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Auckland's first scorecard a 'line in the sand'

The first-ever Auckland scorecard points to leaps forward in public transport and congestion.

In launching the draft Auckland Plan two months ago, mayor Len Brown boldly announced the aim of making Auckland the world's most liveable city of 2040. And today he released the first Annual Auckland Scorecard in a speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle that points to big leaps forward in public transport, incoming visitors (no doubt boosted by the Rugby World Cup), congestion and employment.

“Today I have put a line in the sand,” said Brown. “The creation of any great city requires a clear vision and enough time to get there. The time has come to move from aspiration to implementation.”

Auckland Council has developed the scorecard to measure Auckland’s progress; Brown said Auckland already rates highly on a number of indices rating the world’s most liveable cities (it is fourth equal in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey; the world’s 10th most liveable city as rated by The Economist Intelligence Unit; and is 13th on the Monocle magazine Most Liveable Cities Index). 

“If we are determined to meet our challenge of making this the world's most liveable city, then we must begin now,” he said.

The scorecard rates the progress of Auckland across four liveability categories covering 19 measures of community, transport, economics and environment. The first scorecard shows the index has lifted by 2.4 percentage points since the creation of the supercity from a base index of 100.

Progress has been made in 12 categories:

Educational achievement +0.7%
Crime -1.9%
Graffiti eradication -2.5%
Public transport use +8.5%
Cycling and walking +5.1%
Congestion -9.1%
Household transport spending -10.8%
Employment +5.37%
Income +5%
Visitor nights +9.6%
Marine water quality +3.9%
Air pollution +6.51%

On the other hand, Auckland has slipped back in seven categories:

Youth unemployment +3.0%
Housing affordability -0.8%
Spending on local roads -5.6%
GDP per capita -2.96%
Exports -0.27%
Housing affordability -0.8%
Carbon footprint -0.48%