Auckland (/ˈɔːklənd/AWK-lənd), in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. Auckland has a population of 1,454,300, 32 percent of New Zealand's population. It is part of the wider Auckland Region, which includes the rural areas and towns north and south of the urban area, plus the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,570,500 that is governed by the Auckland Council. Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. In Māori, Auckland's name is Tāmaki Makaurau and the transliterated version of Auckland is Ākarana.
The Auckland urban area (as defined by Statistics New Zealand) ranges to Waiwera in the north, Kumeu in the northwest, and Runciman in the south. It is not contiguous; the section from Waiwera to Whangaparaoa Peninsula is separate from its nearest neighbouring suburb of Long Bay. Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west. The central part of the urban area occupies a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the few cities in the world to have two harbours on two separate major bodies of water.
Auckland (or, more formally, City of Auckland) was a New Zealand electorate. It covered the core of Auckland during the early days of New Zealand democracy, when the city was small enough to be covered by two or three seats.
Ratepayers could be landed with the bill to plug a $1 billion funding hole for a massive SouthAuckland development ... Auckland Council is opposing the private plan changes on the grounds it cannot afford the estimated $1b needed to fund the infrastructure for the works to go ahead.
Auckland mum Madhu was ecstatic when she bought a dream family home last October ... They told Madhu they expected she would be able to move into the house in January because at that point the sellers expected to have final approval from Auckland Council to officially subdivide the land into three new properties.
A group called SaveKennedyPoint who have been occupying the land in opposition to the marina plan on the island. AucklandCouncil consented to the project on condition of having a management plan for the kororā (little blue penguin) ... "That was quite a distressing piece of footage" - Forest and Bird Auckland regional manager Lissy Fehnker-Heather.
They drove to Sydney and then flew to Auckland, and were caught at the border after trying to deceive officials ... By the time his identity and travel were confirmed, he had landed at Auckland airport and eluded authorities.
Honey making in urban areas of Auckland could be curbed with Auckland Council proposing a beehive limit ... If the new limit is introduced, beekeepers in urban Auckland would have to get council approval to keep more than two beehives on land less than 2000 square metres.
Auckland's overheated property market has been blamed for the massive cost blow-out of Auckland's Mill Rd project ... "I'm not surprised at the cost blow-out because it's an enormous project that will include the cost of acquiring properties and the land is expensive in Auckland.