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 … a state house or two in the Hutt Valley
I moved here in ... 1992 to fly the C130 Hercules for the RNZAF (based at Whenuapai).
And stayed because …. I moved into advertising and Auckland is where 90 percent of that happens
I'm a proud JAFA because … there's a sense of community here, if you know where to find it
The one thing I'd change about the city is… its name. I've yet to meet anyone who knows what an Auck is. Maybe something with zing. And moxie. Something the kids will like ... Ukuleleville? Latteopolis?
My favourite hidden gem is … the Kaipara Harbour. The Southern Hemisphere's biggest, 45 minutes from downtown and most Aucklanders couldn't point to it on a map
The best coffee can be found … at the café formerly known as Good One (location secret). Although it's lost a lot of its mojo with the recent renovations it's still great (and handy to The Goat Farm)
Wynyard Quarter is… waiting for its time to come
And the RWC was … a great excuse for central government to flex its muscle against the Auckland Council. Should have been the making of the super city. Wasn't.
Auckland traffic makes me … wonder why people choose to participate in it.
Auckland in three words is … home for now.
Vaughn Davis is owner and creative director at The Goat Farm and occasional Idealog contributor.