1 December, 2011
In the Mercer global quality living survey Auckland has moved up one spot, from fourth in 2010 to the world’s third most livable city.
Auckland was topped by Zurich and Vienna. Other large scale cities in the rankings included Sydney that came 11th and New Zealand’s capital city Wellington ranking a well deserved 13th in Mercer’s global survey.
Mayor of Auckland Len Brown is aiming for No.1 in future years, believing his city is ‘well on track’ to potentially becoming the world’s most livable city.
Mr. Brown was also pleased at the positive global profile that international rankings like this give Auckland and New Zealand. “This is a fantastic city to live in” said Brown.
Brown also emphasised the achievement of moving up on the scale, and that it was “no small feat”. Brown was positive Auckland has more room to improve, and will be “celebrating our place at the top” on the day Auckland reaches No.1.
The ranking system decided through Mercer’s global survey, is known as a thoroughly examined process of evaluating 221 cities by 39 categories. These include medical and health stability, political situation, socio-economical environment, transport, natural environment, education and housing among many. New York City was used as the ‘base city’ used to make comparisons.
This recognition paints a positive picture for the international sector wanting to live in New Zealand. It is also an indication of the growing property market with many foreigners investing in New Zealand property due to the increase in demand and the appeal of the country itself.