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.