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
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
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.
Construction has begun on the new Waterview shared cycle and walkway.
February 9, 2016
Scratching around for ways to use up those last few hours of this public holiday? Here's a few ideas.
February 7, 2016
The fourth in the highly popular series of live comedy events at Hallertau Brewery in Riverhead features comedians Nick Rado, Pax Assadi and MC Tarun Mohanbhai.
February 4, 2016
You change your life by changing your heart.
February 3, 2016
Henderson Community Constable Marty Spear reflects on a year in the job and has some handy tips for the year ahead in this months On The Beat - Out West column.
February 1, 2016
We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.
January 28, 2016
The Government's plan to help Auckland fund its $2.5 billion City Rail Link came after lobbying from the businesses behind big development projects in the city.
January 26, 2016
Ryan Sanders is the founder of Haka Tours - ranked New Zealand's #1 tour operator. He's been the recipient of numerous awards, including New Zealand Tourism Awards Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010, and a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2013.
January 24, 2016
Enthusiasm moves the world.
January 14, 2016
A delay of nearly a month to Auckland recycling collections has seen some people's bins overflowing
January 13, 2016
Starting this week we are stepping up our game & giving you the option of a two-for-one deal with Forró & Sertanejo workshops.
January 12, 2016
Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.
January 7, 2016
Working the late shift the same day as receiving a New Years honour has kept one Aucklander firmly grounded.
January 5, 2016
Public Concert associated with the Auckland String Quartet Summer School.
January 3, 2016
The handicap of deafness is not in the ear; it is in the mind.
December 21, 2015
Follow Detective Frost, who has a mind that could rival Sherlock Holmes! He and his quirky team are on a quest to help a lost and lonely Wise Man find his friends.
December 21, 2015
A Kiwi lifeguard who saved the life of a Danish prince in Australia is a "laid-back", quiet guy.
December 20, 2015
I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
December 18, 2015
Welcome to Light Up The Holiday's charity christmas time event for 2015! We at LUTH are stoked to announce a new partnership with Lilliputt Mini Golf to bring a unique holiday event that's not to be missed.
December 16, 2015
A pop-up Christmas store will help some of Auckland's most needy families celebrate the festive season.
December 14, 2015
A substantial new piece of the Auckland waterfront jigsaw has been unveiled, and with it the prospect of some top international retailers.
December 10, 2015
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.
December 8, 2015
Wrap up 2015 with our Christmas Season of Raw Comedy - the Open Mic for new comedians at NZ's home of live comedy. Stand up and be counted and you could be in the running for the 2016 Raw Comedy Quest when we go in search of NZ's funniest new face from March to May 2016.
December 6, 2015
Of all things visible, the highest is the heaven of the fixed stars.
December 2, 2015
You are invited to spend an evening with one of New Zealand's Leading Nutrition and Health Experts - Ben Warren
December 1, 2015
Nationwide residential property values for November increased at the fastest rate since February 2006, according to the latest monthly QV House Price Index.
November 30, 2015
Wild winds buffeting the country have grounded choppers fighting South Island blazes, ripped the roof off a grandstand, cut power and hampered flights.
November 26, 2015
As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.
November 24, 2015
This Step by Step Proven System shows you...
How to make a million and not get burnt!
November 22, 2015
The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.
November 19, 2015
Black Grace Celebrates 20 Years In 20 NZ Centres This Summer!
November 18, 2015
Parents who believe their children may be gifted and talented are getting the chance to do something about it.
November 16, 2015
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 warmly invites you to join us for a very special night out, celebrating short films and the people who make them!
November 10, 2015
An international water sports competition hosted in New Zealand will get $1.2m in government funding.
November 8, 2015
An Aucklander who spent time with Prince Charles during his New Zealand visit 45 years ago remembers the royal fondly.
November 5, 2015
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
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
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
October 28, 2015
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 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, 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
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
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
A 73-year-old man with dementia has gone missing from his south Auckland rest home.
October 14, 2015
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
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
October 11, 2015
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
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
October 6, 2015
Unusual cones have been appearing on pine trees around Auckland.
October 4, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
Same time of year, same price, and same awesome people!
The Auckland Young Professionals Annual Cocktail Party is Back!
September 17, 2015
My lyrics are generated by various peculiar processes. Very random and similar to automatic writing.
September 16, 2015
A Christchurch couple who own a $20 million-plus property will sell it and give away all the proceeds.
September 15, 2015
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
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
"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
"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
After five months of repeatedly breaking record prices, Auckland house prices may have paused for breath.
September 2, 2015
An invitation to tertiary-aged students, careers advisors, parents and educators.
August 31, 2015
"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."
August 26, 2015
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
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
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
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
Bursts of rain, strong gusts of wind and thunderstorms hit Auckland around lunchtime on Friday, following a stormy morning in Northland.
August 13, 2015
Our time on Earth is so random.
August 10, 2015
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
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
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
Eighteen Auckland teenagers have a new perspective on life after a trip to Africa.
August 3, 2015
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
In the year 2006, an Australian tried to sell New Zealand on eBay
July 27, 2015
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
See the Auckland Domain, in a perfect panorama.
July 23, 2015
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
A brand new Winter season of Raw Comedy - the Open Mic for new comedians at NZ's home of live comedy.
July 19, 2015
The courts in New Zealand allowed a child to be named ‘Number 16 Bus Shelter’.
July 16, 2015
Get your winter woollies out - snow is coming to Massey next month.
July 15, 2015
NYC based drummer/composer Mark Lockett will be on the road again in July for a brief tour down under.
July 14, 2015
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
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
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
Good things come in threes for one Kiwi dance company.
July 14, 2015
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
A call for blankets has been met with an avalanche of warm fuzzies.
July 14, 2015