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    [size=10:44e1a2ecb3][color=darkred:44e1a2ecb3][b:44e1a2ecb3]I wonder how true is that from on the ground information...[/b:44e1a2ecb3][/color:44e1a2ecb3][/size:44e1a2ecb3]

    Big rise in Kiwis leaving for Australia
    22 February 2006
    By SUE ALLEN

    It seems the lure of Australia's hot weather, golden beaches, higher paying jobs and better opportunities remains irresistible to New Zealanders.

    Statistics New Zealand figures issued yesterday, show 22,500 more citizens left New Zealand for Australia than returned last year - up almost 34 per cent on 2004.

    It is the highest net loss to Australia since a net 24,600 left in 2001.

    Overall, New Zealand gained 7000 people more than it lost during 2005, about half the 15,100 gain of 2004.

    National's finance spokesman, John Key, said the number of New Zealanders voting with their feet and moving to Australia was alarming.

    "The Government continues to be in a state of denial about the increasing competitiveness of the Australian economy," he said.

    "Quite clearly the massive tax reductions that (Australian Treasurer) Peter Costello has been signalling in Australia are continuing to attract more and more skilled Kiwis."

    His view was echoed by Business New Zealand chief executive Phil O'Reilly, who said the latest figures showed how important it was for New Zealand to become more competitive to attract skilled new migrants.

    "People are leaving for Australia because Australia is doing better than us at productivity, and that plays out in things like better infrastructure, higher-paying jobs and better opportunities," he said.

    New Zealand needed to "chase down" Australia and take the lead on productivity to right that balance.

    Labour Immigration Minister David Cunliffe said the movement of people between Australia and New Zealand depended on the relative strength of either economy.

    "The Government is not worried about that data at all. But we are working with a number of programmes to ensure that New Zealand is a winner from net migration flows." Examples of that were the Government's push to encourage qualified expats to return to New Zealand and an increase in the number of skilled migrants, particularly where there were skill shortages.

    Mr Cunliffe said that approach resulted in higher numbers of professionals moving here.

    Yesterday's figures showed professionals recorded the largest net inflow of all groups, with 1500 more architects, engineers, health professionals, nurses, teachers and business, legal and computing experts arriving than leaving.

    However, there was a net loss of 85 technicians and associated professionals, 630 service and sales workers, and 638 plant and machine operators.

    Migration peaked in 2002 when 38,200 more people came to live here than left.

    Westpac senior economist Nick Tuffley said the high number of migrants in 2002 and 2003 drove economic growth through the housing boom and consumer spending. It also provided much needed labour.

    "It's like we had a big tail wind for the economy in 2002 and 2003, but it's gradually been dying away."

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    [b:baf4df4a78]Another news coverage, beginning to think that the situation is over played..besides we are coming in and fill in the gaps! Well...maybe not too many to make up the differences.. :icon_wink: but again migration is a science on its own and with the figures shown, it is not necessary a long term trend[/b:baf4df4a78]

    Kiwis leaving NZ raise fear of labour shortage
    22 February 2006
    By KIM THOMAS and SUE ALLEN

    More New Zealanders are moving to Australia, prompting fears of a serious labour market shortage here.

    Statistics New Zealand figures released yesterday showed 22,500 more citizens left New Zealand last year for Australia than returned ? up almost 34 per cent on 2004.

    It is the highest net loss to Australia since a net 24,600 left in 2001.

    Overall, New Zealand gained 7000 people more than it lost during 2005, about half the 15,100 gain of 2004.

    Statistics New Zealand demographer Ian Richards said the migrants to Australia came from all walks of life and represented a range of age groups, rather than just young professionals.

    If this trend continued it could affect New Zealand's population growth and have a negative impact on a range of things such as the housing and labour markets, Richards said.

    Waikato University demographer professor Ian Pool said if the growth of New Zealand citizens shifting away continued it could create a "disastrous" situation for New Zealand.

    The main problem would be a resulting labour shortage, particularly if high numbers of young people and professionals moved away.

    However, it was important for people not to get "into a total tizz" about the growth in New Zealanders departing because migration was highly cyclical.

    Immigration Minister David Cunliffe acknowledged there had been a growth in New Zealanders moving away in the past few years, which the Government was monitoring closely.

    "As the business cycle begins to cool, New Zealanders deciding to move to other places increases," he said.

    "This is a swings-and-roundabouts situation rather than a serious ongoing trend."

    The Government had launched a website in the United Kingdom aimed at luring Kiwis home. It gave updated analysis of the New Zealand situation, links to employer websites and would soon include facilities for people to be interviewed for job vacancies online, Cunliffe said.

    The website would be launched in Australia in the next few months.

    Cunliffe said New Zealand has also increased the number of skilled migrants allowed into the country.

    "We are monitoring it carefully (the drop in net inflow) but the combination of luring back ex-pat Kiwis and focusing our immigration policy on skilled immigrants means New Zealand will have a good situation overall."

    National Party leader Dr Don Brash said the main reason New Zealanders were leaving the country in droves was the growing gap between the standard of living here and countries where New Zealanders could easily move, such as Australia.

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