With 180 different cultures Auckland is a diverse region with many different communities
Auckland's people are 11% Pacific Island, 9% South-east Asian, 4% Indian sub-continent, 62% European and 1% all other ethnic groups
70% of new migrants to the country settle in the region, with one-third of all people who call Auckland home born overseas.
One third of the nation's workforce and 38% of all business enterprises are based here. The region provides 35% of the country's jobs, with one in five Aucklanders working in the manufacturing industry, together contributing an estimated $5.5 billion a year to the economy
Over 70% of New Zealand's imports and 40% of exports come through Auckland's ports Auckland is home to two thirds of the country's top 200 companies and nearly a quarter of the world's Fortune 500 companies have a presence here.
change in Government towards end of commission process
minority party – ACT – given role in leading reform in Auckland
re-consulted and made significant changes
gone from a well-thought out + reasoned proposal to something invented in haste, reverting to more central government control over Auckland + loss of local democracy + corporatisation of local government