Everybody loves to hate on the JAFA. But is Auckland finally starting to find its feet? This week, we chat to a few people who are Aucklanders by birth, choice or both – and proud of it.
I'm a proud Aucklander because ... I can't imagine a better place to live. No city fascinates and interests me more
The one thing I'd change about the city is ... Make Karekare beach 15 minutes from downtown Auckland
My favourite hidden gem is ... Karekare beach
The best coffee is at ... Hardware Cafe, Titirangi
On Wynyard Quarter ... I adore it
The RWC was ... an exhausting triumph
Auckland traffic is ... after Beijing and Shanghai, I think it's a dream
Auckland in three words ... quirky, diverse, smart
Bob Harvey was perhaps best known as mayor of the Waitakere City Council, and is chairman of Waterfront Auckland.