Where did earthquake-displaced residents go?

Latest population growth figures suggest displaced Christchurch earthquake residents moved to adjacent districts but mostly to Auckland.

Selwyn District has attracted new residents to the dormitory town of Rolleston, although not all of them have come from Christchurch. Selwyn had the strongest district population growth at 2.9%.

New Zealand Institute of Economic Research economist Shamubeel Eaqub has written an opinion piece in which he postulates that higher skilled Christchurch residents have moved to Auckland.

Mr Eaqub relies on tax addresses which show 14,800 moved out of Canterbury during the year ending 2012 and 8209 moved into the region.

Inland Revenue data shows 3755 tax addresses transferred from Canterbury to Auckland.

Mr Eaqub warns that delays in rebuilding Christchurch will lead to more people moving to Auckland – pumping up real estate prices but also boosting economic growth.



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I think that the numbers are misleading as a large number of us left for OZ, but had mail transferred to friend's and family's addresses in or around ChCh. I met up with 3 of my neighbour's this weekend (in Brisbane) and we all shared that for all intents and purposes statistics show that we are still living in the Canterbury region. Most of us came to OZ as a temp measure, but insurer's payouts are taking so long, that we have 'settled in' here and a number of us won't be returning to ChCh. We are now called 'carpers and moaners' by Mr Brownlee and resort to learning more from joining Facebook sites. Thousands of people are still in the same boat as ourselves - waiting for our insurers to finally do the right thing.

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My family left for Sydney the day our house was red stickered (meaning that we would incur a $10,000 fine if we entered it). Almost two years later, we are still waiting for IAG/State Insurance to pay us out (even though, according to IAG, people with unliveable homes are a priority). We watch with interest what is happening with the rebuild and the numbers just don't make sense as IAG are saying they have 6500 major repairs/rebuilds, and they will be completed by the end of 2015 - that's 167 per month and they are not even close. We have settled in here now and don't intend returning to ChCh - where high insurance, high rates and 'powers that be' who care more about business than people, is the norm. We speak to a large number of people back in ChCh via the internet and more intend leaving just as soon as they have been paid out - they feel 'let down' by the Govt and their insurers.

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I agree with these two comments - the numbers are probably under-stated. We have moved north permanently but have yet to alter our tax details. I don't think we will know the extent of the migration until all of the TC3 property issues (28,000) have been resolved. People with freehold homes (ages 55 plus) are sitting trapped in a valueless asset, older people with mortgages are in an even worse situation. This still has a long way to go.

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Christchurch is now where we used to live. I dont miss the place at all. Auckland is way better. Should have moved here years ago, its really good.

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