Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Where The Heart Is

New Zealand has once again stolen the heart of an international visitor. This time it’s Monocle magazine’s Chief-in-Editor Tyler Brûlé who was left smitten after a recent trip to Auckland, so much so that he dedicated a love letter to the city for Valentine’s.

Brûlé’s admiration of the city doesn’t surprise me. Auckland was a vibrant city when I moved there, and it’s just getting better and better. The city frequently features amongst the world’s most liveable cities – including Monocle’s – and last year landed the first two spots on a Lonely Planet list of Top New Zealand experiences. The travel guide also stated that it was “hard to imagine a more geographically blessed city”.

Not everyone is singing the city’s praises, and there’s work ahead to make Auckland more liveable. I’m a believer. I’ve said before that Auckland has a youthful energy and it really seems to have gone into overdrive since the Rugby World Cup. I am overjoyed when I return to the city and love being able to refuel my creative energies and explore its new cafés, restaurants, and galleries. Proud to call Auckland home.


Liane Clarke said...

And we are proud to have you call Auckland home Kevin! Thoroughly enjoyed your speech at Rotary this week. Cheers for making the week a better one!

Props from the big brown chick at the front table! :)

Danielle said...

Agreed, from the CBD to the wild western beaches, we are making this a great place to live, work, and enjoy. I hope we can continue to develop and revel in the differences - dense in the urban, sparse beyond - and let go of those quarter-acre-one-size-fits-all visions.