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 grew up in … London and Southern England
I moved here in … 1973
And stayed because …. For me, it's the most beautiful city in the world
I'm a proud JAFA because … Auckland is a great example of a truly integrated multinational society – so very rare on the world stage
The one thing I'd change about the city is … The motorways. We need some serious urban planning and a sexy rail system
My favourite hidden gem is… Karaka Bay: a little bit of the East Cape in the suburbs
The best coffee can be found… at Orvieto Cafe, Mt Eden
Wynyard Quarter is … On the way to becoming a world-class venue but needs more work
And the RWC was… A great example of what we can do, if we believe in ourselves and our city
Auckland traffic makes me… Work from home and never go to the North Shore if I can avoid it
Auckland in three words is … Heaven on earth ... how lucky are we?