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Proud to be an Aucklander: Len Brown

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.

Len BrownI grew up in ... Otara and Papatoetoe

I'm a proud JAFA because ... of the beauty of Auckland, its unbeatable environment, and the energy and vibe of our people

The one thing I'd change about the city is ... our transport system. We have a fast, clean new electric train fleet arriving next year, and now we need to make the city rail link happen. It will open up the bottleneck that is Britomart, unlock the entire rail network from west to south, and help free up the roads to give us the effective, integrated transport system we need

My favourite hidden gem is ... Tawhitokino, a beautiful white sand beach perfect for swimming and picnics near Orere Point. You can only reach it on foot, so it remains a truly hidden gem

The best coffee can be found at ... the Hardware Café in Titirangi, but you can find fantastic coffee across Auckland

Wynyard Quarter is ... stunning. Great with the summer markets, movies and music in Silo Park

And the RWC ...  was a slam dunk. Auckland was the winner. Go the All Blacks!

Auckland traffic makes me ... determined – driving all day in it makes me determined to fix it

Auckland in three words is ... dynamic, diverse and enticing

Len Brown is mayor of Auckland.