Kiwis still flocking to Aus

ROELAND VAN DEN BERGH
Last updated 11:51 20/07/2012

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New Zealand gained a net 500 migrants last month, the highest number since February last year, but the numbers were still strongly negative for the year to June.

The latest figures from Statistics New Zealand show that net loss of 3200 migrants for the June year, extending a trend that goes back to last October and peaked at 4100 in February this year.

Departures to Australia continue to run at record levels, with a net 39,800 crossing the Tasman in the June year, the same number as the April year, and the highest ever recorded.

The annual figure includes a record 53,800 departures to Australia, offset by 14,000 arrivals, mostly returning New Zealanders.

There were net gains in migrants from most other countries, led by 5600 from Britain and 5200 each from China and India.

Visitor numbers were up 15 per cent in June to 151,100, and up 4 per cent up on June 2010.

Population Statistics manager Andrea Blackburn said the number of visitors arriving in June last year was affected by flight cancellations due to the ash cloud from Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano.

"The 2012 figure is the second-highest for a June month, after 2005 when the British Lions' rugby tour boosted visitor numbers,'' Blackburn said.

More visitors arrived from Australia, up 15,900 and China, up 3,000, compared with June Last year. Arrivals from Malaysia were down 1,300.

Visitor numbers from Australia in June last year were hit by the ash cloud which led to flight cancellations resulting in 11,400 few arrivals compared to June 2010.
 
In the June 2012 year, 2.6 million visitors arrived in New Zealand, up 5 per cent from a year earlier.

The largest increases were in visitors from Australia, China, France, and Malaysia.

The largest decrease was in visitors from Japan.

A total of 221,100 New Zealand residents left on 15 per cent more overseas trips last month than in June last year. Disruption from the ash cloud and later-than-usual school holidays had contributed to fewer departures last year, Statistics said. Compared to 2010 the number was up 11 per cent.

For the June year, New Zealanders left on 2.2 million overseas trips which was up 4 per cent from the June 2011 year.

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- BusinessDay.co.nz

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