More Brits, Chinese and Indians move to New Zealand

More Brits, Chinese and Indians move to New Zealand
Published:  31 Jul at 9 AM
The number of foreigners moving to New Zealand has gone up by the highest amount for 16 months with the majority arriving from the UK, China and New Zealand.

The latest Statistics New Zealand data reveals that in June there was a seasonally adjusted net increase of 490 people, the greatest number since February last year. However, on a yearly basis, more people quit the country than arrived. Net migration showed a loss of 3,191 people. The country has seen a yearly migrant net loss since October last year, peaking at 4,100 in February this year.

The migrant net loss to Australia last month was 39,800, equal to April this year and the highest number ever recorded. Annual migrant net outflows to the same country have been at record highs in the majority of months since the 12 months leading up to November 2011. A record 53,800 departed for Australia in June; however, that was offset by 14,000 people arriving from Australia. Most of the migrants heading in both directions were citizens of New Zealand.

There were migrant net gains from most other countries, with the UK leading the way with 5,600 people, and India and China both recording 5,200 migrants. The stats also reveal that there were 151,000 visitors to New Zealand in June 2012, four per cent up on June 2010, a rise on 15 per cent on June 2011.