Poll: Should Aucklanders get paid more than the rest of NZ?

Drive 29/01/2018
Auckland city. Credit: File.

The cost of living in Auckland is measurably higher than the rest of the country.

It's forcing some people to leave the city, particularly those in essential services such as teaching and nursing, for a better and cheaper life in other parts of the country.

So is an Auckland wage the answer?

Michael Barnett, chief executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce told Ali Mau it's a good idea.

He says the prospect of schools being unable to deliver talent to future employers because of teaching shortages seems ludicrous in a modern economy.

Some of the answers that are coming out are 'put more kids into classes, have bigger classes' which to me seems dumb.

"Right now we've got young kids starting their education process and whether it's five years, ten years or fifteen - when they come out of that we want them to be the best so that we can employ them in New Zealand," he told RadioLIVE.

"We're not likely to do that if we give them a bad start."

In a statement, Mr Barnett noted that in cities like London, a cost of living adjustment has greatly helped overcome recruitment difficulties in areas such as teaching, nursing and policing.

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