Well done Len, instead of most liveable you’ve got one of the most expensive

Len Brown constantly tells us that he wants Auckland to be the most liveable city in the world.

He has failed.

Instead all he has achieved with his never ending rates increases is turning Auckland into one of the most expensive city in the world.

Auckland has overtaken Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide to become the 16th most expensive location in the Asia Pacific for expatriates, a survey by ICA International has found.

The City of Sails is ranked 36th most expensive globally, up from last year’s 54th spot.
The South Korean capital Seoul take the honours for being the most expensive in the region and 10th in the world, overtaking Tokyo.

“Cost in New Zealand for many international assignees have increased at a faster rate than in Australia, largely due to the strength of the dollar there,” authors of the report said.

It noted that locations in Australia had risen in the ranking, with Sydney up from last years 32nd position to 29th, and Canberra in 34th place globally – ahead of Auckland.

The survey is aimed at helping companies with the calculation of cost of living allowances for their employees stationed overseas by comparing a basket of common consumer goods and services in 440 locations worldwide.   

These include groceries, household goods, electrical goods, but not certain living costs such as car purchases, school fees and utilities which are usually covered by separate allowances.

“Living costs for assignees are affected by inflation, availability of goods and exchange rates, all of which can have a significant impact on assignee remuneration packages,” it said.

Wellington is ranked 19th in the region and 39th most expensive globally, and Christchurch is 24th and 51st respectively.

Karachi, Pakistan, is the cheapest location surveyed in Asia Pacific.

And who does Len Brown blame for this problem?

Certainly not himself…its the dirty foreigners flocking to his city.

A spokesman for Auckland Mayor Len Brown said the survey came at a time of “unprecedented immigration” including expats returning home, and given those pressures, the higher ranking was “perhaps not surprising”.

“It’s interesting to note the cost of living for expats in Auckland remains lower than that of Australian cities such as Sydney and Canberra, other international cities we compete for skilled migrants such as Singapore and Hong Kong and other cities that rate highly in the most liveable city stakes such as Zurich and Copenhagen,” the spokesman said.

Time’s up for Len Brown.

 

– NZ Herald


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