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Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and commercial center. The Auckland municipal area has a population of 1.5 million people (one third of the total New Zealand population), with 1.4 million living in urban areas. Auckland also has extensive rural areas, including numerous individual towns and villages. Auckland is recognized as the largest Polynesian city in the world and has significant cultural and ethnic diversity of population.

As a trade-dependent nation with a migrant heritage, New Zealand depends heavily on its connections with the outside world for much of its economic prosperity. With its international airport, ports, transport, and freight infrastructure, Auckland is also New Zealand’s main transport hub. Auckland Airport, in particular, is the gateway for international and domestic tourists and migrants, an export port ...

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