Ockham’s Not-so-Secret Declaration of Affection (We ❤️ Auckland).
In an office with more than its share of romantics, sops and heart-on-the-sleevers, we get pretty excited about Valentine’s Day. It lets us listen to Dame Judi Dench recite the loveliest love poem ever, watch ABBA and Belinda Carlisle without shame, and then lock in some rom-coms – a Bridget Jones, A Star is Born, Amelie, Dirty Dancing – for the weekend. Note: Nobody puts Baby in the corner.
But most of all, Valentine’s Day gives us the perfect excuse to talk about our love for this dynamic Pacific city we call home. “Last, loneliest, loveliest, exquisite, apart…” said Rudyard Kipling on an 1891 whistlestop tour. Auckland, Tāmaki Makaurau is a stunning city – we have a subtropical rainforest on our doorstep, the wild and wondrous West Coast beaches just beyond. There’s the extraordinary beauty of the Hauraki Gulf and its 50 islands, then the city itself built among 50 maunga, the volcanic sentinels which centre you wherever you are.
Whether you're a born-and-bred Aucklander, or someone whose seduction and induction was more recent, this is a city of wonderful possibilities (and, to be fair, a lot of roadworks). Very simply... we love Auckland and, since it's Valentine's Day, we've had a crack at explaining why. We've made a list!
We ❤️ Karekare. We ❤️ Tiritiri Matangi Island. We ❤️ Food Alley. We ❤️Concert FM. We ❤️ Selina Tusitala Marsh. We ❤️ Puhoi Pub. We ❤️ Rangitoto. We ❤️ Objectspace. We ❤️ Aotea Great Barrier. We ❤️ Taika. We ❤️ Taste in Memory. We ❤️ Auckland War Memorial Museum. We ❤️ Hotunui. We ❤️ K’Road. We ❤️ Anika Moa. We ❤️ The Black Friars. We ❤️ Oakley Creek. We ❤️ Cielito Lindo. We ❤️ The Greenhouse. We ❤️ John Campbell. We ❤️ Mr Zhou's Dumplings. We ❤️ Otara Markets. We ❤️ Avondale Markets too. We ❤️ Q Theatre. We ❤️ 300km of cycleways. We ❤️ Rose Matafeo. We ❤️ Michael Parekōwhai’s The Lighthouse. We ❤️ Tuatahi. We ❤️ JK. We ❤️ SBW. We ❤️ SPQR. We ❤️ Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve. We ❤️ Prof. Jane Harding. We ❤️ The Wine Cellar. We ❤️ Waikōwhai Walkway. We ❤️ Witi Ihimaera. We ❤️ Whau Cafe. We ❤️ Marsic Bros Fish ‘n’ Chips. We ❤️ Anawhata Falls. We ❤️ Awesome Architecture. We ❤️ Tapu Misa. We ❤️ Te Ara I Whiti – Lightpath. We ❤️ Bob Harvey. We ❤️ Daily Bread. We ❤️ Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. We ❤️ Coco’s Cantina We ❤️ Creative Mornings. We ❤️ Waiheke vineyards. We ❤️ Diana Wichtel. We ❤️ Beauden Barrett @ the Blues. We ❤️ Kakamatua Inlet. We ❤️ Oscar Kightley. We ❤️ North Shore Literary Walk. We ❤️ Lake Wainamu. We ❤️ Te Oro. We ❤️ Britomart Train Station. We ❤️ Britomart’s fairy lights. We ❤️ Neil Finn. We ❤️ Metro magazine. We ❤️ Auckland Theatre Company. We ❤️ the Waitakeres. We ❤️ healthy kauri. We ❤️ our 48 maunga. We ❤️ Simon Wilson on Auckland. We ❤️ Symonds Street Cemetery. We ❤️ Cafe Abyssinia. We ❤️ Academy Cinema. We ❤️ Grey Lynn Park. We ❤️ The Civic. We ❤️ books. We ❤️ bookshops. We ❤️ science. We ❤️ critical thought. We ❤️ The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards aka #theockhams.
We ❤️ Auckland.