The Wrong Side of my Car

A blog about Auckland City, its streets, and culture shock

3 Nov 2019

Census 2018: population density

Last year (2018) there was a census, and after a long and turbulent process, the data is now gradually being released to the public.

One of the data tables already available is about population by Statistical Area 2 (formerly known as Area Units). In general over here these are areas of about a kilometre across, with a few thousands of people living in them.

The estimated population was given for the previous census years as well (2006 and 2013) so of course we are going to make a GIF. *1

Density in 2006, 2013 and 2018

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28 Oct 2019

Riding the Northwestern Cycleway

At last, I made it onto the Northwestern Cycleway. It skirts the Northwestern Motorway all the way up to Henderson. Mostly. This cycleway made it to the news a couple of times this year. Let’s see what the fuss is about.

For me that first requires a ferry ride. Which is pretty limiting in the weekends — having Skypath built will make this a lot easier.

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30 Sep 2019

Loitering around in Northcote Point

Northcote Point is a bit… special. There is not many places in Auckland where you’ll find this sort of landscape.

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16 Aug 2019

Riding the Northcote Safe Cycle Route

If you cross the Harbour Bridge to the north you touch down in Northcote Point

Northcote Safe Cycle Route

Or, perhaps more aptly, on Northcote Point. A sizeable part of the tip of what must once have been a quiet peninsula now looks like this:

And this thing is loud. Not just the usual traffic noise itself, but also the endless thuds of cars going over the seams between parts of the bridge. Somewhere nearby Skypath is meant to touch down, providing a bicycle link to the city across the harbour.

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12 Aug 2019

Two ways home from Wynyard Quarter

Last time, we were on Wynyard Quarter. For me, coming in from the North Shore, the obvious way in is to drive. But many people live close enough to come in on foot.

Once you start walking you’ll quickly encounter what I will here euphemistically call the rest of Auckland.

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3 Aug 2019

Wynyard Quarter, the new hipster paradise

Wynyard Quarter. The paradise of car free spaces, waterfront promenades and expensive restaurants. It is almost unimaginable that just over 10 years ago the fish market was sitting in the middle of some desolate old industrial land.

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30 Jul 2019

The most embarrassing missing pedestrian leg, continued

I wonder if this stupid missing pedestrian leg at Lightpath is still there.

So close, and yet…

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Who's writing?

I'm Roeland, and I have been living in Auckland since 2011. As expected when migrating, it takes some time to get used to things. I find it interesting to observe the city around me, first as a yuppie, and now as member of a family.

One of the odd things about this city is the contrast between the fantastic natural setting on one hand — harbours, scoria cones, and the backdrop of the Waitakere ranges — and the city itself on the other hand — dominated by cars and not very welcoming to actual humans.