As I understand it, the ranking is based on 30 factors across five categories – safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and environment.
Of course, we can’t take this ranking for granted. Auckland is reaching its ecological limits in some areas and we need to keep our green spaces protected. With regards to urban planning, let’s take an ecosystem approach that protects our urban waterways and other natural habitats, before and during development. We need a good national plan for regional development, secure tenancy laws and quality social housing. And let’s work with the community, not against it!
– Anne-Elise Smithson, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand