Monocolumn: How Auckland Just Got Interesting
Auckland used to be one of the world’s least ambitious cities. That's all changes with the the inauguration of Len Brown.
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Auckland used to be one of the world’s least ambitious cities. With its beautiful harbour, easy access to beaches, its young, creative workforce and excellent universities, it’s a nice place to live. But thanks to decades of indecisive leadership, political gridlock and a lack of investment in core infrastructure, the city hasn’t lived up to its potential.
That all changed last week with the inauguration of Len Brown as the first mayor of the “supercity”, the Auckland Council, which is an amalgamation of seven former councils representing 1.4 million people, a third of New Zealand’s population. Brown – elected by a landslide 65,000 votes – has promised to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city.