Sunday, December 2, 2012

What more evidence do you need to get out of Auckland?

The latest figures for house prices in Auckland have taken another leap. Unlike ‘The Great Leap Forward’ in China in the 1950’s, this leap is one that does nothing to help those seeking to buy into the Auckland market. Not a good comparison you may say, but I was just trying to show you I had heard of that event in far off China. There is a link in that many Chinese may be buying property here and therefore pushing the prices up further, so there you are, there is a connection.
If there is even the slightest possibility for you to find employment in the provinces, go for it. Wouldn’t it be great, having a bigger disposable income? Imagine those overseas trips and the new car that you could never afford, if you remain in Auckland. The only problem is---that job!
OK-- let’s say thousands of Aucklanders leave for the provinces. That in itself would generate jobs in various forms: schools, services, retail and many other areas. If those same people brought any capital, then maybe that could create new opportunities. Is there a role for the Government to become involved in some way here? Probably not this Government, but they have done some strange things of late---take for example their vote re Palestine. That one came out of the blue.
Are you seriously considering a move? If so--- where? There are many lovely cities and towns in both Islands. Go north or south, young men and women, and as for us oldies----? The cities and towns elsewhere offer boundless attractions.  I’m sure we can make new friends. Only problem---will they accept us smart-arsed JAFAs?

PS---By the way; it's not that I don't like Auckland. I may be an ex Naki boy but I have lived here in Auckland for many decades and i love the place, but each time I see Egmont/Taranaki, I feel something.