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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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

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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

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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

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August 4, 2015

Hebron Christian College students return from Tanzania trip

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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
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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

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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

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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

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July 14, 2015


Drain LayingSeptic Tanks North Shore

Helensville Drainage
Drainage and waste water solutions
2nd September, 2015 - North Shore
Refrigeration North Shore

Frigie King Ltd
All your refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation system needs here at Frigie King Ltd in Auckland. Phone 09 262 0225
2nd September, 2015 - North Shore
Tour companies Northland/Auckland

All SeasoNZ Coachlines
Go anywhere in the North Island with All SeasoNZ Coachlines, located in Auckland
2nd September, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Aluminium Joinery West Auckland

Window Factory
Exceptional aluminium joinery for 30 years, creating conservatories, sunrooms, windows and doors.
1st September, 2015 - West Auckland
Joinery Northland/Auckland

Cedarlite Industries
High quality wood for your home in the greater Auckland region
1st September, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Auto RepairsTyres Northland/Auckland

Union Car Spares
Experts in 4 wheel drives and 4 wheel drive products offering complete mechanical repair in the Northland region.
1st September, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Bathroom RenovationsDecksPaintersPlasteringProperty Maintenance Northland/Auckland

Specialist Maintenance Solutions
Commercial and industrial property maintenance services throughout the Auckland region Specializing in food manufacturing business.
31st August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Pest Control North Shore

Auckland Wide Pest Control
Hassle free, quick pest disposal and control services throughout the Auckland region.
30th August, 2015 - North Shore
Business products and services Northland/Auckland

Digital Scanning Solutions
High quality large format and A4 scanning - image conversion and archival specialists.
30th August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland

Forza Works Ltd
Service center for luxurious European and exotic cars. Workshop located in Auckland NZ.
30th August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Mulch North Shore

Reharvest Timber Ltd
Makers of quality eco-friendly recycled timer wood-chip products. Based in Auckland, Distributed NZ wide
29th August, 2015 - North Shore
Upholstery Northland/Auckland

Carter & Co Upholstery
Upholstering in Auckland for well over 40 years
29th August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Accommodation Northland/Auckland

The Palms Lifestyle Village
Found in Whangarei, Northland Privately owned lifestyle village with a personal touch
29th August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
GasfittingPlumber Northland/Auckland

Coast to Coast Gas & Plumbing
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28th August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Aluminium Joinery North Shore

Window Factory
30 years of quality aluminium joinery. Windows, doors, sunrooms and conservatories.
28th August, 2015 - North Shore
Interior Design North Shore

Alba Renovations and Fitouts Ltd
Experts in commercial building and maintenance|Based in Auckland
28th August, 2015 - North Shore
Asphalt North Shore

Lynfield Asphalt Limited
The Asphalt driveway, pavement and path specialists in Auckland
27th August, 2015 - North Shore
Music Teaching North Shore

NZ Modern School of Music
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27th August, 2015 - North Shore
Flooring Northland/Auckland

b&o CASA
Suppliers and importers of rare timber flooring.
27th August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
EarthmovingEngineering North Shore

K & M Civil
A civil engineering company that specializes in a wide range of construction experiences
25th August, 2015 - North Shore
Accommodation Northland/Auckland

BKs Oakwood Manor Motor Lodge
Inexpensive and convenient accommodation near Auckland Airport Free shuttle service from the airport for the guests plus 24 hour reception
25th August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Joinery Central Auckland

Cedarlite Classic Windows
Auckland wide servicing retrofitting your old timber doors and windows with double glazing
24th August, 2015 - Central Auckland
BuilderRenovations North Shore

DNA Construction
Building and renovating homes
24th August, 2015 - North Shore

Duffy Landscapes Ltd
Your local Auckland landscaping contractors for construction, planning and design services.
23rd August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Carpet LayingDecksFencing Contractors Northland/Auckland

Matt O'Maigh
Restoring grout & tiles, decks & fences and quality installation of garage carpets.
23rd August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Pest Control National

Pied Piper Products
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31st August, 2015 - National
Food products National

Mexican Supplies Limited
Worldwide distributors of NZ grown, GM free corn chips and other Mexican food products
31st August, 2015 - National
Wine National

Pheasant Creek Wines
New Zealand's very own wine from the depths of Rangitikei
25th August, 2015 - National

Shoe Clinic
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24th August, 2015 - National
Cleaners National

Paramount Services
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23rd August, 2015 - National
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Local Business Of the Month

Roofing and Roof Coatings North Shore

The Roofing & Spouting Company

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22nd August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland

Pest Control Auckland

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21st August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Carpet CleaningCleanersWater Proofing Northland/Auckland

Sunny Total Cleaning

Reliable & affordable Auckland domestic & commercial cleaners. Contract cleaning, carpet cleaning, window cleaning & waterproofing.

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Auckland Industrial & Commercial Cleaning Specialists
21st August, 2015 - Northland/Auckland

National Business Of the Month

Awnings National

Shade Systems

We are committed to reducing the number of skin cancer cases reported each year in New Zealand through the design and implementation of safe shade structures.

Our shade structures are specially designed with plenty of headroom and minimal framework so you won’t feel shut in when you’re spending time under them.

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We care the most for you and the next generation

What we’re here to do is work with our customers to improve their lifestyles. In fact, we don’t consider what we do to be selling goods. We’re selling solutions – working with you to make your life that little bit easier, that little bit better.

Design, creation and installation

The small crew here at Shade Systems strive to create sun safe solutions that protect you and future generations from the harmful effects of the sun, with our fabric sun shades.

Goals of Shade Systems

The sun shades we offer at Shade Systems not only look great, but will reduce the risk of melanoma keep current and future generations safe while they enjoy the outdoors.
Services for the installation, manufacture, design and repair of sun shade structures.
22nd August, 2015 - National