builders and contractors at the Specialist Maintenance Solutions to have a considerable amount of expertise and experience in your area.

Industrial and commercial building maintenance jobs

Enhancing your business

Regular industrial and commercial maintenance can help to ensure that your workplace or factory looks great, functions well and stays compliant with health and safety.

Home handyman services

From general home repairs to kitchen and bathroom renovations, talk to our property maintenance specialists.

Past maintenance plans

Visit our gallery and check out some of the photos from our past maintenance projects and read feedbacks from our past clients as well.
Commercial and industrial property maintenance services throughout the Auckland region Specializing in food manufacturing business.
28th September, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Food products Northland/Auckland


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Browse through a wide range of gluten-free recipes or submit your own for others to try!

Resources and information for a gluten-free diet

Get helpful advice and tips from others baking and eating their own gluten- free foods.

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Find a retail store in your region that stocks Gluten Free Goodies products or buy online at the GFG online shop.
You complete shop for gluten-free mixes, recipes and baking powder.
28th September, 2015 - Northland/Auckland

National Business Of the Month

Graphic DesignPrinting National

Baldwin Calendars

Offering customized calendars online for your business

Make your brand well known by offering personalized calendars for your customers

If you need a customised calendar design for 2014 or 2015 then Baldwin Calendars can craft you the perfect gift for your clients. Talk to us about creating a personalised calendar for your business that your customers will use every day.

Attractive wall calendars

We offer a wide range of professional wall calendars that you can choose from which is also designed for your business that your customers will like.

Booklet calendars for promotion? Click here.

Promotional calendar marketing is a great way to bring your business into the minds of your clients so that your message is with them when they are looking for the events on this month.

Front and centre desk calendars! Click here.

A desk calendar will sit right within sight of your customers every day so your messaging will always be in front of your client.
The independent choice for business promotional calendars Serving NZ wide, based in Auckland
29th September, 2015 - National
Storage National


Have greater return on your investment

Storage solutions and shelving systems for all business requirements

With storage systems, you can make it easier to handle your business. It has to work well with your business and suit perfectly with logistic needs.

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Introduction to EDUCATION and INSTITUTION Shelving
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29th September, 2015 - National