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Auckland - a city of opportunity - your city
A vibrant South Pacific city of 1,200,000 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 citys economy grew by 5.4 per cent over the
year ended March 2003. This rate was well ahead of the national
growth rate of 4.7 per cent. In the year to March 2004, the
city is estimated to have grown by about 4 per cent, which
is slightly above the national growth rate of 3.6 per cent.
Economic growth in Auckland city is likely to ease slightly
between 2004 and 2005 to about 4 per cent per annum, which
is slightly higher than the national rate of growth.
Over the past six years Auckland citys employment
growth has averaged 3.3% per annum. The property and business
services sector has shown the strongest growth over this period
(6.0 per cent per annum) followed by the education sector
(4.3 per cent per annum) and accommodation, cafes and restaurants
(4.1 per cent per annum).
Currently, the labour market is tight with firms having
difficulty finding skilled and unskilled labour, and the citys
unemployment rate falling to 4.1 per cent in March 2004. Wages
in Auckland city have risen faster than wage inflation in
the Auckland region and New Zealand as a whole over the past
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
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.
New 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
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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