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Proud to be an Aucklander: Bob Harvey

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.