Auckland 10th most liveable city

August 24th, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

The Economist has published an updated list of the most liveable cities in the world. The top 10 are:

  1. Melbourne
  2. Vienna
  3. Vancouver
  4. Toronto
  5. Adelaide
  6. Calgary
  7. Sydney
  8. Helsinki
  9. Perth

Auckland scores the following:

  • Stability 95
  • Healthcare 95.8
  • Culture & Environment 97
  • Education 100
  • Infrastructure 92.9
  • Overall 95.7

The bottom city is Damascus!

Nice to have a city in the top 10. I do like Melbourne, but do have to rave about Vienna. I love Vienna, and if I had to live in Europe, would choose Vienna.

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27 Responses to “Auckland 10th most liveable city”

  1. stever (26 comments) says:

    Does it not mark us down for a mayor who’s drunk on spending other peoples money to the point that it won’t be long before they only turn every second street light on in some areas……… Hay hang on that’s already happening

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  2. IGM (620 comments) says:

    What about Porirua? They have a left-wing mayor, a funny MP, and ratepayers who are screwed left, right, and centre, to appease the leeching communist council and their non-ratepaying supporters.

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  3. eszett (2,450 comments) says:

    I do like Melbourne, but do have to rave about Vienna. I love Vienna, and if I had to live in Europe, would choose Vienna.

    Vienna is great. But in Europe, my choice would be definitely be Berlin.

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  4. OneTrack (3,372 comments) says:

    We’ll shoot up to 98 for “Culture and Environment” once Len gets his State House with chandelier built on Queens Wharf. We will be the envy of the world.

    Don’t complain Boxer, just work harder . Len is always right.

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  5. duggledog (1,625 comments) says:

    Which part of Auckland City? Must be the central city and some of the North Shore. West Auckland and South Auckland are crime ridden shit holes. The motorways can’t cope with the volumes of traffic, basic infrastructure that should have been built during Clark’s tenure straining to cope is only now being addressed.

    Auckland is an impressive little city all right, for the visitor, but not for people like me facing even higher rates in the near future to pay for it all.

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  6. Simon (780 comments) says:

    Crime ridden shit holes. Sums the average labour voting suburbs well

    Living standards in parts of Auckland are dismal. Access to a primary school is meaningless if it is populated with welfare mongs

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  7. Longknives (4,962 comments) says:

    “Which part of Auckland City? ”

    Otara is lovely this time of year!

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  8. mjw (401 comments) says:

    Surely Manhattan should head the list?

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  9. gravedodger (1,575 comments) says:

    The Wallabies might not agree with Jaffaland being included in any Livable city list.
    McKenzie and his bunch would not have slept well after that.

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  10. Matthew Hooton (135 comments) says:

    The Damascus rating makes me very sad. My wife and I had a wonderful month backpacking in Syria in late 2002 and Damascus was a fun, lively reasonably cosmopolitan city.

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  11. Yogibear (375 comments) says:

    I remain amazed at Auckland’s ability to cock this up.

    They should be number 5 by now

    Waterfront stadium paid for by the taxpayers, not the ratepayers? “No thanks, a couple of apartment owners don’t like it so lets keep going with our suburban backwater”

    Removing height limits in high demand suburbs to allow developers a chance to regenerate and renew? Yeah nah, my 120sqm 1970s Lockwood is sacrosanct. Who cares if in 10 years time its I’m paying rates on its valuation on $1.5m and no developers will touch it because they can’t do anything with it.

    Direct road link between the industrial land at the airport and the industrial land in Mt Wellington and Penrose? Not if there are a couple of “vibrant communities” in the way (first time I’ve ever heard those places referred to as that).

    Shit – Even if I was to take a sandal wearer perspective – Tolled cycle path bolted on to the harbour bridge providing a direct link between the city and the North Shore – paid for by the users? Not if it takes a couple of carparks away from the Northcote Tavern.

    Imagine what Auckland could achieve if it actually got its act together and had leadership with balls to take the NIMBYS on.

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  12. hj (7,170 comments) says:

    The ranking scores 140 cities on a scale of zero to 100 for each of 30 factors such as the quality of public healthcare or the threat of military conflict. These 30 values are then combined to create scores in five areas: stability, infrastructure, education, health care, and culture and environment. A weighted average of those five numbers gives each city its final score. A glance at the top ten shows that the cities that do best are mid-sized conurbations in countries with low population densities, because such conditions will often result in low crime, working infrastructure and lots of recreational activities. The comparatively poor performances of London and New York can be mainly attributed to their stability scores, which are low because of a perceived terrorism risk. Damascus has seen its score crash recently owing to Syria’s ongoing civil war. In 2008 its stability score was the same as New York’s; now it is tied for last place with Karachi, Pakistan. Conversely, Bogotá’s sprint up the scoreboard in the past five years is due to the decline in guerrilla-related violence.

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2013/08/daily-chart-19

    In BNZ Chief Economist Tony Alexander’s weekly overview, Auckland house prices are set to move upwards nicely. Here are his 19 reasons why:
     

    3. The government is explicitly aiming to grow Auckland’s population as a means of achieving “agglomeration” benefits for economic growth which accrue from high interaction amongst economic players.

    17. The government has announced its efforts to improve housing affordability (lower prices) and they are minor and unlikely to have a noticeable impact if any for many years.

    http://www.davidwhitburn.com/blogs/auckland-house-prices-to-rise-over-10-in-2013/

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  13. hj (7,170 comments) says:

    In recent years Auckland has ranked fifth and Wellington 12th in the annual global quality of city life rankings by Mercer, a US consultancy.
    But Auckland, more than Wellington, faces a challenge. Fast population growth over the past decade has strained infrastructure, boosted house prices and reduced the quality of life in the Auckland region. Addressing such issues goes right to the heart of the long-term strategies of the region’s councils for obvious economic and social reasons.
    Auckland’s ambition to become a truly international metropolis depends in part on maintaining the quality of life, which in turn requires bold vision, sound strategies, good regulatory processes and citizen commitment. Clearly, the RMA is a critical tool to help achieve those goals, which in turn will then help attract migrants, and help keep existing residents here. On present forecasts, the region could have a population of around 2m by 2050, a 65% rise from current levels, suggesting the
    challenges will be formidable.

    http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0705/RMA__Oram_Paper_May_2007.pdf

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  14. hj (7,170 comments) says:

    Among broad industries, wholesale and retail trade was the largest employer in Auckland in
    2010, accounting for 19.8% of total employment.

    The second largest employer was business and property services (19.5%) followed by
    manufacturing (11.
    3%).

    The industry most overrepresented in Auckland relative to the national economy is finance
    and insurance. This industry accounts for 3.9% of the region’s employment compared with
    2.7% to the national economy.

    The next most overrepresented industries a
    re communication services (1.6% compared with
    1.2% nationally) and business and property services (19.5% compared with 14.9%
    nationally).
    http://www.infometrics.co.nz/reports/regional/TEC/Auckland-Revised-Jun2012.pdf
    But it will get better when a greater population makes use of the ismus’s natural physical advantage. Then it will be honking with high paying export oriented jobs.
    ?

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  15. hj (7,170 comments) says:

    Over the past 10 years the broad industries making the largest contribution to employment
    growth in Auckland were business and property services (29,220 jobs), health and community
    services (21,650 jobs), and wholesale and retail trade (19,110 jobs).

    The industries making the lowest contribution to employment growth in Auckland were
    manufacturing (-7,490 jobs), agriculture, fishing and forestry (-1,000 jobs), and communication services (-630 jobs).

    http://www.infometrics.co.nz/reports/regional/TEC/Auckland-Revised-Jun2012.pdf

    Property investor Heaven!

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  16. Nigel Kearney (1,097 comments) says:

    I did live in Vienna for six months. It’s not the same as going there as a tourist. The winters are horrible, traffic and parking are a huge hassle, and everything is expensive. It would be even worse if you earned a salary and paid tax there, which I fortunately didn’t. They also have an accent that is barely decipherable even by a German, let alone someone like me with only a mediocre knowledge of the language.

    I would choose Zurich if you don’t mind cold and Florence otherwise.

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  17. Milk Me (157 comments) says:

    That people even take notice of these Most Liveable polls is nonsense. While it may be lovely to live in some parts of Auckland I put it to you that under this present government many parts of the lower socio economic deprived parts of this once fine city are quite unbearable. Hard working families being screwed to the wall with higher prices higher GST (GST will not be raised; Key) scarce employment opportunities and working conditions where you fear for you job under the draconian and mean 90 day rule.
    I suppose the working poor could go to the beach for the day to escape he drudgery of their lives but many cannot afford the expense of the petrol required as this government has taxed petrol to such an extent that putting gas into the car is seen as a luxury. Let alone a feed of fish and chips and an ice cream, the simple things we took for granted growing up in what was known as gods own country. Inequality is the reason and the present government is hell bent on increasing it.

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  18. hj (7,170 comments) says:

    Milk Me
    Those Mercer lists are for working out how much to compensate (highly paid) employees who are being transferred.

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  19. Yogibear (375 comments) says:

    Milk Me

    So please tell me where the socialist paradises of Caracas, Pyongyang and Havana scored in this assessment.

    I also look forward to your comment around whether lower income people in Auckland would have a demonstrably better quality of life moving to this places, as that is what you infer.

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  20. backster (2,196 comments) says:

    Auckland might shoot up in the ratings once their new artistic icon with the fancy chandelaire is created on the waterfront.Meanwhile across the ditch those proud Queenslanders must be a bit peeved at Brissy missing out.

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  21. Eric Whiting (1 comment) says:

    I don’t think you would like to live here in Vienna David. One of the reasons it is such a great city is because it has had a socialist government for as long as I can remember. Their policies have made the city what it is. Do us a favour and stay in Wellington making happy mischief.

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  22. Michael (913 comments) says:

    I loved Vienna (have been there three times), and would choose it to live ahead of Melbourne. But Prague would be my first choice.

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  23. publicwatchdog (3,148 comments) says:

    Auckland – ‘Supercity’for the 1%.

    More rates, more debt – less services for the 99% of citizens and ratepayers.

    Great for the minority of big businesses who have got the contracts.

    And who awarded these contracts?

    Any untoward ‘conflicts of interest’ between those who give and those get Auckland Council & CCO contracts?

    Who’s checking?

    Our corrupt Auditor-General Lyn Provost who didn’t declare her shareholding in Sky City at the time she declined to investigate my complaint into matter involving Sky City
    ?

    Penny Bright

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  24. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    “less services for the 99% of citizens and ratepayers.”

    Things may improve if you pay your rates arrears Penny! :)

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  25. heathcote (102 comments) says:

    Adelaide no 5? You’re joking. So hot in the summer there are roller doors over the windows, appalling local roads (traffic light heaven), snakes and every bug in creation, shortage of water in summer, need I go on? Ah well, at least the Barossa Valley is just up the road

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  26. Crusader (328 comments) says:

    WTF does “liveable” mean?

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  27. Fight Communism (68 comments) says:

    That is the price you pay for ripping out your melbourne Class Trams Jafas

    Melbourne 1st

    Auckand 10th

    Good functional …”safe” public transport is not a socialist conspiracy it is what all first world cities have.

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  28. Fight Communism (68 comments) says:

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  29. Left Right and Centre (3,014 comments) says:

    Where does Auckland rank on the ‘most gridlockable’ list ?

    WTF does “liveable” mean?

    I don’t know – maybe ask a Palestinian or a black teen in South Central LA ?

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