Hi guys

I'm a uni graduate from CHCH currently looking for a job in engineering in Auckland, and therefore moving there. Most of the engineering jobs seem to be located in the Wiri / Mangere/ Highland Park area.
My family used to live in Glendowie, but my knowledge of Auckland is limited and have just heard rumours of different suburbs, and would like some advices on where to rent.
I feel like living in suburbs that are comparable to St Heliers or Bucklands Beach safety wise. But either one them would take me around 30-40 mins to commute to work according to Google Map.
I'm just wondering whether there are any good suburbs closer to the workplace locations mentioned above, or should i stick to to places like St Heliers and Buckland Beach.