Australia might be the lucky country but it seems fewer Kiwis
are willing to take a chance across the ditch.
New statistics show just 30,500 people living in New Zealand
opted to move to Australia in the 2013/2014 financial year,
down from 48,000 in the previous year.
On top of that, the number of people relocating to New
Zealand from Australia rose to 22,200 from 16,800 for the
New Zealand citizens were responsible for most movement in
The figures confirm past monthly statistics indicating New
Zealanders are opting to stay home or come home as Australia
faces tough economic times.
Migration has slowed to such a point that there was no net
migration of New Zealanders to Australia in June, the first
time this had happened since August 1991.
Statistics New Zealand also released figures showing visitor
arrivals for June were 162,100, the highest on record for a
Population statistics manager Vina Cullum said growth was
driven by visitors from Asia, especially Japan and China, who
were opting to holiday in New Zealand.
Visitor arrivals numbered 2.79 million in the year to June
2014, up six per cent from the previous year. Most flew in
from Australia, China, the United States and the United
Annual migrant arrivals were 100,800, the first time this
figure has exceeded 100,000 in New Zealand's history.
Migrant departures numbered 62,400, down 22 per cent on the
previous year, leaving a net gain of 38,300 migrants, the
highest annual gain since the October 2003 year.
Ms Cullum said net migration has been positive and mostly
increasing since September 2012.