Auckland, New Zealand
About Auckland, New
Auckland is the economic and
financial hub of New Zealand, accounting for about one-third of
the nation's GDP. The Auckland region is expected to lead
the nation's population growth.
According to the city government, growth of the city's
economy was 4.6 per cent during the year ending March 2002,
outstripping both the regional and national growth rates during
Since then, the city's economy has continued to perform well
with growth averaging approximately 5 per cent up to December
According to the Business Demographic Survey produced by
Statistics New Zealand, property and business services are some
of the city's most important industries accounting for
approximately 28 per cent of the economy.
Many business and financial firms have been attracted to
Auckland from other parts of New Zealand and abroad including
names such as Cisco, Citibank, IBM, KPMG, Merrill Lynch,
Microsoft and Price Waterhouse.
Other important industries include wholesaling,
manufacturing and communications, while the primary sector
accounts for approximately 12 per cent of the city's
The port of Auckland also plays a vital role in the success
of the region's economy.
Ports of Auckland, the company responsible for running the
port, has estimated that approximately 33 per cent of jobs in
the Auckland region are provided by companies that rely on
trade through the port.
According to figures produced by Statistics New Zealand from
the 2001 census, some 16 per cent of Auckland's labour force
have a Bachelors degree or higher, 9 per cent have advanced
qualifications and a further 29 per cent had vocational
Other Major Cities:
- Palmerston North