Quality of life major draw for workers

Dunedin's quality of life is the key to attracting more people to work in the city.

That was the message delivered to a meeting of the Dunedin City Council’s economic development committee yesterday.

John Gallaher.
John Gallaher.
Grow Dunedin Partnership chairman John Gallaher presented a benchmarking report to councillors comparing Dunedin with other cities in New Zealand.

The report said 90% of Dunedin residents in 2020 rated their quality of life as good or better, up from 84% in 2012.

Dunedin was compared with five other cities around the country, Wellington being the only city to rank higher at 91%.

The other cities surveyed were Tauranga, Christchurch, Auckland and Hamilton.

Cr Christine Garey asked how important quality of life was for attracting workers to the city.

Mr Gallaher said it was now one of the more important factors.

‘‘Every organisation that I’ve had any conversations with over the last six to nine months ... the quality of life becomes more predominant in those conversations now.’’

It was particularly useful in encouraging entrepreneurs and younger people to return to, or remain in, the city.

Cr Andrew Whiley said the work-life balance available in Dunedin would make it very attractive to remote workers.

‘‘I see that day to day as my wife works 5000km away from my son’s bedroom.’’

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