It has beautiful beaches, a mild climate and a multicultural population, which promotes the integration of food, music and art. But, as a remote outpost in the South Pacific, is Auckland really the most livable city in the world?
A kind Polls The Economist Intelligence Unit released this week ranked New Zealand cities above Vienna, Melbourne and other previous winners thanks to its success in curbing Covid-19.
Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, also soared to fourth place, while four Australian cities entered the top ten.
The survey compared 140 cities around the world in terms of stability, healthcare, culture, infrastructure, and a range of other factors.
Upasana Dutt, EIU’s Global Livability Leader, said: “New Zealand’s strict lockdown has reopened their society and allowed citizens of cities such as Auckland and Wellington to enjoy a lifestyle similar to that before the pandemic.”
This honor surprised some New Zealanders. They pointed to the harbor city’s Real estate crisis, Traffic jams, low wages.Auckland recently Rank Demographia ranks fourth among the least affordable cities in the world.
As the second wave of Covid-19 cases and the requirement to maintain social distancing restrictions have increased the pressure on healthcare, European and Canadian cities have declined in the rankings of The Economist.
Compared with many people who have lived in European or North American cities in recent years, Oakland’s 1.7 million residents lead a fascinating life. In February, the “City of Sails” held America’s Cup, And audiences flock to rugby matches, concerts and other entertainment for most of the year.
The school basically remains open because Early decision by the authorities The closure of national borders and the introduction of social distancing restrictions limited the number of infections in New Zealand to less than 2,700, resulting in only 26 deaths.
Friday marks 104 days since The last case of Covid-19 community spread According to reports, February 28.
Not surprisingly, more than 40,000 New Zealand citizens own Returning from overseas Since the pandemic last year, this trend has brought the country’s population to more than 5 million at the end of last year.
“I have always wanted to go home. This is part of the New Zealander mentality to go overseas to accumulate experience and bring it back,” said Jane Henry, who gave up her job at the World Bank in Washington when the pandemic began and returned to Auckland. spread.
Henry said that she went home a little earlier than originally planned, partly because of concerns about the US gun laws. But she has almost no regrets, citing Auckland’s friendly culture, closeness to nature and laid-back attitude.
But Henry, an expert on sustainable construction projects, acknowledged that Auckland faces considerable challenges, including traffic congestion, expensive housing and relatively low wages.
“House prices are similar to London or New York, or at least comparable to wages. But compared with house prices, wages are far below what they should be,” she said.
According to data from New Zealand valuation and real estate services company QV, in the year to the end of May, Auckland house prices have soared by 21%, and the current average house price is 1.3 million New Zealand dollars (934,000 US dollars).
New Zealand is struggling to cope Severe housing shortageAlthough Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised to resolve the housing crisis and inequality in the 2017 election, there are still about 22,000 people on the social housing waiting list.
“In fact, we have a two-tier city,” said Jan Rutledge, general manager of De Paul House, an Auckland emergency housing service company.
“For those who have safe housing and employment, this is a beautiful city, but for those who do not have housing and employment, it is very challenging.”
The success of Covid-19 in New Zealand has boosted its economy, which is expected to grow by 2.9% in 2021. The unemployment rate is 4.7%.
The pandemic has also contributed to the boom in film production in the country, with projects and international stars seeking safe conditions and a lifestyle that is not blocked.
James Cameron is filming multiple Avatar New Zealand’s sequel, Amazon’s work continues Lord of the Rings In the TV series, the government grants border exemptions to enable key personnel to enter the country. According to the New Zealand Film Commission, this year’s international film production will incur NZ$730 million in expenditures.
Canadian Cameron and his wife Amis told viewers in Auckland this week that they live full-time in New Zealand and “love it.”
The film director said that the past four years during Trump’s presidency have been “absolute hell” for the United States.
Cameron added that New Zealand showed another way to the world. “This is a certain sense of responsibility for each other. You are a member of the team, and you will sacrifice for each other.”