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Hard News: Behind those Herald home-buying stories

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  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Alfie,

    The Herald are holding up young Scott as a shining example to the rest of us, although you'd have to ask exactly what kind of five star gourmet lunches were foresaken to generate that level of capital.

    Once these property pieces have done their online headline dash, both the Herald and Stuff tend to have them live out their residual propaganda value alongside items touting the very kind of consumption their subjects claim to have renounced.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4438 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Alfie,

    Here's today's effort from the Herald. A nice young man who found that merely making his own lunches gave him enough money to buy his first rental

    ... in Rotorua. He hasn't bought in Auckland.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4079 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    ... in Rotorua. He hasn't bought in Auckland.

    It illustrates the trade-off between cheap houses and gainful employment in NZ. Unless of course, you're a farmer, or a company director who can afford to heli-commute. NZ Inc is still behind the 8-ball on telecommuting.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5220 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

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    Tremain from today's ODT .... as relevant here as just about anywhere

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2513 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to DeepRed,

    NZ Inc is still behind the 8-ball on telecommuting.

    I don't know that we are, TBH. A lot of our employment is simply not suited to remote working (hard to milk cows and show tourists around without being present, at least for now), and knowledge industries actually benefit from in-person contact. There's a reason that Google et al put an amazing amount of effort and capital into getting their people into the same approximate physical locations, and it's not just because it means they get to tout the various benefits as part of their recruitment spiel.

    I can do my job from home, largely, and could in my previous role too (though if I had to assemble or install a computer, hands-on was the only option), but I find it to be far more valuable to be in the same building as my colleagues and able to have casual chats over the coffee machine or the lunch table; chats that, quite often, wouldn't happen without that proximity because they result from the unintended mutual presence instead of being actively sought out. I have resolved more than one minor niggle through those chats, and they also build good rapport that's highly desirable for workplace congeniality.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4079 posts Report Reply

  • Soon Lee,

    Chris McDowall @Spinoff does some analysis.

    The real story is this: Young people buying a home either need to move out of Auckland, get some cash from their folks, shack up with someone who can, or build a time machine.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 116 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    I have resolved more than one minor niggle through those chats, and they also build good rapport that’s highly desirable for workplace congeniality.

    Otoh, I have a friend who seriously needed to get out of Auckland and he now works for the APN-owned Pagemasters, working on Aussie newspaper copy from a place near Whangarei Heads. He's good at it and he's happy.

    Tbh, I'd love it if this was a more common option.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21867 posts Report Reply

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