Sometimes there is more foolishness written in the papers than it’s possible to properly countenance.
The Otago Daily Times has taken up the cudgels on behalf of a “regional solution to housing” that appears part of a new regionalism post-Northland that is well trumpeted by other commentators, including Interest.Co.NZ.
The ODT calls for government action to recognise the regions and to make them more attractive. How, somehow?
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.
Do you see the problem? They call for a “regional development policy” to help make home-buyers consider the regions a more attractive proposition for first-home buying. But they seem to ignore the sheer bloody attractiveness already of median house prices in the regions being nearly three-hundred thousand dollars cheaper than they are in Auckland.
So, obviously, money isn’t going to do it…