Published on 11/11/2012
Wynn Williams Lawyers partner Kent France misses the liberated convenience of central city business life.

Spending hours of a day sitting in traffic is an Auckland gig, and is a far cry from nipping out on foot for several appointments like the good old pre-quake times.
Nowadays, a car is needed to get anywhere and it's a daily punt on traffic and medium range statistics to arrive on time. The firm's post-quake headquarters is at Homebase, Marshland Rd; a long way from the company's former home in the BNZ Building, Cathedral Square.

"I spend so much time in the car these days, which is a huge time consumer when you used to be in town," France says.

One day last week he spent 2 hours on the road, using his hands free phone constantly to make at least some use of the time.

Most of the inner-city professional services crowd is in a similar position: Spread wherever they could score space in the great suburban flight of the quakes' aftermath.

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