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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One door at a time, we’ll keep you safe


With our wide variety of window styles and sizes, the right window locks can keep your entire family safe and secure.

Purchase top quality, affordable door locks. It's a lot cheaper to install locks yourself and no harder to do than changing the ballcock in a toilet system. If you enjoy being a Kiwi DIY person, you've come to the right place. First of all, you want the right lock for the job, and the right advice on how to install it.

Tips for installing door & window locks. Use Blair's handy tips and find out why installing new door and window locks, including vertical deadbolt locks, is easy! When you buy your locks from us, we're happy to give you great installation advice.

Heavy duty pallet racking and industrial shelving Based in NZ - Global distribution.


Inventive pallet racking and industrial storage services.


Victor Industries provide design, services, and expertise that can accommodate small bays to large and hard systems to make sure that your storage facilities are improved for the workflow of your business.

Best quality leather fashion products


Do you love the quality of leather?

Since 1978 Leatherworks have been creating wonderful leather products.

You can now directly purchase hand crafted leather goods from the studio. You can choose from the many unique and stunning New Zealand eco friendly leather.

Design, Installation and repairs of shade sails, roll up blinds, boat canopies and all other canvas products

Cake Decorating

Completely customised service for all shade sails, roller blinds, boat covers and other canvas products

As outdoor specialists offer quality products and a professional service.

The best outdoor blind, shade sail, foam shape and boat canopy suppliers in the Hawkes Bay area

Keeping your carpets and upholstery clean and healthy!

Carpet Cleaning

If ever you are in need of an expert and trustworthy carpet cleaning company, don't look anywhere else and go to Xtract Carpet Cleaning.

With an emphasis on personalised, informative services, you can trust our carpet cleaners for... - Deep steam carpet cleaning - Upholstery cleaning services - Stain and fabric protection

Specialists in removing unwanted pests in your residence and workplace - visit our Pest Attack pest control website.

Spray-painting &Panel Beating | Insurance repairs & corporate imaging servicing the greater Wellington region.

Panel Beating

Need panel beater repairs? We have expertly qualified panel beaters.

Vehicle spray painting services to repair or redo your paint job.

We can help you claim your insurance with insurance approved vehicle repairers.

Professional services for concrete repairs and waterproofing based in Auckland

Concrete Contractors

Get concrete protection with concrete waterproofing and specialist repairs

Are you in need of waterproofing or structural concrete repairs? We can offer you reliable services such as…

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Reliable interior plastering and gib fixing.


Trustworthy, reliable service from Mike Ball Plastering for any interior plastering, whether it is for your home or light commercial work

For a reliable interior Horowhenua Plasterer between Manawatu to the Kapiti Coast? Give Mike Ball Plastering a call

Mike Ball Plastering offer fixed pricing and charge a price per job regardless of whether you need your whole home or just one room plastering

Swimming pool installation and renovations | Tauranga and the Greater Bay of Plenty Region

Customized your pool – With the assistance of our expert pool installation and design team, you can have any shape, style and design that you want.

The sky is the limit to your new pool design!

Spend time and relax with your family and friends by adding value to your property and creating an amazing space.

Plan drawing & architectural design for residential, commercial & public buildings – NZ wide


YOUR EXPERT ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNERS If you are looking for architectural designers for your new home or home renovation choose KiwiCad.

Speak with KiwiCad for superb home design and house plans that fit your lifestyle. Trusted architectural designers in delivering floor plans and documents needed. Professional architectural designers, at your service.

Boat maintenance, repairs, refits and renovations available for all types: wooden and composite. Phone: 021 185 6031

Boat Building and Repairs

The Boat Doctor can certainly give you sufficient time for your to enjoy your boat through...

- Boat repair - Boat painting - Boat building - Boat cleaning

Fill out the form to the right to receive a free boat maintenance quote!

Scenic flights & helicopter services in the Wellington region & beyond.

Helicopter flights, transfers & other special interests for the Wellington region

Flexible and friendly taxation & accounting services to help your business grow | Rotorua


For all of your accounting needs within Rotorua, get in touch with TACTS...

Taxation Services – regardless it is for ensuring you have your tax return or assisting you with the IRD

Accounting Services – we offer help to all of your accounting and bookkeeping from basic accounting

Early child care in the Horowhenua region


Looking for a safe, reliable and happy Levin Early Childhood Centre to enroll your children at? Take a look at our childcare centres...

Horowhenua Educare - preparing your children for further education. Montessori child care - ensuring a positive, bright and creative upbringing.

Take a look for yourself, check out the photo gallery. If you think either of our childhood centres suit your family complete the form to the right.

Quality crane and upholstery supplies, recovery and repairs


Offers high quality upholstery and furniture specialist Owned and operated locally since 1993

Here at The Cane Factory and Upholstery Shop, we offer a wide variety oh quality services and products for...

- repairs and restoration for furniture upholstery - wide range of cane furniture for indoor and outdoor furniture - Wide array of giftware supplies that includes cane baskets

Restaurant Accommodation Functions Weddings Conferences


…affordable and comfortable accommodation in one of the 21 single or double rooms

...fine Kiwi dining at The Master's Table, the hotel restaurant, with celebrity Master Chef, Cameron Petley

…the best option as a conference venue, birthdays and other events

Auckland complete cleaning services


Searching for cleaners in the city of Auckland? We are your one stop shop for all your…

Carpet Cleaning - remove stains and get your carpet and upholstery looking new again!

One-Off Cleaning – outstanding business and home cleaning services

Wellington based coach and psychotherapist


Completeness, balance and self-authority... in body, mind, feeling, and spirit.

Warrior, Creator, Explorer, Nurturer? Where will you put your attention? What is wanting to expand? Let me be your guide.

Improve your awareness and step into your power, act and thrive from the core of who you are and be on a journey to discovery.

Supply, grow and source wholesale plants for the landscape industry in Bay of Plenty

Plant Suppliers

Supplies for top value plants and trees

Plant suppliers that is expert and helpful

We offer the landscaping industry in the Bay of Plenty with the finest quality of wholesale plants and trees in various sizes. You can talk to Cathy or Kathryn for your landscaping needs which include:

Capital on the Quay, Lambton Quay, Wellington


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When you trust us with your hair, you can be confident of receiving professional and personal attention every visit.

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An affordable 4.5 star motor lodge situated in Rotorua Make our place your place...


Enjoy one of Rotorua's newest motels, highly rated with a Qualmark 4.5 star rating.

You can expect the latest in quality accommodation in the heart of Rotorua, at an affordable price.

B-K's Rotorua Motor Lodge is doing there part for the environment by using green practices as often as they are able to.

For all your aluminium joinery, windows, doors and more in West Auckland

Searching for the best aluminium products in West Auckland?

You do not have to search far and wide just to find one that will cater to all of your requirements.

We provide aluminium windows and doors in West Auckland that are made from the best material.

Bayform Engineering Specialists in Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Sheetmetal & General Fabrication


From concept through to the finished job we talk to our customers about cost effective solutions in order to help them with the best options regarding design, material and fabrication.

Certified arborists to do all arbor culture works

Tree Services

Our certified arborists offer tree removal services to safely remove trees from your property.

Professional arborist with professional equipment and supplies get you the tree pruning results you are looking for.

Tree Consultancy - care for your trees and make informed decisions with thorough consultancy.

Wellington’s long-time partner in roofing services since 1950.

Roofing and Roof Coatings

Experienced roofing contractors for all your roofing needs.

Wellington’s long-time partner in roofing services since 1950.

With over 60 years roofing repair and restoration experience KENRAY Roofing are your roofing contractors covering greater Wellington and the Wairarapa.


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Have a wonderful hair day - every day. Make an appointment with Sarak...

Fall into the world of Sarak Hair Body & Beauty and experience leisure and see the results!

New and pre-loved designer clothing and other treasures

ClothingNon Profit

Your one stop shop for new and used designer clothing. Collectables and accessories.

All items are donated by Wellingtonians, the Attic is staffed by volunteers and all profits go to the charities we support.

Visit our store and find our new and second hand high end fashionable and designer accessories and clothing. We are open 7 days from 11 – 5.

New home constructions, renovations, alterations and industrial buildings servicing Palmerston North and Manawatu.

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All building types are catered for by our range of experienced builder from commercial to existing homes with landscaping available.

At LC Builders, we offer you an experienced and trusted construction and building team

Take all the stress out of building with LC. We will construct and manage the whole build from start to finish.

Are you away? You can order online for anyone in New Zealand

Gifts and Souvenirs

We support local and family owned businesses so we can guarantee that we only have pure NZ made products.

We are in the business of making people feel special. Boxed Expressions is the solution to all your personal and corporate gift requirements.

Whatever your gift needs are, our fabulous team here at Boxed Expressions are dedicated to providing high levels of service together with high quality gifts.

Ultimate Care Dental (+64) 4 920 2809 21 Burges Road, Johnsonville, Wellington, New Zealand


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