Archives for July 2016


New Zealand




While writing my series of nine New Zealand  books, I undertook a great deal of research which revealed important information I was previously unaware of. Although some of this information didn’t end up in my travel books, it did give me the idea to discuss what I learned in other articles. That’s where these blogs come in.



Auckland is by far the largest city in New Zealand with almost a third of the country’s entire population living within its urban sprawl. Auckland is also the city where the majority of new immigrants want to settle. At the time of writing, Auckland is home to 1.4 million people.  It is the largest Polynesian city in the world with 336.000 Maori and Pacific Islanders living mainly in the southern suburbs.  With the increasing number of immigrants flooding into the city, Asians, mainly Chinese followed by Indian, Filipino then Korean, Japanese, Cambodian and Vietnamese, now total 430.000. 30% of this group are in the 20 to 34 age group. The Asian population is very noticeable in the city’s main shopping streets where large numbers can be seen shopping and socializing Having two of the country’s major universities next door to each other in the CBD only adds to the overwhelmingly large number of young people in the central city. read more