|Sinful Auckland ranks high for rampant venereal disease, murders, burglary and car thefts
Auckland in New Zealand is not a city in a poor continent, but it could well be considering the staggering numbers of murders in a year and high incidence of venereal disease.
It is New Zealand’s largest city and journalists rave over the city's various attributes in often one-sided salutes.
A New Zealand media report that plotted the seven deadly sins, describes Auckland as the country's center of sin. In the six months to December 2012, Auckland recorded 5,073 cases of chlamydia, the highest in the country and it also reported 3,405 murders and assaults in 2012.
The New Zealand Herald said in a report the appraisal of each region was done with the tongue firmly on the cheek. The paper sourced data from the New Zealand Transport Agency, Statistics New Zealand, other government departments and Zenbu.
Auckland also ranks dubiously high for property crime. Using theft as a measure of envy, the Herald said, Auckland comes first, with a rate of 1,971 burglary and motor vehicle theft offences for every 100,000 people for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Every week, at least 30 cars are stolen in the Auckland district
And yet, recently, Tyler Brûlé, the editor-in-chief of Monocle magazine salivated in the Financial Times about Auckland: “Healthy looks aside, you also seemed to be in a good place mentally.’’ He added later: “I’m counting the days till my return...’’