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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"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

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

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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Boat Building and Repairs North Shore

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Have The Boar Doctor clean your boat, either for a one-off time or on a regular basis to ensure your boat or yacht is maintained to a high standard. Maintenance is ideal for both old and modern boats.
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19th August, 2015 - North Shore

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If you are in search of that special something that we are not stocking, tell us below and we will find it for you!

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