Tāmaki - Kainga nga ika me nga wheua katoa!
Auckland – where the fish are so succulent you can eat them bones and all!
This proverb alludes to the once abundant and sought-after marine resources of Auckland’s waterfront.
Auckland is truly a waterfront city, surrounded by three harbours - the Waitematā, the Manukau, and the Kaipara.
Māori settled in the region during the 14th century, naming this site Tamaki-makau-rau, the maiden desired by a hundred lovers, because it was a place desired by so many and frequently fought over for access to its rich resources.
Auckland lies in the upper North Island. As New Zealand’s largest city, home to around 1,415,550, people or 34 percent of the total population (2013 census), Auckland’s success is critical to the well-being of all New Zealanders.
As well as New Zealand’s largest city, it is also our most diverse. With representatives from more than 200 ethnic groups, Auckland is more multicultural than London or Sydney. Auckland is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world with dynamic Pacific languages, cultural practices and customs which collectively make Auckland a very distinctive city.
Auckland’s population is growing at a rate of around 800 people a week which is placing unprecedented demands on housing and infrastructure, and more recently driven house prices to be ranked the fifth most unaffordable in the world.
Investment is being made in critical transport infrastructure, particularly the City Rail Link, to help achieve the step change needed for the transformation of Auckland, by driving a major shift towards greater use of public transport, and an increase in the density of residential and business development.
Auckland has a natural environment that few other cities can match. Its beaches, islands, harbours, waterways, volcanoes, lush forests and productive rural areas offer a superb combination of physical beauty, recreational opportunity, economic significance and cultural identity. Our mild climate allows us to enjoy this environment and participate in outdoor recreational activities all year round. This lifestyle – organised sport, swimming, bush walks or picnicking in the park – is integral to Auckland’s sense of identity.
The urban experience has been evolving to meet the demands of the growing cosmopolitan city with much emphasis being placed on walking and cycling infrastructure, shared spaces and revitalised precincts.
Auckland’s waterfront has been a focal point for the transformation of the city centre which is now underway. Whether it is Friday night open-air cinema in the summer or a promenade along the sparkling Waitematā Harbour with an ice cream, a precinct on the western edge of the central waterfront, Wynyard Quarter is becoming Auckland’s newest urban community.
Wynyard Quarter is going through one of the largest urban regenerations in New Zealand, evolving from an industrial port area that was closed to the public to a place where people can live, visit, be entertained and do business. Stage one, completed in August 2011 provided 500 metres of places and spaces right next to the water’s edge for the public to enjoy.
This regeneration will continue over the next 20 years. Wynyard Quarter comprises approximately 37 hectares of land and almost three kilometres of coastal frontage. The vision for the area is a mix of residential, retail and commercial development to enable the growth of a strong, diverse and vibrant and sustainable residential and business community whilst retaining the existing fishing and marine industries.