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Full nameAuckland
Native nameTāmaki Makaurau (Māori)
Settlement typeMain urban area
IslandNorth Island
Territorial authorityAuckland
Settled by Māoric. 1350
Settled by Europeans1840
MayorLen Brown
Urban Area419.2 sq mi (1086 km2)
Metro Area2161.6 sq mi (5600 km2)
Highest Elevation643 ft (196 m)
Lowest Elevation0 ft (0 m)
Urban (pop.) 
Metro (pop.) 
DemonymAucklander, Jafa (often derogatory)
Other information
Time zoneNZST (UTC+12)
- Summer (DST)NZDT (UTC+13)
Area code09
Local iwiNgāti Whātua, Tainui

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The Auckland metropolitan area (c-eniconˈɔːklənd), in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with residents, percent of the country's population. Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. In Māori Auckland's name is Tāmaki Makaurau, or the transliterated version of Auckland, Ākarana.

The 2010 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland 4th equal place in the world on its list, while The Economist's World's Most Livable Cities index of 2010 ranked Auckland in 10th place.

In 2010, Auckland was classified as a Beta World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory by Loughborough University.

Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west. The central part of the urban area occupies a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate major bodies of water.

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