Record migration from Australia

March 21st, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

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Stats NZ released the monthly stats today. For the first time ever the annual number of people moving to New Zealand from Australia exceeded 20,000 for the first two months of this year.

The net migration to Australia is now only 15,000. 18 months ago it was around 40,000. A remarkable turnaround. Imagine what it might be in another year if we stay on course.

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17 Responses to “Record migration from Australia”

  1. Komata (1,139 comments) says:

    Because they simply cannot help themselves, now we only have to wait for the ‘usual suspects’ to use it to decry the current administration; why give praise, when vilification is SOOO much better – specially in an election year.

    It will be interesting to see what spin they put on it

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  2. tas (596 comments) says:

    There’s a lot of variation on that graph. I wouldn’t get too excited over two months worth of data.

    That said, good work National – they campaigned on this issue in 2008 and they are delivering. There aren’t many politicians whose promises are on track 6 years later.

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  3. thor42 (961 comments) says:

    Great to see!

    It’d be really good to know how many are New Zealanders coming back and how many are “real Australians” (Aussie-born).
    Both groups are very welcome!

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  4. Viking2 (11,220 comments) says:

    That said, good work National – they campaigned on this issue in 2008 and they are delivering. There aren’t many politicians whose promises are on track 6 years later.

    Only one quarter of a million still to return. Great I have a house to sell! :lol:

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  5. mandk (859 comments) says:

    tas agreed that things can turn around quite quickly, as happened in early 2010. But we’re not talking about two months worth of data. We’re talking about clear trends over more than a year.

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  6. Cunningham (828 comments) says:

    I know this is kiwis coming back but on the subject I just hope there is a plan one day to stop growing. I know we can cope with more people now but the last thing I want is for this country to become like Britain with tens of millions of people. The more people, the more social problems generally. Just look at some of the problems facing Australia. I love our ethnic diversity (and immigrant integrate here amazingly well) but one of the main charms of NZ is its lack of people IMO. I lived in London and could never get used to the amount of people over there. You just couldn’t get away from it.

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  7. Nigel Kearney (904 comments) says:

    To the extent that governments have the power to affect this sort of thing, National shouldn’t get more than half the credit because the other half surely has to go the Labor government in Australia which has now been replaced.

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  8. mandk (859 comments) says:

    “You just couldn’t get away from it.”

    Not as difficult as you might think, given there are 10 million people there. Part of the secret is to be up and about early, before the crowds appear. But, even then, you can find relative seclusion in places like Hampstead/Highgate Heath, and the royal parks.

    There is also countryside within an hour of London where you can walk for hours, hardly seeing a soul. I used to live near Saffron Walden, and round that way there are hundreds of miles of public footpaths and bridleways that very few people know about.

    But, No, it doesn’t quite compare with NZ.

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  9. Fisiani (980 comments) says:

    Every statistic is going great under National. Why would anyone thinking of putting such progress at risk come September. Surely National should win more than 60% of the votes

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  10. Viking2 (11,220 comments) says:

    Fisiani:
    Not according to the latest Roy Morgan. Heard on the news that Lab/Greens have the same % as the Nats.
    The Nats need a better partner than the Maori if they want to still be there.

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  11. jedmo (31 comments) says:

    Shouldn’t we be limiting easy welfare for Australians over here, in line with the tough approach Australia takes with Kiwis? Otherwise we are just encouraging people to come to NZ and bludge.

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  12. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    JESUS Christ You are Kidding Right?

    John Key and the Maori Party FFS

    give me a bucket

    WHAT DID THEY DO WHEN THEY GOT IN

    Brought BACK THE BASH

    THEY WIPE THEIR A R SES on THE FLAG

    WHO WOULD WANT TO PROP UP KEYS REGIME
    AND PAY MASSIVE TAXES AND HOMAGE TO A BUNCH OF CORRUPT BACKWARD SAVAGES
    WHO ARE SELLING THE COUNTRY DOWN THE DUUNY

    TO A BUNCH OF LOW LIFE COMMUNIST SCUM

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  13. eszett (2,349 comments) says:

    Ben, just for you:

    http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120621032758/netiquette/images/5/57/Caps_Lock.jpg

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  14. ChardonnayGuy (1,169 comments) says:

    Goodness- is the Abbott regime that bad??!! Apparently :)

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  15. Warren Murray (288 comments) says:

    I dont agree with you tas, how has National ‘delivered’?

    Im neutral on this stat. National ‘delivered’ with CER. We are fortunate that people have the choice to be able to move freely between the two countries. When our economic indicators are strong and Australia’s are weak, it is entirely logical to see a reversal of the flow.

    For me it is all about opportunities and choice.

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  16. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    Just for you

    Translate this

    http://www.encyclo.co.uk/define/Whakapohane

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  17. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    This is typical of the SMALL MINED ECONOMIC approach of NZ

    if as a business you are not doing business on both sides of the tasman
    or as an individual you don’t own property on Both sides of the Tas

    YOU ARE NOT REALLY SUCCESSFUL

    ARE YOU

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