More people moving from Australia to New Zealand

For the first time in more than 21 years more New Zealander’s left Australia than they are arrived.

Statistics that have just been released showing New Zealand’s annual net migration gain rising to a record for the third consecutive month, led by an increase in student arrivals from India and fewer Kiwis crossing the Tasman Sea. Annual arrivals rose 16 per cent from the previous year to a new high of 107,200, while departures fell 20 per cent to 59,500.

Australia was the biggest source of arrivals at 22,721 migrants in the year, although many are New Zealanders returning home, Statistics NZ said.

The United Kingdom was the second largest contributor, although arrivals fell 2.9 per cent from the previous year, with 13,709 arriving.