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.
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