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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The only place to come for repairs for your car and other vehicle. Plus all other services.

Started back in 2003 with a goal to provide the Tauranga and Papamoa areas with the highest standard in automotive repairs from our team of professionals.

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Kapiti Coast Security can offer you a safe home or business

With a rising number of break-ins and burglaries, it pays to have top quality security systems in place.

Deter potential thieves with a visible alarm system and security cameras and security guard patrols.

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Bathroom Renovations

A perfect new bathroom and kitchen in your home.

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Cleaners

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

Lessen Stress & Tension, Treat Pain & Dysfunction, Recover & Increase Performance

Amie Blasoni, owner of Integrated Structural Bodywork, is an expert in exercise and massage, providing:

Trigger Point Therapy – it is the physical therapy that is meant for stress relief and pain and the improvement of posture and range of movement

Sports Massage - physical therapy for treating and preventing injuries, increasing flexibility and easing muscle soreness

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Telecommunications

Contact the experts

Secure your data cabling, office networking and security system requirements.

Have a talk with the expert professional networking consultants at Cablecom.

Superior quality cane and upholstery supplies, repairs and recovery

Upholstery

The Cane Factory and Upholstery Shop provide a wide variety of superior quality products and great service for…

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For a free quote for cane furniture or upholstering, please complete the form to the right.

We provide all solar heating and pellet fires, plumbing, drain laying and gas fitting installation and repairs.

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Licensed Master Plumbers for professional & reliable plumbing services.

We provide plumbing maintenance, servicing, build and design for your plumbing installations.

We can install all gas fittings from gas stoves to hot water systems, With maintenance available.

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Upholstery

YOur furniture is safe with us

Living Room can give you all your furniture requirements right from upholstery, curtains, blinds, lampshades, bedheads, down to Lundia shelving solutions and living room furniture.

Starting from lounge suits and armchairs down to shelving and commercial furniture and boat upholstery, Living Room can provide it all for you.

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Roofing and Roof Coatings

New Zealand's largest supplier of Shingle Roofing

The New Zealand Distributor and technical support centre for GAF and ELK roofing products since 1996.

New Zealand's expert top supplier for more than 65% shingle roofing market.

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We are a friendly and expert team of dentists in Centre of Dental Excellence based in Tawa, Wellignton and are dedicated to offer you with a beautiful and healthy smile for life!

Highly skilled electrical team in Waikato specializing in Clipsal c-bus automation for residential and commercial.

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We offer a wide range of general electrical services for your business and home.

We are approved C-Bus installers for all your home automation system installations.

We are your one stop shop for advice and design of your commercial C-Bus automation projects.

Expert in all residential, commercial and industrial electric needs from installation and maintenance in the region of Wellington.

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Wellington has been provided by the Parsons & Associates Electrical with these services for more than 30 years...

> An extensive range of home electrical services > Electrical work for shop fit outs, renovations and new buildings > Specialised industrial electrical services

For providing satisfaction, our electrical services are surely high quality for your repair and maintenance needs.

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Glass Balustrades & Pool Fences - architectural fencing that is installed by qualified staff.

Glass Splashbacks - one off design of your bathroom or kitchen splashback, made to exacting requirements.

Looking for a different service? Contact our qualified team to see how they can help you.

Civil engineering contracting company specializing in a broad range of construction experiences

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Qualified professionals for all of your excavation needs

Deal with contractors with the best machinery and expertise in the area.

From residential and commercial properties to farms and hard to access areas - the excavation contractors at K & M Civil have the equipment and skills to take on all and any sized jobs.

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A trustworthy and expert property care specialists

Special cleaning for exterior and interior building in the Wellington area

Chris Roche and the experienced team at All Stars Property Services and Window Pro will take care of all your property maintenance and specialist cleaning needs including: ...residential & commercial window cleaning ...building washing & roof & gutter cleaning ...exterior house cleaning & roof cleaning ...detailed builders cleans & tenant cleans ...specialist interior cleaning & sanitising ...waterblasting, degreasing carparks and more!

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New Roofs – You can choose from all plastic roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing and roofing iron services

We provide a fully mobile valet and car washing service.

On site Valet – we have wide range of car wash equipments to ensure all the details are attended.

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Car Valet Franchise - you have the option to franchise and start your own valet business.

Industrial, Commercial and Residential Electrical testing, installation and repairs

Electrician

Put your trust in a company that has serviced Otago for over 25 years Providing reliable, tidy electricians for all of your electrical services

Ross Whitburn Electrical can tackle all jobs big and small, from insurance rewiring and heat pump installation through to repairs and maintenance for commercial buildings and rental properties.

Ross Whitburn can assist you if you are looking for a new home. We can also offer electrical safety checks to make sure that the wiring is safe as well as your new home will be insurable.

We service Kapiti Coast & Horowhenua

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Friendly plumbers and gasfitters that you can rely on...

If you're in need of a professional, reliable and friendly plumber or gasfitter in the Kapiti or Horowhenua area, look no further than Graham Lang Plumbers & Gasfitters Ltd.

The team of Graham and Sue Lang are dedicated in offering you with all your gasfitting and plumbing needs

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Specialist timber floor staining and sanding Wellington based - servicing the Lower North Island

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Specialists in creating and restoring beautiful timber flooring.

4 Star experts in timber flooring and will manage your floor job from beginning to end.

Protective polyurethane floor coatings, oil prevention, floor staining, application of a on toxic oil protective coating. We can do it all for you.

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Tiling

Bay Tiles provides a complete array of tiles and expert design advice.

Your house will have an incredible look that will last for many years through the endless design possibilities that tile has to offer.

After the carpet and timber has long been damaged, the tiles are still here to stay.

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Carpet Cleaning

Need professional carpet cleaners?

Ensure that the floors in your home or workplace are in a great condition with the help of our carpet cleaners.

Get the look you have always wanted for your house or office with our great team that can repair and maintain carpet that is down.

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