Susan Edmunds 05:00, July 7 2018 Rebecca Black and her husband moved from Auckland to Wanganui just over two years ago. His family lived there already and he heard about a suitable job managing an electrical wholesaler. The salary was about the same as he earnt in Auckland. Black was nine months’ pregnant at the time, with their third child. “We’d been looking to buy in Auckland for about four years but the market was getting more and more impossible,” she said. “And we knew we would be able to afford a great house in a good suburb here, so we decided to make the move.” Others are doing the same. In the year to June last year, about roughly 14,000 more people left Auckland for other parts of New Zealand than moved in. Advertisement It was reported this week that Auckland’s economic development agency ATEED is to focus on creating quality jobs, dumping its previous goal of “the world’s most liveable city”. House prices One of the biggest drivers in recent years has been a search for more affordable housing. Mortgage adviser Bruce Patten said he often encountered people wanted to move out of Auckland when they had children and… Read full this story
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