Auckland's biggest 120-shop inner-city mall, a bold new north-facing indoor-outdoor entertainment dining/bar precinct, the country's tallest new office tower, a new network of subterranean train tunnels and a five-star hotel - all are rising and much is nearly finished on the waterfront.

Commercial Bay is the grand $1 billion scheme to capitalise on the city's seaside location by developing a soaring new 39-level office tower with a considerable range of new amenities below and it has changed the city's skyline.

In the first vote of confidence, Swedish retailer H&M opened there last year but soon thousands of people will be

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