London, New York and Tokyo top the 2017 Innovation Cities index.
Auckland limps in at a feeble 89. Wellington rates at 108.
Sydney rates at 14.
The index is released by someone called 2thinknow. No, I’ve never heard of it either. It describes itself as a “global innovation agency”, whatever that is supposed to mean.
According to 2thinknow the index scores 500 cities using 162 indicators for measuring conditions conducive to creating innovation in a city.
It says the top 50 cities, which includes Sydney and Melbourne – 2thinknow’s home, are nexus cities. Auckland and Wellington sit in the second, hub, band.
Below that are node cities.
Yes. You’ve guessed, this kind of survey shouldn’t be taken seriously. On the other hand, we like to think of New Zealand’s cities as being innovative, this provides an international perspective.