Auckland consistently ranks highly in lists of the world's best cities but is never number one. So what would it take to turn Auckland into a first-class city?

The Herald's World-Class Auckland series examines some of the biggest hurdles Auckland faces, from housing and transport to entertainment and education. We look at what we are doing, what we need to do, and why Auckland's success matters to the rest of the country.

PART 1: HOUSING
How to make houses cheaper
14 years on, family still saving to get deposit
Editorial: World-class Auckland: much at stake
Gareth Kiernan: We're too poor to afford the quarter-acre dream
Angela Maynard: Why tenants need a better deal
Sudhvir Singh: Why red tape is suffocating our city
PART 2: THE ENVIRONMENT
Urban sprawl our biggest challenge
The greenest city: What we can learn from Vancouver
Q&A: Dr Marie Brown on Auckland's environmental issues
Going green - one Aucklander's story
City streams brought back to life
10 ways Auckland can clean up its act
PART 3 - EDUCATION
World-Class Auckland: Education - where are we going wrong?
The school that started with a murder
Ordinary school shows how aiming high can be extraordinarily successful
Cathy Wylie: Making more of our education strengths
Peter O'Connor: The case for local schools
Catherine Delahunty: Community hubs making education available
Auckland's universities on the ball
Targeted courses key to saving dropouts
PART 4 - RECREATION
World-Class Auckland: What price a night on the town?
PART 5 - EVENTS
Give us a sporting chance
The future convention centre
PART 6 - TRANSPORT
Traffic hell - Is there a way out?
Transport options across the city
Putting a price on fares
Vancouver's road lesson for Auckland
Why Auckland should banish the motorways
Asian influence may fix Auckland's traffic woes
Highway upgrade 'has to happen sooner'
How can we fix Auckland's transport woes?
PART 7 - SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS
Has Auckland lost its sense of community?
$30m civic hub a new heart for Otahuhu
Hobsonville Point: Suburb of the future
Giant noodles? It's a taste of city's street art
How well do you know your neighbours?
Margaret Devlin & Judy Blakey: Make Auckland an age-friendly city
Growing a sense of local community in Auckland
Lee Beattie: Retrofitting suburbia for the 21st century
PART 8- OPINIONS
Well-known Aucklanders: How we can make Auckland No 1
PART 9 - COMMUNITY ACTION
Dramatic learning aid leads the way nationwide
Housing plan hits brick wall
Low cost homes give birth to community
Ad men in bid to change the world 'one Friday at a time'
More protection needed for urban trees
Looking to the younger generation
PART 10 - LESSONS LEARNED
The way forward
Model for success lies out west - look at New Lynn
Almost 2000 new homes to be built in New Lynn
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