Auckland has been named one of the most liveable cities in the world for the second year in a row.
The City of Sails was ranked third in Mercer’s 2014 Quality of Living list - the same position it was ranked last year, and beaten only by European cities Vienna and Zurich, in first and second place respectively.
Mercer praised Auckland for its stellar quality of living and said the ranking reinforced New Zealand as an attractive destination for expatriates.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) chief executive Brett O’Riley said the ranking was "another feather in Auckland’s cap".
“To consistently feature in the top three in the prestigious Mercer rankings is a great credit to Auckland and acknowledgement of our progress to becoming the world’s most liveable city.”
The announcement comes hot-on-the-heels of Auckland celebrating its biggest weekend of events and tourism since Rugby World Cup 2011, with the city welcoming about 200,000 people for major events including the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines and Rapture 2014.
Mercer’s Quality of Living Index ranks cities to help multinational employers pay their global workforce fairly when on international assignments.
- Fairfax Media