. . . Dunedin, Invercargill, Timaru and Nelson are seen as very affordable places for first-home buyers, but the consistent drift north of jobs and government services, in particular, make it difficult for young people to find work.
To find work, many go to Auckland or Christchurch, and the problem continues.
Dunedin has a median house price of $281,500 and Invercargill’s price is $210,000. If more could be done to encourage people to live and work in the South – say through a regional development policy – some of Auckland’s housing problems will disappear. . . – ODT editorial
Andrei commented a few days ago on the family and other ties which bind people to familiar places.
That is a valid point.
But it doesn’t apply to everyone and moving for most of those for whom it does would still be far easier than it was for the immigrants who came here in past centuries from far further than the distance between Auckland and Dunedin.