Mayor Len Brown Reveals Auckland’s Hidden Treasures

September 29, 2013 at 3:53 am

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Len Brown is the first mayor of the Auckland, which became the biggest territorial authority in Australasia when eight former councils were amalgamated in 2010, and is home to a third of all New Zealanders. He is  committed to improving Auckland’s transport system; quality compact urban design; innovative, high-value economic development; and building an inclusive culture in a city of 1.5 million and 180 ethnicities. Raised and educated in Auckland, he has a vision for the city to be rated the world’s most liveable and under his Under his leadership, Auckland’s standing on global liveability indices has improved, moving into the top 10 lists in all three international quality of life surveys. Passionate about Auckland and its people, Mayor Brown shares his guide to the city via Posse:

Mayor Len Brown's street

Mayor Len Brown’s street


Hardware Café

The Hardware Cafe. Photo:

The Hardware Cafe. Photo:

Titirangi Village is a fabulous place to go for weekend brunch and a great coffee. It’s a nod to the old school hardware store that stood at the heart of the village for so long.

Villa Maria Estate

Villa Maria Auckland. Photo:

Villa Maria Auckland. Photo:

Villa Maria is a great winemaker in a city of really great winemakers, and the vineyard nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano, with its café and the natural amphitheatre for summer concerts is a real Auckland gem.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Photo: Auckland War Memorial Muesum

Photo: Auckland War Memorial Museum

My rainy day favourite. It is a magnificent building with an incredible setting and view across the harbour, and it tells our stories – Auckland, New Zealand, our place in the Pacific and our people. The exhibitions and collections are fascinating and thought-provoking, plus it’s a great place for our youngsters, like my 3-year-old grandson.

Fresh Gallery

fresh gallery otara

Fresh Gallery Otara. Photo:

One of our most exciting community arts spaces, I love the warm welcome I always get at Fresh Gallery – and its great Fresh Café. The gallery has been refurbished inside and out, and is an amazing resource for both local artists and the local community – a community hub, a showcase for the talent in south Auckland, and a connector to the wider national and international arts community. A really dynamic place – plus it’s on the doorstep of Auckland’s most colourful market, the Otara Fleamarket.

Morris and James Pottery

Morris & James Pottery Cafe. Photo:

Morris & James Pottery Cafe. Photo:

We have a wealth of choices of locally made arts, crafts, fashion and food in Auckland, and Matakana is a great place to pick up a gift for someone, one of our real artisan hubs. Morris and James Pottery, with its stunning colours and native flora and fauna inspired designs, is a particular favourite.

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