Exodus of Kiwis for Australia slows

22:58, Oct 18 2012

The flood of Kiwi's heading across the ditch has slowed a touch but there was still a net loss of 39,500 people to Australia in the past 12 months.

Numbers for the year to September 30 were slightly smaller than the record peak of 40,000 more people leaving for Australia than arriving here in the year to August.

In the year to September 30, 53,700 people left long term for Australia, with just 14,200 coming to New Zealand from Australia. New Zealanders account for most of the people in both directions.

In September alone, the net loss to Australia was 3200 people, according to Statistics New Zealand.

The net outflow to Australia has been relatively steady at about 3300 a month since March last year, after the Canterbury earthquakes.

Despite the continued flight to Australia, latest monthly figures showed a net migration gain of 100 in September this year- in other words, 100 more people arrived in New Zealand long-term than left. There have been net gains in four of the past seven months.

In the September year, there were net gains of migrants from most other countries, led by Britain at 5500, China, at 5200 and India at 5000.