Shifting from Auckland to Christchurch was a no-brainer for Royden​ Burt​ who saved at least $700,000 on buying a four-bedroom house, Stuff reveals. Auckland recorded a net population decline for the first time ever over the year to June, with 13,500 Aucklanders moving to other parts of the country. Economist Benje Patterson​ has analysed internal migration, and warns that with the border closure slowing overseas migrants to a trickle, Auckland will face worsening skills shortages if an increasing number of those in the peak years of their working lives continue to leave.