Archives for June 2020


Auckland Waterfront (Ceidrik Heward)

In its 2015 World Migration Report, the International Organization for Migration ranked Auckland as the fourth most diverse city in the world behind Dubai, Brussels and Toronto. In the last 5 years, the city grew by 141,450. It will have a population close to 1.7 million by the end of this year and is tipped to reach 2 million within two years. The current population is similar to that of Warsaw, Budapest, Philadelphia and Hamburg.

Known as the ‘City of Sails’ because of the numerous marinas around the place (the next America’s Cup yachting challenge will be held in the city next year) Auckland is responsible for 50% of New Zealand’s total population growth. At the current time, 1 in 5 people on the planet live in a city with a population of over 1 million. There are in fact 548 cities which fall into this category with Auckland being one of them. The city’s current population may seem small compared to the growing number of mega cities around the world which have at least 10 million inhabitants to qualify for this title, but it is the mix of cultures that give Auckland its distinct character and appearance. read more