Quote of the day

 . . . 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.

One Response to Quote of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    Andrei commented a few days ago on the family and other ties which bind people to familiar places.

    That of course was in response to a the question of why the unemployed of South Auckland are not attracked to job opportunities in Southland’s milking sheds.

    My own childhood was marked by many significant moves and culture shifts far greater than those that would be experienced for someone moving from Auckland to Dunedin.

    And half my kids have moved to greener pastures far away, one has settled while another is still roaming.

    The ODT might lament that people are not building their future in Otago but what is their attitude to off shore oil exploration?

    Houses might be cheaper in Dunedin but unless you have a way of servicing the mortgage they will remain out of reach.

    You cannot have your cake and eat it

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