Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Auckland retains third Mercer Quality of Living spot

4 December 2012

Auckland retains third Mercer Quality of Living spot

Auckland has maintained its position as the world’s third most liveable city in the 2012 Mercer Quality of Living survey, and is the highest ranked city in the Asia-Pacific region.

Auckland features in the top 10 across all three major international quality of life surveys: Mercer (3rd), Monocle magazine (9th) and the Economist Intelligence Unit (10th), ranked on factors such as culture and environment, political stability, safety, infrastructure and ease of doing business.

Mercer ranks Auckland third behind Vienna and Zurich. The highest ranking Asia-Pacific cities after Auckland are Sydney at 10, Wellington at 13, Melbourne at 17 and Perth at 21.

While Auckland sits third overall, it only manages 43rd position when it comes to infrastructure.

“I’m pleased to see that Auckland has maintained its place in the Mercer survey,” says Len Brown. “We know there is still a lot of work to be done. Our transport infrastructure puts us behind other cities on the international indices, and handicaps our people and our economy.

“But we are working hard to give Auckland a fully-integrated transport system, and steps like rail electrification and next year’s arrival of our first of our new electric trains, protecting and designating the route for the City Rail Link, and our integrated ticketing system roll-out will make a significant positive impact.”

The international results complement the annual Auckland Scorecard, introduced by the Mayor in 2011 to enable Auckland to gauge its performance across a range of measures including employment, education, the local economy and transport .

The second annual scorecard, released last month, has revealed Auckland is making solid progress towards becoming the world’s most liveable city.

“Auckland’s consistent high ranking in the three major international liveability surveys shows the world sees us as a great place to live, work, visit and do business. The Auckland Scorecard is tailored to measure factors important to Aucklanders and to achieving our future goals, to give a balanced domestic view to the international one,” says the Mayor.

“Our performance across all these shows that we are well on track to becoming the world’s most liveable city, a place where all Aucklanders can enjoy a good quality of life, where there are good business and employment opportunities, where people have real choices in housing, transport and employment.”

“A key thing that cities topping the lists have in common is that they have formulated robust plans for their future social, physical and economic development, and are fully committing to delivering them.

“The success of this approach is clear, and Auckland is well now positioned with our Auckland Plan 30-year blueprint, the Economic Development Strategy, the Housing Strategic Action Plan and now progressing the Unitary Plan, the single rulebook replacing former district and regional plans.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Inadequate Response To Sexual Violence Prevention

On combatting sexual violence, the government has finally begun to undo some of the problems that were of its own making. Early in March, ACC launched the Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims scheme – a package aimed at improving the attitudes of ACC staff towards sexual violence victims, and offering them more substantive support.

Hopefully, this will help to reverse the damage done with the insensitive, punitive ACC policy put in place by the incoming Key government in 2009, which in some parts of New Zealand, saw 90 per cent of sexual violence victims being turned away by ACC. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

"To Help Families Get Ahead": April 1 Changes Kick In

Prime Minister John Key says Paid Parental Leave, the parental tax credit, the minimum wage and Superannuation will increase, while average ACC levies will fall, and more people will be helped in to home ownership... More>>

ALSO:

Climate: Ministers Exclude Emissions From ‘Environment Reporting'

The National Party Government has today revealed that the national environmental report topics for this year will, incredibly, exclude New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

No Retrial: Freedom At Last For Teina Pora

The Māori Party is relieved that the Privy Council has cleared the final legal hurdle for Teina Pora who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to prison for 22 years. More>>

ALSO:

Germanwings Crash: Privacy Act Supports Aviation Safeguards In New Zealand

Reports that German privacy laws may have contributed to the Germanwings air crash have prompted New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner to reassure the public that the Privacy Act is no impediment to medical practitioners notifying appropriate authorities to a pilot’s health concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Taranaki Iwi Ngāruahine Settles Treaty Claims For $67.5mln

The settlement includes a $13.5 million payment the government made in June 2013, as well as land in the Taranaki region. The settlement also includes four culturally significant sites, the Waipakari Reserve, Te Kohinga Reserve, Te Ngutu o te Manu and Te Poho o Taranaki. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Funeral In Asia, The Northland By-Election, And News Priorities

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key attend the state funeral on Sunday of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew? More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Not Flag-Waving; Flag-Drowning

The panel choosing the flag options has no visual artists at all. Now, I’ve kerned the odd ligature in my time and I know my recto from my French curve so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions before they get past their depth. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news