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Auckland - a city of opportunity - your city

A vibrant South Pacific city of 1,500,000 people, perched within glistening harbours, surrounded by lush forests and subtropical islands. Auckland, City of Sails, offers an incomparable lifestyle, unique within New Zealand and the world.

Auckland is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world. Your on-the-water experience in the City of Sails could be as thrilling as a race on board a grand prix racing yacht, or as laid-back as a ferry cruise to one of the dozen idyllic islands.

Built on an isthmus of 48 volcanoes, Auckland's fertile valleys and islands are home to award-winning wineries.

Family attractions abound and the city has plenty of adrenaline for adventure lovers. Indulge in Auckland's shopping, nightlife and unrivaled cuisine. Auckland is one of the best places in the world to live.

Auckland number 5 in world for lifestyle

Auckland and Wellington are among the top 12 places in the world to live, according to an annual ranking of the world's cities by quality of living.

Mercer's annual Worldwide Quality of Living Survey, covering 215 cities, helps governments and multinational companies place employees on international assignments.

Each city is ranked based on 39 criteria, including political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health, education, transport and other public services.

Cities are compared with New York, which has a base index score of 100.

Zurich was ranked the best city to live in, while Baghdad was the worst.

Auckland and Wellington both moved up the rankings this year. Auckland went from eighth last year to fifth, on a score of 107.3, and Wellington moved up from 14th to 12th with a score of 105.8.

The moves were mainly due to strong internal stability relative to other cities.


Auckland economy

Auckland is the major economic and financial centre of New Zealand. The city's economy is based largely on services and commerce. Most major international corporations have an Auckland office; the most expensive office space is around lower Queen Street and the Viaduct Basin in the Auckland Central Business District, where many financial and business services are located.

The largest commercial and industrial areas of the Auckland Region are in the southeast of Auckland City and the western parts of Manukau City, mostly bordering the Manukau Harbour and the Tamaki River estuary.

auckland city harboursideAccording to the 2013 census, the primary employment industries of Auckland residents are professional, scientific and technical services (11.4 per cent), manufacturing (9.9 per cent), retail trade (9.7 per cent), health care and social assistance (9.1 per cent), and education and training (8.3 per cent).

Manufacturing is the largest employer in the Henderson-Massey, Howick, Mangere-Otahuhu, Otara-Papatoetoe, Manurewa and Papakura local board areas, retail trade is the largest employer in the Whau local board are, while professional, scientific and technical services are the largest employer in the remaining urban local board areas.

The sub-national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Auckland region was estimated at NZ$93.5 billion in 2016, 37.2 per cent of New Zealand's national GDP. The per-capita GDP of Auckland was estimated at NZ$58,717, the third-highest in the country after the Taranaki and Wellington regions, and above the national average of NZ$54,178.

In 2014, the median personal income (for all persons older than 15 years of age, per year) in Auckland was estimated at NZ$41,860.

Auckland lifestyle

Auckland is ranked 5th best city in the world in an international survey ranking the world's cities for their "quality of life". The survey, commissioned by Mercer Human Resource Consulting found Auckland rated highly in terms of recreational opportunities, from restaurants to sports activities. The city scored well on housing, based on the attractiveness of rental houses and apartments. There were also plenty of quality appliances and furniture.

New Zealand cities rated higher than overseas cities because of the country's political stability, personal freedom, hospital services, availability of consumer goods, climate and the accessibility of sports and leisure activities.

Auckland itself is 50 miles across in any given direction, and encapsulates the best of the 'Old World' - galleries, museums and excellent coffee houses.

While Auckland and Sydney rated about the same on the quality of the survey, Sydney was considerably more expensive. Regional growth figures released yesterday show Auckland had 4.6 per cent growth in the last calendar year, boosted by real estate sales and economic optimism.

sailing on the auckland harbourNew Zealand has first class education, health, and many other public services. Education, skills training, science and research are getting an especially high priority because of the critical role they play in high value economic growth. Creative people - artists, performers, writers, musicians and designers, are making a significant contribution to the economy.

New Zealand is a rapidly changing and developing nation, learning and applying that which is the best form from the old world, but avoiding the pitfalls and continuously seeking ways to improve its lifestyle.

New Zealanders' believe in all sincerity, that it is the finest and safest country on the face of the globe to bring up young families.

We look forward to you joining us.

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