Auckland

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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Flooring Northland/Auckland

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Manufacturers of Exclusive timber flooring.
22nd July, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Cleaners Central Auckland

NZ Cleaning Services

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We are your local Auckland experts in upholstery and carpet steam cleaning for commercial and residential buildings.
22nd July, 2015 - Central Auckland
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Restoring grout & tiles, decks & fences and quality installation of garage carpets.
22nd July, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
BuilderRenovations North Shore

DNA Construction

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Building new homes & renovating existing
22nd July, 2015 - North Shore
Painters North Shore

Jets Mobile Blasting

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Paint Stripping, Coatings Removal, Surface Cleaning for the greater Auckland region
22nd July, 2015 - North Shore
Plumber North Shore

Hot Water Pro

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Need Auckland's top hot water system experts? The professionals at Hot Water Pro can help you, providing swift, top quality service.
22nd July, 2015 - North Shore
Furniture Removals Central Auckland

Lee Removals

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The moving service specialists operating Auckland wide as your local moving company.
22nd July, 2015 - Central Auckland
Mulch Northland/Auckland

Mulch Blowers

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Residential and commercial mulch blowing specialists in North Island
22nd July, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Joinery Central Auckland

Cedarlite Classic Windows

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Retrofit double glazing for your existing timber windows and doors. Servicing throughout Auckland
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Roofing and Roof Coatings Northland/Auckland

Total Roofing

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Specialist Maintenance Solutions

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Commercial and industrial property maintenance services throughout the Auckland region Specializing in food manufacturing business.
2nd June, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Concrete Contractors North Shore

Certified Concrete Repairs Ltd

www.ccrltd.co.nz
Auckland expert services for concrete repairs and waterproofing
2nd June, 2015 - North Shore
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Helensville Drainage

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2nd June, 2015 - North Shore
Landscaping Northland/Auckland

Pierce Landscaping Co Ltd

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2nd June, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
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Coast to Coast Gas & Plumbing

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Personal Finance Northland/Auckland

Pioneer Finance

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Money when you need it
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Real Estate North Shore

Goodland Development Ltd

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2nd June, 2015 - North Shore
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Digital Scanning Solutions

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Landscaping Northland/Auckland

021 Garden

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2nd June, 2015 - Northland/Auckland
Auto Electrician North Shore

Ace Auto Electrical

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2nd June, 2015 - North Shore
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Sunny Total Cleaning

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